Wednesday, April 11, 2012

How fast do you read?

ereader testI read 296 words in 40 seconds.
I read 449 words per minute.
That makes me 80% faster than the national average.

If I maintained this reading speed, I could read:
  1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy in 21 hours and 48 minutes
  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling in 2 hours and 51 minutes 
  3. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien in 17 hours and 46 minutes 
  4. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller in 6 hours and 28 minutes 
  5. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell in 3 hours and 18 minutes (I wish! I finished this book after two weeks!)
  6. The Fountainhead by Ayn Randin 11 hours and 34 minutes 
  7. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck in 6 hours and 17 minutes 
  8. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens in 5 hours and 2 minutes 
  9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte in 4 hours 
  10. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee in 3 hours and 41 minutes 
  11. The Color Purple by Alice Walkerin 2 hours and 28 minutes 
How many books* could I read on each eReader before recharging?
*Assuming an average book length of 136,604 words
Three books on the Kindle.

Source: Staples eReader Department

To try the test, just click on the picture of the e-reader on the top. And let me know how you scored! :)


  1. Our Malaysian national average is nothing to shout about anyway. But looking at how fast you read, isn't it amazing to be able to gauge the time to read for famous titles?
    At this point of my life, I value retention more than speed. I read too much but the retention is not high. :(
    Thanks for an interesting find.

  2. Ooo! What a fun test!!

    I was about 5 seconds slower!! I love this test though - I've often wondered how fast I read, but never really gauged it.

  3. JoV: Those numbers really don't determine how fast I read. In my test, the text I got was Alice in Wonderland which was fairly easy to read. Well, it still is kind of an encouragement that I could actually read fast for those classic books! Though it's no point reading fast if I don't understand what I'm reading. So understanding is still important to me. :)

    Jac: Glad you tried it out! I know I read slow so the result was quite a surprise to me.


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