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Do We Always Have To Read Fast?

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I ask myself that question every single day. I’m currently going through something that I can’t explain and I don’t feel like picking up a book or to finish the book I’m currently reading. To be honest, I feel bad because I like to devour my books and write reviews for them quickly.  I use to tell myself “read fast, you have to read fast”, but why? I don’t even know. I think I’m use to read fast, and when I find myself busy, without time to read I just feel horrible.

Truth is, we don’t have to read fast. We, readers, can take our time to read a book. Not everyone has the ability (if we can call it that) to read fast, and not everyone have the same amount of time to read. I am on my last semester of college (whooo-hoooo) and honestly, I don’t have time but I always try to read a few chapters a day. We can’t judge people who don’t read fast, because if you do, you have to judge me as well. We all have our days when we just want to do nothing.

Reading is my favorite thing in the world, but that doesn’t mean that I have to read every single day, that I have to read fast, that I’m not allowed to have my days when I just want to feel like shit on my bed. Like I said before, I’m going through something and I don’t feel good so I just want to do nothing all day… I don’t even want to go to college even though I’m almost done.

Therefore, if I have my situations and I just can’t read fast, imagine others. I know there are a lot of people out there who don’t say they read because they read slowly and they feel ashamed because we, the ones that read fast, judge them. Our love and their love for books isn’t less just because we read slowly sometimes. At least we read, at least we enjoy reading, at least we LOVE reading, and that’s what matters. A lot of people don’t read, so just be proud because YOU read and it doesn’t matter if you do it slowly or fast. Keep reading, don’t stop because others want you to read fast. Read at your own pace, don’t feel pressure because you don’t have to.

In case you were wondering, the book I’m currently reading is Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. Am I loving it? OF COURSE. Do I want to finish it? YES, but I just don’t want to read, and maybe, I just don’t want to finish it. It is 668 pages long, and guess what? I’m on page 603. I feel so bad because I’m so close to the end but I just don’t have motivation to sit down to finish it. The other bad thing is that I’ve been reading it for a month… A FREAKING MONTH. See why I said I’m reading slow? Because I always read way too fast, and now I suck at it.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this rant/discussion. If you have thoughts about it let’s talk in the comments. Thank you so much for reading, until next time. Xoxo!

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15 thoughts on “Do We Always Have To Read Fast?

  1. I feel the same way sometimes! I want to read quickly because I want to get out some of these blog posts, but other times, I really want to take it slowly. The problem is finding somewhere in the middle, because sometimes, if I take too long, I NEVER finish!

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  2. Great discussion post!!! I agree very much with what you said. We can’t force ourselves to read fast, but I also think that it depends on the book. If it’s a very easy book to read, you’ll get to it in no time, but if it’s a big and complex story, it might take a little more time. The important thing is not to push yourself and read for fun.

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  3. This made me laugh 🙂

    I am going through the same while reading Lady Midnight. I am not as far as you, but life just keeps happening, and I don’t want to pick it up. It’s interesting, and I love this world, but for some reason it feels like each chapter is taking a week..ha!

    I am taking a break from it and moved on to a diff series I love that had a new book come out yesterday. It is written with a faster pace which makes me feel like I am reading faster, but I am prob not reading any faster. LOL

    I don’t mind, I am super excited for this book because it has all the spoilers from the get go! Years of debating theories, and finally some answers… and its not even the last book! So many more questions… oh how I love this world and its characters.

    I used to be hung up on how fast I read, but now since I have no more reading buddies, I don’t worry about it. I just want to enjoy my time in these worlds. No need to rish b/c everyone is waiting for me to finish so we can discuss it all. It is a bittersweet contentment.

    I actually have been hooked on webtoon comics, so that makes me feel like I am reading and content. I am enjoying the short bursts of stories, and anticipating the next post is so much fun.

    Good luck with your last semester! That one was the hardest for me b/c I was just ready to be done and over school work.

    D

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  4. A lot of my friends are very fast readers so I keep getting down on myself when I don’t match up. Recently I’ve been trying very hard to ease up on the pressure to read faster. I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that I just take a little more time than others but that THAT’S OK!!

    We don’t all have to be speed demons. It’s okay to take a little time.

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  5. Oh my gosh! This post! 😀 I am such a slow reader. It takes me (usually) a week to finish a 200 page book. I’m so terrible. It’s even worse when the book is for a tour and I have to have it finished by my post date. My norm lately is to stay up super late because push came to shove and I have to finish it.

    Ugh. We just need to learn to slow down and realize it’s ok to read slow. We don’t have to read super fast because of deadlines, or because our friends do. It’s a tough, tough bookworm world… Lol!

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