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#1 PaulineN

Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:08 PM

How long does it take you to read your average say 400-500 page novel? How often do you read and for how long?

I read a few times a week before bed for maybe 30mins - 1.5 hours at a time.


#2 Guest_holy_j_*

Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:10 PM

i don't read novels very afternoon, because i have to finish them all in one hit, i can't help myself. About 3 hours for the length you listed.

#3 Expelliarmus

Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:11 PM

I like to read in a huge sitting. 400-500 page novel takes me 1-2 days. If I'm only reading 1-2 hours a day it'll take me 3-4 days probably.

Because I usually manage 15 minutes 4-5 times a week atm maybe 2 weeks lol

#4 mum201

Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:13 PM

QUOTE (holy_j @ 30/04/2012, 08:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i don't read novels very afternoon, because i have to finish them all in one hit, i can't help myself. About 3 hours for the length you listed.


ditto

#5 GoneWithTheWhinge

Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:13 PM

Depends how much I am into it, if I am really into the story then it'd go in one sitting which, for that length would probably be a couple of hours.

If I'm not so into the book then I'd do the odd 30mins before bed and I'd have it done within 5 sessions.

#6 greenthumbs

Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:15 PM

QUOTE (howdo @ 30/04/2012, 08:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I like to read in a huge sitting. 400-500 page novel takes me 1-2 days. If I'm only reading 1-2 hours a day it'll take me 3-4 days probably.


This was me before baby. So it'd be anywhere from 1 day to a week or so.

QUOTE (PaulineN @ 30/04/2012, 08:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I read a few times a week before bed for maybe 30mins - 1.5 hours at a time.


This is me now. Little guy is 8 months now and I think I'd be lucky to read one book a month, actually a little less.

#7 Dionysus

Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:17 PM

I read the Hunger Games Trilogy over Easter and a bit into that next week - so maybe 6 days for 3 books.  We went away for Easter, and I was then on school holidays for the next two weeks.

I devour books I enjoy   biggrin.gif

#8 Ianthe

Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:20 PM

Maybe around 3 hours? I could read 2-3 books a week if I read for around an hour a night.

I used to be able to read a book or two in a day but the children don't like that. I miss those days. My attention span is shot.

#9 *LiMa*

Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:21 PM

About 4 hours for that length book (including time for child related distractions).  I did a 500ish page book last night in about 4.5 hours

At work they have discovered I can speed read, so I have been given the job of reading all the handbooks.  They aren't so interesting lol, probably should have kept my talent to myself.

Edited by *LiMa*, 30 April 2012 - 08:21 PM.


#10 melski1

Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:22 PM

I read every night for between 45 mins and 1 1/2 hours. Depends on the time I go to bed and how tired I am. So I guess I polish one off every 4 days or so.

If I'm really into it I'll read when DS2 is having his lunch sleep too.

#11 mumto3princesses

Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:39 PM

Somewhere between 2 and 3 hours depending on how much I like the book.

#12 Chelara

Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:44 PM

Probably 3 nights if I was really enjoying it so about 5 hours all up I guess. Some people must be fast,I haven't really timed myself though.

#13 BreezaH

Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:48 PM

About 3hrs for that length of book. I read 4-5 books a week, usually reading in the afternoon when it's nap time and at night before bed.

#14 ingrid74

Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:48 PM

Some of you must be amazing. Granted I do it when Im heading to bed so often very tired. But the last book I read I started at the start of feb and averaged about 10 minutes a night (before falling asleep mid page) but that was every night of the week (hence about an hour a week). Took me about 12 weeks which I guess equates to 12 hours (or a bit more). It was 640 pages.

#15 ~chiquita~

Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:51 PM

QUOTE
Depends how much I am into it, if I am really into the story then it'd go in one sitting which, for that length would probably be a couple of hours

This is what I'd do before DS arrived. It wasn't unusual for me to be so engrossed in a book that I'd still be reading at 3am on a Saturday morning. 'Just one more chapter...' Those were the days.

I become very unsociable when I'm reading a great book.

#16 rocketsurgeon

Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:57 PM

Some of you read so fast. For those who can read 500 pages in 3 hours or less - probably a dumb question but do you read every page or are you skimming bits that don't interest you?

See when I read that quickly, I get the gist of something but to really absorb and appreciate the meaning it takes me a good deal longer. Anna Karenina for example, I read and reread the paragraphs because it's so well written.

The last book I read was Angels and Demons. Not sure how many pages, it took me about 4 x 2 hour sittings.

#17 JJ

Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:57 PM

It really depends on how much I enjoy the book, whether it's a "hard" read, how I'm feeling, how tired I am, etc. I can do it in a day or two, or it can take me two weeks.

About 4 days would be average for me.

#18 ~Jodama_Feral~

Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:59 PM

If it is really good it takes me a night maybe 2. But I wont put it down until I am finished even if I only get a couple of hours sleep that night.

Otherwise a week reading a couple of chapters a night.

#19 Flutter Bug

Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:03 PM

I just finished The Help in about 4 nights, maybe 1-1.5 hours a night. It's the first book I've read since baby!

I tried to read The Book Thief after 1st baby, it took me what felt like a year!



#20 tothebeach

Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:08 PM

I read 4-5 books a week every week.  However, they are not war and peace.  They are more like NY best seller list books (the Help etc).

#21 BreezaH

Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:23 PM

QUOTE (**bubba** @ 30/04/2012, 09:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Some of you read so fast. For those who can read 500 pages in 3 hours or less - probably a dumb question but do you read every page or are you skimming bits that don't interest you?


I do occasionally skim bits that I'm finding a bit tedious or long-winded but it's nearly always reading properly. If I find I'm skimming too much then the book gets set aside and I pick up something else. That doesn't happen too often these days though.

#22 Guest_Retro_Mumma_*

Posted 01 May 2012 - 12:25 AM

It depends on how much I like the book (and if DS has a sleep or not).

Sometimes one day, sometimes one week.

If its a crap book, I wont waste my time on it and go to the next book in my pile, if its a good book I cant put it down.

#23 PaulineN

Posted 01 May 2012 - 08:07 PM

Wow that is amazing that some of you read several books a week! I must be a slow reader.

#24 Ianthe

Posted 01 May 2012 - 08:15 PM

QUOTE (**bubba** @ 30/04/2012, 09:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Some of you read so fast. For those who can read 500 pages in 3 hours or less - probably a dumb question but do you read every page or are you skimming bits that don't interest you?


I naturally speed read. I always have. I don't know how I do it. If I am reading something heavy I will slow down and it will take me a little longer but if it is light then I can get through it really fast.

#25 Bob-the-skull

Posted 01 May 2012 - 08:22 PM

QUOTE (**bubba** @ 30/04/2012, 09:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Some of you read so fast. For those who can read 500 pages in 3 hours or less - probably a dumb question but do you read every page or are you skimming bits that don't interest you?

See when I read that quickly, I get the gist of something but to really absorb and appreciate the meaning it takes me a good deal longer. Anna Karenina for example, I read and reread the paragraphs because it's so well written.

The last book I read was Angels and Demons. Not sure how many pages, it took me about 4 x 2 hour sittings.


i read quite quickly and could chew through a few books in a day depending on the length/interest/etc...

most of it i speed read, i am not sure how i do it but for me to read out loud i am really challenged as its almost like i skip reading the joining words and just fill them in automatically....

so yes sometimes having the ability to read quick is a disadvantage...

i use audio books a lot now though i am more time challenged... my current book in paper back has 378 pages, and the audio file is about 11 hours long. but seeing i get to listen to at least a few hours a day on public transport plus extra in car/doing housework/on lunch at work then it doesn't take me too long to get through them




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