Chatterbox: Reading Styles – Do You Change It Up?

March 28, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Books, Chatterbox, Features


Some of us blitz through books in one sitting, and others take a long time to sit on what they’ve read and digest it in their heads. Does your reading style change depending on the type of book, or do you consistently stick to the same style? Having a look at my own style, normally I stick to one or two styles (Dead Rising or I’m Lagging) but I change it up depending on the type of book I’m reading…or whether I’m enjoying it.

My Gamer Themed Reading Styles are: 

Dead Rising – You read the book quickly in one or a few sittings, not moving or sometimes even forgetting to eat until you’ve turned the very last page. These books are those addictive ones that you just can’t put down until you find out what happens in the end.

Books where I’ve adopted this style:

dearlydeparted hopeless

I’m Lagging – You like to slowly digest pieces of the book that you are reading and ponder upon it between your breaks. These books are typically long, or are packed with information, characters and world building that you need to wrap your head around.

Books where I’ve adopted this style:


Need for Speed – You read so fast that you naturally skip over some lines in the book, and need to go back a few lines so you can understand what is happening. Either the book is so good that you just NEED to find out what is happening or you’ve had enough and you just want to reach the end.

Books where I’ve adopted this style:


Left 4 Dead – A few chapters in and you’ve decided the book isn’t for you so you DNF it. It’s likely the writing isn’t for you or is too difficult to get into, or you’ve read the same old tropes again that you’ve seen it all by now.

Books where I’ve adopted this style:

poisonprincess  runes

Fallout – Similar to the above, but instead of DNFing you decide to give the book a chance. Sometimes it gets better, which you pat yourself on the back for not abandoning a slow starter, but other times you bang your head against the wall thinking “why did I waste my time”.

Books where I’ve adopted this style:


What is your reading style? Do you change it up depending on the book?

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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73 responses to “Chatterbox: Reading Styles – Do You Change It Up?

  1. Thanks Brea, it's weird because a lot of people seem to be the same and it's certainly what I do! Yeah, I have no idea how but i just got completely absorbed in the steampunk zombie world. It has a lot of concepts to it, maybe I was in the mood. Hi Brea, I'm following you on your blog as well! Nice to meet you and thanks for commenting.

  2. Haha, I love this post, and your explanations for your reading styles 😀

    I think there are three styles for me.

    1. Racing through it. I CANNOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN, HELP ME. These are the ones that I will forgo everything for. And I love to read them in one sitting, too. ;D e.g. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

    2. I gotta let this one sink in because it's made of win, and I really want to suck everything in this book up like a sponge. e.g. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

    3. Yeah, it's book. I like it, and I'm reading it, but there is no burning or fiery desire to return to it. e.g. Hidden by Marianne Curley

    OH WAIT. There's a number four.

    4. Halfway between 1 and 3, #4 is a book I like and want to read and will spend a lot of time reading, but without the burning desire, but also without the 'mehness'.

    These styles just really depend on the feels that a book gives me. If it is begging me to finish it, it'll be a 1, if it's intricate and all weaving-like: #2, #3s aren't so great, and I'm glad this doesn't happen. But in general, #4s are the most prevalent.
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    • Definitely the racing through it, although with so many books I kind of hope that would happen more! Haha yes 3. makes me lag really slowly through the book. But yes 4. is probably where we lie most of the time! Thanks for your own reading styles, Chiara.

  3. This is a really great post!

    I'm mostly a "Need for speed" or a "Lagging" reader. Creepy, how I'm both sides of the spectrum.

    I find it really interesting that you read Dearly Departed so fast! I'm actually reading it right now. But, ah, I'm lagging. 4 days and just over 100 pages in. I don't know if it's because I'm in a mood, or I'm finding it difficult to get into. maybe both.

    But anyway, just thought I'd say Hi and introduce myself! I'm Brea, and I found you through a comment on a friends blog. I've actually never come across a blog that focuses on both reading and gaming. So I'm excited to see more!

    Again, I really love this post!
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  4. im "Dead Rising" and "I’m Lagging" depending on the mood and the book combined. but i found that they (the books) live a bigger impression on me when "I’m Lagging"…

    Very fun post! 🙂

  5. Sometimes I wish I was a Dead Rising but I get distracted easily or real life gets in the way. I'm in the lagging phase at the moment with my current read, over 600 pages!

  6. I am such a Dead Rising reader! Though my brain usually does manage to keep up and digest things because I often change positions and thats when my brain mulls over the information. I've just always read fast, the only time I take time with books is if they make my brain hurt, or if they're nonfiction because those always take longer.
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    • That is awesome, I can't sit down and do something for such a long period of time! Good on you for reading fast combined with Dead Rising, I wish I could read books really quickly.

  7. This post is brilliant, my friend! I totally agree with everything you said and I'd go as fur as put Of Poseidon in Left 4 Dead because it simply wasn't for me so I DNF-d. Hopeless? Totally agreed on that one being right at the very top of things and I'm glad to hear you thought of the same about Dearly Departed which has been waiting to be read on my shelf for a long, long time.
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    • Thanks Siiri, glad to share! I wish I DNF'd it because it just made me more and more madder lol. Dearly, Departed caught me by surprise, I haven't Dead Rising much actually but that made me sit there a whole day and read it.

  8. Yeah, I do change my style of reading but not only it depends on the book, but also on the time available around. On working days I don't have as much time to read, and even if I cut my sleeping hours short, I can't always finish books. On days off I can shut off the work and just read much more easily.

    I sometimes just devour the book in one sitting but that has two variants; in books with a more light worldbuilding and more action I read super fast, but in books with a stunning writing and/or a lot of world building and detail I read more slowly to fully absorb everything!
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    • I really enjoy my bus rides to and from work during the week, where I get the bulk of my reading done. It's a shame we can't read more during work days hey? You've nailed what I do to switch up my reading style too.

  9. It depends to the book but I'm Lagging type is totally me most of the time! I use to have a break and contemplate the scene again in my mind. I'm sometimes a Need For Speed too! I love the way you categorized the type! 😀

  10. LOVED THIS POST, Jeann! I could totally relate, especially with the "Dead Rising" and "Need for Speed" ones, haha! But most of the time I'm a slow reader who wants to read fast. It doesn't work out most of the time, though. :/ And sometimes a book's just so boring that you're reading so slowly and you still can't understand what's going on! D: Anyway, lovely post! <3
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  11. Oh gosh, I love this! I've played a few of the games and definitely think they match the descriptions of the way I read too. I do pretty much all of these, albeit subconsciously. Depends on my mood, as well! Fun post!
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  12. I love your level system! Now I want to make one based on the video games I've played, lol. I frequent three of these: I'm Lagging, Fallout, and Dead Rising.

    I don't DNF so Fallout happens a lot for me, in most cases it gets better thankfully. "I'm Lagging" usually only happens when I read epic fantasy, which I've tried reading quickly and it just doesn't work most of the time. I'm going to name this my 'Skyrim' level…no matter how addicted or committed I am, it's going to take me forever to finish. 😛
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    • Thanks, I thought you would appreciate it hehe! Good on you for not DNFing, although sometimes I think it would save me from the frustration. Hehe I like your skyrim level lol, I tend not to read those epic huge books.

  13. I have similar reading styles as you do. The "I'm Lagging" style is actually one I just went through while reading Throne of Glass. I read that one pretty slowly. The "Dead Rising" style is one that happens with my favorite books (like Hopeless–that one was definitely tough to put down). And the "Need for Speed" style is one I'm usually in when reading a book I have no connection to and can't seem to find the story very interesting. Great post, Jeann! I really liked reading this one. 🙂
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    • I think slowly reading is actually opposite to falling into a slump, because you're taking the time to digest slowly and not needing to speed through each book. But it depends if you're putting off reading for other tasks too.

  14. If a book is WOW'ing me then I'm a cross between Dead Rising and Need for Speed because the books are just THAT good, you know? And thankfully I'm out of my book funk…YAY! But previously I was reading at the Fallout style! 😉 You hit every reading style I've ever experienced! 😉

  15. My taste and my style changes all the time. My mood for what I want to read can change from book to book or last several books. And the style of how I read them depends on the book. Red Rising was one I wanted to last and savor for as long as possible, so I'd make myself quit reading it at certain points and just think about it.
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  16. I definitely use a variety of methods. After Christmas break I was getting through books blazingly fast, finishing a new one each day. But then I started a book that didn't do it for me at all and it took me a month to finish it.
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    • Wow, 3 hours is really fast for a book! I enjoy a combination of Need for Speed and Dead Rising when I'm REALLY into a book, but it doesn't happen much. Thanks Marianne! 🙂

  17. Ooo, good post Jeann! I have to say, it varies on the book. For my Skulduggery's, I kind of powered through the first three, but as they got bigger and more happened in them, I started to take more time to digest each chapter and each scene and take notes when I could so I didn't miss anything. For shorter books, I tend to want to fly through them, especially if they're fluffy and cheesy. Standardly though, I will a lot a period of time to reading and I let my feelings do the deciding, I might power through 300+ pages in one night or read parts of different books each night, it really just depends how I'm feeling.
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    • Thank you, I thought it was interesting to highlight the differences you know? Short books are great to speed through but yeah, big books are hard to. That's why some people can't get into either if they only use a particular reading style.

  18. I am mostly Dead Rising – I blitz through the book like there is no tomorrow. I can't help myself from getting to the end of the book, even if it is slow. I might grumble about a boring one but god forbid I don't finish it. 😛 Works well for me and my mile-long TBR, though.

    Only when it comes to long books (500+ pages) do I enter 'I'm Lagging' phase.
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  19. Definitely depends of my current read, but I have pretty much identical reading styles. I love those who make forget about everything, even eating, but it's getting harder lately for me to find books like that. I think my expectations have changed in last year.

    This was such an amazing post, Jeann!:D
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  20. Haha I LOVE this post – so clever and creative 🙂

    I definitely a Need for Speed reader. In all honestly it may partly be due to being a book blogger, and I know that shouldn't mean anything, but ARCs can be really stressing and I HATE falling behind. I absolutely love it when I can pull of a Dead Rising though because a) it must have been a good book and b) I love just sitting down and reading. But that's really rare for me because I am really easily distracted. For starters, I was going to just sit down and read and yet it's been three hours. But who's counting, eh?

    • Thanks Olivia, I thought it was something a bit different hehe. I totally know what you mean about the Need for Speed thing, sometimes you just want to sit down and enjoy it but the pressure keeps you moving. I'm easily distracted too! Between my phone, computer, housework and my book I can't keep focused lol.

  21. I don't know which style I fall under exactly, but I always switch up what I'm reading so that I'm rarely reading more than one book of the same genre at the same time. So right now I'm in the middle of a contemporary, a scifi, and a thriller, which is fun! And it keeps me from getting confused by story elements.

    I usually blitz through stuff if I'm in normal mode, but I gotta say that lately I've been in a bit of a slump and going through YA way slower than I usually do. All I wanna do is read dirty adult romances, hah. I'd better get over this soon! Shhh.
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    • Wow, I don't know how you can read so many different books at once! But at least you can pick up what you feel like. I've talked to quite a few people who seem to be in a slump at the moment, it also happens when authors tend to start repeating the same sorts of patterns over and over.

  22. I am absolutely Need for Speed ALL the time. (It's kind of exhausting, actually.) My eyeballs burn through books faster than my brain can keep up…*sigh* I think that's why I really did struggle with The Bone Season. Slowing down…bleeeh. I do need to learn how. 😉 If I NEED to read slow, then I listen on audio.
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    • I am like that sometimes, and then I stumble upon a paragraph where I'm like what? what are they talking about? Which I wonder how it happened when I had been reading the slow time! I do like those books that make me slow down and appreciate it though. After all that's what reading is about, appreciating every word and story.

  23. I think my most common is Need for Speed. Sometimes not even intentionally, I read quickly without digesting some of it. The Dead Rising one is very rare for me – I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in a day once (pretty happy with that!) and I also did it with The Fault in Our Stars. But before this post I've never really thought about how I read. Great topic 🙂
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