I was wrong

A few years ago, I decided that I wanted to improve my reading skills. I wanted to read as fast as possible so I could read 2 books instead of one in the same period of time. But in hindsight I was deeply wrong.
I started to put speed reading techniques into practice around four years ago, and since 2016 or so, I’ve noticed that I’ve started to read slower and slower. Now it takes me twice as much to finish a book than it did a few years ago.
The reason has nothing to do with lack of capacity or being idle. I think it has much more to do with knowing the purpose of reading a book. Now, I get much more insight and I’m able to get more and better ideas. And that’s because I discovered the real joy of reading.
So, instead of speed reading, here are three alternatives that will change the way you read… I’m sure most people that decide to read fast don’t do all of them. So here we go:
1) Be selective with the books you read. Most times we pick books we don’t know how they’re going to be and we figure out while we’re reading them.
That’s like going to the movies without watching a trailer, not knowing what you’re going to find.
Instead, as Derek Sivers says, book reviews are like movie trailers. If you don’t like them, you probably shoulnd’t bother at all.
2) Optimize your time on other things. Why optimize the only period of time while you’re doing something that is worth? Why would you cut the reading time instead of cutting the Twitter time?
Improve your time in things that doesn’t bring you value.
3) Decide in the first couple chapters if the book is worth the time. Don’t keep reading just because you’ve started it. That’ll be just like going to the movies and say I paid for it, so I stay. That’s foolish.
If it’s not giving you joy, put it on the shelf, give it away or delete it from the kindle.
Bonus: Enjoy while you read. Don’t get frustrated with how many pages have you read in one hour. That’s not the point. The point is to make a good use of your time and generate ideas. I’ve read hundreds of books, and I can tell you that my best ideas have come when I’ve followed the three previous points and when I’ve enjoyed the reading.
Just as I was wrong maybe you’re right now. Think about these points and put them into practice. You’ll see how your life will get better.
It doesn’t matter if a book takes you 10 hours to read or even 30. What matters is if you’re getting closer to where you want to be. In the end, that’s the reason you read, right?