**This post was inspired by a comment left on my blog by Melinda from The Book Musings, thank you for the idea and I hope these tips will help!**
I get told a lot that I am a fast reader but I didn’t really think much of it since everyone has their own pace that they are comfortable with. I doubted that I was doing anything particularly different!! I’m still not convinced that my technique differs much compared to other bookworms out there, but I am writing this post to, at the very least, inspire someone to read more. Bare in mind that these tips may not help every person looking to improve their reading speed, but it could be helpful to choose one step that speaks the most to you and go from there…
PICK A BOOK THAT GENUINELY INTERESTS YOU: I have so many books on my TBR list that I am struggling to read because at the time, I am not interested in reading that book. Sometimes I force myself to read and I end up taking forever to complete the book because I don’t feel that gut burning desire to turn the page. Ironically, the ones you finish in record breaking time are the ones you wish you could devour slow and steady.
If you read a book that truly interests you, I guarantee you, you will read it much faster.
JUST KEEP READING, READING, READING: There were so many instances when reading took a back seat for me. Maybe the book wasn’t interesting enough to hold my attention or maybe I was in a slump at the time. It is a common occurrence! When this happens I will always have ONE book close by that I can reach for when I am bored or in need of some mental stimulation. Once I get my wondering mind to remain focused, I will begin to find an interest in the content and without realizing it, I will have read a good amount of pages. Sometimes you just need to DO something in order to get it done!
THE MORE YOU READ THE FASTER YOU READ: That saying “practice makes perfect” is a fitting expression to drive this point home. The more you do something, the better you get at it and the better you get at something, the faster you are able to do it. If you read constantly, you will begin to pick up that your reading pace increases and you are able to scan through content that you feel you don’t need to bother reading. The unnecessary fluff I spoke of here is exactly where this skill will come in handy. When you read a lot you can quickly see what information is irrelevant to a story, so you can scan, skim or even skip these parts, reducing your reading time quite a bit.
GET INTO IT: I find that the more books I finish, the more books I WANT to finish and when I am looking back at what I’ve read for a particular month, I am left surprised by the amount of books I managed to complete. Once you get pass a reading slump, you feel inspired to want to read more and you will pick up that book that you’ve been putting off for so long. The main goal here is to break through your reading slump by giving yourself time to really get into the book in your hand.
TAKE THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED: Sometimes I get so excited for a book, that by the time I finally start reading it, I don’t feel like I WANT to read it any more. In these cases I will simply pick out a new book to read. Sometimes your mind just needs a break from outside influences and you need to read something fresh that hasn’t been “touched” by social media. Bookstagram has become a huge influence in the books I buy these days. But during those months that I’ve exceeded my number of average books read, I noticed that I ended up reading books that were never even close to being on my radar; because I am not going in with any expectations. As much as I enjoy bookstagram, it has the potential to be a down fall too.
DON’T FORCE IT: Read something you want to read instead of something you should be reading. I have a few books that I ‘should’ be reading because they are part of a series that I want to complete; but they’ve been set aside for now as I blaze through the books that I want to read right now. We spend a lot of time on social media, where our reading list gets influenced by other people; and because of this we end up forcing ourselves to read a book that everyone else said was “so good”.
I hope these tips were helpful enough to give you a little push in the right direction towards faster reading. If you have any other advice to share, please let me know by leaving a comment below!