Strictly speaking, GTD doesn't have a "today" list. It has lists for contexts (locations or situations in which certain tasks for can be done, like "at home" or "on the internet") and it has a calendar (on which should go only those things that can only be done on that day).
That said, even with context lists, it can be sometimes helpful to break up a lengthy, homogenous task. For example, if you're reading a book for fun and working through it quickly, then just putting "read book" on the right context list is probably good enough. But if you're having trouble getting through it, you might find it easier to break it up into a series of tasks like "read 1 chapter", "read 20 pages", "read for 30 minutes", etc. That way, when you look at your list, instead of thinking "Read the whole book? I'll never manage that!" you think "Just read 20 pages? I can totally do that."
I strongly recommend getting a hold of a copy of the GTD book and reading it through at least once. Even if you (or your program of choice) doesn't do "proper" GTD, knowing the origins of the system makes adapting it much easier.