How Can I Read Faster?

by Mary Ann on December 6, 2013

read fasterI have a book list that would choke a horse! I have all these books that I should read, need to read and want to read. I have been making this list all of my life and books do come off but gosh darn they go on a lot faster. Sometimes when I look at my list I feel a bit overwhelmed and feel like I am going to have to live to be 200 to get it all read, if I ever do get it all read. I know that many of you feel the same way.

Woman_Reading_(Kuroda_Seiki)For me the question comes down to what on the list should I really read, how can I find time to read, how can I read faster when I do read and ultimately, how can I retain what I read. Those are the questions I would like to have solid answers to so that the precious time I do allot to my own education and relaxation is well spent.

When I was in college I took a speed reading class and I was really good! I could read hundreds of words a minute but I didn’t enjoy it. I liked the details! I wanted to know what the trees looked like and what the weather was. I really did want to read faster but I didn’t want to miss so much. It is also difficult to use those speed reading skills to read books with great and important content, the great books. That being said, I have limited time and so I wanted to be able to read faster just so that I could maximize my time without sacrificing my learning or enjoyment.

My friends Blaine and Audrey Rindlisbacher have made some wonderful videos to address these questions and in my last blog I promised that I would share some of them with you. Today we are going to begin with “how can I read faster”. I realize that “how do I find time to read” might be a better first question to ask but frankly, this is the one I want to do first. Enjoy!


To access the “how to read” video series mentioned in the video visit this link.

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Kyle Niebergall February 21, 2014 at 11:16 am

First off thanks for the suggestion to have me read your blog. I looked at a couple of your other ones and read one or two of them. But I really like this post because my eyes have a convergence insufficiency which means that my eyes have a hard time focusing on things up close and turning my eyes in.
So in other words, when I read my eyes have to work harder then somebody with out this insufficiency because I have to fight the urge my eyes have to relax.
When I read, my eyes are turned in and it strains the muscles and makes my eyes hurt. So I cant ever read when I go to bed like you hear about those people who read well into the night.
Because my eyes do this I don’t read as often as I should. When I read “How Can I Read Faster?” It caught my eye and there were a couple of things I liked from the video in the post. The lady in the video said that if I read books that are a little above my reading level it will increase my speed and vocabulary. Reading more will also increase my speed and taking time to look up words I don’t know will help to increase my speed. Although they don’t help my convergence insufficiency, they may help me get more read before my eyes get tired.


Mary Ann February 21, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Kyle thanks for taking the time to stop here. I am glad you found something that was helpful. This article and video are from some great people who help others read for more understanding. On their site you can get other tips that WILL make the time you can read much more beneficial. For example, How to Mark a Book, so that you can remember later what you read. Also Read for Principles so that you can actually put what you read to good use today. Hope you take a look over there and don’t stop reading even when it is hard. Just pick the best books, read using some good strategies and enjoy!


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