I-am-in-the-slow-read-ers-group… as the poem goes. Like so many of Allan Ahlberg’s poems, this one absolutely captures the powerful emotions of childhood. I-am-in-the-slow-read-ers-group-that-is-all-I-am-in-I-hate-it.
I’m a slow reader. I always have been, although I don’t think there was a group for it at my school. I don’t know why I’m slow – I enjoy reading and I read a lot as a child. I’m just slow at it. I’m astounded when friends tell me how many books they read in a month – part of that is making time to read them, but it’s also about how many words you can get through in an hour.
I can, if I want, skim read. But doing so is a largely pointless exercise – nothing really sinks in and I get no pleasure from it. That’s fine if I’m scanning for particular information or trying to find the right place to begin, but with fiction, I feel it’s just a waste of time to skim.
As a writer, it’s important to read. We could debate what books are the best – writers’ guides, fiction, books in the genre one writes or not – but everyone agrees it’s important to read. And so I do. I’ve just started Bridget Jones’ diary – partly for fun, partly as research for the chicklit novel I hope to write in November. I’ve got 10 days to read it before the library wants it back (their no-renewals rule is discriminatory against slow readers!).
I am in the slow readers group. I’m not a child, so I don’t hate it, but it is annoying. My husband, my brother, and anyone else who has tried to share a newspaper with me will surely agree!
12 responses to “Slow Readers”
I am not a slow reader but there are times I slow right down to better savour the words I am reading, to let them penetrate. Processing has a big part to play in how we read. Are you a more ponderous, thoughtful person? Do you like to mull things over as you read? If so, that may explain why you process the page more slowly. Just a thought. :)x
I feel your “pain”. I’m also a slow reader. Perhaps it would be better to say that we savor a good book like fine wine. Quality vs. quantity. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 😉
Absolutely, Rochelle. Also – yay! maybe we should start a group, but make it a cool group that fast readers are jealous of!
Thanks for reminding me of that poem! Ahlberg was great 🙂
A ten-day limit with no renewals??? That’s a jail-able offense as far as I’m concerned!
To be fair, I’ve had it about 10 days already, I just hadn’t started it. And no renewals is because it’s on hold for someone else. So fair enough, I suppose. But also discriminatory!
We have three weeks and then, if there’s a hold, no renewals. Otherwise you can get three more.
I believe you are in good company. I read slowly and again and again. You probably remember details well, unlike those who blaze through a book and cannot tell you the author’s name a year later.
I’d write more but you have books to finish.
You can join mine and Rochelle’s group, Doug! But maybe you are right, I’ve got a memory like a fish for most things, but I do remember books pretty well.
I’m quite a fast reader but that’s in some part down to the type of books I generally read. After 10 hours at work I can’t handle anything heavy, so slow reading is not required!
I’ll tell you what though, fast reading plus Kindle ownership equals expensive!
I’m afraid as a slow reader, I manage to make heavy weather of the lightest of books!
I’m quite a fast reader, but I do tend to re-read quite a lot. Not sure what that makes me! I just love reading. SD