HOW TO FINISH MORE BOOKS
Fast-reading isn’t just one skill. It’s a compound skill made up by comprehension, decoding, fluency and vocabulary. That’s why it’s no wonder that the idea of reading fast is pleasing to the reading community. While it doesn’t directly translate to how smart we are, it is a handy skill to have, not just for fiction books, but for any type of reading material.
Personally, i don’t just read for leisure. I love learning and would love it more if i could do it in a shorter amount of time. This is why i’ve trained myself to read four to six books in one month.
Keep in mind that this isn’t a tutorial. This is simply a helping blog post about my personal techniques to read faster.
How To Finish More Books In A Short Amount of Time
1. Divide the book into manageable chunks
Like any task, it is better for our minds to break it down. The more we do it in batches, the more our confidence grows into finishing it.
The way I do this is to read the prologue or the first paragraph of the first chapter to see the type of pacing the author was using. If the book I’m reading is fast-paced, I divide the book into manageable chunks with 5-7 chapters in each reading session. If the pacing is slow, I group the sections with 3-4 chapters each. This way, I can tell far earlier in the journey how long it will take me to read the book. And because I have already broken down the book into manageable chunks, I am more nudged to read it on a daily basis.
2. Read by sentence or phrase and not by word
When you’re not already doing this, you might be subvocalizing when reading which is one of the reasons why you’re not reading any faster. Subvocalizing is when you’re speaking the words that you’re reading in your mind. Your eyes will narrow down its focus and will do comprehension by word instead of by sentence or phrase. It will slow down your reading pace into a speaking pace.
Try reading by sentence or phrase so your eyes and brain will move on faster and do comprehension by blocks of thought.
3. Dedicate a reading time everyday
I’m sure that we all have personal and professional businesses to attend to which maybe the main reason why there’s a constraint to reaching this goal, but if we’re prioritizing on reading any faster, it’s time to include reading in our tight schedule.
I usually take two hours from my daily routine to continue and finish a section before putting it down for the next day.
If you’re finding yourself not interested in the story or you think you’re not resonating so well with what’s happening, try annotating. I love annotating and I made a separate blog post on how I do it.
4. Participate in reading sprints
Much like writing sprints, reading sprints are done individually, by pair or by team. You are given a certain amount of time to read as fast as you can with no breaks before the time goes off. You can do this everyday or twice a day, whatever and whenever you prefer.
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If you want to join reading or writing sprints, let’s be friends on Twitter! I do reading sprints four times every month to help me finish my TBR faster. If you’re writer in the drafting or rewriting phase, I do writing sprints every Nanowrimo which happens every November. I’m also planning to join Camp Nano this April so if you want to join my cabin, please don’t be shy to do so! I will be sprinkling links on my cabin on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram!
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T.L. Thornes is a writer residing in Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She was twelve when she started keeping drafts of her poems in composition notebooks. Since then, she has found an emotional outlet through writing. When she’s not writing, she can be found in the streets of her hometown, urbansketching, or in her room, writing songs and making art journals.