It has been said that I devour books. I’d like to, right here and now, debunk that notion. I get my fibre from other sources thank you very much.
I do, however, read. Voraciously. And apparently quite quickly. I can read a 40,000ish word story in about an hour and a half, maybe two hours. On a day off, with nothing else planned, I can read my way through 5 – 7 books. This seems to surprise people. I don’t speed read or skim read or whatever the heck it’s called. I just read.
As a kid, it used to surprise me that people would take days to read a book. I couldn’t understand it. Once you’d open a book, you read it. It was as simple as that.
It was exciting. You’d escape to a whole new world.
The spice of a mystery.
The smooth chocolate of a romance.
The roast and trimmings of an action adventure.
Then I grew up.
Housework, family, husband, work, social life, internet…all these things take time. Time away from reading. Once you opened a book there is no guarantee that you’ll finish it with no interruptions.
I can still read at the same speed, and I still get accused of devouring books. My to-be-read pile doesn’t go down at the same rate because I don’t read quite as many books in succession. And I still think people who take days to read a book are weird.
So what’s my point?
I think the speed I read is normal, and I’m always surprised at how surprised people are that I’ve ‘finished that book already’. If I read at a rate people think is fast then how fast is supposed to be normal. I’m not sure if that is a point, per sae, but it was the question that birthed this post.
Do you have an answer?