How Actively Trying to Profit from Reading May Not Be the Best Idea

Whether you are a reader or not I can guarantee that you’ve come across a post saying ‘How to Be A Fast Reader‘ or ‘8 tips for Speed Reading‘ or ‘How to Read and Retain What You Read‘. Or at least some version of these titles. Curiosity is my biggest bane so whenever I come across such posts I usually read through them and end up leaving disappointed or angry.

I just want to scream and ask these people why is it necessary to profit from reading?

Bookworms haven’t always been the most represented in media and while that has been changing for the better, we are often portrayed as highly intelligent nerds who read to gain information. We’re not reading for fun or entertainment and while there is no harm in voraciously reading to gain more knowledge, it propogates a harmful stereotype. This is a discussion that I’ll have another day but what I’m trying to say is that people are seeing reading as something one needs to actively benefit from.

I see so many posts and motivational speakers talk about reading every day to make your mind sharper. While there’s nothing wrong with that, posts like the ones I’ve mentioned above really boil my blood.

Many of these writers tell their audience to read by skimming the book, noting down main points and just picking and choosing at what they want to read. Reading is advocated as something to only benefit from. But honestly what’s the joy of reading like this? A lot of readers love to read because of the comfort it offers. We like to sit down and immerse ourselves in the pages and take our time. Posts like these not only make readers feel uncomfortable but they’re also pushing away budding readers. Someone who is trying to get into reading or form a reading habit would much likely benefit from reading a beginners level book at their own pace. But the moment they go online they’ll find themselves pressured to read fast, to take notes and to remember important points. It becomes a list of things to do and to avoid rather than simply picking up a book and reading it.

We are living in a world of capitalism that constantly pushes us to make every hobby productive, to gain something from every single thing we do in life. But why can’t we read books however the hell we like? Why can’t people read just because they enjoy reading? Why does everything need to become a productive and capitalistic venture? I know this isn’t the most structured post but I’m a very passionate hater of anyone who tells people to speed read. Just let others be and let them read whatever they want to at their own pace.

Have you come across any such posts? What are your thoughts on them?

Have you ever tried following the advice such posts give?

Do you think this is a beneficial way of reading? I mean I can see it working out for certain self-help books but that’s about the extent of it.

10 thoughts on “How Actively Trying to Profit from Reading May Not Be the Best Idea

  1. Ohh I feel you so much Charvi !!! My family feels I read useless books and I should either read tech books so I can get back to work again, or self help books so that theyโ€™ll be useful. Anything else is apparently a waste. My blogging is also apparently frivolous because Iโ€™m not earning anything for all the effort, and I should probably write and publish a book if I am so interested in writing ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ 
    Itโ€™s all a capitalism induced vicious cycle and I hate it. Why canโ€™t we just have fun and find joy in something without it being monetized.

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    • Ooof exactly! My parents used to feel the same way but thankfully a good friend of t heirs who’s into publishing told them to let me read whatever I want, it helps nevertheless ๐Ÿ™‚
      Oh no, I’m so sorry that your family feels that way about blogging…my family is very supportive in that regard. Ugh the amount of times I wish I could screw capitalism.
      I hope what they say doesn’t have a huge effect on you. Just ignore everyone else and keep having fun while reading and blogging โค

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      • Thank you for your thoughts !!! I think Iโ€™ve become pretty used to all these words now and donโ€™t let them affect me muchโ€ฆ and definitely reading all the lovely blogs by you all friends motivates me to keep going ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. I agree whole heartedly. While no one has ever tried to tell me I should read faster, I definitely felt this kind of pressure from the booktube community in the past, some years ago. I used to wonder how anyone can read 20 to 30 books in a month and still retain and enjoy what they read. Only to finally hear some of these people say that they read fast and usually forget what they’ve read as soon as they close the book because they are “speed readers”. Liiikkeee…why?? Why read like that?
    Lol anyways. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    • For sure! I always get intimidated by some booktubers who are out there reading 200 books a year like what??

      Exactly, it doesn’t make much sense. I’ve stopped pressuring myself to read and it feels much better!
      Thanks for your views โ˜บ


  3. I love this post eeep. Seeing posts which promote speed reading or skim reading to help us ‘take in the important info’ better annoy me. There’s nothing wrong with it per say but the fact that reading is generally regarded as something that has to have some sort of benefit to our lives further than just being an escape is annoying. It’s not a race. I used to actually read more books before I began blogging, since I started my blog, my reading has decreased but the books I do read are usually top tier quality books that make me fall in love with reading all over again.

    People who are able to consume a high amount of books are of course valid but I wish in the book community we wouldn’t make it the standard to try and read 100 books at least a year. If we actually take a look at people outside the community reading just 10 books in a year to them, is something incredible. Never mind 30 or 100.

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    • Thank youuu ๐Ÿ˜˜
      Right?! I literally feel like smashing my screen. Omg same, I love most if the books I read because I read more diverse books and books that all our booksih community recommends and it has absolutely changed reading for me ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t care if they’re less or more as long as I enjoy reading them.


  4. Love this post! I think there’s a trend to turn all your passions into “side hustles” or “main hustles”, which imbues us with the idea that everything we do has to be productive/have a purpose – hence all these reading faster articles! But there’s nothing wrong in reading at your natural pace!

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