Thursday, April 19

Royal Rantings - Reading Styles



So, this was an actual conversation Vera and I had a couple of weeks ago. There's SO MANY TYPES of reading. It's not as simple as just picking up a book and getting started on it- especially when you're a book-blogger. Picking up the book itself is a tedious task most times. You check reviews, maybe on social media pages, on Goodreads, Amazon. You talk to your friends about it. You then check with the rest of your TBR and prioritize because why not. You may end up with a completely different book from what you first set out to read. You then pick up the book and sit down- oh wait, a pencil, bookmark (or sock, who cares), notebook, sticky notes? Snacks? Properly snuggled in? Okay, and then you ACTUALLY start reading, and this is when things get even more complicated. Here's part of our convo so you get what we're talking about:
 
Reading Books From The First Word To The Last

Vera: When you enjoy something you are fast, that's how I am too.
You finished To All the Boys I Loved Before and the second book very fast, didn't you, Ruzi?

Ruzi: That's true.. I remember I finished those two books in a day or so. I think...nah, I KNOW, I'm faster with contemporary. For instance, when it comes to Fantasy,  I just take that much more time to feel comfortable in the book's world.

V: And that's fine!
I think it's worse if someone is skim reading.

We Don't Like To Skim Read

R: I can never skim read because I'm too nosy for my own good. I neeeeed to know all the boring details usually.

V: But if you don't read every sentence there's so much to miss! Especially in a fantasy world where you can't afford to miss out on the details.

R: Oh but yes that's true! I think it's the worst when people skim-read regularly, like, wut. How. Whyyy. 

V: I KNOW! I know everyone has their own way of reading, but argh, I cannot imagine how skim-reading doesn't ruin books for them!

However, We Do It Sometimes

V: I skim read when I'm close to DNF-ing

R: I sometimes skim when there's too much action and too many details because I need to knowwww what happens next!

~ The End ~

Speed-reading, skim-reading, mood-reading, reading from the very first word to the last, reading the cover page to the author's note to everything else, reading background info on the book, author interviews, reviews, reviews, and yet more reviews, annotating, dog-earing...sniffing! There's just so much involved when reading a book, so much that it's not just simply a matter of picking a book and diving right into it. What kind of reader are you

Do you skim-read? Annotate books? Does your mood affect the kind of book you pick up? Let's talk all about reading styles in the comments below!

17 comments:

  1. I read every single word (REALLY, WHAT'S THIS SKIM READING ABOUT??? unless, as Vera said, you're thinking about DNFing...)...annotate...and read a million reviews before I make up my mind, because OF COURSE. THAT'S HOW MY PICKY SELF WORKS 😀. (It also saves a lot of money, though...).
    I'm not a mood reader AT ALL. Every books can work for me at any given time. And now that you mention it...I do read from cover to cover. Even the acknowledgments. I know, I'm an alien 😜.

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    1. Oops, I dropped an "s" too much. It's too early in the morning for my brain to function properly. *shakes brain*

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    2. Haha I didn't even notice the dropped "s", don't worry :D And YES, I never understand how ppl skim read so much? Unless they are at a point where they are ready to give up on the book, of course. And lol, is it weird that I kinda knew you'd be the type to read from cover to cover? :D I do that sometimes, but not always!

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  2. I only skim read usually when it's a series and it is taking too long to get to the plot point I want it to (usually the romance!) so I skim to find that part...but I go back and re-read properly all of the stuff I skimmed through later anyway!

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    1. OH YES TRUE, I completely understand the struggle when its a series, or an overly long book that wouldn't just cut to the action already!

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  3. I am a hopeless skim-reader. If I am not into a book from the get go I will totally skim read it as opposed to just DNFing it. It's so annoying too because it's such a waste of time and idk why I do it!! But I just do not have the patience to read every word.

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    1. I understand why you'd do that though- you badly want to DNF but you also feel bad just giving up on the book so you end up skimming. That happens ahaha.

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  4. I don't skim. I must read every word. When I DNF, I just stop. I don't care enough to read any more.

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    1. YES, that I understand. Its a very straightforward way of dealing with books you'd rather not read. Only problem is I have trouble DNFing books so I end up finishing them even when I'd rather not, oops.

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  5. I don’t like to skim read - and I rarely do it - but there are those times... ugh. Sometimes a book is just unnecessarily long, or too wordy, and I’m not totally loving it anyway. And in those cases, when I’m nearing the end and just want to finish it already - yep, that’s when I’ll start to skim.

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    1. Yes, I completely understand this and this is pretty much how I feel about skimming too! There are times when there's like no other choice except DNF and I don't usually DNF so skimming it is!

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  6. I read from the first word to the last usually - if I don't like a book, I just DNF. If it's a book with lots of description and not a lot of dialogue, I tend to skim the boring descriptive bits.

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    1. I wish I could DNF book I'd rather not read but its ALWAYS a struggle :(( And yes, sometimes when a book is just too overly descriptive you can do nothing but skim!

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  7. Don't skim read unless I'm not feeling the book. So if I'm on the verge of DNFing it, I skim read a bit. No shame though. Saves me time LOL and I do annotate, especially Uni books

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    1. I'm constantly in awe of people who can DNF books easily lol, I just hate giving up on books (and people, but that's a story for another day lol)

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  8. I skim read when the book is obnoxiously boring and I just want to get it over with, oops. I've done this with some boring kdramas too actually lollol.

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    1. Haha this I totally understand! I sometimes just fast-forward kdramas when things are moving at too slow a pace :D

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