On Slower Reading
Lately, I’ve noticed that I read more slowly than I used to, although I haven’t made any effort to change my reading approach. I was never a speed reader; I read the number of books I do because of the amount of time I have to devout to reading rather than a particularly quick method. But nowadays, it sometimes takes me twice as long to read a book as I’m inwardly expecting it to! I’m not sure what lead to the change, and so far I’m just observing rather than trying to change my reading behavior, but it is a bit odd. I’m not sure I’ve heard of voracious readers losing reading speed before.
That being said, slower reading is a blessing when I’m in the middle of a book I really love. I get to savour it and make it last even longer! And as I now abandon books I’m not enjoying, there isn’t much of a downside there. Of course, I don’t read as many pages as I used to, so I don’t get to as many books, but I imagine I get the same amount of pleasure and knowledge out of it in the end. No matter how quickly I read, I’d never be able to read all of the books out there, even all of the excellent books. When I was younger, that knowledge would induce a suffocating panic, but now, I just luxuriate in surety of a lifetime’s wonderful reading still out there, waiting for me to discover it. And then discover it again and again.
Have you noticed any changes in your reading speed? Any ideas about causes? Do you wish you could slow down or speed up?