The speed reading fallacy: the case for slow reading - Ness Labs

Instead of trying to read faster, strive to read better.

On a personal note, I sometimes catch myself vocalizing what I read, to silence the noise going on in my mind, then subvocalize, finally reading words by their shape, all within 15 minutes. Rereading paragraphs I see myself doing as well, sometimes even rereading previous chapters.

Reading as many books as possible seems silly to me, since it’s only performative, an empty achievement, without benefiting anyone, least myself. Some books take longer to read than others.