Booking Through Thursday: Speed

(My apologies for this post being so late- the question went up while I was out and about with the family, including the dog, all day!)

What do you think of speed-reading? Is it a good way to get through a lot of books, or does the speed-reader miss depth and nuance? Do you speed-read? Is some material better suited to speed-reading than others?

I think it’s a bad idea to speed read everything. I read fairly quickly, but I do try to savor the good books. You miss all the hard and fine work that an author has put into a book. I’m a little frightened to reread Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as I finished it in eight hours–I’m sure there’s plenty I’ve missed. Still, completely eschewing speed reading is hardly fair. Light reading should be done at a fairly steady clip, and I will admit to finishing off Gossip Girl and Jodi Picoult novels off in one day when I was in high school. It’s not about how fast you read, but how much you manage to take in.

6 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Speed

  1. I agree. It takes away from the book and I feel I miss too much.

    Go back and re-read HP. I did the same thing when I first got the book. When I re-read it, I caught a lot I missed the first time and found I like it even better.

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