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    My reading process:

    1. Read about several sentences/paragraphs of philosophical text.
    2. Drift off into though while I contemplate a fact that I just read.
    3. Brainstorm into off tangents and re-evaulte old data and ideas.
    4. Realize that ten minutes just passed by and that I should get back to reading.
    5. Rinse and repeat.

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    Well written fiction sucks me in completely, it's like I'm there, in the story. A beautiful passage I'll read over and over again so I can completely understand it.

    On the other hand, I tend to "speed read" on forums, so I get the gist of what was posted sometimes without actually reading all the details. Same with a lot of boring non-fiction...I'd rather see the graph or power point presentation.

    It depends on what it is. Level of interest in everything. I react pretty badly to Ti styles of academic writing, unless it's a subject I already want to learn about.

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    I find that I read both fiction and non-fiction slowly and carefully (unless there's a lot of fluff wordiness/pomposity or overly-detailed description/exposition. That's just fucking boring.) Sort of like a hyper-focus, line-by-line style. I don't like to miss anything, and when I was in grad school, this was very handy for making arguments because a lot of people really don't read for detail.
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    my mind starts to wander off quite frequently, but my eyes keep following the text, then after i have gone like two sentences of not registering anything, i need to find the last thing i remember and most likely even bit further back..
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    I read like a silent, slightly sped-up version of talking. Comparatively slow, careful, mindful. pay attention to the mechanics of sentences. etc.
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    Depends on what I'm reading. If I'm enjoying it, it will absorb me completely, this goes for both fiction and non fiction. I read fast, but if the book is truly out standing, I wil read it again slowly, savoring each word. Some of my favorite books start fall apart because I read them so often. If it's poorly written, fat chance of me making it past the first chapter. I just lose interest. I tend to experience my books. So if it's a struggle to get through, I don't want to live through that.
    Non fiction books are slightly different, but if I'm not interested, I won't finish. Although I'm less likely to do that with nonfiction books oddly enough. Generally because the subject matters Tweaked my interest, and I'm having a conversation with the author.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrystalViolet View Post
    Depends on what I'm reading. If I'm enjoying it, it will absorb me completely, this goes for both fiction and non fiction. I read fast, but if the book is truly out standing, I wil read it again slowly, savoring each word. Some of my favorite books start fall apart because I read them so often. If it's poorly written, fat chance of me making it past the first chapter. I just lose interest. I tend to experience my books. So if it's a struggle to get through, I don't want to live through that.
    Non fiction books are slightly different, but if I'm not interested, I won't finish. Although I'm less likely to do that with nonfiction books oddly enough. Generally because the subject matters Tweaked my interest, and I'm having a conversation with the author.
    This is more or less me, at least when reading fiction, for fun. Usually I don't think about anything at all while reading - it's more of an experience.

    Information-gathering reading is different of course, and goes much slower.
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    With fiction, if I am wholly immersed in the book, I 'become' the book.. lol. I'm there, I'm 'seeing' everything. Occasionally I'll catch myself when I'm in this zone, and wonder how on earth it actually 'works', because it's not like I'm aware in that moment that I'm actually reading words. Like I'm not 'seeing' the words I'm reading.. that's not what is going on in my head. So apparently it's dual processes, or something.. like my eyes are doing the biological thing of seeing the words and zipping them off to my brain for processing, but I somehow have a different mental picture in my head - the story itself - so I'm seeing the story. Uggh. Sorry.

    The same goes for when I'm actually not in the zone... my mind may be elsewhere and I'll realize I simulaneously just 'read' 2 paragraphs but didn't retain any of it, nor know really that I was reading it. So I then have to mentally hit myself and go back and actually focus and read it for real the second time.

    With non-fiction, I may have lots of questions pop up as I'm reading, or little 'a-ha/interesting' thoughts going on in my head as I'm reading, but I have no compulsion to go off and further research whatever little thought just popped up. I stick to the book and want to see what the book/thesis is about and where it goes and how it builds upon itself. The worst non-fiction books are those that endlessly repeat the same thing over and over again.. it's like... ok, I got it the first time you said it, you don't have to keep saying the same thing! Add more context/meat around it, at least!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cascadeco View Post
    With fiction, if I am wholly immersed in the book, I 'become' the book.. lol. I'm there, I'm 'seeing' everything. Occasionally I'll catch myself when I'm in this zone, and wonder how on earth it actually 'works', because it's not like I'm aware in that moment that I'm actually reading words. Like I'm not 'seeing' the words I'm reading.. that's not what is going on in my head. So apparently it's dual processes, or something.. like my eyes are doing the biological thing of seeing the words and zipping them off to my brain for processing, but I somehow have a different mental picture in my head - the story itself - so I'm seeing the story. Uggh. Sorry.

    The same goes for when I'm actually not in the zone... my mind may be elsewhere and I'll realize I simulaneously just 'read' 2 paragraphs but didn't retain any of it, nor know really that I was reading it. So I then have to mentally hit myself and go back and actually focus and read it for real the second time.

    With non-fiction, I may have lots of questions pop up as I'm reading, or little 'a-ha/interesting' thoughts going on in my head as I'm reading, but I have no compulsion to go off and further research whatever little thought just popped up. I stick to the book and want to see what the book/thesis is about and where it goes and how it builds upon itself. The worst non-fiction books are those that endlessly repeat the same thing over and over again.. it's like... ok, I got it the first time you said it, you don't have to keep saying the same thing! Add more context/meat around it, at least!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReflecTcelfeR View Post
    I have found that the only way I can greatly understand what I am reading is if I read it out loud, putting inflections for me to hear and deem what's important. Without the inflections I can't always find the point in the paragraphs that I read. Needless to say libraries are not the best place for me to read.
    Interesting! I do the same thing at times, for the exact. same. reason. I have to hear it outloud with inflection to to truly understand the tone or charactors. This is especially true if I am reading a book with alot of jargon/slang from different a period of time. FOr me to decipher authenticity or sarcasm, or egoism. I start many books off this way, until I can capture the tone and read silently. But I had never realized this is why I did it until you gave explanation. THANKS!
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