Abby's Speed Reading Blog

Tips for Working Smarter, Faster and Just Plain Better

Reading New Year’s Resolutions For 2016

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, the common notion is that most people give up after the first few weeks.  Have you ever considered making a reading resolution?  Reading is fun, simple, inexpensive, and rewarding as well as a resolution you can stick to.

The simple resolution is to “Read more.” This is a great start but I challenge you to set specific reading goals.




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Happy Jolabokaflod!

I love hearing about different holiday customs but the Icelandic tradition of giving books on Christmas Eve and then spending the night reading is especially meaningful.   This custom is so deeply ingrained in the culture that it is the reason for the Jolabokaflod, or “Christmas Book Flood,” when the majority of books in Iceland are sold between September and December in preparation for Christmas giving. 




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Instead of Holiday Cards . . .

This past Saturday, two days after Thanksgiving, I received my first holiday card. Yes, that wonderful family of four WON the prize of getting their cards out first! It’s one less thing on their list of things to do during this hectic month. I’m a little jealous but truly happy for them.




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Trouble in Reading Paradise

A few months ago, I was at a Starbucks with a friend. When the barista asked for his name, he said "Galt". I said, "What name is that?! Your name is Rob!" He explained that he read a book long ago that had this character named John Galt and the book changed his life....

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What Are Your Friends Reading?

Did you know there are over 600,000+ books published each year?! How many have you read? I don't say this to make you feel like you're not reading enough, rather to get you thinking about how you choose what you read. I don't know anyone who can honestly say they've...

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De-Clutter Your Magazines in Wall Street Journal

Abby Marks Beale was interviewed by Wall Street Journal columnist Sue Shellenbarger for a newspaper article entitled: "Get Down to Magazine Zero: Reading Faster and Smarter" and the digital version was entitled "How to De-Clutter Your Magazine Pile". The article ran...

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Read A Lot On Screen? Try Beeline Reader

I stumbled upon Beeline Reader over a year ago and find it incredibly valuable for reading documents on a screen. BeeLine Reader makes reading faster and easier by using a color gradient that guides your eyes from the end of one line to the beginning of the next. With...

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Finishing One, Starting Another

Every year at this time, I spend some quiet time creating a list of goals in each of the eight areas of life that are most important to me using the format seen here on the right. Ultimately, I strive to have a personal satisfaction level of 7 or higher in each of these areas (on a scale of 1 being low to 10 being high).




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Slow Down, You Read Too Fast

When deciding what reading topic to write about, Simon and Garfunkel's song "Feeling Groovy" burst into my mind. I love when the universe provides me with insights! Do you remember the song? Here's the first stanza: Slow down, you move too fast You gotta make the...

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Where’s the Beef??

I realize there are vegetarians who see this and may choose not to read further BUT know it's not about "eating meat", rather "reading meat". Not many people eat just the bun and toppings because they aren't very nutritive nor satisfying. On the other hand, eating...

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Overcoming Monkey Brain (so you can read!)

It seems that focus is something we don't have much of in this crazy multi-tasking world. With our iphones hooked up to social media and the internet, we have endless hours of exploration right at our finger tips. We are accessible EVERYWHERE on phone and email and...

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The Gift of NOT Reading

The Gift of NOT Reading? What's that all about?! Sometimes "life" literally gets in the way of our established routines. We are well-meaning, organized (somewhat), conscientious people who get sucked into the busy-ness of the holidays. We spend more quality time with...

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How to Read a Book FASTER

I am always on the look out for more great ideas on how to read better and faster. This month, I found such advice and am pleased to share it with you. It comes from a very smart comedian Jay Arthur , also known as the KnowWare Man. "I know many people who think they...

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You may be surprised to know that a quick reading speed is not the only way to get caught up.

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Finding More Time to Read

Don't you just envy people who always keep up with their reading? You may be surprised to know that a quick reading speed is not the only way to get caught up. It's those who devote ENOUGH TIME to their reading that are not haunted by their "to read stack." That makes...

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Getting Your Kids to Read

Think about the role reading played in your life as you were growing up. Did someone read to you? Were there a lot of books in your home? Did you go to the library often? Why is it that some of us gravitate toward reading as either a learning or pleasure activity...

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Topple Your Reading Piles

When it comes to your reading pile, are you a stacker (have one big pile), spreader (have many piles) or stasher (hide your piles)? These days, you may have physical piles AND electronic piles! Whatever your answer, you STILL have a reading pile! What to do with...

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Jumpstart Your Reading – Part II

Aren't you caught up with your reading, YET?? If you are still seeing your reading piles as too tall, then grab a quick idea here to help you conquer your reading workload. Roadblock #3: I get easily distracted when I read. Distractions are a dime a dozen these days,...

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Read at the Speed of Thought Interview on The Productivity Show

Zack and Abby discuss key characteristics of speed readers, specific tips that you can use to comprehend and read faster, and the latest speed reading apps.

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