I think my older son has reading super powers. This March, his class is taking part in a competition to see how many days they can sit and read for at least 20 minutes. He’s in first grade – this is no easy thing for a feisty first grader. But he’s doing really well. We’ve done 20 minutes a day for more then half of March (and counting). But I think he’s got Reading Super Powers! The boy zooms through books in 5 of those allotted 20 minutes. I’m literally running out of material for him to read. Thank god his Highlights magazine came in yesterday and kept him busy for another 5 minutes.
The speed reading, he definitely didn’t get from me. Whether consciously or not, I am a slow reader. I read, I contemplate and then decide if I’ve liked what I’ve just read or not. To date the only two books/series I’ve devoured are Twilight by Stephanie Meyers and Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. I couldn’t wait to be on the other side of the story with these two.
Don’t get me wrong I have plenty a folk who finish off books in one night. My son is quickly turning into one of them. I wonder though, does speed reading take away from the overall experience of the book? Which kind of reader are you? Do share!