Reader Confession – Keeping up with the super-readers…

by Maryse on May 3, 2017 · 18 comments

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This is what the start of my sleepy-reading-marathon looks like. Yeah… pajamas, cozy bed, and snuggly dogs… but then that means I don’t get far enough in my book (although I do “continue the story” in my dreams). :P

Lisa is struggling and feeling some reading envy. And you know what? I GET IT!

It seems I fall asleep so much earlier now, and reading just gives me that perfect cozy-sleepy feel that sends me off into dream land (often dreaming about said book!) before I’m even ready.

I remember when I could stay up until 3am, or even 5am finishing a book. *gasp* eek What happened??!!!

She says:

Lisa: I know reading isn’t a competition sport but Im feeling a bit envious and slightly intimidated by those of you who have cracked double book figures this month.

I just cannot find that much time to read….OR I’m just reading at old person pace. Yikes.

And I just can’t ignore an empty fridge and hollow hungry-eyed family waiting for me to feed them…..or even the dust bunnies under the sofa…in place of reading. It just has to be way down my list…after study work family blah blah blah. It sucks.

Feel like I should hand in my book nerd card for that confession

bev: Lisa, I t lit is like a book to two a day in some cases. That’s why I sometimes ask if people skim, lol. Cause I can’t do the math. Speed wise I’m just at average I think. It has to be speed reading. And some people can be so fast with that.

Amy: *pushes Lisa’s book nerd card back to her* We have NO minimum reading requirements here. ;)

Maryse: I agree with Amy… one a week or one a day or one a month… as long as we’re enjoying ourselves, we read at our own speed.

Grey: I do that often, fall asleep while reading- almost every night actually.

How about you?

Cheryl: I was like that before too. I could do an all-nighter to finish a book and read a book on average every two days. Now, I just can’t sustain that pace and have a productive day. What really messes with me is falling asleep reading a book and then dreaming about it and then when I start reading it again, realizing I dreamed a whole different storyline that seemed so real. It takes me a while backtracking through the book to confirm that nope none of that happened- I just dreamed it!

Sally: This could be me. Almost ALL my book besties read faster than I do. It’s so well known that they actually give me a head start when we do group reads and STILL they pass me. I could NEVER figure out how math wise ya know? Don’t they do laundry, cook and eat and do dishes and ummmm like shower and sh!t? HOW do they do it? I’ve actually given up trying to figure it out. I KNOW I’m a slow reader. Ive been known to reread pages, chapters even if I love the feels it gives me. I like to EXPERIENCE my reads and FEEL everything the author wants me to feel. Whether that’s lust, anxiety, sorrow, or fear etc. I mean isn’t that the whole point of reading? I don’t want to miss all that just to blow by a book and be on to the next one. Andddd I don’t know where that all came from Maryse but like I said I’m ” THAT” person so I connected to it. I’m done now… peace

Ashley: I’ve always been a big reader… I was the kid who would go to the library and rent 10 books to read on vacation. I got older and busier and hardly had any time for ‘fun reading.’ Then one summer I decided to cut out tv almost completely (to an hour per week) and to primarily read…and it was amazing. I still hardly watch any tv and I don’t really miss it. I do hit double digits for books but I also listen to a ton of audiobooks. And I do sometimes stay up past my bedtime to read…but then everyone tells me I look tired.

D.G.: For awhile I was reading a book a day…(definitely not bragging because if good I would stay up late). But lately RL comes calling and it might take a couple days. But I will say that some books go faster than others…

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bev May 3, 2017 at 7:20 PM

I can sometimes hit double digits for the month…..but I totally put books before dust bunnies. I have to stop doing that though because when I’m running around trying to get ready for work and can’t find what I need, well, it really isn’t worth that stress.
Most of the time it isn’t.

It is insane when you look at the reading challenge on GR and see how many books some have already read.

Maryse May 3, 2017 at 8:46 PM

It’s almost stressful!!!!

Cheryl May 3, 2017 at 9:28 PM

I was like that before too. I could do an all-nighter to finish a book and read a book on average every two days. Now, I just can’t sustain that pace and have a productive day. What really messes with me is falling asleep reading a book and then dreaming about it and then when I start reading it again, realizing I dreamed a whole different storyline that seemed so real. It takes me a while backtracking through the book to confirm that nope none of that happened- I just dreamed it!

bev May 3, 2017 at 9:42 PM

I can’t bounce back from an all nighters as fast. Kinda makes me sad. :(

I’ve only done it a couple time but it’s fun to dream of the books.

Rebecca May 3, 2017 at 10:41 PM

1-2 books a week for me, because Kids. I exhausted!! However, my quantity is up double now thanks to Audible. While I’m cooking, cleaning, I have my head phones on listening to a book.

Jan May 4, 2017 at 1:23 AM

Yeah I rarely pull an all-nighter these days. I have been known to hang around till midnight for a new book release to hit my kindle, but by then I’m usually too tired to enjoy it anyway. So lame, I know………..

Lisa May 4, 2017 at 4:26 AM

Is this my confession?? It sounds like my whingeing about dust bunnies (and they are breeding like…well like rabbits under my sofa at the moment heehee).
Just finished BDB binge…The Beast and The Chosen.

Maryse May 4, 2017 at 5:41 AM

LOL It IS you, Lisa!!

It was a good confession. :) I could relate.

Maryse May 4, 2017 at 5:43 AM

Jan…

Nothing lame about wanting to welcome a new book into the world, and maybe even taste-test it a little even if you know you’re not staying up to read it.

It gives us relief from the new-release anticipation. ;)

D.G. May 4, 2017 at 2:52 PM

For awhile I was reading a book a day…(definitely not bragging because if good I would stay up late). But lately RL comes calling and it might take a couple days. But I will say that some books go faster than others…

Ashley May 4, 2017 at 4:50 PM

I’ve always been a big reader… I was the kid who would go to the library and rent 10 books to read on vacation. I got older and busier and hardly had any time for ‘fun reading.’ Then one summer I decided to cut out tv almost completely (to an hour per week) and to primarily read…and it was amazing. I still hardly watch any tv and I don’t really miss it. I do hit double digits for books but I also listen to a ton of audiobooks. And I do sometimes stay up past my bedtime to read…but then everyone tells me I look tired.

Maryse May 4, 2017 at 6:28 PM

I need to kick Audible into my life, Rebecca. I bet I’ll double up, too.

Jan May 4, 2017 at 6:39 PM

Thankyou Maryse. You’re right. I do like to taste-test new books like that and it does relieve the drama and over-excitement a bit. :)

Leslie M May 4, 2017 at 6:41 PM

Honestly, for those who are trying to fit more reading time into their life…you got to try audiobooks. I got 5 listening hrs (almost 1/2 of my book) in today ALL while doing other things. It takes a while to get used to audiobooks. But once you are into them, you will wonder how you ever lived without them.

Ashley May 4, 2017 at 8:48 PM

I listen to audiobooks while I’m working and it’s amazing. I’m just being told a story all day long. I usually listen to them at a higher speed so that I can get through a whole book in my workday, it does take some getting used to – and you have to make sure the narrator is someone who you can listen to all day – but it’s worth it. The audible app on my phone is one of the best and most used thing ever.

Jessi May 5, 2017 at 12:24 AM

I’m a fast reader; I read (not skim) about 100 pages/hour. I don’t watch TV and grew up without one. I read Stephen King by age 10. I got a Kindle for a trip 7 years ago. I like that it doesn’t have a “cover” and I no longer need a backpack full of books for travel. I’m not a “life’s a journey” type of person even when reading. I read the end early and quit 25% of the books I start. A good book is a treasure and frequently I feel like I’m at a yard sale.

Amy May 6, 2017 at 4:56 PM

*raises hand*

I have super-reader envy, too. :?

I used to knock out 3-4 books a week when I worked from home. Between working at a new job and moving into a bigger house (more to clean, dangit), I just don’t have that kind of time. And yet I am STILL clicking them as if I still read at that pace. Oh well…zombie apocalypse stockpiling and all. ;)

Rochelle May 9, 2017 at 12:42 AM

This is in response to Jessi,
I am sure that was a hard confession. To quit 25% of all books.Wow! I would love to read your reviews. I get so frustrated with poorly written books. To me it is like the saying “Life is too short for bad wine!” I feel life is too short for poorly written books. I often feel like a “good author” can write anything and be successful. Or a “good author” could even take a poorly written book and rewrite it to be successful. But for me I will troll your website and find beautiful books from your posts and then I can be

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