WARNING: my opinions are laying ahead. please do not get offended by any of what i say in this post.
lately, i’ve been seeing some people in the book community saying that they’re “such slow readers”, wishing they could “read faster” and read while listening to music, or envying other readers who can read and eat at the same time. and with these sentences growing more frequent in our community, i felt the urge to talk about it.
it is true that we all wish we could read faster. it is true there are so many books out there and so little time. it is true that life would be easier if we could read wherever and whenever. but it freaking doesn’t matter.
reading is reading. and whether you can read a book in a day, a week, a month, with or without music, it’s still reading. and it will always be. your pace and conditions doesn’t make you any less or more a reader. at the end, we’re all the same: people with reading as a passion.
because reading is a passion, a hobby, not some sort of competition. what you actually should care about is the pleasure you’re taking while reading, not about how you’re reading or something like that.
you picked up a book, right? you read it, right? doesn’t it matter how read it? no.
so stop being ashamed of reading differently than other. stop saying that you’re a “bad reader”, that you don’t have any “reading skills”, because there’s no such thing as a “bad reader”, and no such thing as “reading skills”. there is just reading, and that’s is that.
you are NOT a bad reader, you’re a wonderful and unique person. and if you keep accusing yourself this way, you won’t see any of this wonderfulness in you. instead of looking for what’s “bad” in your personality, try and look for what’s unique, amazing. stop decreasing your value. “why can’t i read faster? why can’t i read while walking/eating?”: get these depressing thoughts out of your mind. there are SO many amazing things about reading you should think of instead: the pleasure, the passion, the fact that you forget about what’s around you, the world you’re building in your mind, the amazing lessons you get. keep THESE thoughts in your mind. put the bad thoughts in trash. that’s their place, because they’re just trashy thoughts. you don’t need them, and it won’t get you anywhere. what you need is rainbow-y, happy thoughts. give yourself that instead.
all i want to say is: each and every person in this world has a different way of reading, and THAT is what make us such a beautiful and diverse community.