I have this personal pet peeve. It looks something like this:
Pretty cool, right? (Not that I would WANT to read most of these, and many of these I was forced to read in HS and either hated it *coughcough*CatcherintheRye*cough* or didn’t actually read it because I just couldn’t do it *coughcough*GrapesofWrath*cough*) And honestly, if the book is seriously boring, it would make that time double!
Looking at the times vs. pages some seem a little off. My pages per minute vary from 1 to 3, depending on the book. I don’t know if the actual word count or the word size plays a part in that or not. It’s sad that I could finish the first Harry Potter in 2 hours and I still haven’t read it….
Basically, if I had the time (and the attention span, ha) to dedicate even 3 hours per day to reading, I could knock out 250+ books a year. Wouldn’t that be something?!
(This excerpt was taken from my Staples Reading Speed Test post, in case you were wondering. And no, it didn’t originally look like that)
Hand in hand with that is using different colors for different sentences. *eye twitch* This is something that I see on a LOT of blogs and it seriously drives me crazy. It’s SO distracting! Maybe it’s just me, and maybe I just can’t wrap my brain around it, but the way the words pop out at me when formatted like that makes it difficult for me to focus on what I’m actually reading. I read italics and bold print differently than I read a regular sentence with no formatting. Therefore, my brain gets so distracted trying to read those parts differently that I can’t see the forest for the trees, if you get what I’m saying.
The only time I ever use italics is when I want to stress a word (or if it’s the name of a book). Originally, that sentence about HP said “It’s sad that I could finish the first HP in 2 hours and I still haven’t read it.” In fact, most of the time I would use caps to stress it instead of italics. Maybe I’m just not a fan of italics? I do use bold words on occasion, but only when I want those points to stand out in a long paragraph (for the people that are only skimming).
Is it just me? Am I crazy?