I do sometimes, if a book is really interesting, but usually I try to slow down so I can better absorb what I'm reading. It depends on the subject too: how difficult it is to understand, how important it is for me to comprehend everything, the style of writing, etc. I can be pretty analytical in the way I read, and for research papers and essays, it actually saves me time in the long run. It's also not uncommon for me to go back and re-read a passage to figure out the minor nuances, or appreciate the way something was phrased. I find it more enjoyable that way, to stop and think about things a little, instead of speeding through it.
However, if you want to read that fast, practice helps. The more reading you do the faster you get, and if you're interested in the material--that helps too. I also think I read faster if there's no one around and I'm completely focused. This article has some good tips if you're interested: link
Speed reading is a useful skill, but I think it's better if you can read fast and comprehend everything to the extent you want to, which might take some training.
It's called speed reading. Certain programs like EyeQ can enhance your speed in comprehending the words. One trick is to not read a word one at a time and avoid reading with your mouth, i.e. don't say the word as you are reading.
My mom can do it I asked her and she said it is because she reads so much, ever since she was a child she said she always carried a book around. So really it is just practice and maybe if you started earlier you are more likely to read quickly.
I'm definitely one of those people. I can read from the time I wake up, literally to the time I go to bed [assuming I have nothing else going on] if I'm really into a book. I've read four different books in the past week, and just started a fifth, haha.
It's not something I can really explain or give tips about because I don't fully understand it myself, lol. I read pretty fast in general, but the book itself really does make a difference in how quick it goes or how much time I spend wrapped up in it. Some books I'll breeze through in a few hours easily, others I'll pick up and put down, on and off for weeks, before I finally finish it. But I also tend to read several books at a time, so my mood will decide which one I'm picking up at any given time, and consequently how long it takes me to finish any of them. =P
Some people just enjoy the escapism of reading more so than others and can get really lost in a book, and, in general, the more you read, the better and faster your reading comprehension. (There are people who train themselves to speed read.)
Oh, and, you know, if you're reading something interesting, you're less likely to stop to ponder the details of what's going on or get distracted by other things. I remember reading the last Harry Potter book in about six hours through the middle of the night because I just flew through it. On the other hand, I could take much, much longer to read the same book if I really wanted to stop and appreciate the complexity of everything that was there.
I've been reading consistently since I was about 6-7 years old. Practice has indeed made well near perfect. I can speed read (usually when doing stuff for university) or read fastly & completely (fiction, etc). It really is about just doing it as often as you can and getting used to it.
It's harder to keep reading if the material is boring, though.
I can read a book that fast, but I never thought it was something special. How long does it take other people to read a book? A 350 pager would take me about 3 and a half hours. I think my average is 100 pages per hour.
ha! I can do that yeah :D but not all the time & not on purpose. I remember a book I once bought & once I start reading the first chapter, I found myself dwelling into the beauty of this novel. I found myself almost finishing the novel in a few hours. Sometimes, you just do it :)