Reading Speed: Cheetah, Sloth, Or Somewhere In Between?
Hi guys! How are you doing? How are your 2016 reading goals going so far? I know we’re not very far into the new year yet, but I’ve been thinking a lot about reading challenges and the goals we set for ourselves, and how some people just seem more successful at those challenges than others. And a HUGE factor for me is reading speed.
I am a SUPER SLOW READER. I’ve kept track of my pages read over the span of an hour on several different occasions, and I’m pretty firmly at 40 pages/hour. I can sometimes read at a faster pace, but I usually either stick at 40 pages in an hour OR I get incredibly distracted and I read like 5 or 10 pages in an hour. I also don’t have much time to read, which is a big factor on how many books I can read each year, but that’s another topic for another discussion post.
Sometimes I wish that I could read as fast as some of my blogger friends. But I know that some of them say they feel like they don’t retain as much since they read so fast. Then again, I still read more books than the average adult, and my memory isn’t what it was in my teens and twenties so I don’t remember a lot of the events in many of the books I read myself.
And sometimes I think that maybe I should take a speed-reading course. Or get one of those apps that helps you learn to speed read. I don’t want to be the fastest reader in the world or anything, it’s not a competition to me, really, but I just feel like there are SO MANY BOOKS that I want to read every year and I only get to a tiny tiny fraction of them. If I could just read a bit faster since I can’t, at this juncture, allot any more time to reading, then maybe I’d be able to read more of those great books that come out each year, and I’d also feel a bit more accomplished when it comes to reading challenges.
What about you guys? Are you a super slow reader like me, or are you lightning fast, or somewhere in between? And would you like to read at a different pace than you currently do?