I find that people think reading fast is a good thing. Which made me come to the realization that is reading fast really good? I mean, sure you get to read tons of books but I've learned from experience that there's cons to reading fast. And naturally, I compiled a pros and cons list, because these lists solve everything, naturally.
-You get to read more books. This is definitely the main pro of being able to read fast as you can literally consume books which is always great, especially if you have a MONSTER TBR like me. Reading books fast opens up opportunities to read more books.
-You get to recommend more books. Read fast = review fast. You can get more people into the fandom, faster. Like yay right?
-You can read + do stuff. I don’t know about you but I have goals when I read? I’d be like “stopping at chapter 15 so I can play violin” (not saying I always follow these goals but.) and so reading fast can help you get through it (while enjoying.. hopefully?) And then you can get stuff done. Yay.
-Sometimes you don’t understand? I’ll often read fast but then I’ll get to a point in the book and I’ll be like what. And then I’ll have to go again and read it again because I probably skimmed past a paragraph and that was an important paragraph and I read it too fast. You understand, just that feeling of confusion when something happens and you’re like “why?” “where?” “how?”
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-You forget about the book faster. Sometimes if I finish a book in a day or two, I’ll forget about it easily, and I won’t be able to review it without the book. This also frustrates me because unless the book is like really good, I won’t remember it later in my life so I probably won’t give it as a recommendation to people, which is quite sad sometimes if the books are half decent.
-You don’t get as into the book. It takes me time to be with the book to really get into the book. Usually again, if I finish the book in like 1-2 days, I most likely won’t be as connected with the book and the characters which is quite sad, again.
-You get to love the book. Countering one of the cons from fast reading, if you read slower, you can love the book. You can develop a relationship with a book, cherish it, love it as you read it slowly. The characters become your best friends. It’s nice all around. Unless the book sucks.
-You get to take in every single part of the book. Most likely, reading slow means that you read every word. And I find that wonderful, of course I don’t have the patience because if the paragraph has nothing somewhat exciting, I skim. This also means you understand more and you’re able to grasp more of the story. Which is also great all around. I applaud you if you do this, you are what I aspire to be.
I’ve decided not to put 3 pros here because these pros are worth at least 1.5. That and I can’t come up with another one bUt that does not mean fast reading is better since it has more cons, since these are worth 1.5, yes.
-Too many books to read. It piles up. You read slow, and your TBR just piles up. You just finished reading a book and BAM you have 100 new books on your TBR. (okay I’m exaggerating but for real too many books)
-It takes a lot of time. It takes you FOREVER to finish a chapter, which can honestly be annoying if you have more books you want to read and you can’t because you want to finish this book and it’s honestly just really annoying.
Only put two to be fair, we can count these as 1.5s too…
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So there was my first (real) post back from hiatus, hooray! i guess. I hope it helped somehow :)
Do you read fast or slow? What are the pros and cons of your reading type? Add to my list!
Thanks for reading,