Hey all, Dani here.
I am so tired, and so glad that the week is over with. I’m sincerely hoping to relax this weekend, so I can be ready for another long week of work next week. Anyway, welcome back to my recurring blog series wherein I discuss (or is it more of a rant/essay?) various bookish topics.
Okay, let’s just jump into today’s post.
Generally when we start the year, around the midpoint of the year, and nearing the end of the year, I tend to see more posts and social media commentary where people talk about how to read more books. You know, tips and tricks and the like. Most of the time those tips include limiting social media time, always bringing something to read with you, and DNFing books that don’t catch your interest in the first few chapters.
These points also lead to me seeing numerous Tweets or comments on Facebook posts, and those comments honestly end up making me rather upset. I had thought about writing up a post concerning my thoughts on this topic for several months, but I didn’t because I worried that I wouldn’t be able to phrase it in a calm and collected manner. Honestly, I still don’t know if I’ll be wholly successful in that goal, but I’m going to try. Because I saw another Tweet similar to all of those a couple days ago, and this time I actually responded to it.
This person had posted a Tweet that said: “when someone says they read an entire novel (300+ pages) in ‘one afternoon’ – are they just lying/exaggerating? Or do they just skip huge sections? I can’t comprehend how anyone could read that fast.”
Other comments I’ve seen throughout this year include people who say basically that people who claim to read 100/200/300 books a year clearly live at home with their parents but don’t have a job or go to school. Or something similar to that.
Look, I’m actually tired of seeing these posts. It’s like a weird sub-culture of book shaming, and it’s so annoying. When I was a full-time student with two part-time jobs, I still read at least 100 books a year. Now I work a full-time paid job, plus all the time I spend working on my blog, and yet I’ve had the best reading year since I joined Goodreads. I’m at 112 books read and we’re just over halfway through the calendar year.
I don’t lie about how many books I read. I don’t lie about my reading speed. And clearly I am not some jobless person living with my parents and being a giant mooch.
Yes, some people don’t read as quickly as others. I am part of the percentage of the online bookish community that does read a lot and at a pretty fast speed. My current record for books read in a day is NINE books, and I did that during a 24 Hour Readathon.
I consider myself to pretty much be a professional reader. I’ve always surrounded myself with books. I have been reading what feels like non-stop since I have been a little kid. And yes, I have heard the disbelief from people for most of my life. The maximum number of books that could be checked out on the public library card when I was a kid was 25. I would max out my library card and bring all of the books back about a week later. So many people thought I was just taking the books home, letting them sit around, and then bringing them back.
But I wasn’t. I was reading all of them. Or at least all of them I liked. Because I’m pretty sure back in the day that I DNFd a lot more books than I do now.
So yeah, nowadays I do have some slow reading months, where I’ll only end up reading like 7 books, but most months I read 12+. If I’m into a book then I can read a 400-ish page tome in just a few hours. But I have spent years and years devouring books and improving my reading speed. Not everyone can do that, and that’s still fine.
If you only read one book a month, then that is still amazing, and I will cheer you along in your reading progress. If you read 30 books a month, then you are amazing and I am completely in awe of your skill.
People read at different speeds. Don’t judge them or doubt them when they announce how many books they complete each day/week/month/year.
That is all for today, but I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.