How Many Books Can You Read?

How often do you finish reading a book?  Some people are naturally fast readers, some never seem to find the time and others just fall asleep as soon as the pages fall open.  Everyone seems to have a different rate depending on the hours that can be spent reading (jobs and kids seem to be common obstacles).

On one of my internet groups about writing/publishing/marketing some of us reviewers were sharing stories on how we began writing reviews.  And of course we compared other information like what types of things we’ll review and how many books we can read in a month. 

I was astounded someone could find the time to read six.  When I’m reading at a fast pace, I can read a book during a weekend.  Otherwise one book usually takes a week or two.  Until July I never really kept count so I’m interested in what the rest of the year will tell me.  (I have no head for numbers or statistics but I like looking at them!)  The reviews almost always take longer to write than it did to read the book.

What about you?  What kind of reader are you?

5 comments

  1. I just started keeping track of the books I read to answer this very question for myself. Unfortunately, I didn’t start noting the date I finished the book until recently, so it’ll take another six months to figure out my reading rate.

  2. Several years ago I was reading so many books that I could only tell if I read it by the cover; I could only remember a character or a single storyline and the cover triggered it for me.

    I just created a Library Thing account and it may help with keeping track too.

  3. I just started tracking my reading this year. I hadn’t thought of doing so until I came across a group over at LibraryThing. I go through a book a week, sometimes a bit more. I’m lucky though, as I ride the train to work, I have a free hour a day to devote solely to reading.

  4. Thanks for stopping by, DJ! I have to agree having that hour on the train to read is a good thing. I used to have a 45-minute commute each way to and from work. The last 2 or 3 years at that job I would get audio books to make the time pass more quickly. Since I was driving it would have been very bad of me to read while the car was moving. 🙂

  5. Yes, the read and drive just doesn’t really work out that well. The scary part is that I’ve lost count of the people I’ve actually seen doing it.

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