I know many of you want to reply with “it depends.” But let’s pretend you’re reading a book that’s engaging yet moderately challenging. This book is full of new information you have to take in and process — a complex plot, a large cast of characters, dense subject matter, etc. I’m sure you’ve read this kind of book before.
So how long does it take you to finish if it’s 300 pages long?
For me it’s 10-15 hours. Usually closer to 15 than 10.
I have never been ashamed to admit I’m a slow reader. On a good day, I can read approximately 20-30 pages an hour. That feels pretty slow, so I’m writing this post to get a sense of other people’s reading speeds.
The only thing I can attribute my slowness to is that English is my second language, and even though I speak it very well, I will never reach the perfect fluency of an native speaker. I have tried to improve my speed but never really succeeded. I’m OK with that because life is long and reading is wonderful, so I will continue to enjoy myself at my own pace.
Also, I have managed to compensate for my slowness by prioritizing reading over other activities and hobbies. For example, I spend more time reading than I would playing video games or watching television or movies, all of which I love. This prioritizing allows me to read far more than the average person. But I still fall woefully behind other bibliophiles and bloggers!
I’d love to read your thoughts on your personal reading speed or what you would generally consider slow or fast.
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