It started with Cinderella and Rapunzel, Alice in wonderland, Aesop’s fables and all those little stories in text books, balarama, Tinkle, Akbar and Birbal, Tenali Raman …
Famous Five to Secret Seven, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, Sherlock Holmes and Shakespeare…
Robert Frost, Wordsworth, Coleridge, e e cummings, Emily Dickinson…
Ruskin Bond, John Green, Grisham, Sidney Sheldon…
Wodehouse, Jhumpa Lahiri, Markus Zusak and many more.
Each time I read, I am not reading, I am morphing into an invisible time travelling ghost that fleets through the scenes, the one who knows it all . It’s pleasure that no else can give.
Maybe that’s why I am a fast reader because I need to dwell in that fantasy world. I read, I finish and I get back to reality. But when I read, I need to do it in one sweeping motion, no matter how many hours it take, in one sweep, I need to do it.
“She reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live”
I have been trying to ease in and read in a slow pace, but that never happened except for non fiction. I know it’s important to read slowly, absorb and think about it. But does fiction fit that bill? Sure, I do that for non fiction. I have been wondering if I should pause, and maybe stop reading more than three books a week. Is it too much? I mean, there was a week where I read about 25 novels, back to back, non stop.
So here I am, promising myself that I will read only one book per week unless it’s a thriller. I’ll re read and analyze , absorb and remember.
What do you go for? Fast paced or slow?