*** Does anyone know which Lawrence Block book was set in New Hope, PA?
Thanks to Heath for the answer and I have downloaded it.
Reading TOLSTOY AND THE PURPLE CHAIR, about a woman who read a book a day for a year. She reads 70 pages an hour. A few years ago I read her website every day, but the book is much better. I hate to say it but the addition of her dead sister makes her more human. I never like Joyce Carol Oates more than in her period of grief in A Widow's Story. What does this say about me? Or Joan Didion in her book on the same.
Anyway, what I am wondering is, can you really absorb a book at that speed? Do you come away with the same experience that I get at perhaps half that? Maybe the speed is irrelevant. I don't know. You must be skipping over words. How do you know which ones to skip? Does you brain learn to filter out parts of speech?
Also: Is reading a book a day a good thing? Do you hone your skills, strengthen a muscle, or does it become mostly a race you have to finish? A chore, a duty, a bet won.
How fast can you read a book? Do the books you read quickly stay with you more or less than ones you savor? I know I am justifying my slow reading speed by these questions. But I need to look up and think about what I've read. Maybe it's different for others. Maybe you can think and read at the same time. I can't.