Original question from Quora:

Is it possible to read a 400-page book in one day?

My Answer:

I would say yes, but it highly depends on the book. That seems like a cop out, but let me explain.

If you read only 30 page an hour, you could read a 400 page book in about 13 hours. If you read any faster than 30 pages an hour you can save a lot of time.

However, you have to consider something important. Not all books can be read at the same speed. For example, even in one book you will have some parts that are riveting and you read fast, and other parts will be a real slog to finish.

So, there are some books where I think you would struggle to read though 400 pages in a day. The dictionary, the phone book, the encyclopedia, and the bible are all really dense books that are not exactly known as page-turners.

Yet, there are books like Harry Potter and others that are devoured by readers, sometimes in one sitting.

I think the key difference is in the combination of how readable a book is and how compelling it is. Some books have one or the other, but rarely do you have a book that does both equally well.

When a book works on both levels, churning through it in a day is very possible.

It just depends on the book and how it connects with the reader.


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