How Fast Do You Read?

Discussion in 'Bred Any Good Rooks Lately? (Suggested Reading)' started by Lord Tyrion, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. Shasta
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    Shasta On his shell he holds the earth.

    For the last two years I've been keeping track on Goodreads so I actually know this answer!

    In 2012 I read 52 books, one a week.

    This year so far I have read 52 books as well, but will probably read a few more. This was a great year for books!

    I definitely notice that the more TV I watch the less I read!
  2. Ben.
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    Standard 400 page novel takes me about 10 hours to read. There are so many variables, though - print size, density of the writing itself etc. I only read probably 30 novels in a year and that's because some are huge and some are small. I had to think hard about this I don't usually tally or measure. I just read.
  3. Narvic
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    Fun topic Lord Tyrion. I don't know how fast I read, but I do know that I prefer books that are written from the point of view that makes it seem like the story is happening in "real time". I'd have to get out some paper and make a chart using the books I like to narrow that down because I doubt they are all written in first person... I don't really read comic books well either, as the pictures seem to break the rhythm of my reading.

    Lastly, if I start a book and put it down without finishing it for more than a week that is a book I will never finish. Have even gone back later thinking oh, I'll try that one again. Nope! Not referring to manuals or textbooks of course, those ya just have to plod through.
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  5. Matthew Courtney
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    I wish I could read as fast as I could when I was younger. Adult ADD I bet. lol. I was wondering a couple things. A. How to complete a whole new thread topic and B. Has anyone wondered what happened to Carrie after the first book/ movie. I don't mean Sissy Spacek or anything like that, but following Doctor Sleep and the return of little Dan from the Shining, we are entering an area never reached before. Life beyond the happily ever after concept. Cheers.
  6. Neesy
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    Since we got this new board and it is so fast, I can hardly keep up with it! :onthego:
  7. jacobtlong
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    I have completed 22 books so far this year. But I don't think that indicates how fast I read. It mostly indicates how little I have read this year. But this year is a large improvement compared to last year.

    In terms of speed I know my Kindle knows how long it will take for me to read a book. I think I take about two minutes per page depending on font size. Or about thirteen and a half hours for a 400 page book.
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    Hi Matthew, welcome to the site. :) Just checking if I'm reading your above message right, are you wanting to know how to post a new thread?
    The Post New Thread button is situated: top right of page in each Forum.
  9. Jojo87
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    I am a slow reader. It took almost two months for me to read Danse Macabre. And now I am reading Insomnia, I started to
    read Insomnia last month and I am not even halfway yet. It is time to put the speed on reading.
  10. goathunter
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    Like many of you, I used to read tons more---and much faster---than I do now. I used to read at least one book a week, and often two, depending on the size. These days, with limited reading time, it sometimes takes me a month to read a book I used to read in less than a week. Case in point: I flew through Doctor Sleep, reading it in about 5 days. But I'm in my second week of The Cuckoo's Calling, and I'm only on page 88. I'm enjoying it, it just hasn't captured my interest enough to make me want to read it, so I get distracted by reading the news, email, etc. (Getting an iPad was both good and bad: it's great to be able to run Kindle, NOOK, etc, apps on one device, but I also find myself not reading as much because it's so easy to do other things on the iPad (news, Facebook, Twitter, etc).)

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  11. Lina
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    I am a slow reader... But not because I am just so slow in the life, I simply do not have time... When I'm on vacations I can read a book in two weeks, and that's okay. But when I am working it takes me about three months to finish a 500-pages book... I would love to read more, I so much miss reading! But when I have only 3 hours of free time every day, that's hard to find time for everything...:big_tears:
  12. skimom2
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    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Depends on the book. I'm a fast reader of pop fiction, especially if I can get uninterrupted time. Even pop non-fiction goes down pretty easy. Denser non-fiction takes longer, though. I have to stop every few pages and think about what I just read. And I've found that some fiction is like this, too--Salman Rushdie defeats me nearly every time.
  13. king family fan
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    Sometimes faster than others. Depends how interested I get into the book.
  14. miri92
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    I finish about two books a week. Once I'm into a book, nothing gets me out of it and not even sleep.
  15. Elijah Sattler
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    If a books got me (like when I read Joyland, I read that within four days or so, staying up until five o' the clock to finish it) it can take a week. Thats rare for me, though, I have a lot of stress and it usually takes a while to get gripped into a book even though thats what I use to cope. Right now I can read a page in 3 minutes O_O I need to step my crap up xD even if I like to soke up everything in the novels I read, but I am just slo-ow!
  16. Lisey Landon
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    I have never tested how fast I read, but in school I was the fastest reader.
    However, for the last few years, I have had BIG problems reading more than a few pages at the time, then I get restless or sleepy. After I got kindle on my ipad, it is much better, because I can jump back and forth from book to internet without leaving my book somewhere. So, I actually manage to read more and more now, which is great, because I have missed getting lost in a good book. Hopefully, I will be back to "normal" soon!!
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2013
  17. Cowboy
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    I can read fast and used to. As I get older, I have learned to slow down and enjoy it more (if it is a good book)...just like a fine wine.
  18. sandiego39
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    it usauly takes me about two weeks to read a book fast reader i guess then again i did read geralds game in two hrs
  19. Christine62
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    Why would you want to speed up? What is the rush? Maybe audio books are faster--they seem that way to me. My first grade teacher said it first, "Christine, you are the pokiest girl." And at 51, I still read slow--but with Mr. King it's a pleasure to wade slowly in his word pool. We are so used to watching a show with 8 screen cuts every three minutes--reading is a natural slow grazing animal who is on a journey 800 pages long. Relax and enjoy the trip. The library will still be there when you get back.
  20. Lord Tyrion
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    In general, I would like to get through more books throughout the year. When I read 8 books a year and hear others going much faster, it motivates me to read more.

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