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How Quickly Do You Read?

How many days (on average) would it take you to read a 500-page novel?

  • 3 Days or Fewer

    Votes: 11 26.8%
  • 4-5 Days

    Votes: 5 12.2%
  • 6-7 Days

    Votes: 4 9.8%
  • 8-9 Days

    Votes: 3 7.3%
  • 10-11 Days

    Votes: 5 12.2%
  • 12-13 Days

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 14-15 Days

    Votes: 5 12.2%
  • 16 Days or More

    Votes: 7 17.1%
  • I don't read all that much, I have no idea.

    Votes: 1 2.4%

  • Total voters
    41

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I read the most when I travel. I used to travel regularly for work. Now, not so much. 500 pages would probably be 4 days with a longer round trip flight, a week with closer trip, or 6 months at home.

Also, some things read a lot faster than others. 500 pages of HP Lovecraft would probably take 3 times longer than, let's say, Scott Westerfeld. But I would enjoy both.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
I could do it in a day or to but probably. More like a week. I voted for 6-7 days.

If it's really good night hang it out in a weekend but going by my results on current books yeah.
 

TheAlkaizer

Game Designer
It really depends! I think the two biggest factors are how much time I have available in these days, and what kind of text I'm reading.

For example, I reread the first Harry Potter a few weeks ago for nostalgia's sake. It's about 300 pages. I started after lunch and finished before dinner. It's a very light read. But when I'm reading some thicker and nastier novels, my reading speed is much slower (english is not my mother tongue though).

If I'm on holidays, I can probably read a nasty 500 page novels in about two days. When I have about an hour or two of reading a night when I'm working, it might take a week or more.
 

GreyLord

Hero
It depends on how much time I devote to it. I read in spurts. That means sometimes I go through a book in a day or two, other times it takes weeks.
 

turnip_farmer

Adventurer
I find the choice of options on the poll hilarious.

"Do you read books very quickly, extremely quickly, absurdly quickly, or instantaneously?"

Usually takes me weeks to finish a book. Main exceptions are when I have something like an intercontinental flight with its associated hours of uninterrupted reading time. But that hasn't happened for more than a year thanks to Covid.
 

Ulfgeir

Adventurer
Depends on the my time and stamina at the moment, and the type of book, and how well written it is (some books have such clunky languages that they are a pain to read). I used to be able to read much faster than I do now. I think I used to be able to do it in 3 days or fewer. But again, it depends.
 

Goonalan

Hero
Supporter
I put 10 days because I aim always to read a minimum of 50 pages a day, which takes me about 45 mins to do, and life is getting back to busy normal(-ish) atm.

If it was a great book and I had the time to spare I'd read it in 1-2 days, but that's not how it works anymore- my time is much less my own.

I read a lot, I've a thread on here in which I'm reading my way through all of the Forgotten Realms novel, I managed 84 in the first year but I've slowed right down and now read a 'normal' book between each FR offering-


I've read this way all of my life, certainly since my late teens when I was a soldier and my life ping-ponged between long stretches of nothing and boredom, to short bursts of (mostly) simulated terror. I used to keep a bibliography, only I called it my book list, for a lot of years- until it fell apart. I read 50-ish books every year and have done so for the last 35 or so years.

Stay safe and well.

Cheers goonalan
 

My vote is for an audiobook, which I hope is permissable.
Me too. I spend all day translating, so in my spare time I just don't have the energy to read for fun. So I've switched to audiobooks, anywhere from 15 minutes before bedtime to a couple of hours on days like today, when it's sunny for the first time in months and I'm skiving off.

I remember reading The Elfstones of Shannara (600+ pages) in less than a day when I was a teenager, and some years ago I got through four books on one Transatlantic flight, but nowadays I just don't have the concentration.
 

Doctor Futurity

Adventurer
It would take about 8-9 hours to finish 500 pages for me, but with the full time schedule and family commitments I have I'd manage about 1 hour a night over 8-9 days to plow through it, which is pretty much my standard speed (Dad's reading hour is around 10-11ish each night).
 

Doctor Futurity

Adventurer
That is a little odd. I'm compelled to be outside more in the summer; so I read less.
I get more reading done in the Summer because I go outside with a good book while the rest of the clan is fishing or whatever. But then I get more reading done in the winter when everyone's shut in and it's cold out so I have a book to read in front of the fireplace. The real contest for my time is when these pesky little humans expect me to do something other than read which is the real problem, so it evens out.
 

Doctor Futurity

Adventurer
My vote is for an audiobook, which I hope is permissable.
I have friends who rely heavily on audiobooks. Although I've listened to them occasionally on long trips I actually tend to tune out audiobooks and lose track quickly, or find I am annoyed with the style or tone of the reader, and as a result just can't get anything out of them. I do much better with one hour and a print novel in front of me. And I tried, I really did, to go 100% ebook a few years ago.....but tablets offer too many distractions and it ended up counter productive. As a result, I went back to paper books two years ago and that got me solidly back on track with consistent reading.
 

Depends on font size and word per page. I have to read out loud in my head so slow but I find I can read something like 100 pages a day if I devote the time. If less time might do 30-60 pages a day. Depends on how deep the read is too
 

Me too. I spend all day translating, so in my spare time I just don't have the energy to read for fun. So I've switched to audiobooks, anywhere from 15 minutes before bedtime to a couple of hours on days like today, when it's sunny for the first time in months and I'm skiving off.

I remember reading The Elfstones of Shannara (600+ pages) in less than a day when I was a teenager, and some years ago I got through four books on one Transatlantic flight, but nowadays I just don't have the concentration.

Dammit, what I meant to say was, "At the speed of plot."
 

The speed with which I read when I was a teenager was likewise so much faster (though admittedly, it's not like I was taking on particularly challenging books - no Brothers Karamazov). Though I still read pretty quickly, I don't have the time to devote hours in a single day to reading. Alas.

I remember reading The Elfstones of Shannara (600+ pages) in less than a day when I was a teenager, and some years ago I got through four books on one Transatlantic flight, but nowadays I just don't have the concentration.
 

About two weeks, like a lot of folks here, just don't have the time/endurance for finishing off a book in two days anymore. Oh, I use to, and back then a 500 pager was awesome.

Now, I miss the Sci-fi/Fantasy books of the 70s/early 80s, where an writer could create a full world tell a full story with a much shorter page count. For example, Roger Zelazny's Jack of Shadows (happens to be on my bookshelf right beside me) is 236 pages.
 

I've found myself gravitating more towards shorter fantasy works of late, whether it's the older short Appendix N reads or more recent novellas like the ones Tor Books puts out. There's something to be said for that economy of story. Perhaps GRRM wouldn't have such a hard time if he only had to pop out 200 pages at a time (though my gut tells me that he still would be taking forever).

Now, I miss the Sci-fi/Fantasy books of the 70s/early 80s, where an writer could create a full world tell a full story with a much shorter page count. For example, Roger Zelazny's Jack of Shadows (happens to be on my bookshelf right beside me) is 236 pages.
 

Yeah, for me it definitely depends on how much free time I have. On weekends I can burn through several hundred pages a day if the book holds my interest. I'm going to spend this Friday flying around on a military aircraft on a day-long courier trip, so I expect I'll get a whole lot of reading done - enough that I'll bring a backup book for when I finish my primary one.

Johnathan
 

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
I just thought this quote would be useful in this thread...


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