I did this online quiz thingy the other day. It tells you how many words you read per minute, based on this little excerpt thing. You can find the test here (and tell me what you got!).
My result was 675 words per minute. Which is apparently on par with college professors, but I’m not buying that. Although I WOULD look cool as a college professor.
(yes, this is what I think of when the word “professor” comes up)
This is the speed I generally read at. At this pace it says I can finish Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in about two hours. About 17 hours for the Bible (yeah, let’s not do that).
This raised a question in my mind. Namely, how long does it take me to read a book? I know that I’ve read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in a day once. All the times I’ve read The Fault in Our Stars have been in 2-3 hours (but that’s pretty short). But those are both books I really enjoy. Sometimes, if I really hate a book, it can get to be like this:
And that’s when my TBR seems to overwhelm me the most. If something’s just too dense and you’re not getting through it, it can seem like you’re running out of time. For what? Fair enough, for reviewing books sent to you by publishers. But as bloggers we’re used to reading things quickly – when I don’t, it comes as a shock. For instance, it took me two weeks to read Fellowship of the Ring (in between a couple of other books).
Western society in general places importance on instant gratification, and if I don’t like a book straight away, I often see that as a flaw in the book. The majority of people today don’t have the patience for lengthy descriptions like that of Tolkien. I was reading it like:
Basically…anger, and then not caring anymore.
Also, I’m a skim reader. I often miss things, and if a book didn’t stand out to me, I probably won’t even remember the main character’s name. As bloggers we have to be constantly reviewing new books and keeping up with popular series’ and sometimes it can seem like I’m finishing a book only to immediately start another.
I want to make sure this happens less. I want to savour books more, and take some more time to really enjoy books. I haven’t hit a reading slump yet, but if I’m not enjoying the reading process, I know it will happen way too soon. At the moment I read about 2 books a week, what with everything else that I’m doing. Any more than that and I’ll probably be overwhelmed.
And I never want to stop loving reading and blogging.
How long does it take you to read a book? Do you have the same problems as me?