Right, I obviously love reading. I love books. I just love paper in general (seriously you should see how many empty notebooks I've got and my ever mounting TBR pile).
Despite this passion, I am a slow reader. I struggle to get through one or two books a month, and sometimes I don't even achieve that. This is not due to lack of interest or laziness, but the simple fact that I am SLOW. I mean, my attention span isn't the greatest either because my brain works a million miles an hour, but when I'm reading, I'm reading. I know for other people a few hours means the start and finish of a whole book, but for me it's just a few chapters.
Being a Bookstagrammer can put a lot of pressure on people to be superhuman readers. When I see some peoples end of month book hauls that include 8 physical books, 3 audio books, 2 novellas and a poem, I just think, WHAT IS THIS MAGIC. Bookstagram, of all places, can make me feel more like a muggle than anywhere else.
I think it's incredible (and slightly terrifying, in a good way) that some people can steam through books with no issues; I wish I could do the same. But I just want to ask - stop the judgement. I speak for all slower reader's here - just because my end of year haul is significantly less than yours, it doesn't diminish my commitment to literature. I've always loved reading, and I've always been a constant reader. There has never been a point in my life when someone asked me the question 'What are you reading lately?' and I didn't have an answer for them.
I think what I am trying to say is, be kind to your fellow reader's. Reading is meant to be enjoyable after all, and it's also the one past-time/pleasure which I think shouldn't be treated like a sport. We don't need to compete against one another. Reading is for your own personal growth and entertainment, and you should go at your own pace. We're all wizards who are capable of greatness - with one book at a time.
Are you a slow or fast reader? How many books, typically, can you get through each month? What is your reading record? Let me know in the comments.