I was reading some discussion a couple weeks ago now on Elisabeth’s blog in response to the question: “When you read, do you read every word, or do you skim the pages?”
I was surprised/shocked/literally kind of appalled (dramatic response? maybe? but it’s the truth!) to learn that apparently, there are at least a few people out there who simply SKIM THE PAGES when they read a book.
This is not something that I do, and I honestly can’t stop thinking about this!! It blew my mind. I actually discussed the topic with Ethan the other night, too (who reads a LOT). He says he is Team Read Every Word. (That’s my boy.😉 )
(*Important note- I’m not trying to judge the actions or opinions of others here! 100% to each their own! Not saying my way is “right” or “wrong” for others. I just had never even considered “skimming” to be an option when reading a book. Articles online? Yes. Books? Never.)
I’ve been mulling this over more than I should probably admit. Here are some of my thoughts:
Why I Like to Read Every Word
1- Reading is supposed to be a pleasurable activity. Since I’m not enrolled in school currently, any reading I do is generally simply for me to enjoy. Why rush it??? I want to soak in the words, think about them and then continue. Sometimes I actually will read a passage twice, or out loud to myself. (#1 is by far my biggest reason for never wanting to skim a book.)
2- I don’t want to miss something! I assume the author has spent painstaking amounts of time writing and editing the book. Every word very likely has a specific purpose and reason for being in the book. If I skim, I may miss something small/minor, yet very important or insightful.
3- It’s hard enough to remember things I read! If I skim/rush, I feel like I would be even less likely to retain the information….
4- If I’m reading exciting fiction, I can appreciate the urge to rush ahead to see what happens. But I intentionally resist this urge. I literally will cover the next page or use a bookmark to block the upcoming sentences, so that I can carefully unravel the story, as it was intended to be unraveled. 🙂
5- I think I feel that if I’m willing to skim a book, maybe it’s not really even worth reading. As in, if it’s a really great book, shouldn’t I want to read all the words?
6- I also feel like skimming pages feels “disrespectful” to the author. (That might be crazy, and I know he/she would never know. But I still have this feeling.)
I guess those are my main reasons for being a “read every word-er”. Yes, it probably means I read more slowly and fewer books than I would or could if I were a skimmer. But that’s okay. I don’t feel like it’s a race, so I’m fine with this.
Speaking of reading, here are my current reads. LOVING them both!!! (And reading every word. 😉 )
Which side are you on? Read every word or skimmer? If you’re a skimmer, make your case to me!! I’m willing to listen. 😜
I am grateful for cozy blankets.