80 pages an hour? And I thought I read fast!
If I'm really into a book I can read it fairly quickly, but for me it's more like seeing it in
movie form in my head. I'm reading but I'm not actually seeing the words, I'm seeing a visual of it. Of course that's only if the writing is good
and the topic interests me. Make me read something that doesn't interest me and it can take me 3 weeks to read a 300 page book. Took me all of 8
hours roughly to read "Gone With the Wind", so I do read fairly quickly when a book interests me. I recently bought a bookcase to put my books in
once I realized that I had them stashed in boxes all over the house, which would be a good thing if I hadn't misjudged the size of my collection and
bought a bookcase that's too small to hold them all. Oh well, at least they aren't in boxes anymore!
As for favorites Irving Wallace, Laurell K. Hamilton, Stephenie Meyer, Greg Iles, Dean Koontz and Keri Arthur are dominating my bookshelf at the
moment. I tend to pick fiction novels, they are my escape from reality when I want to relax, but I literally do judge a book by it's cover. I've
found that if the title doesn't catch my attention and the description on the back doesn't sound interesting, I end up not really liking the book.
Darn post button, I wasn't done yet... As for the severe decline in reading after high school, I believe it. Most of the people I went to school with
didn't like reading when they had to and certainly would not pick a book up on their own to read. I've had many a conversation with my husband about
why I like reading so much when he can't stand it. He's actually went and bought a few books but never actually sat down and read them. My oldest
child loves books though. If I'm busy doing something he will sit and read to himself, well he tries to anyway.. He's still learning to read.
Hopefully he'll continue loving to read when he grows up, and hopefully the youngest learns to love books as much as I do.
[edit on 17-11-2008 by Jenna]