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  • Once I couldn't sleep, so I read "The Hobbit" overnight. While ill in hospital once, I had nothing to do all day, so I read "The Lord of the Rings" in about five days. If I have the time, then I can read a shorter Pratchett book in less than one day.

    While I can read some things very quickly, it does not mean that I take it all in, but I do have a sufficiently usable facsimile of the book in memory.

    When I was younger I had near photographic memory, these days it's not so good, as my better half constantl

    -- "It's not magic, it's work..."
    • Now I remember... once, in the hospital, I read the autobiography of Gichin Funakoshi [] in less than a day, too.
    • The first time I read Lord of the Rings, I started on a Friday evening and finshed the entire set just before Sunday breakfast (which I ate and then went for a much-delayed sleep - I had been awake for about 48 hours, including about 36 hours reading the series with occassional stops for food).

      At the other extreme, when I read it to my son as a bedtime story, it took about a year and a half to get through the series, since it was at most a few pages per night.

      • That is quite impressive! Did you cheat and skip the songs and poems, or read it all?

        Thesdays I only get to read when I'm ill and I can't think of anything better to do...

        -- "It's not magic, it's work..."
  • I've read a book in a bath before. Admittedly, a very long bath. But it [] was also a fairly long book - 800 pages or so.

    My mother couldn't believe that I'd really read it. So I had her flip to a random page and start reading until I figured out where it was and then tell her the plot at that point in the book. After doing this 3-4 times with me figuring it out within a paragraph or two, my mother believed me.

    We wound up estimating my reading speed at something like 900 WPM. My reading speed has varied