The Pros and Cons of Being a Fast Reader
Last night, my husband and I watched Ready Player One for the first time. We’ve both read the book, although it was more than two years ago for me and less than a year ago for him.
We were barely 15 minutes in when he started pointing out all the things that were different from the book. I could only shrug and take his word for it.
As things progressed, I was able to recognize that the story line of the film varies greatly from the novel, though I still wasn’t able to notice smaller differences like my husband could.
His reading retention seems to be a million times better than mine. We often discuss books we’ve both read and occasionally he’ll mention something I have absolutely no memory of.
As I’ve mentioned before, I often have trouble recalling details of the books I’ve read, even when I enjoyed them. If you give me a book title, I can say for sure whether I’ve read it or not, and if I liked it or not. I might not be able tell you more than that.This is an obvious down side to my reading tendencies, which are to read a lot of books, and doing so pretty fast. There’s an upside to this as well, so I decided to break it down for you and I’m curious to see if you can relate!?
The Pros of Being a Fast Reader
- I get through a lot of books Obvious, I know. Right now I’m on track to finish about 125 books this year. This includes just about every genre and format: middle grade and young adult fiction, poetry, non-fiction, memoir, instruction, spiritual, hardcover, paperback, Kindle, audio books.
- I learn a ton Related to above, I get through so many different types of books that I’m literally always learning something new.
- Making recommendations Because I get through so many books, friends often ask me for recommendations, and advice on whether or not to skip newer trendy releases, and I absolutely love being asked.
The Cons of Being a Fast Reader
- I don’t retain details I rarely skim when I’m reading, so I don’t necessarily miss out on details, I simply can’t recall them later! This can make discussions challenging, especially in book club meetings. If I’ve finished the book more than a week or two ago, there’s a pretty good chance I may not be able to fully remember it.
- Carrying around multiple books This isn’t quite as relevant now that I have a Kindle but there is still a fair amount of preparation and strategy involved in traveling. I not only need the book I’m reading but I’ll need one to start after I finish that one and at least one back up. And while I do travel with my Kindle, I need at least one physical book in case there’s a technological issue!
- My standards are high I guess this is a Pro as well, however it often is a pain in the butt. I’ll read a “bestseller” that people are raving about and find it to be a huge disappointment. A book I consider mediocre will be stunning to someone else because she hasn’t read as many other (better) examples of the genre as I have. Sometimes this makes me feel snobby and prevents me from connecting with other readers.
Do you consider yourself a fast reader? If so, do you relate to my struggles? (and triumphs!)