I thought I had turned into a slow reader

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?

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4 Comments

  1. February 17, 2019 / 8:02 pm

    Compared to some people I’m a fast reader, but when I look at some book bloggers I’m incredibly slow! My husband and son both read fantasy novels which are always huge books so they’re very slow readers!

    • sophies99
      Author
      February 17, 2019 / 8:10 pm

      Some book bloggers have actually mastered the act of time travelling, there’s no other explanation, haha. And yeah, fantasy novels definitely take a lot longer to read than other books, especially if they have a lot of world building.

  2. February 18, 2019 / 10:58 am

    I know what you mean. I don’t read as much as a lot of book bloggers I see so I feel like I’m not the best reader. But reading is about enjoying it and doing it at your pace. But it is great when you’ve read lots of books and have enjoyed it. I’m not sure if I am a fast reader– I think I am the fastest in my house but I am not sure. I think I am fast depending on if I am enjoying it because if I am not it takes me a while to finish it.

    • sophies99
      Author
      February 18, 2019 / 1:24 pm

      If I enjoy a book I will certainly read it a lot faster as well! And you’re right, enjoying reading is most important!!

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