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Castle

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A while ago, I saw a video of someone who claims he can read several books a day. I am typically a very slow reader, and it takes me ages to finish a book. Any tips on how to read fast while understanding the information?
 
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I have come to accept the fact that we are all different. A certain friend of mine reads two or three books at a go and at times, she will be done within a week. Not only am I slow; I lose interest in a book within a really short time. Try to set timelines without necessarily altering your speed as you could easily end up skimming rather than reading.
 

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Don't feel bad about sometimes skimming or skipping ahead; re-read as needed. Lightly predict what will happen next. Tell people what you just read about, and don’t feel bad about quitting a bad book. Maybe there’s just certain writing styles or book types that match up with your interests better?
 
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Don't feel bad about sometimes skimming or skipping ahead; re-read as needed. Lightly predict what will happen next. Tell people what you just read about, and don’t feel bad about quitting a bad book. Maybe there’s just certain writing styles or book types that match up with your interests better?
Wow, that is quite some sound advice though I have always believed that the best way to judge a book is by reading it to the end. I have favorite authors but I am also the type that can grab any book and read it to the end. It makes sense to have a distinction.
 

Castle

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Don't feel bad about sometimes skimming or skipping ahead; re-read as needed. Lightly predict what will happen next. Tell people what you just read about, and don’t feel bad about quitting a bad book. Maybe there’s just certain writing styles or book types that match up with your interests better?
Thanks. I probably need to work on my skimming because I usually want to read and understand every line. @coleman how do you stay motivated to keep reading a book that is initially boring?
 
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I'm not the most attentive or speedy reader, so I need to keep trying different tricks to stay engaged. What else might help is focusing more on dialogues (fiction) or on the first and last sentences of longer paragraphs (nonfiction).
 
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Thanks. I probably need to work on my skimming because I usually want to read and understand every line. @coleman how do you stay motivated to keep reading a book that is initially boring?
Well, I have always believed that the best way to make a judge a book is by reading it to the very end. It just akin to watch a movie that is initially boring. You will never know at what point the plot is going to change. I have never been the person that doesn't read a particular book to the end.
 
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