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.
And 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?