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Speed Reading by Henry Mckinnon

Let’s be honest, unless we regularly work on something, our abilities often decrease in efficiency.

A year ago, I may have been amazingly proficient at Geometry, but after not practicing for such an extended period, my skills would be no doubt “rusty”.

This is very similar to how our reading speed decreases after time. That is why I decided to write a full review on a book that I believe can help anyone achieve faster reading speed!

With that, lets get into why I believe this is the best speed reading book out there right now.

  • Average Customer Rank: 4.1/5
  • Price: $11.99 Paperback
  • Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
  • Available in: Paperback, and Kindle

Myth Buster

Here are some common myth about reading: “Reading once is enough”.

“I read proficiently in High School or College, so there is no way my reading skills have decreased or that my comprehension has gone down, right?”

Wrong!

Recent studies show that average reading speeds decrease tremendously after standard education, and that they are nowhere near what they used to be. Here is a search result you can pull up in Google:

This is being generous! 200 wpm would actually be an accomplishment by some standards.

One article had this to say, “… the average reading speed is about 50-75 words per minute.”

Most attribute this to a lack in good education, but I think it has more to do with how we read.

If we aren’t keeping our abilities up we are going to lose them eventually. Some would say you can never become illiterate, but I would argue that if something can be attained, it can be lost just the same.

Muscle memory is one thing, being able to read quickly so your mind isn’t wandering as you are reading is another.

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to read something fast and efficiently! How many novels and great books could you read and not be hindered by time or page length?

I love reading, but hate wasting time.

I think I’ve made my point, our reading abilities have decreased significantly!

Faster Reading = Faster Growth

While one could argue that there are many ways to improve one’s reading, I think it becomes quite clear that a book at this price is extremely affordable and convenient to get started.

The reviews on this book are great, showing a “4.1/5.0” on Amazon, with most praising it’s information and easy-to-apply instructions.

Most other books on Amazon share similar reviews, but this book seems more level-headed if you will. Others claim that you can see results in a day, and while that may be true, that is not what these books are designed for.

Information takes time to process, and Henry is very open when he presents his information.Combining guidelines and techniques to build good habits and root out the bad ones.

What amazes me is how many people wait to take action on something like this. “Oh, wow, a great book that will help me improve my reading, yeah, I think I’ll buy that in a couple months…or years.”

What the heck is that!?

Why are we waiting to take action when we have the ability to improve now? Information is so easy to attain today, but we have a lack of enthusiasm when it comes to self-improvement and become better.

Breaking Down Old Habits

One thing that most people said amazed them about the book was it’s ability to expose people’s bad habits in terms of reading speed, and how those habits had to be removed prior to rebuilding productive habits.

Unless you look in the mirror or have outside influence, it’s more difficult to spot anything wrong with oneself.

I know this is very true for me personally. I don’t see something wrong until there are consequences or someone else points it out for me. Reading a book is a great way of getting that outside perspective that I can’t get on my own.

That’s not to say I advocate someone verbally harasses you based on your imperfections, however, being coached or given advice can make an enormous difference in terms of self-improvement! I know that this has been true for me!

The Real Benefit

The real benefit though, is not the numbers. It is nice to be able to show off how fast you can read, but that is not the true value of this book. The true value of this book lies in it’s ability to help you absorb information and take it in faster!

What good is having helpful books but not enough time to read them? What good is having valuable information at your fingertips, but always staying right there, at your fingertips?

What I like about this book is that it only takes a week to get rolling. That might sound like it will take forever, but remember, this is a book about increasing your reading speed, you are only going to go faster and faster as you progress!

Reviews

Don’t take my word for it, check out this reviews on Amazon and see for yourself as to how many people like this book and how it has helped them! These are just a few of the numerous reviews that people have given:

It would be easy to end it on that note, but I think there are some other things that I need to address as well.

So many times we read articles, helpful information online, or buy books we believe will help us, but we don’t take action! I know this applies to me in many ways because I think “I know that”.

Did you know that is the biggest killer of people’s success in life, saying “I know that”?

Let’s overcome that habit and start taking action when we say we are going to. Chances are you are here because you want to have faster reading and better comprehension! We share the same passions!

There are so many benefits to having faster reading, here are just a few:

  • Less time spent on reading
  • More information taken in and remembered
  • More confidence in your abilities
  • Financial security becomes far easier with skills like this
  • No more anxious brain thinking about other things while reading

These are just a few, and they differ depending on how you progress and improve!

If you liked this article and found my review helpful, don’t hesitate to buy this amazing book and start improving your reading abilities!

If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or email me and I will get back to you asap!

Best regards,

Jacob Highley

jacob@financialsuccessbook.com

  1. I’d be interested how much the techniques taught in this book overlap with another course I took from a company called Spreeder. The techniques absolutely make sense, in fact I’m committing the worst crime in speed reading as I write, saying every single word in my head…The one thing I found really hard about applying the techniques was a lack of practical practice options. Does this book come with a good set of options on how to practice applying technique?

    • Absolutely! One of the key things this book presents is an applicable way to start changing habits.
      I don’t like books that talk about something but don’t present any real way for the reader to make necessary changes or don’t tell me how to do something. This book should help a lot in this area.

  2. Great post Jacob. I can firm I one of the world’s slowest readers. I have practiced and improved slightly over the years which has helped immensely with my written skills.

    I find that sometimes when I read fast, I don’t absorb the content. I also find that how the content is written makes a difference as well.

    I’ll be purchasing this book on kindle. Thanks for the recommendation.

    • Even the best of us get slow eventually, Vince, so don’t feel bad. There are several ways to start improving reading speed. But good luck finding one with a price tag like this! Usually speed doesn’t equal comprehension, it is important to build both, which is what this book does. 🙂

  3. I love reading as well, but nowadays, like what you said, I hate wasting time, not that reading books are a waste of time, it’s just that there are lots of things that need to be done based on my priorities. I never thought there can be a book to help us with speed reading. Very useful information. Keep it up!

    • Thanks for the comment! Yeah, speed reading is a priority in terms of efficiency and saving time. Plus, it’s hard to really enjoy something if your mind isn’t focusing on the book because you are reading so slow.

  4. Hi Jacob, this is great book review and topic as well. I remember when I was still a University student, my reading and comprehension skills were fairly above average. Now, with the same book or article I read, it takes a little more time. Truly, it is through constant and consistent reading routines, one can enhance, maintain and develop both reading and comprehension. This is one interesting book to read and I am quite convinced to have this as my next book purchase. I’ll greatly consider this. Super thanks for it =)

    • Glad to hear that, JR! I don’t think you will be disappointed in reading this book. I personally think this speed reading book to be a steal for the price and worth. I think the author does a great job and helping the reading big time!

  5. This is one of those things that I have always wanted to do but haven’t had the time to really work on it. I did do a speed-reading test online where the words flashed up. It was difficult to keep up so I didn’t bother after that.

    This book though looks like it could help me. I like how it can help me accomplish in a week. Do you have to do a lot of practice while reading the book?

    • I would say that “practice” comes while you are reading the book because you are already reading. Reading tests are great for showing people how they need to improve, but I think too many people fall to this same problem, they don’t do anything about it.

  6. Thanks Jacob, for pointing out this book. I am a avid reader, though mostly for enjoyment so I’m not too concerned for speed there. But the reading needed for learning and expanding our skills could definitely be improved. I’d hate to think what my comprehension percentage would be lol. Needing to read things over and over to understand is such a waste of time!
    Cheers,
    Suzanne

    • Yep, not having fast reading and comprehension will kill a healthy appetite for reading. I’ve noticed that most people put this off, but in my opinion, the longer you do, the longer it will take to improve!

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