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Old 13-01-2013, 07:34   #1
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How much do you read?

Since joining goodreads I've found that bookworms on there seem to vary tremendously in their reading rates, from some who might read a book a month (how I was until last year) and others who read all the time and in some cases read over 400 books a year; one girl I talk to on GR read about 420 books last year and has already read 22 books this year!

Does anyone on here keep track of what they read? Any GR members? Are you a fast reader or do you like to take your time?
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Old 13-01-2013, 07:49   #2
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I wouldn't say I was a fast reader (certainly not compared to the people I'd mentioned above!) but after giving my reading a kick up the bum (buying a kindle in January seemed to really make a huge difference even though I only used it part of the time and only really for free books) I have been reading a lot more and spending much more time reading. I used to maybe read a few pages at night, occasionally a little at lunchtimes; I would read maybe a book a month and often just resorted to re-reading my Pratchett books Last year though I read 50! Admittedly that's including a few short stories and some non-fiction books I'd previously started but not finished but it's far more than I thought I would ever read! I took up a goodreads challenge to read 30 and thought that was far-fetched!

So far this year I've read four and am almost halfway through two more, but I very much doubt I'll carry on at that rate through the year! I'm trying to broaden my interest and to read some books I've always put off, so have been reading a few of the classics, some reasonably technical nature books and trying not to just re-read the same old thing again and again.
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Old 13-01-2013, 11:10   #3
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Probably read around 2 books a week. Maybe 3. 2 at home, in bed and bath, and 1 on kindle/iphone for commute on tube and lunchtimes.

So thats 150 a year. Of course if I am on a re-read of my agatha christies I could read one a day, as they are slim. or on holiday if on the beach. so 420 seems obsessive (retiree i guess).

Speed - well HP6 and HP7 were both done in separate 10-5pm sittings on day they came out so I am fast.

But then I also like to play my DS in bedtime or watch tv shows on the commute. too many other choices than just reading now!
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Old 13-01-2013, 13:23   #4
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I track which books i've read on my ipad in the calender, make an all day event the day i start reading it
I'd like to say i read everyday, but really it's more like 5 of 7 days a week

So, just like in those movies women really do read in the bath #mindblown

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Old 13-01-2013, 13:26   #5
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A book a week usually. Anno Dracula at the moment.
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Old 13-01-2013, 13:32   #6
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On average I read 2 books a week (on the Kindle)
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Old 13-01-2013, 15:36   #7
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Read a huge amount when I bought my iPad and got the Kindle app, but most of late last year I got out of the habit & didn't read anything. So far this year I have two paperback books on the go.

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Old 13-01-2013, 16:31   #8
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I enjoy reading and do it everyday on bus/train and before I sleep. However spend very little time doing it. My journey to work is only about 15mins on bus/tube and I read for about 30mins in bed before I start dozing off. So I would say I normally finish one book a month or two.
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Old 13-01-2013, 23:06   #9
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i've just got a kindle (about 2 months), have read about 15 books (a couple were fairly short), but I had read about 5 in the 3 months previous
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Old 13-01-2013, 23:22   #10
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My reading rate has varied tremendously over the years. Back in the day I'd read 200-250 books a year without fail. Then about ten years ago it plummeted (partially due to watching more TV series and partially due to a Cineworld Unlimited card) to less than 20. It's currently around 50 a year but I'd like to get it back up to around 100 as there are just more and more books in my "to read" pile and I really need to get on top of it.
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As a student I regularly read a book a day, often more if doing academic work. Now doing a full work day and having a young daughter means I am generally too tired and busy to manage one a month

I have started with www.audible.co.uk though to get through more on my commute where I wouldn't be able to concentrate to read.
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That was one of the reasons to buy a Kindle, it meant a more manageable to read pile
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Loco I read a book between a week or two

I read The Metro on the way into work and a book on the way home, so I can go through a book in a week or two, I got a Kindle Fire foe Xmas so I have downloaded some but until I get used to it I and 0nly on my first book.
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Last year I read 22 books, so far this year I have read 2 books. (Painted Man and Desert Spear by Peter V Brett)
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That was one of the reasons to buy a Kindle, it meant a more manageable to read pile
I found it just meant I'd download more and more books I'd never get around to reading. It has been a boon for getting me to read books I'd always intended to read though, like Three Men In A Boat, Great Expectations and Moby Dick (though I ended up switching to a paperback for Moby Dick, it was really dragging and I felt on the kindle that I wasn't making any progress through it, I really missed the physical feedback of your progress that you get with a paper book).
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Old 14-01-2013, 17:30   #16
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true, I do seem download more books as well, though I do trawl the top 100 free charts for each type to see what I fancy
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Old 14-01-2013, 19:37   #17
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I try and read a book a week.

The internet pretty much reduced the number of books I read, spend way too much time on it.

Also I travel less for work so dont read as much as I used to.
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Old 14-01-2013, 19:41   #18
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I get through a book maybe every 3-4 weeks these days. Usually its just a few chapters a night before nodding off.
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Old 14-01-2013, 23:55   #19
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I'm on Goodreads (fantastic site), and since getting my Kindle a year ago I've begun reading a lot more often.

As a teenager, I read loads. That was mostly because I didn't have a television in my room. Once I got one in my early 20s, my reading habits became less but never disappeared, and this also coincided with the start of this golden age of US television shows we currently enjoy, so I became a bit of TV nut.

I never stopped reading, but getting a Kindle really resparked my interest. I managed to read about 23 books last year, and given that several of those were 1000 page beasts, I was quite impressed. I'm aiming to read at least 25 this year, and really get through my backlog which has been building up for a long time.

I think on average I can get though a big novel in around 2 weeks, depending on my mood. I started a 500 fantasy novel at the beginning of this year and am only about halfway through it, but I've found myself quite busy with work and family/friends recently.

I always have trouble getting into a book at the start, and will go in little fits and bursts until I reach a point that hooks me (which in some books has taken ages). Then I can often find myself having trouble putting it down, and I always seem to read the last 50-100 pages of a book in one big frenetic go, putting off sleep and work!

Reading heavily has accompanied some of the most memorable parts of my life. I distinctly remember the time I was living in a flat with people I didn't get on with that well, away from my family and having just had a girl end a relationship with me, very alone and upset, and becoming completely absorbed by A Game Of Thrones for the first time. I also turned up late to a friend's birthday because I was on the last 100 pages of The Name Of The Wind; I was getting messages from people asking where I was and I was saying, "I HAVE TO FINISH THIS!"

I'm frankly amazed that people can read 400+ books in year, and the thought of finishing a book in one sitting is genuinely astounding to me.

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I think my reading was probably affected by TV in the same way LeftHandedGuitarist's was, though before that I remember when I was into hi-fi in a big way I used to read a lot of magazines rather than books; I often would spend a fair bit of time sitting in my room listening to music and reading magazines about hi-fi or photography. I've pretty much completely stopped reading magazines now though, a long time since I bought one and I rarely even do more than skim read the ones I get in the post from the RSPB or the local wildlife trust.

I find my actual reading rate varies hugely as I might read a Terry Pratchett book in a few days but a shorter non-fiction book (especially one of the more technical natural history books) will take me a lot longer as I slow down to try to absorb the details a lot more.
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