JENNIFER PLATT | Do you fancy it quick or long and slow?

For various reasons, some books take longer to read than others, so why not test your speed?

01 September 2021 - 18:45

My partner, I like to call him Gman (and will from now onwards because partner/boyfriend/significant other is all so cheugy), is always surprised at how quickly I read. He is also a reader and writer, so we always read columns and features together. He is as fast as I am with these, but is shocked at how quickly I get through books.

It boggles his mind. I don’t speed read. I take in as much as I can and don’t do BMEs (only reading the beginning, middle and end) because I feel I would miss so much. There are times though when I wish I could BME some books, like this week when a mystery I emotionally invested in felt like time wasted because the author got the name wrong at the end of the book. Such frustration, especially because I enjoyed it until then. It was an international thriller by a biggish name, so they must have had enough money to pay editors to pick up such a silly mistake.  ..

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