Random Things in Motion #14: My Excuses for Reading Slowly

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I won’t say I’m a slow reader, but there are some times where I get stuck on a book for almost a week, which is a lot of time compared to my usual two to three days per book. AND I HAVE EXCUSES LEGIT REASONS FOR THEM.

1.) I’m busy hating on the love triangle. Okay, this one isn’t an excuse because it happens really often to me. I’m one of those weird fabulous people who occasionally talk to themselves and/or book characters. See, love triangles annoy the heck out of me, especially if the main character ends up flirting with the love interest I don’t like. This is the typical scenario you’d witness if you’re with me at the time:

*Main character strolls on the beach and feels tingly with the love interest I don’t like.*
Me: *puts down the book and drops it on my face*
Me: This can’t be happening.
Me: STOP FLIRTING.
Me: I’M ON TEAM [X] AND YOU CAN’T MAKE ME CHANGE MY MIND!

So yeah. This takes up a lot of time, particularly if the main character has a lot of scenes with said love interest. (Yes, I do talk to myself out loud. But you guys still love me, right?)

2.) A shiny new release magically popped up in my hands. Because in that case… Sorry, interesting-but-not-as-interesting-as-fabulous-new-release book. You’re going to have to wait because I HAVE A NEW BOOK WHEEE.

3.) A character dies and/or reveals his/her troubling situation. I NEED TIME TO MOURN AND QUESTION LIFE, OKAY!? I have feelings too, you know. And they need to be taken care of or else they will explode all over the internet and you guys will be covered with my tears.

4.) I get spoiled on a non-HEA or a sucky ending. This is probably your fault, Twitter (looking at you, The 100 fans)! (Or Goodreads. But at least they have spoiler tags there!) Confession: I actively look for spoilers for this specific reason. If the book doesn’t end happily, or if the main character ends with the love interest I don’t like (romance junkie problems, seriously), then I CAN’T GO ONNNN.

So do you guy’s do these things that slow down your reading, too? Don’t tell me it’s just me!

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Aimee is a sixteen year old bookworm from the Phillipines! She reads any book that catches her attention, but she mostly reads YA. She's into graphic design, writing and sleeping. You can find her at Deadly Darlings, The Book Geek, Goodreads and on Twitter.
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  1. says

    I think a slow plot, angst, a character suddenly changing (going from good to bad or vice versa), or any of the others you mentioned, can definitely slow a read down for me. Also sometimes, if it is a last in a series, I will just be slow simply because I don’t want it to be over yet. :)
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  2. says

    Usually what slows down my reading would be either I’m savoring the book too much, or it’s hard for me to get into the book, or it’s too long I had to take a break because a LOT is happening.
    I look for spoilers too, but unlike you instead of slowing down it makes me read fast because I want to get to the part of the spoiler and see how it happens. :)
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  3. says

    If someone spoils something big for me, I loose all interest in that book. I hate when that happens, so when I’m reading a book I always make sure I stay away from every review. I wish people were more considerate about it, but I guess that’s what you get when you are active on social media.. Sometimes I love a book so much I don’t want it to be over, and I always take my time with those :)
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  4. says

    My usual time to spend reading a book is 7 days at the moment, if I am lucky 4 or 5 days, but that’s normal. Last time it took me longer to read a book was because I had to put the book down as the review copy I got contained an error and I had to get a corrected copy. I can get frustrated with a book, but I usually continue. And I am one of those weird people who has to finish the current book before starting another one. I only set a book aside when I am DNF’ing it.
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  5. says

    If there’s one thing that slows my reading down, it’s when I’m not in the mood for the type of book. I’m pushing myself to finish All the Bright Places, but I’m drawn to Geek Girl, because it’s so much lighter, fun, and interesting, at the moment. I’ll probably be reading Geek Girl at this rate.
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  6. says

    A slow-paced story kind of make me read slow as well, as if the book should somehow take longer to get through. It’s a little weird, I know, but that’s just how I am.
    I am usually able to avoid spoilers, even some that were apparently all over the internet, which is a good thing, because I loathe spoilers! It would piss me off something fierce if someone spoiled a story for me that way.
    And sometimes, I just don’t feel like reading the genre I’m reading right now. Sometimes, I’ll put the book down and pick it back up later, and other times, I’ll trudge through… very slowly.
    Happy Friday, Faye!
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  7. says

    The most obvious excuse I have for slow reading is something I think we can all relate with, and it’s SCHOOL. It’s that time of the year again when school’s closing and your teachers flood you with all these requirements – and that’s pretty much my situation for the past month. BUT I am so ecstatic that finals are over so I can binge-read! :)
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  8. says

    I hate reading slowly! Whenever I do I feel disconnected from the story somehow. Nothings worse than having to put a book down multiple times. That being said, when I read slowly, it’s usually because my life has become so hectic and suddenly RESPONSIBILITIES catch up to me. LOL.
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  9. says

    do you know that I refuse to watch the 100 till everything is flushed out of my twitter feed. That irks me to know end! I know people get excited but damn, dont tweet every lil detail!! I have been good about not being spoiled on any of my books yet (thank goodness) I have a wicked case of a.dd. and a 3 year old son so im constantly reading while doing other things. I then have to go back and re-read to fully understand. I am not as fast a reader as thought either. It usually take me 3 days to finish a book. Im trying to read faster but i also dont want it to diminish my enjoyment! <3
    ~ Britt @ please feed the bookworm
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  10. says

    Okay, I have to admit, I totally talk out loud to the characters too! I was yelling at Kestrel and Arin some kind of fierce this week, and now I am glad I am not the only one who does such things ;) And mostly, I am slow because I am too tired to go on, and I need more time. Time is my biggest reason for being slow. And it drives me insane, because I WANT to read all the stuff!

    And, um, sorry about The 100? Technically, I have NEVER tweeted a spoiler but I have responded to someone else’s spoilery tweet, so I guess I am an accomplice? In general, spoilers make me stabby, so I feel your pain. I avoided Twitter like the plague during The 100 finale, because I did NOT want it ruined!
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  11. says

    first thing first, I actually like to read a love tringle its make the book more interesting to me,, the thing is I actually take a two, three day to read a book but sometimes I take a week in one book especially if the book is slow paced or if i so busy with work and don’t have time to read :) but I guess it is okay of we are sometimes slow reader as long as we enjoy what we are reading :D
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  12. says

    It’s definitely not just you! If I read and the book takes an unexpected turn in the romance, then sometimes I need to put the book down and step away for a while – esp if it’s a sequel and something happens to the couple that I don’t like. I also will set a book aside if I get another book that I’ve been DYING to read.
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  13. says

    Getting spoiled RUINS books for me. I literally put off reading The Death Cure for aaages because I saw a huge spoiler on facebook (arghhhhhhh) and….why read it now? I cried a bit. I did eventually read it and loved it BUT IT TOOK ME LIKE 3 MONTHS TO START. I usually read fast, but, hehe, I always put off STARTING books. I’ve only just started A Court of Thorns and Roses despite having had it for like a month. XD
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  14. says

    All of those slow down my reading. Especially new releases. And just procrastinating on other blogs or Goodreads. And adding new books to my TBR. Yep. Oh I also hate really long books that drag out. As much as I loved the Mistborn series, sometimes it drags out a lot and it takes a lot to keep reading :P
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