How Fast Do You Read?

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

  1. Walter Oobleck
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    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    Thread title sounds like a BeeGee's song, hey? When you're living in a world of fools...la la la...how fast do you read! When there's no sense is slowing down...how fast do you read!
  2. skootie
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    The responses to this thread are interesting! I hadn't checked the thread out until just now, so will throw in my 2 cents worth. Whether I read fast or slow depends largely on the book. Pop fiction generally goes rapidly for me. Non-fiction I tend to concentrate more on, and take my time with. I am semi retired and have a number of interests, so dividing my time between work and other activities, my reading goes in spurts. That said, I always have a book going. Never two at a time, though. I have not spent any time on the Good Reads site, so am not familiar with it, but after reading about it on this thread, I am going to check it out. I actually started a "Book List" (books I have read) back in 2009, (Just a simple page in "My documents" that I keep adding to) which was when I got on the SK website and joined the forum, I believe. So, I know how many books per year I have read since then. Not that many. My best year was 2011, with 28. I am at 22 currently for 2013, and will likely add at least one more. We do quite a bit of travelling, and although I always take my Kindle and at least one other book along, I rarely get much reading done on a trip. I prefer the quiet of my own space at home without distractions. Being on the SK forum has inspired me to read books I never would have picked up otherwise. It is the only forum I participate in. A thread such as this, motivates me to step it up, so maybe I'll quicken the pace in 2014!
  3. Bevee-from-the-Levee
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    Thank you Neesy for making me laugh:rofl:.
    I am a great fan of Shakespeare and have seen many plays including Richard the Third. I thought that the actor playing him had a very 'camp' voice not realising that it was actually a 'camping' voice!! I shall never be able to watch that play again without thinking about 'The Winter Of Our Discount Tent'!! :laugh:
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  4. Neesy
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    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I stole this idea from good old "Red Green" the duct tape king. He had this on one of his shows. Glad you got a chuckle out of it! :redface-new:
  5. Bevee-from-the-Levee
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    Great stuff Neesy. You are priceless!! :clap:
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  6. prufrock21
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    I read more than one book at a time, as well as computer-related magazines and anything to do with science. I read whenever I get the chance,
    usually early morning or just before going to bed. Forty books a year should be right. Also, when I don't read I write.
  7. FlakeNoir
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    I've learned to read very quickly from the computer, (You guys can talk, yar?! :biggrin2: ) but I'm a lot slower with a book in hand, usually because I fall asleep--frequently.
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  8. rudiroo
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    Too fast & I'm not proud of it.
    I gobble/consume/inhale books - fiction, non-fiction, doesn't matter.
    Then I re-read them at a later date & usually pick-up on all the nuances and subtleties that I missed first time round.

    Books distract me from life's unavoidable realities - trundling around in a wheelchair & taking a whole heap of meds to keep my show on the road.

    Yes indeedy, I'm addicted to books - I'd rather read than eat or sleep:bashful:
  9. mustangclaire
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    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    Rudiroo I am exactly the same. I read faaaar to quickly first time round. So many King books I've sped read through first. Then read again properly at a later date.
  10. Chuggs
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    I read slowly...and tend to write that way too. Speaking of reading, why are so many of the negative reviews on Amazon so rude? The hate those folks generate is crazy! If you don't like a book, ok, but the hate is unreal.
  11. Lord Tyrion
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    Lord Tyrion Well-Known Member

    That's the internet. People go nuts sometimes behind a keyboard.
  12. Oldman65
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    Many variables. Book choice is a big one. Does it have long, complex descriptive paragraphs or is it mostly dialogue. Some books are easy to fly through and others you gotta' just plow.
  13. FlakeNoir
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    Welcome to the site, good to have you here. :)
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  15. lenona
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    This is a thought that crosses my mind every time I logged into SKMB. I was reading the Dark Tower series the last time I logged on. (17500+ new posts ago) I am now reading DT VII. I don't think I am a slow reader, I can get through a book rather quickly if interested. I hope to get the DT books done before the movie comes out. (I think I have time) but I find myself intimidated when visiting this website. Many SKMB members are such avid readers and I think, "Damn, I must not read very fast or as much as I should."

    Whether you read fast, slow or one book a year or fifty books a year....
    Reading is a gift. A learned gift. Not everyone can read and this is a sad reality.
  16. The Sentimental Fool
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    I read really fast, if I can get the time I can go through two books a day. My reading speed has slowed considerably since I started school though. There just do not seem to be enough hours in the day for the greater pleasures of reading.
  17. Mr Nobody
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    It depends on several factors with me. In no particular order: time, desire to read, length of book, quality of writing, enjoyment of the story, and mental and physical state. Sometimes I'll whizz through a 400-500 page tome in a few days, other times it'll take me an age to get through a 200-250 page effort. Generally, though, I have 2 books on the go at any given time - sometimes more - although I have certain books for certain times, for example, I might read a crime novel in the afternoon (if I get the chance, which is rare) and on weekends, with (say) a horror novel on the go for bedtime reading - which might sound weird, but for me horror novels (and films) don't have the same impact when it's light. It has to be dark and, preferably, miserable outside (wind is good, rain against the window is OK, the two together and a dash of cold - perfect).
    My two most recent bedtime books were A Dance With Dragons, which took me an age to get through (about 6 weeks; it was the easiest one of the series to put down, I found) and The Woman In Black, which I finished in two nights (and which, at one point, I wished I hadn't started when I got up in the night to find it was foggy outside).
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  18. HollyGolightly
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    Pft... I read 11/22/63 in 3 days. I've been reading DT 7 for 3 months. I try not to stress about it.
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  19. Anthea M
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    I read mainly travelling to and from work. It definitely depends on the book. If the characters are engaging then I will keep on turning the pages. I can get through a book in a week if it really grabs me. I have started reading a library book this afternoon but, at the moment, it hasn't ticked all the boxes so will give it one more chapter to pick up. I normally have more than one book on the go at any one time.
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  20. king family fan
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    Welcome to the board!
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