Round Rock New Neighbors is a social organization of women welcoming women in the Round Rock area since 1978. Both "new" and "old" neighbors are welcome. For more information: [Barnes & Noble requires that RRNN's book club be open to the public, so you do not need to be an RRNN member to attend book club, and both men and women are welcome and do attend. ]

Literary Events

Literary Events

What's New?__________

July 6th, author Neil Gaiman will speak at the Long Center. $32.

Thanks to Cindy V. for sending me listings of 2 TV series you might find interesting, and you might have access to:

The Son (book by Philipp Meyer), starring Pierce Brosnan. On AMC starting April 8.

American Gods (book by Neil Gaiman) on Starz, starting April 30.
The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library’s Hill Country Authors Series will feature Texas author Paulette Jiles discussing her upcoming novel News of the World, which was shortlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction.
WHEN: Thursday, May 11, 2017, at 2 pm. Doors open at 1:30 pm.
WHERE: The Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street in Georgetown, Texas.
WHY: All proceeds from the event will go toward meeting unfunded projects of the library. Tickets for the event are $15 in advance or $18 at the door, and may be purchased starting April 3, 2017, at the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library, online at, or by contacting Marcy Lowe at 512-868-8974. A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Café in the library will be served.
THE BOOK: In 1870 a 10-year-old girls makes a journey back to her aunt and uncle’s home after living with Kiowa warriors who had killed her parents four year earlier. Subsequently she is traded to Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a 70-year-old war veteran, who takes her 400 miles to her family near San Antonio.

Round Rock Public Library Book Group meets Tuesday May 16th 7:00-8:30. They will discuss Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain. They will be voting on future book choices. Check the library website for more information, or ask Carla.

Book Buzz - June 6th, evening - Round Rock Public Library - Free, but seating is limited. Reservations are necessary and will open closer to the time of the event.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Speedreading: Good or Bad?

This morning, in my daily email of the column, A.Word.A.Day, from, I noticed this quote: To read fast is as bad as to eat in a hurry. -Vilhelm Ekelund, poet (1880-1949). This struck me as a new sentiment to be appearing in a quote, old as it is. Mostly, it's a concept that isn't often discussed in the media. A typical quote given at the end of a blog post doesn't involve reading.

It does get mentioned in our book club, though, doesn't it? Reading our book for our meeting each month involves a deadline, which is not typical for pleasure reading, unless you consider the times when a library book is due and you want to finish it before returning it.

I have always been a proponent of speedreading. I think it's one of the most useful skills one can have. And yet, I often have sent a message about our monthly book, encouraging everyone to start a long or beautifully written book soon, so that you will be able to enjoy reading it slowly and not have to read it quickly.

In today's media of blanket statements and quick quotes that are taken as advice, with all the blatant statements that this or that is "good" or "bad," this quote would fit right in. I agree with the quote because it says reading fast is "as bad as" eating fast. This can be construed as implying that both are generally bad; but if one is sometimes good, then the other is sometimes good. I think both are sometimes good!

What do you think?


Atrox said...

If you saw the piles of unread books in my house, you would understand why I always read as fast as I can. (but probably would not understand why I keep bringing home more books) I pretty much pick books based on content now, and not on beautiful writing, which is sad, I suppose. But occasionally I find a book that I can't read fast, but savor instead. In such cases, I force myself to stop at the end of a chapter, so I can enjoy the writing (or setting, or character) a little longer before pressing on.

ClaudiaH said...

Thanks for the comment. I don't seem to be notified when comments appear. I almost missed this one. Hmm.. I should be able to be notified, unless that's still part of google reader, which they split from google +, and so I now use google + but rarely google reader. Anyway, I'm sure we could have a good group discussion about this. ..