I have 14 books (and counting)
You will be busy.
Fair warning many people get to the end of the first book and want to read it over. The two ends of the book don't match. At the beginning you were a rank amateur foolin'-around reader and at the end, weeks later, you're a polished pro. Usually that only happens on the first book. Also, you should know ACX puts a lot of importance in chapter to chapter matching, so that kills changing microphone or environment in the middle of the book. Get comfortable and then read for real.
That combination should work. There's nothing wrong with an NT1-A microphone and the preamplifier should be able to keep up, although I would pop for the next one up, the UMC22. I did discover an electrical error in my UM2 after some critical testing. Oddly, "better" and larger preamplifiers are not recommended. They will accept two or more microphones, but are harder to use. ACX "soft" recommends reading in mono, one Audacity blue wave. That recommendation matches those three preamplifiers.
The natural cable length for a USB cable is about 6 feet. The natural length for an XLR microphone cable can be 75 to 100 feet. So put the UMC22 outside the studio next the computer and use the microphone cable length to advantage. That also puts your headphone connection and volume adjustment outside, so that will be a juggling act. You can buy headphone extensions. The headphones should be sealed units—gushy pads against your head so the ear sound doesn't leak out and get into the microphone.
There is a Sennheiser recommendation I need to look up. The normal Sony recommendations don't work for me because I can't wear them for a long time. The Sennheisers I actually use are very comfortable for me, but have known sound errors I just put up with.
You will need to come up with a microphone stand. That's what's holding up the microphone in the picture—off screen to the left.
That's an On Stage Stands
folding tripod. I like mine. At this exact second, it's folded in my closet next to the winter coats.
That's a 9701B, heavier than the normal stand.
It will not be able to hold up the microphone without a little balancing act.
And you need to do something like that because the recommended lip-spacing is about a power fist in front of the blast screen.
That's hard to do with the microphone sitting on the table. They do make stands that fit on a table or clamp to the table edge. Not everybody has floor available. And keep in mind you have to read while you're doing that. How, physically, were you going to read? I use a printed page because I can still remember ink on paper. That's the pink clip in that studio pix. You probably can't read the actual book. Juggling that would be a nightmare.
The spider thing at the rear of the microphone is the vibration and shock mount That keeps floor and desk noises away from the microphone. Keep the microphone cable loose and floppy so it doesn't carry noises. That's the lazy coil in the studio pix.
The black tennis racket is to suppress your P-Pops. Chase in this sound example doesn't use one and he's too close to the microphone.
"PProbably say that's a PPretty BBroad subject".
If you have a good sound system, those popping sounds will shake a wine glass.
There's some notes on the blankets and soundproofing later. I need to stop for a while and do Real Life.