Are You a Fast Reader or a Slow Reader?

Last week Nadine Brandes asked on Facebook: Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?

A lot of people said fast. And I admire that. My niece can go through a 300 page book in a couple hours. And she doesn’t miss a thing! It’s AH-MAY-ZING. (Especially when she beta-reads one of MY books and gets it back to me the next day. ;P)

So, let’s all admit it, fast readers have superpowers. 

shutterstock_324380822.jpgAnd then there are slow readers.

I think there’s a stigma that if you’re not a fast reader, you’re not… smart. Maybe it’s just my upbringing. My sisters would go through multiple books in the same amount of time it would take me to go through… one. My teacher always pushed me to finish a book faster so I could begin the next one. Unfortunately, that pushing made reading more of a chore for me than an enjoyment, and I ended up hating reading for YEARS. (And now I’m a writer. Ha…ha… Don’t worry, I LOVE to read now that I can set my own pace.)

The thing is, fast readers get bragged on a lot, but if it takes you a month+ to finish a book, you’re just the average reader. 

And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Confession: I’m a slow reader.

Now, if the book is super captivating and unputdownable, I can read it in a day or two. But those books are so few and far in between that I could count those from the past five years on one hand. (Mark of the Lion trilogy, Divergent trilogy, Legend trilogy, Hunger Games trilogy… okay, if you count full trilogies then maybe more than five. ;)) But since they’re so few, I can’t really count them into my usual reading pace.

I’m slow a slow reader. And I’m okay with that.

Because there’s a reason I’m a slow reader. I really like indulging in the stories. I love to reread paragraphs and sentences and great dialogue. And if I really love the story, I’m hesitant for it to end, and so I read S.L.O.W.E.R.R.R.R.

And, you know what? Even if I finish a book in a couple days, I tend to go back and reread it. Because I loved the story and the writing and I’m not ever ready for those amazing worlds to end. And what if I missed something? For example, I read Legend by Marie Lu SO FAST that I missed one of the most important parts, which was when Day explained the reason behind his name. Then I read all the other fans quoting that part, and had to go back and find it. *hangs head in shame*

What about you? Are you a superhuman-go-through-a-book-in-a-day reader? Or a let’s-take-it-slow-and-indulge reader?

4 thoughts on “Are You a Fast Reader or a Slow Reader?

  1. I READ fast, often having to backtrack and read again so I can comprehend what I just read better, 😛 but I often take a long time to read a book because I stop and start. I can’t really read and write prolifically at the same time, so if I’m in a writing phase I’ll even drop a gripping book so I can focus on the WIP. When the writing passion dies down I’ll pick it back up again. So I guess all in all I’m a slow reader.

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  2. I’m relatively slow reader I think. I’m also super picky and I agree, finding books that are edge-of-your-seat can’t put down is hard. My dad can read a 300 page book in few hours too. My husband also reads fairly faster than most. HOW DO PEOPLE DO THAT! lol It takes me at least several days and that’s if the book is actually captivating enough. I also read multiple books at the same time, which sometimes contributes to the slow reading issue. Also, if I get stuck on a really good book series, I don’t write b/c I only have so much free time and in that time, it’s either read, or write. lol. Another contributing factor, I don’t like to sit and read for more than a couple hours max. Same thing with writing. After 2 to 3 hours, I get very restless. I also don’t like to binge watch TV shows either for more than a couple hours. Three 45 min episodes is usually as much as I can handle. Its the people who can binge watch and binge read that finish stuff quickly. I also agree with you in that I prefer to enjoy the story that I’m reading or watching and so finishing too quickly leads me sad and wanting more. I’d rather prolong it so I can enjoy it. 🙂

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  3. Yes, those stories that are just so good, I want to make last as long as possible!!! For me that equals epic fantasy! ☺️ Also nonfiction takes me much longer to get through because I have to reread sentences multiple times to comprehend/retain. I was a horrible student for that reason. 😓 I can zip through the gripping books but probably don’t retain much of them. So… It’s nice to know we’re not alone! Thanks for your encouragement!

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