A worthy drink to break your soda fast on, indeed.
The last several years have not included a new years resolution for me. Sure, I joked about one now and then but I haven't really committed to one at the beginning of the year in at least 5 years, that I recall.
I have decided on January 1 that I would like to have a new years resolution this year, and share it with you here on my blog!
I would like to read 100 books.
The way I figured it, that's almost two books a week. Great!
I got busy.
My Christmas present from my sweet husband this year was a Kindle, and so, with an arsenal of ebooks, I sat down and began to complete my goal.
Yesterday, I finished my first book. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
It was fantastic! It was beautiful. It was... long. And the worst part? It took me actually more than a week to finish it. The US paperback has 835 pages (according to Wikipedia). I think it took me about two weeks to actually read the book.
Tonight, I started reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson and I am 13% in after a couple hours of reading.
*hangs head in dispair*
For about half an hour, I fretted about the fact that at this pace, I would not reach my goal.
I thought about lowering my goal to 50 books... but cutting my goal in half sorta broke my heart. Then! I thought of my mom. She used to finish an average sized novel in a matter of 1-2 days just reading in bed before she went to sleep. She was a speed reader.
I am not. I don't even know how to read fast and retain whatever it is that I read... so I downloaded a book called The Complete Idiot's Guide to Speed Reading by Abby Marks Beale and Pam Mullan.
This evening I learned that I am indeed, considered a slow reader, clocking in at 197 words per minute. Why do I have such a low reading speed? I subvocalize! I literally read to myself vocally in my brain. Apparently the quickest speed that someone can read while subvocalizing or reading aloud is 240 words per minute. I need to speed it up!
The book offers several techniques for doubling and even tripling your reading speed! And bonus! It counts toward my 100.
There will be a tab, above, showing my progress, if you want to follow along! What are your new years resolutions?