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Subject: What is your reading style??
Date Posted: 1/6/2010 8:44 AM ET
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I've noticed that several of you mange to finish up a book a day or one every two days.  With me it usually takes at least five days to finish one and sometimes longer.  I was wondering if that is because of the way I read or because of the time (or lack thereof) that I devote to reading.

So question is what is your reading style and how many hours do you read a day?

I would categorize myself as a more leisurely reader, I don't skim paragraphs or do any of those speed reading techniques and if I enjoy a section I will often re-read it.  And then I only have about an hour a day M-F to read.  Sometimes I can catch a half hour or so on the weekends but they are usually too crazy.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 9:23 AM ET
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It usually takes me around 2 days (occasionally more) to finish a book. I read around 200 books a year, I think. Before my son came along I could easily read a book a day. I don't often watch TV, so most of my free time or relaxation time is spent reading. And I stay up too late reading most every night. The only time I get more than 5 minutes at a time to read is after my son goes to sleep :P

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 9:25 AM ET
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I don't skim too often.  I will sometimes if the author is overly descriptive.  I like to sort of get a feel for it then let my imagination create a lot of details.  So I get bored when an author takes a whole paragraph to describe a dress or describes every thing in a room down to every last inch.  But for the most part I don't skim. But I'm also not a rereader.

I'm unemployed but I still normally only read 3-5 books a week depending on the length.  More if I'm doing a challenge or got backed up with game books.

I also take a book everywhere with me. I keep an unpostable book in the bathroom. I'll take a book with me incase I have to wait anywhere.  And reading is my main hobby.  I don't play computer games, although I spend a little too much time on PBS.  I'm not a huge one for surfing just to surf.  I don't go shopping much. I don't even really watch that much TV.  I tend to let the TIVO fill up until it I need to watch stuff before it runs out of room.  I'll sit and read next to DD while she's doing her homework.  I listen to audiobooks in the car and while I'm doing housework. 

Once I go back to school and work I'll probably get a lot less reading done.  I did get a lot of reading done when I ran a Home Daycare.  I would read when I was outside with the kids and during naptime.  I spent a lot of time in cars waiting for this or that child to get out of school and would always keep a book with me.  I'd read the evening while my ex was watching sports. 



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Date Posted: 1/6/2010 10:18 AM ET
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I can read a book a day. Not a skimmer I just read really fast. But ever since Sims 3 came out last June it takes me 2 days  because I need my simming time lol.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 1:53 PM ET
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I'm a super fast reader (not always a good thing, I miss stuff) and have a fair bit of free time.  I read several hours a day, usually.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 2:06 PM ET
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Can't say that I have one.  I read when I can.  I have a 9 and a 13 year old and work full time- I'm lucky if I can finish one book a month sometimes!

I do skim sometimes, but not often.  Kinda scared to admit it in this forum, but I do skim some of Gabaldon, because she gets SO excessively wordy and descriptive sometimes.  Also, if I'm reading a book and don't really connect with the characters or story, but have already invested some effort and feel like I should finish anyway, I'll skim.  Did that the other day with Carly Phillips' Lucky Charm- I thought the hero was boring and the heroine annoying, but still wanted to see where it went.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 2:09 PM ET
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Don't let it bother you CC.   I'm not a fast reader either.  Could NEVER win a book reading competition with some of the ladies here!   I usually have one audiobook and one regular book going at all times and finish an average of two  (but sometimes three)  books per week.

Oh, and I can't skim.  It would bother me too much to think I missed something.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 2:12 PM ET
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I read a lot. I always have a book on me to read just in case I have some time to read. During the work week, I probably read 1-2 hours a day and on the weekend, I read as much as I can - probaby 4+ hours. I do skim when I'm not crazy about a book (or if it's something gory or gross). Depending on the book, I can finish 1-2 books a week. Thin Harlequins, I can polish off in a day.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 2:28 PM ET
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Free time? What's that...

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 3:08 PM ET
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I vary. some months I can read pretty much 1 book per day and that's if I'm really into the book, it's super slow at work and I'm on nights or t he weekend when I can read between work, and if I read before sleeping. also when I'm on vacation and up visiting my parents I'll often read a lot esp if I'm having trouble sleeping or they're taking a nap or something.

this year so far I've fiished 1 book and wasn't thrilled with it. was ok not great. I'm reading an older Jayne Ann Krentz now that I'm liking but been busy and/or distracted at work and not feeling well..I figure this one will last me at least another day unless I crawl in bed and read instead of doing sewing like I've debated doing. the short category books I can usually whip through..sometimes 2 in a day if I'm in a reading mood. other books have take a couple of days because they had more to absorb and/or focus on.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 3:14 PM ET
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i usually read 20-25 books a month, so it only takes me 1-2 days to read most things.  i read for probably 3 or so hours every night, a lot of which will be sitting on the couch with DH while he watches tv.  i don't skim, and i don't re-read unless i get confused and feel like i missed something, but i do read pretty fast.  on weekends i usually get to start reading earlier in the day/evening so i'll get in some extra reading time.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 4:15 PM ET
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I usually get in 2 books a week, sometimes 3 if one is small.   I'm lucky I have a job that allows me to read if we aren't busy.   And I rarely watch TV so for me, reading and internet is it.  I probably average 3 to 4 hours a day reading.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 4:24 PM ET
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I'm a fairly fast reader, and I don't usually skim.  I have an hour and 25 min on the train, each way, every work day, so that's almost three hours a day I spend mostly reading.  Not always, but most days.  It typically takes me two to three days to read an average size novel.    If a book is engrossing enough that I read it in the evening, up too late, etc, then I may finish it in one day.  There have been many books that I purchased on my way home Friday evening, started on the train, and the read half the night, until finished in the wee hours of Sat AM.

I read 75 books last year, but that was on the low side of normal, because 1) a lot of doorstoppers at 600 pages pIus, and 2) I had a lot of non-reading days, when I was studying instead.



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Date Posted: 1/6/2010 7:14 PM ET
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I read very fast.  I don't skim unless the book isn't really capturing my attention and I'm debating giving up on it!  lol   I do reread parts  if I feel like I've missed something, but for the most part I don't.  I usually read while I have my breakfast in the morning and then just about every evening after my kids (3 and 8) go to bed (while dh watches tv).  So I get about 2-3 hours of reading every day.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 7:21 PM ET
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I can be known for skimming.....especially if it's a re-read or worse yet, a sequel.  That's why I hate sequels.  They always have to tell you the back story over again to make the book readable for people who have just picked it up.  Anyway, I'm usually reading 2 books at once.  I leave one in the car and one in my bedroom.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 8:13 PM ET
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It usually takes me 1-2 days to read a book. If it's taking longer than that I really don't care for the book. I don't watch much TV and reading is currently my only hobby. I will skim if a storyline is just not catching my interest and I also tend to skim when an author gets overly descriptive about food or clothing.

I also do a lot of rereading of books from my keeper shelf. If I'm having a bad day(which sadly 2009 was filled with way too many of) it's a great escape to curl up with a favorite from my keeper shelf that I know I will love.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 8:26 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/7/2010 8:31 AM ET
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Heheheh sounds like most of you all have what I would love to have a few hours every day for just nice quiet reading time.  My only quiet time is at lunch time at work where I will quickly hurry up and eat and then read my book.  I work full time so when I finally get off work, pick up the kids and get home is is about 5:30 - 6 and then it is make dinner, eat dinner, do some chores (laundry/dishes/pets), then my daughter (who is 3) usually wants me to play with her.  After that it is TV time and even if I don't like what is on my husband thinks its not right if I want to read while they watch TV.  I should be "with the family" even if he usually falls asleep half way whatever we are watching! 

I do have an hour drive to work and back home again but I've never been able to get into audio books - it's just not the same as reading.

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 4:02 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/7/2010 4:20 PM ET
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I read first thing when I get up after feeding the cats and when my coffee's ready, usually 30-45 minutes before I get ready for work. 

I go into work early so can get in at least 45 minutes of uninterrupted reading time, maybe an hour if I'm running a bit early. Bring in a DD Great One or I fix myself a cup of tea in the office kitchen and read. I started going in early last winter during bad weather - to take it easy driving in plus to make sure I got a parking place and the habit stuck. Read at home or at work - as long as I get reading time.

Take a late lunch (2:00 p.m. or later) so the kitchen is all mine again, so I'm guaranteed nearly 2 hours of total book time at work. Everyone at work knows I'm The Reader and why I take a late lunch (so I can be alone).

In the evenings, if I'm watching TV I'll read during commercials, or I'll listen to CDs turned down low if TV is sucky. And I read at least a half hour in bed before turning out the light. So maybe I get in 3-4 hours of reading time a day, more on weekends.

I'm probably an average or slight above reader speed-wise. I'll read a category a day, depending on how good the book is I can read a contemporary in 2-3 days or a hist/rom in 3-4 days. If a book is espcially good I can devour it in no time. I read all the Tara Janzens last year, read most of them in one day, but that was unusual. They grabbed me so much that I couldn't put them down.

I have no family so my commitments are to myself and reading is a huge part of my life, not that I should brag because I usually have to dust off a book when I pick it up to read. :/

Gail

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 7:37 PM ET
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Gail, if you ask me, reading is a much better use of your time than dusting. :) My books are a little dusty, too. :)

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 10:46 PM ET
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I don't really have a set habit for reading.  If a book's good, I can finish it in a day.  Some, I finish in just a few hours if I literally can not put it down.  I only resort to skimming if I'm considering giving up on a book but want to know how it ends.

I also tend to read in spurts.  Some weeks, I may read 3 or 4 books.  Other weeks, I may not even finish one.  I try not to read in the morning, I'll get lost in the book and never get moving.  I don't haul a book with me anywhere.  I only get a half hour lunch break at work and if I had a book to read, I'd never eat.  I need to eat so I don't get a headache and so I have some energy.

At night, I tend to spend too much time online with Webkinz and PBS and other groups/message boards I'm on.  Some nights I'm just too tired to read.  I almost always have the tv on, as background noise usually.  If there's something I really want to see, I put down the book and turn off the laptop.  Otherwise, I'd get too distracted and not pay attention to the show.

Date Posted: 1/8/2010 6:33 AM ET
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I read at night after the kids go to sleep and get a book finished, depending on length and level of obsession ;) , about every 3 days. I don't consider myself a particularly fast reader but not a slow reader either.

Date Posted: 1/8/2010 4:31 PM ET
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I just got into audio books. I was so amazed that I got my fridge/ freezer cleaned out while "reading"  Open Season  by Linda Howard.It is my new favorite thing.

Date Posted: 1/8/2010 4:39 PM ET
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Don't think of it as reading. Think of it as being read to

Yes. When I had to switch to the elliptical machine, I got advice about listening to books on audio as a different experience and I really enjoy them now. Though I do still prefer to read and have trained myself to be able to do it on the elliptical. ;-) But I listen to books while doing weights and hanging laundry and gardening and it really makes the dull work more pleasant.  I like to listen to nonfiction and to classic books I know really well, like Jane Austen.

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