I have a plethora of paper ARC's from BEA and some more from NYCC all lined up to be reviewed and then giveaway to all of you guys, because must share the book love. I just can't get through them. No matter how good they are, how much I love the authors, I still find myself putting down the books and picking up my kindle. What is wrong with me?
I decided to time myself, the ever problem solver that I am, in an attempt to figure out why it's so damn difficult for me to read paper books. I counted out 1000 words on a kindle, and then a 1000 on a paper and gave it a go. The results were astounding. I read a whopping 3x faster on a kindle screen, than paper. No wonder I keep putting it down, it's taking too damn long. Its no surprise to me that I've grown to read faster over the the time I've had my kindle, I am on my mark for 100 books read for the year. I have exponentially practiced more in one medium over the other. I find this rather disheartening.
Do you guys remember Alena Graedon? She wrote The Word Exchange that I went gaga over, and she recently shared an article where science proved we use a different part of our brains to read on paper vs screen. We engage more deeply with paper, but they didn't mention reading speeds. Oh well.
Either way, it's pissing me off.
In other, profoundly better news, here is a sneak of the giveaways to come!
Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper
Zodiac by Romina Russell
The Forgotten Girl by David J. Bell
The First Bad Man by Miranda July
…and that's just a sneak.
Am I alone in this struggle? I can't be...