It’s not Thursday yet but I’m doing a little throwback because my Monday Musing today is semi-related to my first ever Monday Musing on this blog! Back in March, when Spritz promised to help us read a full book in only 90 minutes, I shared my thoughts. When I was putting together my September summary this weekend, the topic of reading pace came up again. Last month I let myself slow down and not push myself to read a certain number of books and it’s made me wonder: how does my reading pace affect my enjoyment of a book?
I’ve been told by my friends that I’m a quick reader. And it’s true that sometimes, when I’m extremely invested in a book, I’m prone to whipping through the book at a quick pace. While this is great news for my TBR, it also means that I occasionally miss small (but perhaps later significant) details, causing me to have to flip back and re-read paragraphs.
When I let myself really take my time with my reading last month, I found that my enjoyment of whatever I was reading increased. I wasn’t rushing, merely letting my mood guide my reading, and it was refreshing. I think, as with most cases, quality trumps quantity. It’s counter-productive to read 10 books and not get anything meaningful from any of them. With that in mind, I think I’m going to have to try to control my reading pace from now on and not let my speediness get ahead of the book. What’s the point of reading a book if you’re not going to fully enjoy it, right?
Now, it’s time to hear from you! Do you think your reading pace affects your enjoyment of the books you read? Do you read leisurely or are you a speed-reader like me? Do you feel pressured (by yourself or anyone else) to read a certain amount each month?