Are you a fast or slow reader?

February 14, 2016 Discussion 65

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.

im fine.
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!

Are you a fast or slow reader?
Do you wish you were one or the other?
What are the positives/negatives you’ve noticed?


65 Responses to “Are you a fast or slow reader?”

  1. Lonna | FLYLēF

    Love the new banner and html body typeface guys! I like the slight tweak, and I still know that this is RiW. :) I’m a slooooowwwww, sllllooooowwww reader. Ha ha! English is my second language, so I ALWAYS use that as an excuse. In fact, we have three primary languages in our house, and my sons’ are learning a 4th–Spanish. Excuse aside, I actually don’t know how many pages I can read in an hour. I’ll have to time myself and get back to you, Alise. :)
    Lonna | FLYLēF recently posted…Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy 1)

    • Alise

      Thank you so much! Wow, I don’t think I knew that, you could never tell at all! That is amazing, definitely something to be proud of. Haha, will do ;)

  2. Mara @ Mara Was Here

    I think I’m a pretty fast reader. Ever since I was a kid, my mom’s always had a problem of buying me new books to read because I almost always finish them in a span of one or two days. However, I can totally relate to the fact that I tend to forget what I read in a matter of weeks. xD

    I always have a hard time recalling what happened in a book – especially when I need to review it – when I’ve already started on a new one. It’s even harder to recall what happened to a book when I’ve already read it’s sequel – it’s like the scenes are already mashed together that I forget what scene happened in what book. xD
    Mara @ Mara Was Here recently posted…The Infinity Dreams Award: In Which I Talk About Being A Gigantic Stick And Having This Weird Obsession With Typing On A Keyboard

    • Alise

      Exactly! My mom was the same way, eventually she started just taking me to the library. I remember going there so much when I was younger.

      Oh man, tell me about it. I have the hardest time reviewing a book if I’ve started a new one. YES. I wonder why though, is it because we have read so many books?

  3. Tasya

    I’m definitely a past reader. I just flew through the books so fast, even though I tried to slow down and enjoy the book I keep flipping the pages. And I agree, fast readers also the details really fast! It’s hard to write a review because I have to keep going back to the book to figure out the details. Great post and love the new design!<3
    Tasya recently posted…I See It, I Ship It: The Ultimate OTP List

    • Alise

      With a really good book, I find myself in the same scenario! I’m too lazy to go back to the book so I’ll just be vague sometimes xD Thank you so much!

  4. Wattle

    I would say…I’m in between (a copout, I know). I don’t think I’m a slow reader, but I’m not very fast either. I read a page every 40 seconds or so generally (smallish font on the kindle) which is apparently 90 pages an hour, but I’d say it’s more like 75 (I inevitably have to re-read things sometimes when my mind wanders). I used to read faster, but I found I wasn’t retaining anything, so unless I’m totally flying through a book because I NEED TO KNOW THINGS, I try and pace myself :)
    Wattle recently posted…The Sunday Post #1

    • Alise

      I know what you mean, as I get older I feel like my eyes fly over the words but I don’t actually take anything in, especially if I have a lot going on. It’s weird how our eyes will still go through the motions of reading but the brain doesn’t really read.

  5. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Before we start chatting here, I have to say: I LOVE your new design ♥♥ Loved the old one too of course but you always have gorgeous designs and this one is no exception!!

    Before I started blogging, I would have said I’m a fast reader. I certainly read faster than all my friends at school and even now. I would be one of the fastest in all my classes, either English or French. My mom and I used to drive like an hour to get to the closest bookstore, she’s buy me a bunch of books to hold me over till next time and then I’d finish them all in 2 days O.O BUT, when I started blogging, I realized that SO MANY of you read WAAAYYY faster than I do. I mean naturally now I work, and with mobile phones and the internet my attention span isn’t what it used to be…plus my boyfriend takes up some of my time too with Netflix marathons and forcing me into outdoor activities LOL! Still, I wish I could read like 200 books in a year!
    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews recently posted…Review: The Scorpio Races

    • Alise

      :DD Thank you so much!!

      I can totally relate to that, my parents were like that too, haha. My attention span isn’t what it used to be either, I definitely can’t read as fast as I used to. I did 200 books last year and it was ridiculous, I was pretty much stressing out the entire year xD

  6. Kirsty-Marie Jones

    Ahhh, I think for me it depends on the book whether I’m fast or slow reading it, I’m faster with all things contemporary but then pretty average with everything else, haha. But yeah, I definitely forget details more when reading faster, and I’ve been finishing one every other day, so they blur together, and I get more book hangovers that way, too, which blah. I was doing a buddy read for Quicksilver and we were only doing 50 pages a day (I was also reading something else at the time for the first two days) so then was just, do you want to finish it today? And read 200+ in under 3 hours. I do wish I could read faster with Fantasy, it just takes me so long to get into them (unless it’s The Winners Curse, got into that straight away).
    Kirsty-Marie Jones recently posted…Let’s play…Q&A with Alison Goodman

    • Alise

      Interesting! I guess that kind of relates to the pacing as well, because with books like Game of Thrones I’m pretty sure everyone’s reading speed falls xD

      Yeah, that’s why buddy reads are so tough sometimes :/ That’s great though!

  7. Anissa @ She Reads Too Much

    Firstly, I LOVE THE NEW LAYOUT AND THEME! :D It looks so smooth and it is just perfection! Your themes just keep getting better and better!

    And secondly, I can either be a really fast reader or a really slow reader. It all depends on how much I love the book, but if it is really bad sometimes I end up skimming (it’s a thing I’ve started to do lately, I never used to skim before but I just don’t want to waste time and really try to avoid DNFing). If a book is really good I sit there and finish it in one sitting haha. xD Great post!
    Anissa @ She Reads Too Much recently posted…Valentine’s Day Special: bloggers and their OTPs

    • Alise

      Thank youuuuu :D

      I don’t even have the patience to skim, aha. That’s probably why I have more than a few DNFs. But then again I lack patience in general, so. But yeah, it does depend on the book!

    • Alise

      As long as you enjoy reading, the speed doesn’t matter! I don’t skim too much, but my reading memory is really bad anyway, haha.

  8. Terri M., the Director

    I’m middle of the road. It depends on how the book is written. I’ve been known to devour books in a day (Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf most recently), but I’ve also been known to take weeks to read a book (I’m on week 2.5 of re-reading The Book Thief).

    I agree with you that it sucks when you race through a book because it is over so quickly and then you have to wait YEARS for another book by that author or the next book in a series. Fans of George R.R. Martin are flipping about book 6. And I’m all like…I’m an Outlander fan, I’ve waited 5 or 6 years (or maybe longer) for the next book in that series and the author posts snippets of her WIP on the Interwebs. TORTURE!
    Terri M., the Director recently posted…Scenic Sundays | For the Love of Coffee

    • Alise

      I know what you mean, there are a lot of factors that come into play. I finished Queen of Shadows in one day but I’ve been reading Winter for over a month.

      YES. Oh man, I can only imagine that wait is rough. I haven’t started that series yet but yeah, I know a lot of people are waiting for them.

  9. Kelly

    It’s true my reading habit would be totally unsustainable without the library! Especially when I was in high school- I came home with a new book every two days or so… I definitely couldn’t afford to read as much as I do without it. Thank goodness for libraries!
    Kelly recently posted…Review: Passenger

  10. Omobola

    LOVEEEEEE the new design, it’s absolutely beautiful. I am definitely a fast reader and sometimes that is such a bummer especially when I’m reading a book I really love and in a couple of hours, I’m like, is that it? Damn another good one gone. It’s a blessing and a curse because it gets you through some books pretty quick while it rubs you of the chance to enjoy others as much as you want. My sister always says that my pace is too fast for her liking. I can finish 3 books in a day and it doesn’t do well for my reviews because like you said, I tend to forget things.
    Omobola recently posted…Book Review: Storm Siren (What you should know)

  11. Cait @ Paper Fury

    THIS IS LIKE 10000% ME. Agh. Speed-reading is awesome??? But at the same time, OMG I FORGET ALL THE THINGS. And mostly all other readers hate us, right?!? XD And one time I was speeding through a book I bought and I honestly made myself put it down for a while because I spent like $30 bucks on it and I was reading it too fast. xD #poorbookwormproblems
    Cait @ Paper Fury recently posted…The Impostor Queen // This Book + Me = IT’S TRUE LOVE

    • Alise

      YES. Speed reading comes in handy so much, but yeah, there are some definite negatives. True, so true xD Hahaha, that’s great. The struggle is real.

  12. Sarah J.

    I love the new look! It’s so pretty and calming. I would say that depending on the genre I can be a fast or slow reader and also depending on my interest levels with the story that’s being presented. There are times when I can read about 100 pages an hour and then there are times when I only read 50 pages an hour.
    Sarah J. recently posted…Violet Night Trilogy Blog Tour + Review & Giveaway

  13. Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things

    I RELATE TO THIS SO MUCH! haha! *flail* I swear I can never remember a single thing after I’ve read the book, which is why I generally need to re-read a series before reading the last book! AGH so annoying! No. 5, I’m busy reading The Final Empire and OMG it’s so slow paced right now and I’m dyinggg! haha. Absolutely love this post!
    Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things recently posted…Valentines Day, Love is in the air – 4 Reasons to Love Rowan & Aelin as Much as I Do

    • Alise

      Returning to a series when it has been awhile is the absolute worst, I agree. That’s why I tend to use Recaptains. Pacing can definitely play a huge part in it all too. Thanks :D

    • Alise

      Thank you so much! Oh my gosh, so true. My friend and I took a lot of the same classes and I would blow through the readings and felt so bad for her because she was a slow reader.

  14. Sara L.

    I’d already commented on your layout on Twitter… but I’ll say it again here: It’s lovely! I especially like the feathers in the header. (Hey, that kinda rhymes!)

    I… guess I would call myself a slow reader? I read anywhere between 40 to 80 pages a day, depending on how much time I have (usually an hour, unfortunately not more) and how much I’m enjoying the book. The more I like the story, the faster I tear through it. I’m fine with my current speed, though. It’s much faster than it was a couple years ago, mostly because I consciously make more time for reading that I had then. ;)
    Sara L. recently posted…Tea Time at Reverie: Tea Maineia’s Cold Comfort Herbal Blend

    • Alise

      Thank you so much, Sara! :3

      That’s still really good! It depends on the book for me too, when I get bored enough that I keep counting pages then my reading speed really slows.

    • Alise

      I think it’s because I tend to look at and read a few words at once, instead of reading word by word, if that makes sense. Thank you!

  15. Amanda @ Nellie and Co.

    Funny you ask. I’m a fast reader, but not a BIG reader anymore, I can read a book in 4 hours, but only one a fortnight, so, is that fast or not fast? I do find that I forget things quickly if I don’t write things down straight after, but that’s more emotions and things I feel about the book, the book itself stays complete in my mind for weeks months after I’ve read it.

    OH, also, the new design? I LIKEY. Very nice, I don’t always like blue, but this is subtle <3
    Amanda @ Nellie and Co. recently posted…2 Social Media Apps That Have Changed How I Instagram

    • Alise

      I can also relate to that. I’ve been reading Winter for over a month but have finished other books in a day since then and there’s no real reason. Even if I write stuff down, it’s pretty much still gone xD

      Thank you so much! Blue is actually my favorite color so I can to include it haha xD

  16. Maya @ Suddenly Inundated

    I adore this post! I honestly dont know what I am… I’m not a slow reader, I read about a book every 3 days, but I’m not super speedy either… I used to think I was pretty fast but now I’m not so sure… one reason I dont read super fast is because I have things to do, *nods* I get super busy doing homework, or going to soccer practice, that I just dont wanna do anything anymore. Reading included… So I guess I could be fast (maybe not as fast as you) but it would require a lot more effort…
    Maya @ Suddenly Inundated recently posted…Wherein I List All The Places I Smash Books Into My Head

    • Alise

      Thanks! Man, do I feel that. Although I am a fast reader I’ve been so busy with school that I’ve been working on reading Winter for over a month now. Plus video games are tkaing more of my attention :P

    • Alise

      You go girl! That’s awesome. I usually fill my Goodreads goal with manga xD Ooh, nice! What have you been watching? I’ve been needing some new recommendations!

  17. Arvenig

    Unluckly for me I’m a fast reader if I like the book…. I can read more than 70 pages per hour if I really like it and then I remember pretty much everything but I hate it because I finish the best books in so little time and short books that I don’t like in more than a week….
    Arvenig recently posted…Review: Wonder by R.J.Palacio

    • Alise

      That’s a good point. Since my favorite books are the ones I read through pretty fast, they are (sadly) the ones that I am more likely to forget.

  18. Peach @ Rebelle Reads

    lol I die over the modern family GIF. I’ve used it once and I feel like I should use it x10 more often. but I think im a medium reader? Some days, I read fast, other days, I’m so snail-slow and lazy. Just in-between, really. Sweet discussion!

  19. Jackie

    I am a sloooooow reader. And very easily distracted too. And while I get to savor books and not forget its contents 10 minutes after finishing a novel, it does make running a book blog a challenge because I’m lucky if I can read a book in one week.

    • Alise

      I’m pretty easily distracted nowadays too, especially if there is something going on around me. There are always other things to talk about on your blog, so don’t feel too stressed out :)

  20. Olivia

    Is it bad that I have NO idea whether I am a slow or a fast reader? I always thought I was a fast one, but that is simply because I make the TIME for reading and therefore read a lot. I think I’m just normal pace. I know I’m not slow, but I don’t think I am particularly fast either. :3
    Olivia recently posted…A Study in Charlotte (Review)

    • Alise

      Nah, I didn’t know my reading speed until my friend said something! You make a good point about the fact that whether or not you have time to read factors in as well!

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv badge