I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!
I have a question: How much do you read at a time?
Some people will sit down and devour a whole novel in one sitting because they are so absorbed in it. But, most of us do not have this luxury even if we wished hard for it. After all, we are busy living our own stories as well! So just how does a person go about deciding how much to read at a given time?
There really is no right or wrong way to answer this. Even the above example of reading a book in a day is not ‘wrong’, although there are some studies that show a person will not retain as much of what they read if they do not take some breaks or time away from it. I find this true for me, yet at the same time can also struggle to remember what happened when I take too much time away from break to break.
A lot usually depends on the free time a person has. Actually, I really shouldn’t write ‘free time’, as what time in this world is really free? Time is more like an investment. How much time can you afford to invest in reading a particular book? As some books are light entertainment and others are more like brain exercise, the answer to this question might vary from book to book.
My goal this year had been to read four books a month, whether fiction or non-fiction. As it turns out, I had way too much on my plate for this to become a reality. I have been lucky if I’ve accomplished reading 2 pages a night! (I will have to analyze this dilemma further and figure out how to remedy it in the coming year, but more on that later.) My goal is at least a couple of pages every day if I can’t make it more. But the point is to not quit reading, no matter how slow it is taking me!
Sometimes when I am reading, I will decide on how much to read at one sitting by how long the chapters are, or the length of sections within a chapter. Sometimes I will be reading in the middle of a dialogue among characters, knowing I have to soon break off to go do something else or go to bed, but not wanting to end it in the middle of the verbal action. I hate breaking things off like that, and it’s also hard to pick it back up and get in the swing of things later on. So I usually read to the end of the conversation and break off at a scene change or during lots of narration.
Obviously, the more one can read at a time, the quicker the book will be finished and one can anticipate the next story. People are different in how they like to read, whether they love to slowly savor an interesting book, or prefer to quickly find out what happens next. How do you like to read?