Discussion Post: If You’re A Speed Reader, You Don’t Read Properly.

I’m hoping to post more discussion posts on my blog so let’s start with one about something I saw online last week.

Browsing through the internet and trying really hard to distract myself since I was unwell, I went looking at other people’s blogs and author blogs just to see what everyone was up to reading-wise and what books were standing out from the crowd. Then, I ended up stumbling onto one author’s post which I read. She stated that if you are a fast reader (speed reader) which is me, you don’t interpret what the plot is, who the characters are and when it comes the time to write a review on it, it will be nonsense because you haven’t taken the time to read the novel from start to finish. In other words, if you speed read, you aren’t a reader at all.

This post made my blood boil. Literally boil.

I do read slowly but that’s different. In times conditions such as exams, there’s an incredible amount of pressure to pick up things quickly. Being honest at age 15 and say to my school that I couldn’t handle that allowed myself to have concessions in exams known as extra time. An extra 20 minutes added onto an exam could mean the difference between a pass grade or a fail grade. When it comes to reading books however, I feel no pressure. Blocking myself out away from the distractions of the everyday world, reading a book from start to finish for me is a breeze. In a few hours, I put the book down either with a smile on my face or tears trickling out because it had a sad ending to it.

My point is readers that all book reviewers and casual readers read and interpret books differently. In my view, we should be allowed to read as much as we would like to whether it would be 1 page or over 1000 pages. Speed reading may look like skimming but it really isn’t. It can help or hinder you, for me both are the case. But to hear that from an author?… I really don’t know how else to react other than writing this post and starting a discussion on it.

If you are a speed reader, feel free to share your experiences in the comments section below!

Alice x

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Real Life: I Graduated! :D

December 7th 2016 is a day that I hope that my future brightens up for me. It was the day that I managed to complete a course from start to finish without any mishaps and gain a full qualification, the first time in over a year that this has happened. This qualification was a four week long venture involving a lot of travelling, getting outdoors and trying out new things while at the same time developing my social skills.

It’s nice to end 2016 on a somewhat good note, getting the Arts Award in Photography I feel was the right decision to make seeing I wasn’t doing very much other than staying around at home and remembering everything that I didn’t want to think about. Since the moving on from College, I feel a lot more comfortable in my own skin. I am independent, a feeling that I craved a lot since the age of fifteen and more grown-up without the hassles of classes anymore. After I referred myself to a local youth service in my area, I’m seeing an advisor regularly who helps me with trying to get onto courses suited to my interests. It was on the day of my first ever meeting with her that she referred me onto the Photography Arts Award in a different city to where I live. The commuting at times was difficult but I was still on time for all of the classes only missing one day due to general sickness.

Photography is a hobby that I’ve been very passionate about since the age of ten after I received a camera as a Christmas present. I loved to take photos of everything and anything close to me, the birds that caught my eye or special moments such as someone blowing out candles on a birthday cake. Studying it was going to be tough for a four week timeframe but it worked out nicely with one of my photos going up on display for people to see when they are sat there in the café drinking coffee in the morning. 🙂

The amazing part was that I got invited back to do two further courses with them although not in Photography. I am still considering the one starting in January but I’m definitely doing the one after the February half-term which is Music. I have studied music before as a drummer but my old school tried to turn me into a pianist which although I have total respect for the instrument, piano playing isn’t my forte. But I hope to be sat on a drum kit again very soon!

That’s it for this post, thanks so much guys for reading. If you’ve finished school/college/university recently, feel free to comment down below. I would love to hear from you.

Alice x