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Speed Reader

September 16th, 2006 (03:09 pm)
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For those of you wondering how many books I read: I average one book per day.

For those of you wondering how fast I read: It depends on the book. Content and writing style factor in, as do my personal interest, anticipation, and mood.

This page tests a person's reading speed. It offers up the first chapter from The Professor's House by Willa Cather, a novel which I have yet to read. A timer is set up at the top of the page, allowing the user to read for a minute. At the end of that minute, a screen pops up prompting the user to click on the last word he or she read, then approximates the user's reading speed.

It claims that the average rate is between 200 - 250 words per minute. Those who read the passage in one minute yield the maximum results: 850 - 900 words per minute.

The passage had 921 words. I read it in 45 seconds, then watched the timer count down the final 15 seconds. Based on those numbers, I read the passage at a rate of 1228 words per minute.

That sounded really crazy, so I took a different test at a different site. That passage was technical and included a lot of numbers. I love numbers. That test told me that I read the passage at a rate of 1367 words per minute.

It's official. I'm zany.

Some people ask if I skim. I don't. Others say that someone who reads quickly must not fully comprehend nor retain what they've read. I do. In school, teachers and classmates could not believe how fast I read. Some teachers felt the need to belittle and/or test me in front of the entire class. Isn't that sweet?

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Posted by: SYDNEY (stagelovebeauty)
Posted at: September 16th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)

that's CRAZY!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 16th, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)

I am insane.

Posted by: Emily (mooseonski)
Posted at: September 16th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC)

You are a zany brains indeed. :)

How rude of the teachers. Blegh. Though I don't read silently at an expert speed (and could probably benefit from learning to), I read ALOUD insanely fast. Before we discussed my work in my writing class last week, the professor asked me to read one paragraph of it out loud. When I finished, one of my classmates declared, "You write like you talk!" - which made me crack up - and then, "I felt like I should have been reading it that fast..."

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 16th, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC)

:)

When I was a toddler and my mom tried to read to me, I would close the book and tell her that I wanted to read it. Thus, she taught me how to read at such an early age.

When I was in class and teachers or classmates would read out loud, I become bored because it seemed so slow.

Posted by: Emily (mooseonski)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 02:20 am (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)

Posted by: kacie (no_mysteryleft)
Posted at: September 16th, 2006 11:50 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 12:17 am (UTC)

Posted by: Emily (mooseonski)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)

Posted by: Emily (mooseonski)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)

Posted by: Sarah Darer Littman (saraclaradara)
Posted at: September 16th, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC)

That was so cool! I always knew I read pretty quickly but turns out not as quickly as you. I was a mere 750-800 wpm. Although I have to say I find reading on a screen much more difficult than reading from a page, so I reckon if it were a real book I'd be quicker.

Why do teachers DO that?!

Anyway, I'm with you in the Zany Club. Hooray for Zany Peeps!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 12:25 am (UTC)

I prefer reading from books too. I do not purchase e-books and only read short stories or other words online when they are not available in any other form. I like the tangibility of paper.

Had it happened only one time, I could dismiss it more readily. The fact that it happened countless times really upset me. The fact that I had to defend myself and my work really upset me. I have many examples, including:

In seventh grade, my teacher called my essay on The Samurai's Tale by Erik Chris Haugaard into question. She couldn't wrap her brain around the fact that MY brain retained so much information. Here's how she so eloquently put it:

"There's NO WAY someone can remember that much."

Go you! Wear that tiara with pride!

Posted by: The Blog of Author Jonathan Stephens (jonstephens)
Posted at: September 16th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)

Alas, I'm only 300-350 wpm. *hangs head*

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)

Be proud! You put the average to shame!

Posted by: aka_becker (aka_becker)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 12:31 am (UTC)

250-300. Above average, but I tend to be a slow reader.

I'll tell you what, this certainly explains how you read so many books a year. It would be impossible for me to do so without 3-4 ties as much free time. ;)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 12:33 am (UTC)

:)

Posted by: kim! (kimexclaimation)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)

Holy Cow! You freak! ;o]

However, if you were my student, I would celebrate you. Not make fun of you.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 12:52 am (UTC)

You respect your students. That is admirable.

Posted by: Jenah (jenah)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
eureka - carter - bathroom awe

Well that is just insane. It says I read between 250-300 wpm - above average. I believe that!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 12:52 am (UTC)

:)

Posted by: kim! (kimexclaimation)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 12:50 am (UTC)

Also, I just did the test. Twice. The first one I got 300-350. The second one was 350-400. I wanted to do a third and average the score, but there were only two.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)

Go kim!

Posted by: capri pants. leather sandals. pregnancy. (37piecesflair)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)

I can't do that test because it has Willa Cather and I HATE WILLA CATHER.

When I was a kid, I always got in trouble for reading instead of doing work. But I'd always be done.

I love reading. I've read 4 books this week and I haven't done that since I was a kid, and it felt great.

Half the books I start though, I seriously don't finish and can't get into.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)

What did you read?

Once I start a book, I have to finish it, even if I think it's horrible.

Posted by: bright as yellow (idreamofpeace)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 06:03 am (UTC)

First, boo to your teachers!

It's so weird about reading speed. Mine averaged between 400-450, but I'm kinda sleepy. However, I was reading about "my" reading speed and it said something about "mental drifts" and that's SO TRUE. If I'm not really interested in something, I start thinking of anything else.

Also, it's weird because my dad, who literally has a genius IQ, is one of the slowest readers I know. He just reads slowly. He says he can't read any faster if he wants to understand what he's reading. *shrug*

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)

Everyone has different attention spans, different retention rates, and so on. Brains are set up to have so many routes of "wiring" and understanding. People are smart in different ways. It's all so fascinating.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)

Aw. How is that going?

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Claire Hennessy (iliketea)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 10:46 am (UTC)

That is incredible, and yet it doesn't surprise me you do things so quickly.

I took two - my reading speed is somewhere between 750 and 900 words per minute. Which I suspect would plummet if I were tested on a lot of the stuff I read for college. :)

I can relate slightly to school experiences. I never had negative experiences with teachers (while I was often bored and restless, there was certainly no belitting going on), other kids used to actually sit and watch me read, pointing at how fast I was turning the pages, apparently oblivious to the fact that even though I was reading, I was still uncomfortably aware of the pointing.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)

If a book is incredibly good, I might race through it due to anticipation or try to pace myself and savor every last bit of it.

Pointing can be cruel.

Posted by: Claire Hennessy (iliketea)
Posted at: September 18th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 18th, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)

Posted by: allaboutm_e (allaboutm_e)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC)
Rory reads

Color me impressed. :) I consider myself a fairly fast (if currently distracted) reader, but I suspect I am but an egg beside you.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)

Guess what I read earlier this month? Batgirl: Year One.

Posted by: allaboutm_e (allaboutm_e)
Posted at: September 18th, 2006 06:16 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 18th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)

Posted by: fa3ryg1rl (fa3ryg1rl)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC)

Ok, that is nuts. I read pretty quickly, and the fastest I could do them, and still comprehend everything was 600 to 650. Ever take speed reading classes??

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)

No, I have not.

Posted by: nrkii (nrkii)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
Wow!

I averaged 400. But I didn't enjoy the test either time -- didn't enjoy the reading. Not sure if that's because I was making myself try to read fast (even though I didn't mean to) or because neither of the two selections had me riveted. I read Harry Potter #6 in one day (maybe 7 hours of reading), which surprised me.

Also, your teachers were idiots.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 17th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)

Thank you.

Good books = good times.

And thank you again.

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