Today I want to talk about a topic that I feel like is often discussed on book blogs and social media but targets only one side of the spectrum. A lot of reading related blog posts seem to focus specifically on teaching people how to read faster and faster. I can understand why it would be favorable to increase one’s reading speed, however, I have consciously chosen to read slowly and will tell you guys in this post why.
Ever since I can remember, I have always been a slow reader and was constantly beating myself up about it, wanting to learn how to read faster. For reasons I do not understand today, it was of utmost importance to me to finish books quickly and to read as many books as possible. Today, I have accepted that I simply enjoy and benefit more from reading more slowly and don’t really care about the quantity but rather the quality of my reading.
I’m a very visual person and like focusing on the words that are in front of me. I’ve also noticed that a lot of the time when I try and read as fast as I can I don’t enjoy a book as I much I was hoping I would. However, when I slow down I feel like I can simply take in more details of the story and am more likely to end up liking the book in the end. On top of that, reading, in my opinion, should be a relaxing activity, something that helps me unwind at the end of a stressful day. So for me to be able to do that I just worked out that I had to read slow and accept the fact that I am a slow reader and I have no problem with it! No matter what type of reader you are, I think what matters most is that you can fully enjoy books and the reading experience that comes with them 🙂
What about you? Do you read fast or slow and how do you feel about it? Would you like to change anything about your reading speed or are you happy with it?
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