I read too fast for my own good.
Not in the ‘Oh, I’m such a fast reader, I just read too many books,’ way. More like: “I devour books so fast that they are often over long before I want them to be and I also tend to miss things in my avid pursuit of making the story fly past my eyes like a fast-paced film or something.’
Yeah, just like that.
It took longer for me to read Wool than usual not because I was able to reign in my reading speed, more because it was a long novel and I didn’t have much time for reading past the usual two hours per day on my commute – which to some people is way more time than they have aside for reading. Me? I would read for hours more each day if I could find time for it. My favourite unrealistic daydream is being paid to lie around, drink coffee and read all day. Biscuits may also be involved. I would probably need to get several more cats too, to loll about with me. Hey, it’s a very specific daydream. I can fantasize, can’t I?
Often I find myself turning the page and scanning down to see whats coming. It’s as if I’m so caught in the pace that I can’t be bothered with mere description or exposition, I need action! I guess this is another manifestation of my impatience – a trait I am working very hard to eliminate from my otherwise large collection of colourfully wacky and oftentimes annoying personality traits.
Sometimes (and I shudder to admit this and what it probably reveals about me) but if I am really excited about a book and completely devour it, I will sometimes start reading it again right away, because I know in my fervour that I have likely missed a great deal of important aspects of the story. Or if I don’t do this, on re-reading the book at a later date, I’ll find whole events I don’t remember. Mid-book I’ll often catch myself at the end of the page and make myself go back because I know I have seen the words, but I haven’t absorbed them properly. I get far too caught up in what will happen next to concentrate on what is happening now.
When I can control myself enough to read fast while still absorbing the words properly, then I know I have an enviable ability (well, enviable if you are a huge book-dork like myself) in being able to read so quickly. The narrative plays out… not quite in real-time, not quite like a movie, but something like that. And I think it’s one of the reason why I enjoy reading so much. Several friends of mine who don’t read for recreation say it is because they read too slowly for the process to be enjoyable – that they can’t get the events to flow in a timely manner and become frustrated.
Do you read fast as well? Do you wish you could read faster?
Or would you like to be able to slow down a bit, enjoy and absorb the story more?