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post #31 of 52
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Originally Posted by cata_mint View Post
speed reading is (i think) when you're reading so fast you're skimming the page essentially, and are meant to only read the beginning and end of words.
Oh, ok! Then I'm just reading quickly, not speed reading.
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Originally Posted by cata_mint View Post
(mild hijack) To everyone below when you read can you sort of see the action unfolding in your minds eye, like a mini-film?
Usually, yes.
post #32 of 52
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Originally Posted by cata_mint View Post
(mild hijack) To everyone below when you read can you sort of see the action unfolding in your minds eye, like a mini-film?
YES! That's me too! I have a picture in my mind of exactly what every character looks like and I will actually "watch" the book in my mind. I love it! It's so much better than a movie!
post #33 of 52
I read mostly paperbacks (easier on the hands) and mostly military/aviation thrillers and sci/fi about 400 pages, that's about 3 days worth of casual reading (while in the tub, waiting on dinner, before sleep kicks in. I'm a technical librarian by trade, so I read alot. Technical manuals at work, so I only read for fun at home.

I read every magazine and newspaper I can get a grab at, and love reading online as well.
post #34 of 52
It depends on whether I am going through a manic reading spree or not! I can read a 500 page novel in around 2 hours if I'm in the mood. I tend to buy books cheap second-hand at charity shops, 8 or so novels will last about a week if I read them on the way to and from work.
post #35 of 52
I read before bed, and it takes about a month to read a book..I only read a chapter or two at a time
post #36 of 52
It largely depends on the book and how interesting it is. Right now I am reading a book that is only 271 pages long but I've been reading it for about a week. I just can't stay interested in it. I put aside last night with something like a total of 5 pages left to still read.

Typically I read in bed before I sleep, be it at night or when I lay down for a nap during the day. I have noticed that since I got my CPAP machine for my sleep apnea that I tend to fall asleep faster so I don't stay up as long reading.

When I was reading "Dan Brown" and "Vince Flynn" novels I tended to lazy in bed throughout the day to read. I find reading while I'm in bed more relaxing than sitting at a table or in a chair.
post #37 of 52
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Originally Posted by Anakat View Post
I do like to read, I read the last Harry Potter in 6 hours, but I do a lot of Xstich or crochet so I listen to Audio books.

My DH listens to a lot of audio books on his commutes. He loves the unabridged versions, which most of them are now. It is just very strange to have a conversation start with "I listened to the best book today."
post #38 of 52
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Originally Posted by Mirinae View Post
I wish I could read in transit, but I get motion sickness when I try to read or focus on something while the vehicle is moving. *le sigh* It would've made the loooong drive to Florida pass a bit more quickly!


That used to drive me mad on the commuter trains into manhattan. Was on that thing for over an hour each way every day, so it would have been plenty of time to get some reading in.... but no... 5 minutes into reading on the train and I feel sick. Blah..
post #39 of 52
I read alot so that is why I go to Goodwill and buy lots of books. My sis and I mail boxes back and forth too. Our Public Radio Station has Chapter a Day from 12:30-1:00pm sometimes I will listen to that. Lots of time I have a book open while I am on the computer as with dial up some things can take a while to load!!
post #40 of 52
It takes me a while, on average about a month and sometimes longer depending on how long it is. My mind drifts off way too much to concentrate long enough, so it takes me a while. I usually only read late at night in bed or perhaps I could finish one sooner. I just only really like to read when I'm all relaxed in bed at night, unless it's something I'm extremely interested in then I'll find other times to read it. I do love to read though, I just wish more books got my interest.
post #41 of 52
I like to read in the evenings. My problem is I get absorbed in the books and can't stop! If I'm reading something lighter, I'll read it in 1 night. If it's a little heavier I might have to put it down a few times.
post #42 of 52
If a story is compelling, holds my interest... I can read the average novel in an afternoon.

But if it's also well-written, with vivid characters and vibrant dialog -- then I don't want to read it fast! I want to savor the language, "hear" the voices of the characters in my head, sometimes even read some of the dialog aloud (in private), performing it as if I were an actor.

As you might imagine, that slows me down a bit!

Just this afternoon, I finally got my hands on a copy of "Heart Shaped Box," the recent novel by Joe "Hill," who is actually Joe King, son of Stephen. I was in the middle of another excellent book when I got hold of this one ("Ghost Dancer," by John Case), and I tried to go ahead and finish it first... but my mind just wouldn't stay on it. Had to go see whether Joe could shake me up as thoroughly as his father does.

And oh boy, can he!
post #43 of 52
I read at night after the animals and Ari are put to bed. It usually takes me two nights of 2 am readings to get threw one book. Im a very fast reader! Before I had Ari I could read 1 1/2 books a day.
post #44 of 52
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
Just this afternoon, I finally got my hands on a copy of "Heart Shaped Box," the recent novel by Joe "Hill," who is actually Joe King, son of Stephen. I was in the middle of another excellent book when I got hold of this one ("Ghost Dancer," by John Case), and I tried to go ahead and finish it first... but my mind just wouldn't stay on it. Had to go see whether Joe could shake me up as thoroughly as his father does.

And oh boy, can he!
Oooh I will have to grab a copy on my next bookstore visit!
post #45 of 52
Same as most people. If the book is compelling, and i am not distracted i may take a few days or a week. I cant sit there for 10 hours and speedread. Bad for my eyes lol
post #46 of 52
i like to read almost all the time. and i read pretty fast, i usually don't have a timetable because the books i read are all different lengths. but it takes me, i think, about an hour to read 100 pages. with small font. but it depends on the book, where i am, and what i'm doing at the time. it mostly depends on the book, and it has to catch my attention and everything has to be interesting or i skip parts or stop reading the book. i can read while walking and commuting, although planes give me a headach after a while and on long trips i can only read if certain conditions are met, ie. good lighting, lots of window view, interesting book, people aren't super loud or keep talking to me, i don't have a previous headache, etc. my comprehension is very good. i understand most of what i read unless it is like a textbook or something. simple fact. i don't really like to speed read, i miss a lot of the subties of the written language. i don't really see a picture in my head, it is more like vague misty shapes or ideas. actually, now, a lot of the time, when i dream it isn't in pics, most of it is in text. or what is annoying is when i read a book and i realize i've dreamed it before. i know i haven't just read it before because it happens with newly printed books most of the time. i literally remember reading the text word for word. or the plot line with details i shoudn't have. either way, it is odd.
post #47 of 52
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I can read a 500 page novel in around 2 hours if I'm in the mood.
have to ask, do you actually READ the book, or just skim it. Not to be rude, but reading over 4 pages a minute is humanly impossible.
post #48 of 52
I used to be able to speed read but somewhere along the line I seem to have lost the ability. Not sure how. So I don't read as quickly as I used to but I'm mostly happy with that as I don't like to read so quickly that I miss out on the detail and the language. When the new Harry Potter book comes out I'll probably take 1-2 days to read it. I could never read it as quickly as some people do, but I could get it finished in one day quite easily. However, I'll try to make it last until the following day and resist the temtpation to race through it as quickly as possible. After all, it's the last book and once I get to the end of it there'll be no more
post #49 of 52
Most books take me 6 to 8 hours to read, depending on how well they capture my interest. I just read the latest Lee Childs book, Hard Luck & Trouble in about 6 hours and the latest Lincoln Child book, Deep Storm, in about 8 hours. If it isn't something that really grabs me, it can take me two or three evenings to finish a book. I love to read!
post #50 of 52
Not very long. If I really like it I will give up sleep - regardless of work or not - and finish it straight through.
post #51 of 52
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Originally Posted by Epona View Post
It depends on whether I am going through a manic reading spree or not! I can read a 500 page novel in around 2 hours if I'm in the mood. I tend to buy books cheap second-hand at charity shops, 8 or so novels will last about a week if I read them on the way to and from work.
I'm addicted to charity shops and second-hand bookstores, too. My main problem is that my husband of 27 years has imposed a maximum limit of about 1,000 books in the house at any one time (our third floor consists of bookcases), so I have to do some weeding out before I go and buy more.

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Originally Posted by TortieBaby View Post
have to ask, do you actually READ the book, or just skim it. Not to be rude, but reading over 4 pages a minute is humanly impossible.
No, it's not impossible at all, but largely a matter of practice, meaning the more you read, the faster you get. As I mentioned in a previous post, I studied literature, so got quite used to reading books by a very close deadline. Since I'm a language teacher at a junior college, I still have to read a lot while searching for suitable material and marking tests.

I also think people's brains work differently. Some people's brains can grasp words and meanings faster, while others' see geometric patterns more quickly, for example.

Some can skim a 500-page book in 15 minutes, IME, but it takes them hours to figure out a simple Soduku.
post #52 of 52
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21 View Post
While I haven't been working I have been reading a lot and am running out of books (YAY for my Chapters discount card and their awesome sales, I got $120 worth of books for $28!!)
Bargain!
I like to read when I go to bed so sometimes it takes me a while to finish a whole book. Especially when I fall asleep and lose the page
If it`s a really good book then I can read it in 2 days.
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