Monday, 2 March 2009

Monday Musing-Skim Reading

When reading do you read every word? Do you ever skip chapters or skim over parts? (question curtesy of Wendy)

This one made me think. Since starting this blog, I realised I used to read a lot more books when I was at university. Of Course whilst was studying I had a lot more time. Obviously I now have work, children and a house to run which wasn't a concern whilst I was studying. But I don't think that's the whole story.

When I was studying I would skim parts of books, or read very quickly just to get the book finished before the lecture or seminar. I could always go back for a closer reading of the text if I was going to use that particular text in an assignment. Now my reading is purely for pleasure, can read at my own pace and enjoy every word. I don't think I skim anything in a book now, in fact I am more likely to go back and read chapters or paragraphs again if I feel I didn't get the full meaning from them.

I don't think even when I was under time constraints to get books read, I ever skipped whole chapters! Quick skim reading of certain parts, yes certainly, but I can't imagine just missing a whole chapter out.


Lisa said...

I agree, I've never skipped whole chapters! If I feel like I need to do that, I should just quit reading the book!

Bluestocking said...

LOL! I think I skimmed more in college too!


Yvonne said...

I've never skipped whole chapters either.

zetor said...

To skim or not to skim thay'a my question!

Erika Lynn said...

my answer was the same, i did way more skimming in college because there was so much to do and limited time to get it done. i like reading without a deadline much better