Thursday, December 17, 2009

Booking Through Thursday -- Speed

Thanks for another great question.  I haven't done this in awhile.  It's nice to be back.

What do you think of speed-reading? Is it a good way to get through a lot of books, or does the speed-reader miss depth and nuance? Do you speed-read? Is some material better suited to speed-reading than others?

Speed usually means work when I'm reading.  I can move quickly and learned some techniques years ago to help.  It's work.  Complex technical text usually requires me to slow down anyway but I associate speed reading with getting through massive lit assignments in college or mounds of administrative work in libraries.

Something fun:  New library books are usually put on a cart of shelf in the processing area.  Librarians are given an opportunity to review the new stuff.  Taking a large stack of new books home or to the office to browse is just plain fun.......


Bluestocking said...

I think speeding is skimming. I don't think you get a sense of the book. It's mostly just to say, "I finished."

Here is mine

Alayne said...

Nice answer, I am not good at speeding. Read my answer at The Crowded Leaf.

pussreboots said...

Speed reading isn't a race. I don't push myself to read quickly unless I'm on a deadline. That said, my natural reading rate has increased over the years. I read much faster now than I did as a teen. My post is here.

Barbara H. said...

I used to work in a library in college. I would have enjoyed that opportunity to review new books -- except I didn't have as much time then.

I can see speed-reading would be good when you need to get through a lot of material, but for pleasure-reading I like to savor it.

PJ said...

speed usually depends on the book for me. If I'm just picking up key points I can speed Dickens I can not! Congrats to your son-15! It just never stops does it? (growth of kids) Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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