It's summer. And you know what that means. Summer reading lists.
As I was unpacking and organizing my bookshelf after our recent move, I got melancholy over the amount of books I have yet to read.
Baby and I both agree that an ideal vacation would a month in a cabin (mountains or beach) with nothing but a stack of books and some good wine. Clothing optional.
For your summer reading needs, check out READING IS MY SUPERPOWER: Tales of the Superfast Reader. She reads fast. She posts after each book.
Okay, I admit, I am in total awe of superfast readers. Baby can read 3 books to my one.
I used to think I was slow or dumb because it took me so long to read. It made being an English major a little challenging. Over the years I have realized why it takes me so long.
1) I still subvocalize. I read everything in my head as if reading out loud to someone. I didn't realize until I was in my mid-20's that fast readers don't do this. I could spend time and energy doing exercises to change this if I really wanted to. It's something that is meant to happen naturally, but no one ever told me this in school!
2) My mind wanders. It doesn't matter how engaging the story, I just have one of those minds. I'm reading about a trip to Alaska and then I start thinking about my own travels and my family and then... oh, shoot... gotta read that entire paragraph all over again.
3) If I read a humourous exchange of dialogue, well-crafted description, clever turn of words, or sheer poetic language I find that I have to read the line again just to appreciate the writer's craft. Stuff like that makes my toes tingle.
So if you, too, have been puzzled over why your reading speed is sub-par, fear not, you just may have an active mind.