I can read 100 books…
My son and his school (3rd – 5th grades) are involved in a great program to encourage reading called “I Can Read 100 Books.” The idea is to get the students to read one hundred books throughout the school year. And it’s very flexible. You can read picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, magazines, etc. To put everyone on even par, the rules are:
One Book is:
* a picture book,
* 25 pages of a chapter book,
* 30 minutes reading “other.”
To encourage kids even further, they’ve asked the parents to join in. Of course, I gladly accepted the challenge. The rules for parents are a little different:
One Book is:
* 100 Pages,
* 60 minutes.
I was going along great, using pages if it was a book and minutes for ebooks. That is until I decided to time myself for fun. That’s when I found out that I read a 375 page book in 6 hours!! Wow! I’m a slow reader if 100 pages and 1 hour are “one book” (and I’m getting screwed if I use page count instead of minutes!)
I read about a page per minute. That got me wondering – what is the “average” time for an adult to read a “for pleasure” book? Am I a slow reader? Am I average? I know for me it depends on the amount of time I have to read in a single sitting. For example, if I can spend 1 to 2 hours reading a book, I get through faster than 1 page per minute. But if I only get 20 minutes here and there, the speed goes down. Complexity is also a factor: if I have to spend time re-reading or looking up information, the speed diminishes. Finally, if I am reviewing and I need to take a lot of notes, the speed decreases.
So I’m asking you: do you know how fast you read? What are factors that impact your reading speed? Do you think you are slow, fast, average? Let’s chat!