The last few years I’ve been calling myself a slow reader. Not just that, I’ve been embarrassed. Many times I have felt like a bad bookworm. I wasn’t able to keep up with all the new releases, and I haven’t read a lot of books overall, resulting in not really being able to make lists or do lots of tags.
When I was younger and I had a library subscription, I read many many books. I believe I was at the library every few days to get new books, and I would often finish a book (or two) before dinner the same day I got it. I devoured books. If I remember correctly, I once read twelve books during a one week holiday.
Then I got older and I somewhat fell out of touch with reading. Looking back at it, I just didn’t have the headspace for it, so it makes sense. The library moved buildings and got a modern make-over as well, and after that I didn’t feel at home there anymore so I stopped going. In late 2010, when I was almost 12 years old, I stumbled upon The Hunger Games trilogy. It was on display because Mockingjay had just been released, but I was oblivious to the hype. The books sounded great and I bought all three. I loved the series and looked for more. That is when I got to know about Young Adult books and I started frequenting book shops. Around the same time I had to start reading books for school as well. Books that were not interesting to me at all, and I did not get why I had to read them, because the discussion lessons were pretty lacking. I read them because I had to and reading became a chore. At this point I was honestly just collecting books I was dying to read instead of reading them. I often wondered why I was not able to read for fun as much as I used to, which made me sad and frustrated me a lot.
I reflected on my reading goal of 2018 in My reading, blogging and writing goals for 2019, which was to read at least one book a month. When this blog post goes online, I have already read almost 7 books this year. And for me, that’s a huge deal! It makes me so happy. I am still not the fastest reader, maybe still below average, but I sure wouldn’t call myself a slow reader anymore. This past week I have read three books, all in one sitting. The reason I did this, was because the books were available for free on Riveted for 24 hours only. That sure was a great motivator to keep me reading. After I had finished the first book, I was excited to read another whole book the next day, instead of feeling like I was in a slump. Another thing I have noticed is that those three books I’ve read were all contemporary romances, while I have been reading fantasy a lot lately and it has been taking me ages to finish books in this genre. And I think that reading books in e-book format has helped me speed up a lot as well.
All this time I was thinking I had turned into a slow reader over the years, that I had forgotten how to read fast, when I actually just had to get back into a reading flow again, try different formats, and read books in a genre I had not read in a while. I hope I will be able to continue reading like this, and that I didn’t jinx it by writing this post, haha.
Do you consider yourself a fast or a slow reader? What has helped you to read more?