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Speed Reading. That’s what I’m Talking About today.

Last Monday – Wednesday I did something I have never done before. I read a 700 page fantasy book, A Court of Wings and Ruin, in under 3 days. Typically I take DAYS/WEEKS to read a fantasy book that is that long. I mean I think it took me 3 weeks to finish A Court of Mist and Fury just last May. I never read them that fast because I usually need to take my time and get back in the setting. But there were two reasons I read it so quickly. First I am co-moderating Sarah Maas’ signing this Wednesday so I had to be prepared. Second:

I was in a rush to read it for fear of being spoiled.

I felt like I was in a race to finish ACOWAR so I wouldn’t be spoiled by someone that finished it before me. The truth is, we all look at spoilers differently. I know saying well this is what happens is 100% a spoiler. But there are also other spoilers out there. Like if I know you LOVED books 1 and 2 and then I see you rated the book a 3 then I’m gonna have been spoiled somehow because I know you would never give a 3 in that series unless something went terribly wrong (note: I still haven’t rated ACOWAR and I won’t until it is out for 2 weeks). I also know if you post a Goodreads update saying you are angry on a certain page that I will know something is coming that I shouldn’t know is coming. This is why I was speed reading my way through ACOWAR and it took me less than 48 hours, from start to finish, to read the whole book.

That’s the problem with being so “connected”, we all live in fear of someone ruining something for us. We race others so we can get through without knowing. It is exhausting to not be spoiled when there is an easier answer. Just do one thing…

 

Have you ever felt like you were racing others to finish a book just so you weren’t spoiled? What do you consider a spoiler?

 

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3 Comments

  1. YES! THIS! I read ACOWAR so quickly because I was afraid of being spoiled. I avoided Goodreads at all costs (only updating my own status and then x-ing out of the site) and definitely didn’t read through my Twitter timeline. I usually don’t mind spoilers too much but for this series I would’ve been livid.

  2. I was tempted to read the new Jenny Han book before ACOWAR (just based on my mood / excitement for both books) but you know I went with ACOWAR first because of spoilers! I think I’m pretty good about avoiding them and it helps that I was on social media for only a few minutes each day from Thursday-Sunday! haha.

  3. I DEFINITELY raced through this one (as fast as I could considering it was super busy for me at work) because of fear of spoilers! I pretty much had to go on a social media and blogging ban (and am somewhat behind now because of it!)

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