Friday, July 27, 2012

Reading at the speed of murder!

Reading at the speed of murder - what a GREAT book title that would be! A bibliophile who solves murders. Has this been done, and if no: WHY NOT?!

It occurred to me last night, as I am ripping through my latest read, Thr3e by Ted Dekker, that I am reading it much faster than my last few books.

Why? I wondered. This book is a thriller and is fairly fast-paced. You know how, when you were a teenage driver, you would drive faster if there was a fast song on the radio? I remember speeding up every time "Hazy Shade of Winter" by The Bangles came on.

I think it's the same thing with reading. Crime and Punishment was a character study. The Tiger's Wife was a character study. Thr3e is an action-induced-rollercoaster-ride of a book. My eyes fly over the words as my mind trips over phone taps, exploding cars, murderous riddles and painful flashbacks.

Isn't it funny how I read at the speed that the book sets? I wonder if other readers are prone to this. Tell me!


  1. This is so funny that you wrote this! I was just thinking about this the other day. I started the newest Kathy Reichs "Bones" mystery, read from about 10:30-12 one night and maybe 7-9 the next morning. Done. I think murder mysteries and stories fraught with danger lend themselves to faster reading and the inability to put them down.

  2. You read like your mother, and I am putting this one on my list!

    1. I think my love for reading was probably at least 80% absorbed from her. :) There are a lot of those books. I enjoy the forensics part of it, but the first one especially is really rough. I failed to think about that if you need someone to examine bones to see what happened to them, something really horrible probably happened to them. I've also grown a little annoyed with how a 40-year-old woman can be so immature about relationships, but oh, well. :)