Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Too Slow?

There are 65 books on my wishlist at Borders.  And I'm sure, if I put more time and effort into it, I could easily double that number.  Knowing that, the rate in which I can complete a book seems way too slow.  This is actually something I've been thinking about recently, having been a part of my first reading challenge and checking out the blogs and reviews of the rest of those participating.  There's something I've noticed: while I used to think I was a fairly fast reader (nothing compared to my mother, but still faster than the average Joe), I have nothing on these people.  They read a book a week at least!  How is that possible?  These women have jobs just like me (or they're stay-at-home moms with toddlers which I think is even harder) and somehow they are tearing through their reading lists.

I read at every opportunity throughout the day - in the morning if I have extra time, on my breaks at work, walking to the gym during my lunch break - and, granted, once I get home the reading does tend to stop abruptly, but still.  Is that really the culprit, or am I not as fast a reader as I thought I was?  Normally I wouldn't care, but my wishlist is sort of overwhelming me and I'm wondering how I'm ever going to have the time to read everything I want to (and since we all know I'm not a patient person, I would prefer to read them all right now).

I don't really expect there to be an answer, other than to just keep truckin' and look forward to all the good books yet to come.


  1. Hmmm... I do think the abrupt end of reading when you get home probably plays a role in things... and the working out at the gym during your lunch instead of reading while you eat.
    I have the added bonus of 2 half hour/45 minute long bus rides a day and still haven't finished a book in a looonnngg while. I really need to get better about that!

  2. Is there a time limit on when you need to finish these books? I read anywhere from 1-3 books per week, but I a)read at each break including an hour long lunch at work, b)read every evening while Caitie is going to sleep-so usually get 1/2 to 1 hour of reading time each night and c)sometimes (frequently if I really like the book) stay up uber late to keep reading and accept that I am going to be cranky the next day. I don't think I read particularly quickly, I just read frequently and I don't take a lot of time to analyze what I'm reading. I just read to enjoy the story. I think you actually spend time thinking about what you're reading so while you may be reading quickly, you are also spending a lot of time reviewing what you've read. Relax, you're young, unless you have to read all 65 books by the end of this year, you've got plenty of time.

  3. I've often said that it's a shame that work interferes with the really important things in life - like reading - and our personal lives. I don't usually analyze either, but the books I've been reading lately require more thought than usual.

  4. There's no time limit, I'm just impatient. So many good books come out all the time, and I keep falling behind. :-) Then there are books I want to reread, which I sometimes feel bad about doing because I already know that story and there are so many more to discover. Then again, sinking back into a familiar story is one of my favorite things to do.

  5. There are some ridiculously fast readers who are book bloggers, and there are some book bloggers who read for hours a day. I am a pretty fast reader compared to normal humans (I average about a page a minute), but I don't have as much time to read as I would like. I read on the bus (which usually slows down my page/minute average), but actual time sitting at home reading without interruption is not as regular as I would like. On a good day, I read for two hours.

    I have given up other things because I realized I would rather read. I don't watch as much tv, I pretty much gave up watching sports, and I rarely go to the movies. I like to read, so I've made it a bigger priority. My wish list is still out of control, but I am making progress. Good luck!