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

Click here to see the trailer for Stephen Spielberg's Ready Player One, currently in theaters. Look for the DeLorean. (Hint-it's moving quickly and is black and you're more likely to find it if you watch one of the explanatory videos that elaborates on the trailer.) If you want to, stay on the YouTube page and see lots more about Ready Player One. After all, it's a movie about the native online generation.

Great and uplifting film!

Barnes & Noble La Frontera hosts the first meeting of a new nationwide Barnes & Noble Book Club May 2nd, 6:00 - 7:00 PM at Barnes & Noble La Frontera. The book is Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer. The book is available at Barnes & Noble La Frontera.


The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library will host their 36th author event on Tuesday May 15, 2018 at 2 PM, in the Community Rooms of the library located at 402 W. 8th St.

The featured speaker will be local author, MJ Hegar, who published ‘Shoot Like a Girl’ in 2017.

In Shoot like A Girl, MJ takes the reader on a dramatic journey through her military career: an inspiring, humorous, and thrilling true story of a brave, high-spirited, and unforgettable woman who has spent much of her life ready to sacrifice everything for her country, her fellow man, and her sense of justice.

Tickets are $15 in advance. They’re available at the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library, and online at Tickets are available at the door for $18. A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Coffee Company is included.

The event begins at 2 PM; doors open at 130 PM. Proceeds are used to fund unbudgeted items and other ongoing library projects.

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. ..