When I was younger we had to take a reading test in school to determine what grade level we read at. At eight, I was reading at a college level. I can read around one hundred pages an hour and three books a day. Needless to say, I am a fast reader.
While speed reading comes in handy when
struggling to meet your outrageous Goodreads goals because every year the number must increase ahhhhh reading textbooks and such, there are some negatives.
Negatives of being a fast reader:
1. The good books are over too soon. You try to pace yourself through your favorites but you CAN’T STOP READING because BOOK. SO GOOD.
2. After you read the last page of a book, you have about ten minutes before you start forgetting details. If you start another book soon after you better hope you don’t have a review to write because the previous book is now pretty much gone from your brain.
3. The library is your best friend because you can’t afford to buy every book you read. You blew through the book you just spent $20 on in mere hours. You’ve had to be more critical of books because you can’t buy every single one you mildly enjoy. Yet you spend plenty in gas money getting to and from the library. It’s a good thing you get more than ten books every time you go. The librarians look at you like you’re going to steal all those books even though you’ve NEVER HAD A SINGLE FEE IN TEN YEARS.
4. Buddy reads are next to impossible. Fifty pages a WEEK?
5. No patience. You hope that epic fantasy novel you just started doesn’t take years to gather steam because you definitely don’t have the patience for that. Which sucks because fantasy is your favorite genre. You’ve had to struggle through books like THE FIFTH WAVE, CODE NAME VERITY, A THOUSAND NIGHTS, UPROOTED, etc. because you can’t stand a slow start. You just want to speed through the slow bits, even though you hate it when no time is set aside for development. You can’t really win.
Staples has a fun test to determine your reading read here. There is also My Read Speed and How Long to Read This if anyone was curious. But remember, whether you read one book or a hundred a year we are all awesome for reading!