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How fast do you read through books??

Old 02-12-06, 06:32 AM
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Depends on how heavy of a read the book is for me. Something heavy like Conrad I read at a very slow pace of about 15-20 pages an hour. While a lighter read is about a page a minute. I could probably read though books faster but I like to take my time when I read for entertainment.

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Old 02-13-06, 11:20 AM
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It takes me ~5 minutes a page for my schoolbooks (graduate level). I'm reading for thorough comprehension, though. And I thought that was good!

I read here and there - the throne, at work, at the drive-through waiting for my meal, DMV, etc.
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Old 10-03-08, 04:13 PM
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How long does it take you to read a book?

I am a VERY slow reader. I "hear" the words in my head and sometimes re-read. If I get interrupted mid-sentence (even if it's a long passage) I -have- to start again from the last period. I read at the most 1-2 books a month, if that. Sometimes only one book a month, sometimes less. The last book I can remember finishing is Harry Potter 7 when it came out (and that only took me a week). One problem is that I need complete silence to concentrate and read and hence I can't read most books in public. It has to be very simplistic and accessible for me to be able to read in public. So that lowers my reading possibilities. And I have a very short attention span, period, so I'm usually doing 3-4 things at a time (Internet, movie, reading, sleeping in short bursts) so I don't really read for long stretches of time.
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Old 10-03-08, 05:14 PM
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It really depends. My attention span isn't all that great either, so sometimes I'll start a book and get sidelined for like, months. I also tend to read while watching television, or I'll stop and surf the net, etc. I don't need complete silence to read, but trust me I tend to get distracted, confused and have to re-read parts alot. Like my brain isn't keeping up with the material.

If it's a book that's good it will usually take me about a week. If it's something completely engrossing, I've been known to finish in a day or two. The last book I did that with was Steve Martin's Born Standing Up. But, sometimes I'll get a book, pick it up and won't pick it back up for months.
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Old 10-03-08, 06:01 PM
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Depending on the book somewhere between a day and a week. I am a quick reader but I skim a lot of the books I read only focusing on the dialogue. I have never been able to get into long descriptions of settings and scenes.
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Old 10-03-08, 08:34 PM
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Depends on the book. I've been working on the same book for the past 3 months and it is only 400 pages. However, I read 900 paged King books over the weekend. Books like Harry Potter, Song of Ice and Fire, dragonlance, I go through those like a hot knife through butter.
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Old 10-04-08, 03:31 PM
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I read between 50-75 pages per hour, depending on the book. (I actually read, I don't skim.) So I usually read around 3 books a week.
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5 days to 2 weeks, depends on how long the book is; I try to read 1 book a week.
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Old 10-04-08, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by djmont View Post
I read between 50-75 pages per hour, depending on the book. (I actually read, I don't skim.) So I usually read around 3 books a week.
That's around 18 hours a week Where do you find the time? I wish I had all that time to read IN SILENCE
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Old 10-04-08, 07:03 PM
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I read for 2 or 2.5 hours most days. I love to read, so I'd rather do it than spend that time watching TV, surfing the internet, etc. (which I obviously do as well, but not as much).

Of course, getting paid for it is good incentive...
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Old 10-04-08, 07:12 PM
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I'm an incredibly slow reader. Like deb, I hear the words in my head and often have to reread sentences. I would say I average a week to read a book. If it's a page turner, like say a Dan Brown book, that time is considerably shorter. If it's a bit dense, then the time can be considerably longer.

If I would venture to guess, I think my readig "speed" is slightly quicker than that of a book on tape. That's how I hear the words in my head.
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Old 10-04-08, 07:17 PM
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I average about ~1 book per week -- though will probably increase with the coming winter.
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Old 10-06-08, 04:31 PM
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That totally depends upon the book. I've read books in a day. Some books that only mildly interest me have taken up to a month and a half. I average about one a week to two weeks. I spend a lot more time in front of the tube or computer.
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Old 10-07-08, 02:58 AM
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As a child and a teen I could read a book in a day or two. Maybe a week if it was Lord of the Rings.

In my twenties I found I was only reading a book or two a week.

These days it is more like a book a month.

Although I used to read very quickly, it is more a question of how much time I spend on books nowadays. With television, magazines, papers etc - not to mention the net - I've found that the fraction of the day I keep available for reading has much diminished. This is a matter of some regret. On the plus side, I do get out more and see more films and plays!

My unread pile remains large and growing!
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but gave up on Ghost Story by Peter Straub because I had only finished half of it in a couple of weeks. It's not that I disliked it. I just got frustrated by lack of progress.
That's because it was a total snore! It's one of the few novels I'd recommend the movie over any day. I think it's just his writing style.
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Old 10-10-08, 11:48 PM
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im a slow reader, i know i have to read more books probably like 1 a week but i dont have alot of time.
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Old 11-13-08, 05:41 PM
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Does it realy matter? Reading is all about enjoyment. If you read slow you get more for your money. Ponder this: If the topis was sex would anyone be braging about how fast they were?
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Old 12-09-08, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Fladnag View Post
Does it realy matter? Reading is all about enjoyment. If you read slow you get more for your money. Ponder this: If the topis was sex would anyone be braging about how fast they were?

i don't think "it matters" -- it is just interesting to hear people's responses.
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Old 12-30-08, 12:59 AM
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That totally depends upon the book. I've read books in a day. Some books that only mildly interest me have taken up to a month and a half. I average about one a week to two weeks.
I'm the same way. It all depends upon the book.

If I'm reading for speed I can read quite quickly. But since I'm no longer in school my reading is mostly done for pleasure.

I read "Einstein's Dreams" this year, a book that could easily be read in one sitting. But it took me two months because I wanted to savor it. Each passage was so thought provoking that I took the time to think about what I was reading before continuing.

There are very few books I have ever walked away from once starting. So if I find myself reading a book I don't like I usually get stuck on it for forever, sometimes for months and months.

But it can go either way. If I love a book I can easily devour it. I read "Now is the Time to Open Your Heart" in one sitting, while waiting for the dentist. Books I love like "Harry Potter" or "Jane Eyre", or am just enjoying like "Twilight" or "Cause Celeb", I get through quickly.
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Old 12-30-08, 03:05 PM
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It depends as I go through reading spurts where I'll read one book in a day or take 3 months to finish a book. Part of it depends on what else is going on (if things are busy at work or I'm on vacation)
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Old 10-04-11, 12:17 PM
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Are you a fast or slow reader?

I consider myself a slow reader. It isn't because I am dumb, I just don't read books quickly. My wife is on the other end of the spectrum -- she can read a long novel in a couple of days. It may take me a couple of weeks. I am currently reading A Game of Thrones which is like 800 pages long. I have been reading for a week and am on page 175.

So, are you fast or slow?
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Old 10-04-11, 07:49 PM
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Re: Are you a fast or slow reader?

Usually pretty fast. Before I had kids, I was averaging 80-90 books a year, so a little under 2 books a week. Now I can't find the time to start a book, let alone finish it. I read one book this year, and now that both kids are in daycare and hopefully more on a schedule, I want to start reading more often again. I have to go through the last couple of months of the What Are You Reading threads to see what new releases I've missed...
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Old 10-04-11, 07:58 PM
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Re: Are you a fast or slow reader?

I'm a slow reader, averaging 1 or 2 books a month (unless a book's really short or I'm super interested in it, in which case I'll burn through it quickly). But that's also taking into consideration that I usually do my reading right before bed. By that time I'm pretty tired and only make it through a chapter or two.

I'm thinking of getting a Kindle next month and I'm wondering if that'll change the way I read.

Unrelated, but I also get sick if I read in a car. Man, I wish I could, though. So many long road trips over the years would've just flown by.
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Re: Are you a fast or slow reader?

Fast reader, when I read.
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Re: Are you a fast or slow reader?

I've had my Kindle for a little more than a year, 55 weeks to be exact and read 114 books.
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