The Burden of Being a Fast Reader

(Okay, so maybe that title was a bit too dramatic.)

I have always been a big reader. My parents had me reading novels by the time I was three years old and I haven’t stopped since.

I’m used to my friends and family rolling their eyes when I tell them I’ve had a slow reading week.

“Only the three this week.” **cue eye roll**

But it’s true, three books a week is a slow reading week for me. I love to read and I’ve become quite a fast reader through many years of practice. People often ask me how I’m able to read so quickly and many suggest it comes “naturally” to me. I really hate it when someone attributes another person’s (not just mine) high skill level to a natural occurrence. People work hard to achieve things, even people who have a “flair” for it and it is belittling to say otherwise.

The average reader reads between 200-300 words per minute. I read at roughly 750 words per minute with high comprehension. This didn’t just come naturally though. I practiced; I practiced a lot.

Certainly, it is a skill that has helped with my university studies, but I’m tired of people suggesting that I somehow have a lighter workload because of this. I do finish my reading material quicker than many others, but in order for me to “keep up” my reading speed, I have to continuously read.

Now, I’m not complaining about this, I love to read. If you’re a very slow reader chances are it is because you don’t read often.

A message to those people: please stop whining to me because you can’t read a quickly as I can. It is very irritating. (Am I right fellow fast readers?) And I’m not even close to being in the top end of fast readers by the way.

It’s simple. If you want to read faster, read more.

Of course, I’m generalising here. There are people who do read a lot but are still slow readers. My Dad for instance is a big reader but he reads incredibly slowly, though he has near perfect comprehension skills (much better than mine, but shhh, don’t tell him I said that).

Apologies for my ranting, but I really needed to get that off my chest. I will not be offended if you subtly try to “scooch” away from me on a park bench. Instead I will just continue rambling on about whatever I’m reading at the time and smile like a lunatic.

To my fellow readers, don’t forget that Booktopia is having a MASSIVE book sale from the 16/09/16-30/09/16 (up to 95%, yippee!). My bank account will certainly be earning its keep over this period.

Au revoir mon ami,

A slightly Delirious Lady With A Bag Of Books

P.S. If you think I’m a fast reader, I have nothing on Howard Berg who is in the Guinness Book of World Records (1990) for reading 25,000 words! Imagine being able to read an entire novel in only a few minutes!

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