How do you READ books?

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    Sep 13, 2014 11:35 PM GMT
    I've spoken to some people who skim novels and skip over stuff. One person said she reads the center of the page and sorta ignores the outside words. Some people read super fast. I read slowly, at the speed you would read it out loud.

    How about you?
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    Sep 13, 2014 11:39 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidI've spoken to some people who skim novels and skip over stuff. One person said she reads the center of the page and sorta ignores the outside words. Some people read super fast. I read slowly, at the speed you would read it out loud.

    How about you?


    I read at the same pace as you. I literally do hear each word in my head because I'm reading as if I were actually reading out loud.
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    Sep 13, 2014 11:46 PM GMT
    If it's a good book, I savor every word. I like to think of what the author was thinking when words were chosen.
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    Sep 14, 2014 12:01 AM GMT
    To skim through novels? It's heresy!
    I skim academic articles tho only while researching relevant sources for my essay. Never novels.
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    Sep 14, 2014 2:02 AM GMT
    I read slowly to enjoy the sound of the words.

    Almost everything I read now is on a Kindle...which might seem especially odd considering I've got a large rare book collection.

    I'm not as concerned with the topic of a fiction as much I care about the quality of the writing.

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    Sep 14, 2014 2:07 AM GMT
    wut r books?
  • Webster666

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    Sep 14, 2014 2:14 AM GMT
    If the story is boring, I catch myself thinking about something else, while I'm reading.
    But, I never skim through a book.
    I hate to throw away a book unless it's really bad.
    I've done it a few times.
    --The best is when I know what an author's voice sounds like, and I can hear his voice, as if he was reading it aloud. Two good examples are David McCullough and Neil Gaiman.
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    Sep 14, 2014 3:02 AM GMT
    YOU YOUNG GUYS ARE READING. BRAVO!

    " Millennials are reading more books than the over-30 crowd, Pew found in a survey of more than 6,000 Americans.

    Some 88 percent of Americans younger than 30 said they read a book in the past year compared with 79 percent of those older than 30."


    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/09/millennials-are-out-reading-older-generations/379934/
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    Sep 14, 2014 1:37 PM GMT
    I read slow. I wish I could read faster since I have so many books on my to read list which right now includes a book on each American President and Montaigne's complete essays.
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    Sep 14, 2014 2:01 PM GMT
    Very slow........usually takes me a month to read a book unless it's a real page turner and then within a few days.
  • NerdLifter

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    Sep 14, 2014 2:19 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidwut r books?

    Bookz R fur learnz.

    As for answering the thread: I read carefully and slowly, often-times going back and re-reading a sentence until I have fully absorbed and conceptualized it.
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    Sep 14, 2014 2:26 PM GMT
    I colour the big drawings first....
  • starboard5

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    Sep 14, 2014 3:09 PM GMT
    I read slowly. I'm sort of OCD about reading every word. The idea of someone skimming a piece of fiction makes no sense to me.
  • Apparition

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    Sep 14, 2014 3:34 PM GMT
    Determinate saidYOU YOUNG GUYS ARE READING. BRAVO!

    " Millennials are reading more books than the over-30 crowd, Pew found in a survey of more than 6,000 Americans.

    Some 88 percent of Americans younger than 30 said they read a book in the past year compared with 79 percent of those older than 30."


    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/09/millennials-are-out-reading-older-generations/379934/


    They have fewer cars. They read on the bus.
  • ATLANTIS7

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    Sep 14, 2014 5:23 PM GMT
    I read many many books on my kindle fire I love it...
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    Sep 14, 2014 6:24 PM GMT
    I'm not really sure. I do skim a lot of stuff that comes across my desk. There's just too much of it, and most of it isn't worth paying careful attention. But when I'm reading a book I take in every word. It seems to me that the dialog is playing out normally in my head, but it's much faster than the speed at which you would say it out loud.

    You know - in the time that it takes a couple of retard talking-heads to read a dozen paragraphs out loud on the TV news (and show a bunch of commercials) most people could have read a whole stack of newspapers.

    I was thinking about this the other night when I was reading one of those free but amateur novel-length multi-part stories on "nifty!" It was OK! Except the author has an annoying habit of ending almost every sentence with an exclamation point! So, how do we know that all of this dialog is shouted? The exclamation point doesn't actually come up until the end of the sentence! We must actually be scanning the text before playing it back in our heads! Maybe more than once?

    Well enough of this. I have to track down a guy and remove the exclamation point key from his keyboard.
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    Sep 14, 2014 6:45 PM GMT
    I don't read books, I read bitches.

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    Sep 14, 2014 8:08 PM GMT
    I read voraciously and relatively fast, unless the author has a particular distinction with words, in which case I slow down to savor the experience. (Ever read Beryl Markham's "West with the Night" -- stunningly well written. Hemingway said something like he wondered why he bothered to write after reading it.)

    However, the alternative to reading "every word" is not skimming. One can train one's eyes to take in a group of words in one glance (a whole prepositional phrase instead of each of maybe three or four words individually). This significantly can increase one's reading speed without compromising the enjoyment of it.
  • Danskerb

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    Sep 14, 2014 8:36 PM GMT
    from start to finish, and usually dramatically. I have a theatre background, and usually play characters differently. Makes it more interesting.
  • secondstartot...

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    Sep 14, 2014 9:21 PM GMT
    I read really fast and the authors I like have a way of drawing me completely into their worlds that though it is a cliche I forget that I am reading entirely and I am imagining the people and characters completely in my head - except for some authors like Anita Bruckner who I adore I need to read with a dictionary beside me as she uses words I have never heard of and sometimes words I am well familiar with in entirely new ways
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    Sep 14, 2014 11:39 PM GMT
    NerdLifter said
    paulflexes saidwut r books?

    Bookz R fur learnz.

    As for answering the thread: I read carefully and slowly, often-times going back and re-reading a sentence until I have fully absorbed and conceptualized it.


    Same reading style. Insanely slow. Re-ready.
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    Sep 14, 2014 11:51 PM GMT
    I read faster than I would have said them out loud, but I'm not incredibly fast. If a book is interesting, I can read maybe 100 pages in an evening if I'm not interrupted.
  • cityguy39

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    Sep 15, 2014 1:17 AM GMT
    I guess I'm old school. I like reading and letting the text and words sink in and even contemplate it sometimes.
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    Sep 15, 2014 1:20 AM GMT
    Slowly with patience.
  • vintovka

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    Sep 15, 2014 2:33 AM GMT
    Depends on what I am reading--sometimes I skim, sometimes I read slwoly and closely, but if I am reading for pleasure I don't see the point in rushing it.