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Wish I could finish a book in 4-6 hours. But when you finish a book that fast, are you getting anything out of it?


Sure. I will retain pretty much everything. At that speed I have a 98% retention rate. That is the 6 hours rate. I can go faster and finish a paperback in about 4 hours, but then retention will drop to perhaps 90%. I will miss a lot more. I will also generally end up with a pretty serious headache as well.

Basically I do not read a book. I watch it. When I read a word, I do not read a word. I see it. So I do not read the word tree, I visualize a tree. An Oak Tree to be specific. Which I do not understand why that is since they are not native to where I grew up. I only assume that it was the default tree in early picturebooks I read. Or perhaps saw on TV. But I came to associate tree with Oak tree. In any event, that is what I see.

Apply that to whole paragraphs and I do not read words and try to comprehend them. I am simply rolling my eyes over the words and watching a movie unfold. Which is why I can finish a book that quickly. I am not reading it so much as watching it.


You just described what I USED to do when I read as a young one. (I don't even read anymore, I SHOULD, but I don't.) My retention rate was probably much, much lower than yours though, not sure. I knew the whole gist, and the general story of what I was reading but tiny setting details escaped me. A 9-10 year old skimming through Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows in about 8 hours in ONE sitting is unheard of (at least to my knowledge.) I can still read fast today but I do so little of it, and I get bored rather quickly, also nowhere near the same speed as I used to.

As for the original question: I use bookmarks. Folding the pages is a no no.
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Bookmarks, 'natch, occasionally pages.
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Cellory wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

Wish I could finish a book in 4-6 hours. But when you finish a book that fast, are you getting anything out of it?


Sure. I will retain pretty much everything. At that speed I have a 98% retention rate. That is the 6 hours rate. I can go faster and finish a paperback in about 4 hours, but then retention will drop to perhaps 90%. I will miss a lot more. I will also generally end up with a pretty serious headache as well.

Basically I do not read a book. I watch it. When I read a word, I do not read a word. I see it. So I do not read the word tree, I visualize a tree. An Oak Tree to be specific. Which I do not understand why that is since they are not native to where I grew up. I only assume that it was the default tree in early picturebooks I read. Or perhaps saw on TV. But I came to associate tree with Oak tree. In any event, that is what I see.

Apply that to whole paragraphs and I do not read words and try to comprehend them. I am simply rolling my eyes over the words and watching a movie unfold. Which is why I can finish a book that quickly. I am not reading it so much as watching it.


You just described what I USED to do when I read as a young one. (I don't even read anymore, I SHOULD, but I don't.) My retention rate was probably much, much lower than yours though, not sure. I knew the whole gist, and the general story of what I was reading but tiny setting details escaped me. A 9-10 year old skimming through Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows in about 8 hours in ONE sitting is unheard of (at least to my knowledge.) I can still read fast today but I do so little of it, and I get bored rather quickly, also nowhere near the same speed as I used to.

As for the original question: I use bookmarks. Folding the pages is a no no.


That is very impressive, the best I have done is about a 300 page book in a six hour drive as a kid. I knew a guy in high school who might have been around that fast. I did read the Fate Forsaken series twice in about four weeks, that comes out to about 3,200 pages. As to the reading speed I find most people read at what is natural for them.
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I've done even worse I accidentally crushed my kindle.
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I suppose I'm a monster then... I don't like not knowing which of the two possible pages with a bookmark I left off on, and whenever I've tried to use bookmarks (I have tried!), I've lost them very quickly. If it's one with a built in ribbon bookmark I'll use that, though, and I probably wouldn't dog ear a book if it was a particularly nice one (eg. some sort of super fancy limited edition that I don't have the money for, or my set of scriptures even if I need to bookmark more pages than I have ribbons for).


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I've done even worse I accidentally crushed my kindle.


How'd you manage that? They're relatively sturdy so to *crush* it you'd need to apply some real force.
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I suppose I'm a monster then... I don't like not knowing which of the two possible pages with a bookmark I left off on, and whenever I've tried to use bookmarks (I have tried!), I've lost them very quickly. If it's one with a built in ribbon bookmark I'll use that, though, and I probably wouldn't dog ear a book if it was a particularly nice one (eg. some sort of super fancy limited edition that I don't have the money for, or my set of scriptures even if I need to bookmark more pages than I have ribbons for).


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I've done even worse I accidentally crushed my kindle.


How'd you manage that? They're relatively sturdy so to *crush* it you'd need to apply some real force.


It was in my camping cloth bag and I lost balance and my foot had to go somewhere, so I stepped on it... And I weigh 215 pounds.
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KevHunt wrote:


PandaSamaBoi wrote:


Cellory wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

Wish I could finish a book in 4-6 hours. But when you finish a book that fast, are you getting anything out of it?


Sure. I will retain pretty much everything. At that speed I have a 98% retention rate. That is the 6 hours rate. I can go faster and finish a paperback in about 4 hours, but then retention will drop to perhaps 90%. I will miss a lot more. I will also generally end up with a pretty serious headache as well.

Basically I do not read a book. I watch it. When I read a word, I do not read a word. I see it. So I do not read the word tree, I visualize a tree. An Oak Tree to be specific. Which I do not understand why that is since they are not native to where I grew up. I only assume that it was the default tree in early picturebooks I read. Or perhaps saw on TV. But I came to associate tree with Oak tree. In any event, that is what I see.

Apply that to whole paragraphs and I do not read words and try to comprehend them. I am simply rolling my eyes over the words and watching a movie unfold. Which is why I can finish a book that quickly. I am not reading it so much as watching it.


You just described what I USED to do when I read as a young one. (I don't even read anymore, I SHOULD, but I don't.) My retention rate was probably much, much lower than yours though, not sure. I knew the whole gist, and the general story of what I was reading but tiny setting details escaped me. A 9-10 year old skimming through Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows in about 8 hours in ONE sitting is unheard of (at least to my knowledge.) I can still read fast today but I do so little of it, and I get bored rather quickly, also nowhere near the same speed as I used to.

As for the original question: I use bookmarks. Folding the pages is a no no.


That is very impressive, the best I have done is about a 300 page book in a six hour drive as a kid. I knew a guy in high school who might have been around that fast. I did read the Fate Forsaken series twice in about four weeks, that comes out to about 3,200 pages. As to the reading speed I find most people read at what is natural for them.


Lol thank you, thank you. TWICE in 4 weeks? Jesus that's alot of reading lol. I could only read Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and other series like that the WAY I did because they were really easy to read. No overly complex sentences, plot, or dialogue to sift through. Very easy stuff to "watch" as you describe. Now, if I were to read the Sherlock Holmes collection book I had back then that I didn't read, I would have been reading so little of it and comprehending it oh so slowly.
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Sometimes I use bookmarks, other times I'm the worse kind of monster. I put books *gasp* open, face down!
Who needs a spine?

The best/worst speed-reading I did was the Illuminatus! trilogy in 2 days. Some late nights and some serious head-fucks.
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Robert Anton Wilson books are right up my alley for reading marathons. Amazingly entertaining content from that man.

On OPs topic i am the monster underneath the bed that folds books like paper
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Since I only read hardcovers, as much as possible, I prefer to use a bookmark. It's going to be worth something someday so I'd like to keep the book pristine.
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I think I've been using old Yu-gi-oh! cards as bookmarks. lol
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Bookmarks all the way. I've accumulated way too many of them though, lol.
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Cellory wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

Wish I could finish a book in 4-6 hours. But when you finish a book that fast, are you getting anything out of it?


Sure. I will retain pretty much everything. At that speed I have a 98% retention rate. That is the 6 hours rate. I can go faster and finish a paperback in about 4 hours, but then retention will drop to perhaps 90%. I will miss a lot more. I will also generally end up with a pretty serious headache as well.

Basically I do not read a book. I watch it. When I read a word, I do not read a word. I see it. So I do not read the word tree, I visualize a tree. An Oak Tree to be specific. Which I do not understand why that is since they are not native to where I grew up. I only assume that it was the default tree in early picturebooks I read. Or perhaps saw on TV. But I came to associate tree with Oak tree. In any event, that is what I see.

Apply that to whole paragraphs and I do not read words and try to comprehend them. I am simply rolling my eyes over the words and watching a movie unfold. Which is why I can finish a book that quickly. I am not reading it so much as watching it.


Oh I've done this as well. That's why a movie of the same tittle could never compete with how I read a book. I've missed sleep and meals to finish a book.
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