How Fast of a Reader are You?

7 January, 2014 / 16 Comments


I soooo wish that I was a speedy reader.  I feel like so many people read books faster than me.  I look on Goodreads and other blogs and people just seem to be able to get through books so fast!  I came across one blog (I can’t remember which one; I’ve stumbled on so many) where the person running it read at least one book per day.  At least?  Sometimes she reads more than one?  How is that even possible?  Even if I had the time, I wouldn’t even be capable of reading more than one book in one day…unless I didn’t sleep!

I was looking on my Kobo reader the other day, looking at my stats, and apparently I average 10 hours per book.  Granted, some of that time I might not actually be reading (if I leave my Kobo on accidentally or take a break from reading but don’t close the cover or turn it off), but still.  Ten hours seems like a rather lengthy average time for a book, doesn’t it?

I know I’m not the slowest reader out there or anything.  I do read faster than some.  But, I can’t help but envy those who can read fast, who can read an entire book in an afternoon.  How amazing would that be?  Think of how many more books I could read!  How many more books I could scratch off my list of to-reads!

I know that getting faster comes with time.  I am already a faster reader than I was before I started blogging.  I read more and I read faster.  I hope the day comes when I can sit down and devour a book in a mere few hours!  Until then…

How about you?  Are you a fast reader?  A slow reader?  Or somewhere in between?  
Do you have speed-read envy like I do??

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Posted 7 January, 2014 by Sam in Books, Discussions / 16 CommentsTags: ,

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16 Responses to “How Fast of a Reader are You?”

  1. I’m a pretty fast reader. Depending on the book, I can sometimes finish one in a few hours, but certainly not always. I often read a book in one day, but rarely read more than one book in a day!! My husband already thinks I read too much – that would put him over the edge! 🙂

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  2. I’m not that fast of a reader, either. It takes me about 10 hours to finish a normal sized book as well, I think. I have the tendency to read every single word, instead of kind of reading the whole sentence at once, if that makes sense? I’ve tried to change this, though, so I’m slowly getting a bit faster at reading. It amazes me how many books some people can read in a year!

    • Yeah, that’s my problem too. But, I find that if I try too hard not to do that, I don’t enjoy the book as much, ya know?
      Yes, it amazes me too! And makes me very jealous…

  3. I hear ya. I read at about the same pace as you. Not only that, but I can’t seem to find much time to read, so I’m lucky if I can get through one book a week. To be able to sit down on a Saturday afternoon and just power through an entire book would be so sweet!

  4. It really depends on my surroundings, but I have been known to read 3000wpm which is sort of super-humanly fast, but I average 800wpm which is still fairly fast. But I sort of envy those who read slower, because even when I try to slow down and savor the book, I read quickly and end up missing certain things.

  5. I’ve always been a fast reader, but it means that I get frustrated if I get stuck not enjoying a book and find the my reading speed decreases to something akin to a snail’s pace!

  6. I feel like I’m a pretty average reader speed-wise, bordering on relatively fast, maybe? In an hour, I can read about 100 pages, more or less. So an average 300-400 page book would take me about 3-4 hours probably. I’ve actually been trying to work on reading faster. Not speed-reading per se, but just not being super lazy about it. I think it’s actually helping. Do you ever try to read faster on purpose?

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