Essential Speed Reading Techniques: How to Become a Better, Faster Reader by Katya Serberson is a pretty phenomenal book. It does exactly what it says it does, that is, presents various methods one can use to improve their reading speed while still retaining their comprehension. Not only that, but this book also includes practice activities and tests one can use to ascertain what their reading speed level is currently and then measure their progress periodically as they work through the activities.
This is not the sort of book one reads in one sitting or really just powers through. Instead, it’s the kind of manual one continues to use over a long span of time. And as you get through each section of the book, you’re able to mark all the progress you’ve made. The practice and testing activities allow readers the opportunity to watch as their reading speed increases.
I found Essential Reading Techniques to be an incredibly useful and insightful book. I learned quite a lot from reading it. While I will say that I was already an incredibly fast reader, I did find that the ideas presented in this book were quite useful in fine-tuning my reading speed whilst still maintaining an in-depth understanding of what I was reading. Honestly, this book did contribute somewhat to my having managed to read 352 books in 2019.
If you’re looking to improve your reading abilities, I’d definitely suggest giving the techniques in this book a try.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.