How do some people get through so many books in a week, a month, or a year? What are the factors that enable readers to speedily flip pages or others to make those pages just stick together?
1. Interest in Topic/ Genre:
Yeah, we’ve all had to read that science book or philosophy tome. “Read the 100 pages by next class.” And there you are the night before the discussion seminar making up any excuse… procrastinating by cleaning the bathroom. That is desperation!!!
2. Practice or Training:
I know that I’ve become a better reader over the years just by y’know, reading! People who read every day continuously learn new vocabulary and get use to the rhythms of the written word.
I have to admit that I’m a little bit skeptical of my own ability to speed read, my own ability to take a course to train myself to read very, very quickly. I just don’t know if I could pick up every word on a page. And I’d suspect that there’s a lot of grey area between skimming and speed reading.
I try to make a conscious effort to put away all distractions (PHONE) when sitting down to read. I have to read in a quiet environment. No music or outside sounds. Kids in bed and asleep, which is easy now because they are young… we’ll see how my reading changes in a couple years.
4. Writing Type:
This is a pretty large category. Dialogue can be easy to read, but dense info dumps can slow a reader down significantly. Cliffhangers can spur on your reading, as can just simply good writing. Solid characters, good tension, and a unique premise in your preferred genre.
I can definitely get burned out from reading at times. If I’m stressed out that can either get me to want to escape or so distracted that I can’t concentrate. Or I feel the strain of having too much on my TBR and I feel the need to rush from book to book… I’ve really started to take control of that in this new year. Slow down. Enjoy the experience. Stay in the moment!
What effects your reading speed?