As a bookblogger, I cannot help but compare myself to others from time to time – as I’m sure we have all done at least a few times in our blogging careers (and in life). One of the things I’m always most baffled by with other bloggers is their reading speeds. How some people manage to read over 100 books a year is beyond me (and I know a lot of you do!). I barely managed to read 50 books in 2015, and I spent quite a lot of my time reading in that year.
So, I wonder, what’s the big difference?
One obvious difference might be that English is not my native language – but I don’t really think that’s it. I don’t read that much faster in Dutch, and I am much more practiced in reading in English than I am in Dutch, too. I simply don’t read that fast.
If I do speed up my reading, I have the feeling I’m missing all kinds of things and will forget just what I’ve read as soon as I’ve turned the page. Also, “speedreading”? No idea how to do that. I figured it was just a myth for a long time. So if anyone’s got any tips on that – let me know. Does it involve skipping certain bits of a book? Or is it like skimming (which I’m not particularly good at either)? Let me in on your secrets!
The reason I decided to write a post about all this is because Julissa from Personal Creations approached me a while ago about a graphic she’d helped create about how long it will take to read certain books. I took a look at it, and was a bit surprised. For example. I’m pretty sure it took me a good while longer than 2,5 hours to read The Great Gatsby. And that’s the average person’s reading speed!
Now, to be fair, I hardly ever read a book in one sitting, so I have no real way of knowing how long it takes me to read any book. I just reread The Fault in Our Stars in three days, but those weren’t three full days of reading, obviously. Plus, I often had to reread a sentence because I thought it was so beautiful and wanted to really take it in. That happens to me a lot while reading – I want to make sure I really read it properly.
Anyway, I thought this was a really fun graphic to study for a little while. And it’s a long list as well. Seriously, good luck scrolling your way through that.
I’m very curious to hear your thoughts on all this! How much time do you spend reading? How many books do you read in that time? To make it a little more concrete, how many books do you read in a month, on average?