The BBC recently had a story about the Booker Prize judges and how much they read, which averaged out to a book a day. At the bottom of the story a number of commenters described their own speed reading habits. One of the most absurd was this:
I am a young (16) speed reader, able to easily read 6 books in a day (as I did whilst at my old grammer school). I read the latest Harry Potter in just under an hour, and the one before in 1 hour 15 minutes. I also write book reviews (so have to take it all in). Therefore reading 100 books in 100 days would be a shortage for me.
This reminds me of Woody Allen’s wisdom on the subject. “I took a speed reading course and read ‘War and Peace’ in twenty minutes. It involves Russia.”
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