I’d like to think that I’m a fast reader. Everything else I do pretty slowly but the act of speed reading…I’ve got that on lock-down. For as long as I can remember I’ve always been a fast reader. I quickly outgrew those picture books in 1st grade with a maximum of three words on each page and began reading chapter books that summer starting with those Magic Treehouse and Babysitters Clubs books.
I had always flown through books at an ungodly rate reading two or three of those books in a day and while then I never thought much of it now that I think back on it that was insane. I mean I knew I read fast but I never really knew how fast until high school.
My freshman year I read close to 300 hundred book, reading two (or more) books every day. After meeting many like-minded bookish people, I learned that not every person reads as fast as I do. And that got me thinking what constitutes a person who reads fast, I mean I may actually be a slow reader but I just dedicate more of my time to reading than other people may do, or vice versa for others.
While most of that probably has to do with the fact that I have no life, I think some of that has to do with the fact that I read “fast. But then again most people have social lives so I thought this would be a good place to spark a discussion about reading speeds. I mean what is normal? To fast? To slow?
Tell me what you think below? What type of reader are you?