How Many Books Can You Read in a Year? Take the Test

We all know reading is about quality not quantity but with so many books on the TBR it’s great to be able to power through them quicker than most. According to the Pew Research Center, the average American who reads gets through twelve books a year, and now you can find out your reading speed with this new test.

Lenstore has devised a test to measure your individual reading skills and see how long it will take you to tackle the world’s most popular novels. Take the rest below and see how you fare!

The quiz gives you passages from well known novels and you should read them at your natural reading speed. When the reading is done, you’ll be asked questions to check your reading comprehension and see that you understood what you read.

When you have your results, you’ll be able to see how many novels a year you could read at your current speed, from hefty tomes such as War and Peace to quick reads like The Color Purple.

 

 

Lenstore, who built the test tested the quiz on 2,000 adults and it threw up some interesting findings. The average participant took 101 seconds to read the passage, which means they can get through 33 books a year if they read for 30 minutes a day, based on an average book length of 90,000 words.

How did you fare? Let us know in the comments.

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How Many Books Can You Read in a Year? Take the Test

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We all know reading is about quality not quantity but with so many books on the TBR it’s great to be able to power through them quicker than most. According to the Pew Research Center, the average American who reads gets through twelve books a year, and now you can find out your reading speed with this new test.

Lenstore has devised a test to measure your individual reading skills and see how long it will take you to tackle the world’s most popular novels. Take the rest below and see how you fare!
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Doodles, scribbles, and mini works of fine art got many of us through our teen years at school- I personally preferred drawing spiderwebs in the corners of every page- and it seems 18th century teens were not much different!

Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) discovered a young man’s doodles in his own mathematics workbook, and it gives us a fascinating insight into the mind of this erudite and creative teen. As well as laying out his mathematical formulae with precision and clarity, Richard Beale showed us his family dog, street scenes, elegant ships, and… A chicken in trousers.

Let MERL take you on a journey through time into the mind of Richard Beale- honest farm-boy, good mathematician, and excellent doodler.

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Librarians used to deal with all the strange, creepy, interesting, and outrageous questions the general public had to ask- and you will not believe some of the stuff people are willing to ask a stranger.

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3 Comments

  • Sherry says:

    That was a fun little quiz! But I didn’t read 178 books last year…

  • Amanda S says:

    This is awesome! I read faster than 94% and can read the HP series in 30 hours. Not too bad at all. I’ve read 42 books this year so far so we’ll see how it fares by the end of the year!

  • Laura says:

    I would be able to read over 100 books a year. As it is, I read about 36 books a year; I also read the news and several magazines. I definitely read quite a bit!

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