Over the past six months, I’ve been reading an average of 1-2 books each week, which I was really proud of! But all of a sudden, my reading habits have completely changed, and guess what? I’m even happier now.
So, as a lot of you know, lately I’ve been working through my massive TBR, and I even eventually reached the end of it, which was a massive achievement. I was so relaxed when I had finally read every single book that I had been hoarding for years, and so excited when I realised that finishing my TBR meant that I could buy even more books!
While I was working through my TBR, my reading speed completely changed, and I was reading even more than ever before. I could easily read two books every week, when I was used to maybe finishing a book within a week-ish, sometimes slightly longer.
I’m a big believer in reading at whatever speed you’re comfortable at, and that not everyone will be the same. A lot of people can read a lot faster than me, and plenty of people read slower. Everyone has their own speed.
But one thing I discovered when I was reading two books a week was that I ended up skimming a lot. Towards the end of my TBR, I began to feel that I was reading for the sake of reading, not to enjoy a book. And for me, that’s really unusual.
I began to stop enjoying reading books, and although I was excited to finish my TBR and start buying new books again, I had moments when I just felt like a break from reading.
Over the past month, my reading has slowed down dramatically, where a book now lasts me around two weeks. Which is a miracle on my bank account!
And I’m loving it. I’m focusing more on books and I’m leaving time between reading them to actually think about what happens. Yes, I love reading through loads of different stories, but I think now I’d rather read them at my own pace than feel pressured to have them finished by a certain time just so a blog post can be written.
How long does it take you to read a book?