Archive for May, 2012

What Is Your Reading Speed?

Posted May 24, 2012 By Jandy

Recently I’ve been following Lynn Viehl’s blog, The Paperback Writer.

Today she posted this test from Staples:

ereader test
Source: Staples eReader Department

I’m above average in reading speed, which is no surprise since I read so much. I took the test twice – and the test gave me a different selection the second time. I did better the second time, reading 562 wpm. The first time it was 451. I didn’t recognize the first text so read a bit slower. The second time it was a selection from Alice in Wonderland and I read it more quickly. The reader is also given three multiple choice questions after reading to test comprehension as well. It’s an interesting exercise.

Check it out.

LazyGal, I’m especially interested in your speed. Anyone who reads as much as you do… Viehl did a screen shot of hers – 1,001 per minute! Whew!

Venice Video

Posted May 4, 2012 By Jandy

This is a lovely time lapse video by Joerg Niggli of a day in Venice. It brought back good memories as I identified places or sights I recognized. There’s music in case you’re in a quiet place.

What does this have to do with reading? I found it at Paperback Writer‘s blog (Lynn Viehl, author of the StarDoc and other fantasy series).

Locus Awards Nominations

Posted May 2, 2012 By Jandy

Locus, the magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy field, has announced their nominations for the Locus awards. I’ve actually read two of the novels on the list – wow! Check out the nominations.

Locus Award FinalistsThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

From the Fantasy Novel category, I’ve read the excellent Among Others by Jo Walton. From the First Novel category, I’ve read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – a book I highly recommend.

Of course there are other books on the list I want to get to. Sigh, once again – so many books, so little time…

Where Are the Libraries?

Posted May 1, 2012 By Jandy

Here’s a map of public libraries in the United States. You’ll notice they’re spread far beyond the “metropolitan” areas.

The map was created using census results and data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It can be found at

I happened upon it at Bookshelves of Doom.

What Every Mother Wants

Posted May 1, 2012 By Jandy

While reading this morning’s newspaper, I found the (ahem) perfect Mother’s Day Present. There was an ad to give Mom a termite house treatment! Now that’s a gift.

Uh, no, I don’t think so.