Stuff on Sundays: On being a Fast Reader

This week I read a post by Rachel called ‘On Being A Slow Reader’  at her blog, [Fikt] Shun.  It’s an interesting post and the comments even more so, because of some of the conscious or unconscious assumptions about the  value of reading faster or slow than someone else.

I consider myself a ‘fast reader’ I regularly have people look at me incredulously when I confess how many books I read a week or a year. I have always read a lot, before I started actually keeping track in the two last years I can use my library borrowing history to estimate that I have, on average read,  around 200 books a year for practically my entire life.  Some years it was a lot more, in 2010 I read 316 books but it has rarely been any less. On average I read about 100 pages an hour – more if I am loving the book, but that is my natural pace. I love reading and I read because it relaxes me, because I love learning new things, because it satisfies some part of my soul – just like almost every reader I have ever encountered.

However I have found that being a fast reader is sometimes viewed with suspicion and assumptions are made that are, quite frankly, petty.

Some people assume I ‘speed read’ implying I skip words or skim read, which I don’t. Reading is a process and while people can learn to read quicker using various methods, it isn’t something I have ever done. Everyone reads at a different rate – there is no right or wrong speed.

A common accusation is that I couldn’t possibly read with the same level of comprehension of detail and understanding as someone who reads at a slower pace. Hopefully the content of my reviews proves that statement as untrue. Science has proved that comprehension rate is not affected by the natural reading rate of a person but the ability to obtain and retain detail is badly affected when people are forced to read either slower or faster than their natural pace. I remember details of the books I have read including plots and characters, it is why I don’t re-read. I can pick up a book I read 10 years ago and immediately recognise that I have read it before and especially if I liked it, give a quick summary and my feelings about the book.

Detractors also speak of reading slowly to savour the experience and immersing themselves in the story. Personally, if I am loving a book I read faster, and my husband and children will happily testify that I am immersed in the story, especially when they have had to repeat themselves for the third time or it’s an hour past dinner and they are begging to be fed.

Recently someone made a comment to me to the effect that ‘the only reason someone would read so many books was to be able to say they had read so many books’. While I set myself a goal each year I am not a slave to that goal. If I was, I wouldn’t have chosen to read several books in the past two weeks that had just below or above 500 pages, (Empire Day, The Greatest Man From Cedar Hole, Secrets She Left Behind), none of which were books I had received for review or were in any way required reading. I chose to read them because they interested me, which is why I choose any book I read.

Lastly, people suggest that I must do nothing but read all day. I wish! I have four children aged 6, 7, 9 and 15, a husband and 2 part time jobs (sometimes 3). I have other interests, I watch TV, I regularly meet with friends, I volunteer, donate blood, I sit on committee’s, play Words with Friends,  in effect,  I have a life (though it’s not very exciting). I also read when I can – while cooking dinner, in the ad breaks, waiting in the car to pick up my children but mostly after everyone is in bed, between the hours of 11pm and 2am happily escaping the stresses of my hectic days.

There are some advantages to being a fast reader and being a book blogger, but since it usually takes me as long to write a review as it does to have read the book in the first place, it matters little.

I read because I can’t imagine not reading, because if I don’t have a book in hand I’ll read the back of a cereal box or the phone book. I go to the library to pick up one book and come home with ten and every one of my kids has had a library card since birth so I can use them to  borrow more than the 15 books I am allowed.

I am a reader – just like you, whether you read faster or slower than me.

Do you wish you could read faster or slower?

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60 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Louisa
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 07:03:01

    Only 15 books out? I once got 71 books out! I read because I need to-it’s interesting, and it keeps my brain occupied. Which is why my favourite thing to do is occupy pretty much all of my senses by reading, listening to music, and eating at the same time :) I read over 400 books last year, so I could be considered a fast reader.But I wish I could read slower, I sometimes miss a few words here and there and have to go back, but yeah, I love reading!

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  2. Ellie
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 07:03:04

    I hadn’t seen that post regarding being a slow reader, it kind of comes across as insulting to those that read fast. I’m a fast reader, I get through 3 or 4 books a week but like you the ones I read fastest are the ones I love and I savour every page. I only skim over parts when it’s boring me. Can’t believe there are people out their judging readers by speed, we should all be enjoying our books in whichever way is best for us.

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  3. Leeswammes
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 07:05:32

    I don’t think I read as fast as you do, but as you know, I DO read fast (and a lot). I have a bad memory so I forget really quickly what the book was about. I don’t think that is because I read too fast though, I also find it hard to remember what I had for dinner last night etc.

    I also read cereal boxes, jam jars, and anything else. Reading is an essential, like sleep and food. Same for you, it seems!

    I happen to know I read as much when I worked 3.5 days a week than now that I’m at home full time, so it cannot be said that I’m reading all day. I hate that when people think that!

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 22, 2012 @ 13:08:42

      I thought I would read more now that all my children in school but I found that isn’t true at all. The six hours they are gone has made little difference to the time I have for reading because I still have so much other stuff to to do.

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  4. Patty
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 07:15:35

    I love this post and I totally feel what you are feeling…I, too, read faster if I am in the midst of reading an amazing book…sometimes people just dont get the fact that certain people love to read…and just naturally read fast…it all comes down to that certain reading gene…that not everyone has…lol…

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 22, 2012 @ 13:10:27

      A reading gene lol!. My husband doesn’t read at all – not books, not magazines, not newspapers so that might explain why my oldest doesn’t read either – she got the non reading gene!

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  5. Jo
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 07:16:51

    I also am a fast reader, and have been my entire life — so you are in good company. :) As a child, my parents and teachers thought I might be “skimming” until they tested me on what I reading —apparently, it’s just how I’m engineered. I come from a family of readers, and we all read a lot (I am the fastest, but then again, I define myself as a book addict so that might have something to do with it, too). Like you, I read when I can get a spare few minutes (making dinner, brushing my teeth, etc). My husband is a slower reader, but we still enjoy sharing books, which is great.

    I have known people, most memorably an ex-boyfriend, who had an issue with the fact that I’m a fast reader. He, in particular, seemed to get a bug up his bum about the whole thing and really, came off as being threatened. Which I never understood — I mean, if I read fast and he reads slow, who cares? This kind of thinking was part of why I broke up with him.

    Personally, as a librarian, I’m just happy that people read (and no, I don’t get paid to read all day — I wish!!!). I’ve never understood the people who get bunched about how fast some of us read — frankly, just be glad people are reading and don’t worry about speed! It’s not like I’m a fast reader because I’m showing off ….. I’m just built that way and I can’t help it. I don’t make a thing of it, so why should anyone else? It reminds me of those people in school who, when getting a test back, always want to know what everyone else got for their grade.

    I’m with you and Ellie — let’s all just enjoy our reading!!!

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 22, 2012 @ 13:13:22

      My husband has always been completely baffled by my love of reading, since he doesn’t read at all, but it doesn’t bother him except when I keep the light on too long in bed and he is trying to sleep :)

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  6. VeganYANerds
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 07:32:28

    Great post, Shelleyrae. I’m a fast reader too, especially if the book is really good. In fact, that’s how I know I’m not really enjoying a book, if I’m reading slowly it’s usually because I’m not getting into the story and I’m letting myself be distracted by tv/cats/bf etc.

    I think trying to read 200 books a year (that’s my goal) is not to be able to brag about it but because there are so many books I want to read and each year another 100 books are added to my to-read list. If I read slower, I will never get to read all the books I want to read!

    Mands xox

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 22, 2012 @ 13:15:24

      Exactly, for me if I’m really not enjoying a book it will take me longer to read it because the distractions are more interesting

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  7. Jackie B Central Texas
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 07:37:17

    If anything at times wish I could read slower. Like you my normal pace if I am really enjoying a book is 100 or so pages in an hour. Which means can read 3 or 4 books in the time it takes to set up, write and schedule my thoughts on one book. Unless of course I just write two sentences.

    Books are always around me, either in my hand or once I finish an especially good one in my head being rehashed. No idea what life was like before learned to read, just no that it is the greatest hobby to have!

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 22, 2012 @ 13:19:02

      Sigh I don’t know why it takes me so long to write a review, I think because I second guess my self so often, am I saying enough? am I saying too much? is that diplomatic enough? etc etc I am trying to relax a bit more about it but I still feel like I am writing an English exam LOL

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  8. megan
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 07:48:09

    I love this post. I’m the exact same way and I get those same comments about skimming or not comprehending or not doing anything all day. If I force myself to read slower, my mind begins to wander and then I’m not comprehending what I’m reading.

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  9. Lolawid
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 07:52:41

    I’m a fast reader too. I, also, get strange looks when I tell people how many books I read. Sometimes I’m hesitant to tell my hubby how much I read. I don’t think it matters to him, though, because the housework gets done, and I take care of my 4 kids at home, and cook him good meals. I think that he does mind when we’re driving somewhere and I’m reading rather than visiting with him. Maybe I should talk to him more. Maybe not? :o)

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 22, 2012 @ 13:23:57

      LOl Lolawid, there are times my husband rolls his eyes as I pick up another book or rehash a plot but really he is very tolerant of my obsession

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  10. Beckie
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 08:46:59

    I wish I could read a lot faster than I do. Only becuase I could read more book that I so want to read. I feel I read at a normal speed but I know a lot of people who read a lot slower than me. So yes being able to read faster would be nice.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 22, 2012 @ 13:26:01

      I wish I could read faster as well Beckie for exactly the same reason, and I know I can if I need to but my current pace is the most comfortable for me.

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  11. Tanya Patrice
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 10:29:49

    Love your response! I don’t think I’m a slow or fast reader – I just do me. Why do we always want to put labels on everything or compare ourselves to others is beyond me.

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  12. Rachael Johns (@RachaelJohns)
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 10:39:27

    I WISH I was a fast reader – but at the moment I’m just not. Like you though, before I started writing as well, I read about four or five books a week and so I completely understand where you’re coming from! Who cares what people say… just enjoy yourself :)

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 22, 2012 @ 13:28:26

      In my late teens/early twenties I thought I wanted to write but now I don’t have any real interest in it – I enjoy other people’s stories too much.

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  13. Sue Gerth
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 11:09:59

    Amen! I too am a fast reader (not quite as fast as you) and I do feel like people think I cheat. I read what I want, when I want. I just read multiple books at a time, and finish them all around the same time. I cannot imagine not reading every day, and when I’m not working, running, cooking, or spending time with family and my sweetie, I am reading. We all retain details differently, and it makes no difference whether it’s cause we’re a slow reader or a fast reader. What I remember about a book is how it made me feel.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 22, 2012 @ 13:32:23

      I’ve never been able to read more than one book at a time Sue, I think that it is great some people can though.

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  14. 1girl2manybooks
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 11:18:39

    Like you, I consider myself a fast reader. I can finish most average paperbacks around 350-odd pages in a couple of hours. I’ve always been a fast reader and when I was at school I used to get plenty of comments about how I mustn’t have really read it or I’d just skimmed it. But that’s just the way I read, I think, honed by years of reading for fun/pleasure. Last year I read 202 books and that was with a toddler and I had a baby in September. I don’t watch TV (hardly ever) I read to relax. I could probably read more than a book a day without my kids being here!

    Like a previous poster, sometimes I wish I did read a little slower as I often have 8 or 9 novels backed up that need reviews written! I seem to finish them much faster than I can write reviews for them. But mostly I love that I can read so widely and quickly – there’s SO many books to read, I’m never going to find the time for all of them, but I’m going to try!

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 22, 2012 @ 13:37:55

      I am with you Bree, So many books, so little time and I am 6 reviews behind right now!

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  15. Glenda Cates
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 12:01:46

    I also am a fast reader and I have to make myself slow down when I read to my son. I am always reading and never leave home without at least one book and can not go into Wal Marts or Krogers without buying a book.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 22, 2012 @ 13:38:43

      I find the same thing Glenda, I often have to remind myself to slow down when I am reading out loud to my children.

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  16. Rachel
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 13:24:09

    Thanks for letting me know you were posting this today! :) Great post! And, as I mentioned in my post, I consider myself a slow reader. And I certainly don’t consider that it makes me a better reader than fast readers. In fact, as mentioned, I WISH I was a faster reader. I would love to read at the 100 pages per hour rate, which I think is more of a normal rate for someone who wants to blog about books, rather than my slow 50 pages per hour. Because at that rate I’m judged for not being fast enough. That I shouldn’t blog if I can’t devour more books.

    I would love to be able to get caught up in a story in the same way reading at the faster pace, but for me, I just can’t. Which is one of the reasons I’m thinking of not accepting any review books, because then I can read at my own pace without any judgments from anyone. And sure, I’m envious of those who can get into the story who read at a much faster rate.

    On both sides of the fence it is a sad stereotype. I typically get to read 2-3 books a week because I am a slow reader and because I have a full-time job, and because I have things to do, but if I were a faster reader of say 150 pages per hour, it would free up a lot more time, allow me accept more books for review, and perhaps be on time with my reviews rather than having to constantly apologize. And because, like with you, it takes me just as long to write my reviews as to read the books.

    I can’t speak for the comments, but I’d like to think I wasn’t making a conscious assumption about anyone who reads faster or slower. My post was solely on my reading experience and when I try to rush my reading – to exceed my “natural pace,” it doesn’t allow me to connect with the story or become immersed. When I try to read at the pace I do for work, I find myself missing the details, not enjoying the read.

    But that’s just me. And there are readers that can, and that was my sole point. As a blogger I would love to be one of those readers. Readers like you that can make that connection, that can enjoy that story, that can love those characters just do it by reading faster and therefore aren’t criticized on the opposite end of that spectrum for being too slow, missing deadlines or not accepting someone’s book for review.

    And being a slow reader, when I wrote my post, I hadn’t realized that there was just as much criticism on the other side of the fence. I’d just been getting a lot of flack for not meeting deadlines and not accepting books for review so I decided to take the chance to publicly embrace the speed at which I read and feel okay for not being the “better” or “faster” reader that I was made to feel I should be. It was either that or quit blogging.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 22, 2012 @ 15:17:38

      I think we judge people on how fast, or slow, a reader they are in comparison to the company we keep. I wouldn’t consider two to three books a week, or 50 pages an hour, slow at all. Personally, that is what i would expect as an average for a book blogger and compared to the rate my family and friends read, it’s fast. I do consider myself a ‘fast’ reader but whomever it was that read 650 books last year would probably laugh at me.
      The issue of review deadlines is something every book blogger has to deal with no matter what speed they read at. For all of us the temptation of another book is hard to resist and it’s easy to get in over your head. I think it is responsible of you to decide not to accept more books that you can possibly read and review, especially when there are expectations regarding deadlines.
      I admit to be annoyed at IMM posts where each week a blogger has 10 pretty new ARC’s to show off when they only read/review a book or two a week, not because I envy them, but because I believe that accepting a book for review comes with an obligation to review that book in a timely manner. At the end of 2011 when bloggers were posting their ‘totals’ I wasn’t impressed when someone posted that they read 40 books for the year – their all time best total – yet took home nearly 100 books from BEA and had read just 3, especially knowing that a number of bloggers missed out.
      I thought your post was honest and thoughtful Rachel, and I am glad you posted about the issue because hopefully people at either end of the spectrum will understand each other a little better and we can all get on with doing what we love – reading!.

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      • Rachel
        Jan 24, 2012 @ 03:50:21

        Thanks Shelleyrae!

        I do tend to trade for a lot of ARCs, but I’ve given no one a commitment for a review and I do try, when I realize I won’t be able to read them prior to review, to give them away to someone who can.

        If I do go to BEA this year and grab more books than I can handle, I will pass the ones that I won’t get to in time or that after longer inspection aren’t my cup of tea to those readers who weren’t able to attend.

        I’m slowly recognizing my limitations. It’s never easy to accept that I can’t possibly read and review 150 or 200 books a year, but it is what it is, I suppose.

        I love reading the comments on your post and mine. There are so many different types of readers out there and it’s nice to know that no matter what type of reader you are, there’s always someone out there like you, so you don’t have to feel so alone.

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  17. Leona Raisin
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 13:28:18

    As a distracted reader, Words With Friends seems a more appropriate time-waster than, say, television. My reading list keep growing with fewer pages being turned. My attention diverted by WWF and TV. I can justify my TV time as long as I can tie it back to wordplay. Blame my love of Scrabble, WWF and TV trivia for spawning my blog and the word game that resides therein. Still, all these distractions keep me away from my books.
    Leona

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 22, 2012 @ 15:53:26

      LOL I spend about an hour every day playing Words with Friends, I have at last count about 19 active games. It’s so addictive!

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  18. Rebecca (Kindle Fever)
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 13:40:26

    See I’m tricky! If I had the time and loved all books I read, I’d be a very fast reader. But I don’t. I’m a completely mood reader too, so I have weeks when I read a book per day and I have weeks when I struggle to finish one for a week. They also usually come every other week, so it might just be my brain “taking a break” after going wild with the reading. Who knows! I just know that I too read a lot faster when I like it and I don’t skim it either. It’s just that I’m seriously pulled in. If I can’t get into it or just doesn’t like it, it will go slow. And the slower it gets, the slower I read and the less I do remember from it. So I actually absorb more when reading faster — or my normal speed I guess — than slow, because that’s just not natural and my mind starts to wander instead. I only skim books that are boring, which definitely doesn’t help getting all the details.

    I really don’t think there’s any way that is better at grasping contents in a book. If you read slow, it’s your pace, which makes you understand the content the best. If they start to read faster, it would probably become more of a skimming and thus worse for them to get the information. If a fast reader tries to slow down, it’d probably make it worse for them. It’s all about doing what’s natural, imo!

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 22, 2012 @ 15:22:43

      Exactly Rebecca – people are different, reading is a physical and cognitive process and it makes perfect sense that people do it at different rates.

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  19. roro @roro is reading[rogier]
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 15:32:35

    i’m easily distracted lol reading and a notification pops up ooh new youtube video of person i subscribed to or twitter /omg or goodreads
    but when turn of the net i can read a 400 page book in 10 hours
    i have 2 say i try my best 2 post 3 reviews per week but most of the timeonly 1 appears
    tnx the post

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 22, 2012 @ 15:56:59

      I agree the internet is such a time suck Roro, I often spend hours aimlessly wandering between sites when I really should be reading LOL

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  20. TinaBuriedUnderBooks
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 15:50:53

    This is such a great post. I view one’s reading habit as personal. Therefore there should not be any type of measurement or comparison. The one thing everyone has in common is the love for reading. Does it matter the speed at which you read? I myself am what I like to call a moody reader. Like some previous posts it depends on my mood to determine the speed of my reading. I too have a full plate with raising children, bonding with spouse, working a full time job, and then trying to squeeze in my joy for reading. This doesn’t necessarily dictate my speed of reading as much as the amount of time that I can carve out to read. For fear of rambling I am going to wrap this up by saying again: reading is a personal thing and it should not be judged or measured by the rate at which one reads.

    Thanks for the great post!

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 22, 2012 @ 15:59:48

      I agree with you Tina – there are so many factors that affect how much time we have to read. A person who reads around a hundred pages an hour may only have half hour to do so, while someone who reads 50 pages an hour might have an hour a day free to read. The totals will be the same, no matter the pace. Thanks for adding to the discussion.

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  21. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 15:51:09

    I decided to post a poll given this discussion, tell me – how many books do you read in a week?

    http://bookdout.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/poll-how-many-books-do-you-read-a-week/

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  22. mareelouise
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 16:26:50

    I am so-oo slow! I wish I could read faster- I really suffer from “So many books, so little time!”

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 22, 2012 @ 16:51:13

      I don’t think it matters how fast or slow we read mareelouise – there are always more on the TBR :)

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  23. Kayleigh Murphy (@Murphy_Kayleigh)
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 22:41:44

    I’ve always considered myself a fast reader, but compared to you I don’t even come close! Although I think part of my speed is that if it’s a good book (and so many of them are) I can’t put it down, and I will stay up all night and read until I physically can’t read any more or the book is finished.

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  24. Mari @ bookworm with a view
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 00:07:06

    I think it’s great that you can read fast and retain what you have read. I think you have a rare gift, like you said many skim.

    I’m told I’m a fast reader but I’m not. And I don’t have much time to read, most weeks I read only on the weekend. That said, I do try to read a chapter a day… Hardly ever happens though.

    When I LOVE a book, I force myself to read slower. Giving myself time to savor every word.

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  25. Katrien & Ellen
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 00:32:14

    I’m happy with how fast I read.
    If I read in English (which is not my mother tongue) I read about 60 pages/hour, but If I read in Dutch I think it’s a bit more (20 pages more or so). My English reading is accelerating, because I don’t have to look up words anymore and my comprehension is also fastening.
    I love reading, but unfortunately I don’t have so much time as I want. On an average day I read about 1.5 hours, but If in weekends it can be 3 or more hours.
    I don’t want to change my reading time, because I want to enjoy it and after 1.5-2 hours I’m getting a bit sleepy, so then I have to stop.
    I think it doesn’t matter how fast someone is reading, the pleasure matters most.
    I can also say I’m really proud of myself that I’m able to read so much in English while I’m only and adolescent.
    (Katrien)

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 23, 2012 @ 15:01:27

      I think it’s impressive you can read in more than one language! I can read a little French but not enough to read a whole book.

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  26. Tea Time with Marce
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 02:19:03

    Great post. I consider myself a slow reader, I get distracted, daughter, mom, boyfriend, etc, I like quiet and its never quiet. I only read a book a week, 2 if i’m lucky.

    I never thought fast readers skimmed, what would be the point of that but I will be honest about having a judgement on fast readers being stay at home moms or not being a mom. I don’t look down at them just different from my life.

    I have also noticed those that read at every moment, audio lovers, reading more than 1 book at a time etc. I have tried these but reading and giving my full attention to one book at a time is what works for me.

    What I get irritated with regarding bloggers – those that review 1-2 books a week but accept ARC’s and never get to them before the release date, how do publishers continue to waste their time with them, weird and rude in my opinion.

    Sorr for the long comment…….

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 23, 2012 @ 15:02:30

      Long comments are always welcome Marce .. and I have to agree that is a pet peeve of mine as well

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  27. Parrish
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 02:56:11

    I personally don’t think I read fast, but then I think the same about my walking pace & no one agrees with that statement either. to me as you say it’s what feels natural, if I walk slower I tire quicker, ache more, the same analogy applies to my reading. Great post.

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  28. Marg
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 12:04:26

    I think I am a relatively fast reader but then I see other reader’s totals and know that I really, really am not!

    I can’t tell you how many times I have had a conversation with people when they say you can’t possibly have read the whole book or you must have skimmed. After we finish discussing the book and I can remember as much as they can they are generally satisfied but not always.

    At the end of the day, for me, it isn’t really a race, so it doesn’t really matter if you read fast or slow….just read!

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  29. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 15:04:34

    I get that comment a lot to Marge, and some people will never be convinced!

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  30. Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 16:17:24

    I don’t think I’m an especially fast reader. I just read a lot! Without a television it’s much easier to get reading time in. My reading speed does vary depending on what I’m reading, though. Some books I’m happy to zip through, while others seem to require a slower read. Usually something like a literary novel will take me longer than a romance novel at the same length–often because of the writing style, structure and so on.

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  31. RAnn
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 10:45:32

    I remember once, in sixth grade, the teacher gave us one of those Weekly Reader vocabulary tests. It was long. I was the first one finished. She told me to read over it again and make sure it was right (ok, I did have a habit of careless mistakes). I did. I still turned it in well before anyone else. Then she announced that only one person had gotten them all right. Guess who?

    I too wonder about the folks with huge mailboxes week after week, and few reviews. Some of them have a lot of followers and I guess for some publishers the mailbox posts are “enough” if they are on blogs like that. As a general rule, if it is sent to me, it gets read. I have gone overboard with NetGalleys, but I’ve figured that out now too.

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  32. Pepca
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 23:58:41

    I used to think I’m a fast reader, too, until I started book blogging. I read 1-2 books a week. I used to read faster when i was younger. Also it depends in which language I read and the size of the font. The genre and how much I love the book are factors too. I agree with you – everyone reads at their own pace – I don’t thing it’s good to force yourself to read faster or slower than it’s natural to you. Great post!

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  33. Kristilyn (Reading In Winter)
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 14:36:16

    I’m envious of some of the commenters! I’m not a fast reader … I read a ton of books during the week because I have the time to, but I wonder how much I could read if I could pick up the pace. AND, there are soooo many good books out there! I go through states of overwhelm because I can’t believe that there are so many books I missed out on during my long period of NOT reading. I can only wish one day to read 400 books in a year …

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