I’ve always been a reader, of course. Since I was a child. Mom was a reader, and she passed that love of books on to me.
I’ve never actually counted. But I probably consume more than 100,000 words a day, between keeping up on my email, social media, news sources, researching the book I’m currently writing, and so on.
When a reader asked me, “Are you a SuperReader?” I had no clue what she meant. The “SuperReader” term was new to me. Have you heard it before?
“I read constantly. On my phone, when I can’t do it any other way,” I replied.
But that’s not what she meant.
She shook her head. “I read more than one book every day. SuperReaders read at least five complete books every week. Usually more.”
A book a day! Wow! Now, I have to agree that anyone who reads that many complete books every week is, indeed, a SuperReader. Don’t you think so?
So I began to ask this question of my friends. The last time we had lunch, I asked my friend Lee Child. “Are you a SuperReader?”
I felt better when he said, “I don’t know. What does it mean?”
After I explained it to him, he said, “Well, sure. I read at least a book a day. Sometimes more.”
And then, I was feeling like a slacker! (And wondering why Reacher never seems to be reading on those long bus rides…)
Which made me curious about your reading habits, too. How about you? How many books do you read each month? Each year? Are you a SuperReader? Who are your favorite authors?
Let me know. Just hit “comment” below and tell me. Inquiring minds need to know!
Interesting. Even with tight scheduling…and I read fairly fast when I do read (did HAWAII in about 10 hours) I could read maybe 5 smallish books in a week…
I work full-time. I have one of those great jobs that has my priority. DB and the pup and kits are my other priority. s
So it is a question of priority for me.
Plus, I keep about 4 books going at one time…does that count?
I had a serious surgery, so I have bought a kindle and am devouring ebooks and taking advantage of audible when I don’t have time to put things aside
I read anywhere from 5-7 books a week, depending on the length and complexity of the book. I read Child, Capri, Andrews, Briggs, Evanovich, Sanford, Baldacci, Bishop, Crusie, Reichs, Perry and a host of others. Just had surgery for a detached retina. Scared the heck out of me, because after my grandchildren, reading is my favorite thing. So far so good on the retina surgery
I read 4-5 books a week. I also disappear into the books I read. I “become” one of the characters that I feel I relate to.
I cannot really call it an escape, as I have a very happy life and have nothing that I feel the need to escape from, but it is a fun and relaxing pass time. I learned to do this and it served me well when I was a child with a terminally ill sister. We shared a love of reading and both of us used books to “live” the lives of the characters to escape the sorrow that was part of our lives. We would read the same book simultaneously each “living” a different character and talking about our “alternate lives!” It was one of the great make-believe fun things that she was able to participate in. I believe it shaped my life and profoundly contributed to my love of reading.