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Jun 26 2013 8:04am

How Long Does it Take You to Finish a Book?

With so many books out there, and so many more on the To Be Read pile, it's hard to get through them all—harder still if you're not a fast reader.

How quickly do you usually finish a book? Do you actually know how many pages you read in an hour?

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14 comments
Megan Frampton
1. MFrampton
I think my average time for finishing a book is about half a week--I probably read two books a week. And I think I read about fifty pages an hour. I'm fast, but I don't remember as much as I should after I finish the book. I try to slow down, but it's hard.
Christopher Morgan
2. cmorgan
See I tend to take a considerable slower approach. I've never been fast and I've never been able to pick up that speed reading stuff when they spoke it's praise when it came to studying in college, might be the dyslexia, was never sure on that. But, I can say that I tend to remember details of a story for a good long while after I read them, so I suppose that there is always an upside.

If it is a book I REALLY like but is kind of short, say something from The Dresden Files, I can normally finish it in about a week. When it comes to the more epic fantasy/space opera or a history book I can take 3-4 weeks on it.
Jennifer Proffitt
4. JenniferProffitt
My Kindle adjusts to my reading speed so it says I could pack away your averaged sized romance novel in 2-4 hours. In real life, 2-4 hours is actually maybe three days, on average if I have no life (often the case) and stay away from the internet/my many roommates.
Brandi B
5. Brandi B
I just started using the Kobo app for reading books and it tells me how much time I spend reading, how many sessions reading a book, how many pages turned per session and in total, and how long until I finish. I love that! I can read a 300+ page book in 3-4 hours--starting and stopping. Have to work and do chores unfortunately!
Kareni
6. Kareni
I'm a relatively fast reader; however, I also often re-read as I don't tend to retain much of the story. Depending on how busy I am, I can easily read one or two books in a day.
Nicole Leapheart
7. BoxyFrown
I'm a pretty fast reader-novellas or short stories I can put 3-4 away in a day. Full length novels I can do 1-2 a day, depending on how meaty the story is. It took me forever to read Game of Thrones, so subject matter makes a difference.
Kara
8. keen23
I'm a fast reader, who retains a lot. I read about 300 pages a day, at a rate of about 100 pages an hour. So I generally finish a book in a day. I might not remember the name or cover of a book, but if I've read it in the past, I'll recognize it within 5 or 10 pages, even if it was 5 or 10 years ago that I read the book.
Lege Artis
9. LegeArtis
Oh, anywhere from one day to one month. It really depends. Epic fantasy or SciFi usually takes longer...
Sometimes, I'm just in a mood of reading something easy and fast that I can finish in a day. It doesn't even has to be easy read-for example, Intensity by Dean Koontz, grasped me and I couldn't leave it until I finished it. I guess it's combination of everything.
Brandi B
10. JacquiC
I am a fast reader, and I retain quite a lot. I usually read about four books a week, and more on holidays. I am now also listening to audio books while I knit, so have successfully combined two hobbies into one block of time.

Regardless of how fast I read, I think I still add to the TBR list faster than I read the items on the list...
Brandi B
11. Arthemise
Paranormal romances tend to be short, so I can finish them in an evening or two. Long fantasy novels take about a week. Many people have large to-read piles. I would love that. I have to scrounge around my library for something to read because I can't afford to buy that many Kindle books.
Shauna Comes
12. djshauns
I am a fast reader and for the most part I retain it all. I generally read a book in 3-4 hours unless it is particularly dense writing. This means that I read about a book a day, and sometimes I end up reading two if I don't have anything going on. On rare occasions where I don't remember whether I read a book, once I start reading it I recognize it much like keen23 was saying, even if it was 10 years ago or more. Sometimes all it takes if I forget the details of a book is reading the back cover blurb.
Brandi B
13. tammye
It depends on how good the book is. Really good, 3-4 hours, not so good, days, weeks even. In the case of one book, years!
Barbara Bauschka
14. njoireading
75 pages / 40 minutes.....that's how long I am on the treadmill usually in the morning. I rarely can finish a book in one sitting / day because of work and the rest of everyday stuff. The only time I really have undisturbed reading is on an international flight and I can almost always finish a book and get into another.
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