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
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!