This is a short personal history, not the best one don’t have high expectations.
I remember when a was in the elementary school when I had 12 years old I struggled to read books, actually in my case at that age you don’t read novels or poetry, well, not sure if that is because I came from a educational system in Mexico where nobody give a shit about your education (some people do but the system is fucked) and reading was tough for me at least at that age.
Later when I finish high-school I remember reading all the books related to homework, at that age self-study was not a real thing like it is now, I just read the necessary to accomplish what was required to complete my tasks and my reading was poor compared to what I believe it’s now.
Later on when I started into the college I remember reading more and more but just as I said before to accomplish my goals in education, learning what was required on my curricula and I did well actually. For some reason I remember reading on my own voice, with no enthusiasm (compared to how I read now), boring and tedious but I had to do it in order to continue, later on when finished college remember that I started more serious in self studying and I started my career as a developer. I continued like that reading boring but I had to because it was something that I wanted to do even if it was boring.
At some point I hear about speed reading and gave it a try, wanted to read more and fast to be a genius and created a bad habit of skip lines and read parts of the content and skip others, not from start to end. I continued like that for some many other years.
Again, at some point of my life I started listening more motivational speakers, ted talks, successful people sharing knowledge and so on, I don’t understand why that changed the way I read but it did. I started reading with the passion and I actually started to vocalize in my mind again (I was taught that is bad for reading but guess what, fuck you! that helps to enjoy reading and for me it helps to have a real experience while reading and helped me to learn for the long term, enjoy reading and wanting more and more, reading from start to end no matter what the reading was about)
I don’t know why I used to read like a fucking machine, I was taught that you read sentence by sentence and make emphasis on punctuation and explanation marks but guess what, that is pure bullshit, you make also exclamation when you see a strong word or a strong phrase, reading with enthusiasm is not limited to exclamation marks!!!!!!!
This is an example of how I was taught,
Turkish Angoras are one of the ancient, natural breeds of cat, having originated in central Turkey, in the Ankara region
And this is how I actually read
Turkish Angoras, are , one of the ancient, natural breeds of cat, having originated in central Turkey, in the Ankara region (with a voice in my head, a sweet voice for this context, we are talking about cats =) ), that was just a silly example hope you get the idea.
To wrap up, during the past of the time the way I read has changed and I was tempted to come back to the fast-reading-techniques but after some quick research found out that the brain actually need some time to process information, there is no way you can put 800wpm in your head and have the same experience than an average 300-400wpm, but I don’t want to discourage you in case you are up to that, you can always do your research.
That’s all for today, thanks for reading.