I am in huge awe of my 15-year-old cousin. She's a hugely avid reader. Now I know what you're all thinking, to be a book blogger, surely I'm an avid reader? And I am. But my cousin is avid! She can come and visit my family for a weekend - just a weekend - and will bring about 3-4 books with her. Those books will go with her everywhere. To the shops, to a cafe, to the pub (I owuld like to state here that she doesn't drink at the pub - the adults drink, and so she reads while we're all making fools of ourselves). Depending on the books, she can read most if not all of them while visiting - and we're not talking small little books here; she'll have at least one, sometimes two Harry Potter novels, the brick sized ones. And she'll finish them, on top of everything else we do, normal everyday things. And I envy her.
Me? On a really, really good day, I can read about one book in a day, but that's if it's a book that hooks me in from the very beginning and refuses to let me go. It happened with Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, and I believe it happened with Fallen by Lauren Kate too. But my average is probably around 3-4 days, even if I'm really enjoying a book, sometimes longer. And if I'm not enjoying a book, then it can take even longer, but that's a different story. Yet there are bloggers I follow who can spit out reviews like there's no tomorrow and their life depends on it - and these aren't scheduled reviews, but write-them-as-soon-as-I've-finished reviews, and there are ALWAYS new reviews. I know this isn't a competition, and I'm not thinking of it as such, but I sooo wish I read quicker! Let's face it, I'm going to die one day, and I'd quite like to fit in as many books as possible before that happens, so reading faster would be helpful. But I'm just terribly slow, and it winds me right up! I'm never going to speed read, because I absolutely cannot read by skimming text. I can't do it for one thing, I just have to read every word to know what's going on, and I hate the idea of skipping parts, it seems sacriligious to me.
So how fast do you read? How many books can you read in a week? Does anyone else struggle with slow reading? Please tell me I'm not alone!