How Fast Do You Read or How Often?

I’ve been reading A Dance of Dragons, as you know. It’s huge. Over 1,000 pages.  It’s literally a brick.  Ok, not literally but you get the idea.  Every time I bring it out to read at work someone mentions how big it is.  The other day this happened again. I mentioned that I had a little over 200 pages left to read that I should finish it this week.  My coworker was shocked.  He asked when I started reading. I had started about two weeks ago.  This started a whole conversation on how fast I read.  Apparently, reading 700+ pages in two weeks is a lot.  Normally, in two weeks, I would have read at least two books but also I don’t usually read books as dense as the Game of Thrones series.  I tried to make the argument, it’s not that I read fast, it’s that I read often.

I read on my commute to and from work.  That is about an hour and half round trip. I also read on my work breaks.  I have two jobs so I have two of them.  So that’s another hour and half.  So I read about three hours a day 5 days a week.  I usually read for a couple of hours on my days off, maybe an hour or two.  It depends on how many errands I have to run or what else I have to do.  So we are now up to about 15 to 19 hours a week, give or take.  I actually used to read a lot more because I used to read before I went to bed.  I don’t do that as much anymore because of my work schedule.

So is that a lot of time to read?  Just about right?  Not anywhere near as much as you?  But I do think it backs my theory that I read more often then read fast.  I may read faster then some but I don’t read as fast as others.  I just prioritize reading over other things. .

So how often do you read? And when do you read? How fast do you read or how slowly?  Sound off in the comments and let us know.

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3 thoughts on “How Fast Do You Read or How Often?

  1. I’m a slow reader as I enjoy losing myself in a book and that doesn’t happen if I try to rush so I take my time. I do most of my reading late at night before bed and during my commute on the train. It’s hard when you have a family to get “alone time” so sometimes it takes longer to finish a book than it would otherwise. Also, it depends on what’s going on in my life. If there’s a lot of turmoil I find it hard to concentrate and get distracted. Stephen King’s The Stand is the largest book that I can remember reading in terms of page count and it did take me a couple of months to finish due to my sporadic reading Schedule. King’s IT is not as as many pages as the stand but that didn’t take me as long. If it’s a story with multiple character arcs and different settings that become integral to the overall novel, I prefer to take me time and let it soak in rather than rush through for the sake of getting through the plot. There are stories where the journey you take with the character transcends what actually happens in the plot, and with those kinds of stories I prefer reading at a slow pace. For larger books, I actually like to pause after chapter breaks and think about whatever comes to my mind regarding the story and the characters and even try to anticipate what there the writer is going with it. Sometimes I’m right and sometimes I’m wrong but I still enjoy the process.

    • i like to take my time with stories with multiplr character arcs. the more characters there are, the more time I feel like I need with something.

  2. I try to read a little everyday. I listen to audiobooks (or NPR or podcasts) in my commute. The audiobooks seem pretty fast, posdibly because I listen at them at 1.25 speed. I don’t feel like I read quickly. I think the frequency with which I read accounts for my progress.

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