5 Tips on How To Read Faster

How to read faster

For those that love to read - some may take their time to savor every word they read. While others like to speed through a book so they can get into the next book faster.

Some people may feel nervous around reading a book faster because they may not understand the whole story. However, it can be done. Whether you need to read a book by a certain deadline or you have a certain reading goal here are 5 tips on reading faster:

Stop Reading In Your Head

Raise your hand if you read every word you read in your head? Yep, I am guilty of this too. And honestly, this is how I still read to this day. It is how I best understand a story. However, if you would like to start reading faster, it’s best not to actually read the words to yourself. So how do you actually not do this? Be mindful when you start doing it - and then consciously stop. You can also use your finger to read instead if that helps.

Skim The Words

We all have heard that this is what CEO and Entrepreneur’s do to read so many books in a year. Skimming a book is probably the most easiest to do out of all these tips. Skimming refers to only looking for the general or main ideas. Such as reading only the first few sentences in each paragraph. You can also scan the chapter. For example, just scan through the words looking for important information that you would need to know. By doing this alone will greatly speed up the process of reading a book.

Read Phrases

Reading phrases or specific words in a paragraph will greatly speed up the reading process. What does this exactly mean? You only read a certain amount of words in a paragraph to get a gist of what that paragraph was about. It is similar to scanning for example but slightly different.

Here is a good example:

The frog went up the tree quickly and eat some flies. Then he went down the tree and took a nap.

To read this sentence quickly - we will take the words: frog, tree, quickly, flies, nap.

From these words we can understand that the frog went up the tree quickly, eat flies, and then took a nap. And that is what the sentence is basically about.

Focus & Concentration

When you need to read fast, it’s important to be in a position that you can truly focus. That means no background noise, no distractions, and just pure concentration on that book. When there are distractions, it’s easy to stray from that book. Try reading at a time of day where you will less likely be distracted. And remember that you don’t need to read for a certain amount of time - just practicing reading faster for 20 minutes a day can help tremendously.

Write A Summary

If you are really focused on reading faster for whatever reason, try this tip. Write a summery of what you just read. It doesn’t need to be a page long or something crazy like that. Just a few sentences to summarize the story. This will help with the comprehension. This is also a great test. If you find that after reading fast for 20 minutes and you have no idea of what you just read- then it’s a sign that you may need to slow down or practice more.

This is also a great tip for kids (and even adults!) on reading comprehension. I use to have reading comprehension issues as a kid and this helped me tremendously on understanding what I was reading.

I hope these tips have helped you read faster! I think also the best tip out there as well is just to read more! When you continuously read, you get better at it. Therefore, you will notice that you start to read books faster. As they say, practice makes perfect.

Also, please be mindful that it’s OK if you read slow! Take the time you need to read that entire book. Some people have learning disabilities or reading comprehension issues and that is totally OK. Never read fast until you feel comfortable to do so.

Do you read your books fast or do you take your time? Share your tips below on reading faster!

the caffeinated bibliophile

Christian Books To Read This Summer 2019

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I am back everyone! I needed to take a much needed break. We are selling our home and it’s been a stressful and long process. I can attest that selling your home is one of the most stressful processes out there! We are hoping to have our home sold soon so we can move into our new place. So I do apologize ahead of time if there are a lack of posts during the month of May. I will try my best to stay consistent!

Anyways, let’s get on to todays post. It’s almost summer and that means new summer reads to look forward to! I am so excited for a few of these and can’t wait to read them. My TBR list has become twice as long now. ^_^

So without further ado, here are the Christian Books coming out this summer to look forward to:

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Which books are you looking forward to this summer? Share in the comments!

the caffeinated bibliophile

10 Newly Released Amish Fiction Books To Read

New Release Amish Fiction

Happy Monday everyone! March has been quite a month for me - first my car had issues running and had to be fixed, then I was sick all last week. So I apologize for the lack of posts and reviews! Also, we are in the midst of selling our home, so it’s been quite a stressful and eventful month.

I will have a book review up this Thursday so I appreciate you all hanging in there!

Let’s get onto today’s post! Today is all about newly released Amish Fiction. I love a good Amish Fiction book. They remind me to slow down and live more simply. They also remind me of family values and how important family is.

Here are 10 newly released Amish Fiction books to look out for today at the bookstore!:

A Faithful Gathering by Leslie Gould

Leisel Bachmann left her Amish roots and beloved sisters to pursue a career in medicine without a second thought. She has an Englisch boyfriend, Nick Jordan, and dreams of a new life--but those dreams come crashing down when her sister Marie is diagnosed with cancer.

Soon nothing is going as she planned--not her state boards, not her first nursing job, and certainly not her relationship with Nick. As she becomes increasingly discouraged, her aunt shares the story of Leisel's grandfather during World War II and the struggle he faced between returning to Lancaster or being with the woman he loved.

Peace and a vision for the future are difficult to find, and when Nick leaves Pennsylvania for a completely new life, Leisel is faced with impossible choices. Will she stay in Lancaster, close to her family and the traditions of her past? Or learn from her grandfather's story and embrace a life of love and service in an uncertain future?

The Amish Candy Maker by Lara Hilton

Agnes Zook finds herself on her own in a small Amish community in Mackinac County after a tragedy kills her family. Most of the Amish call her “off in den Kopf” (strange) since she’s starting her own business and forging her own way in the community instead of relying on the bishop to take care of her. Since she’s viewed as non-submissive and too-forward for an Amish woman, she’s not courted by young men in the area.
Isaac Mast is on the verge of leaving the Amish church. He’s become a sought-after auctioneer and has a thriving business, but he feels confined by the strict rules. When his brother is severely injured in a wild fire, Isaac receives a letter from his sister-in-law, begging him to come to Mackinac County to help out while his brother is hospitalized. Isaac agrees but is unsure how to manage their young children when he has weekend auctions he’s expected to attend.
Agnes may be the answer to a prayer. Sparks fly when she and Isaac meet. But could their differences help them form a deeper connection to their faith...and each other?

A Love Made New by Kathleen Fuller

It seems as if everyone is falling in love in Birch Creek, including Abigail Schrock. But when heartbreak descends on her already fragile world, she can’t help but feel that if she’d only been a little prettier, she could be on her way down the aisle. To make matters worse, Abigail’s two sisters have found love, and all Abigail can seem to find is the chocolate she has stashed away in the pantry.

Asa Bontrager has never had trouble with the ladies in his Amish community—his good looks have always gotten him far. Which is why he’s baffled by the call he’s received from God to pursue Abigail, a woman who seems determined to turn him away.

Can Abigail find the peace and joy she so desperately desires? Will she allow herself to stop running and melt into the embrace of unforeseen comfort? If she does, she may discover a love powerful enough to restore her hope in a promising future.

An Amish Reunion - Various Authors

From bestselling authors in the Amish genre come four stories about reuniting with those you love. 

An Unbroken Heart by Kathleen Fuller

One minute, Joanna Schrock was arguing with her parents, and the next, her parents’ lives were claimed in a hit-and-run buggy accident. Her body is broken, but her heart is in even deeper pain— after all, how do you cope with your parents’ deaths when your last words were spoken in anger?

After an extended stint in a physical rehabilitation center, Joanna re-enters her Amish life. But nothing is the same—not even her feelings for Andrew Beiler.

Joanna has loved Andrew since the age of twelve, and her feelings have not changed throughout the years. She is thrilled when Andrew wants to get married, but she wonders whether it’s love he’s feeling, or pity. As the couple’s wedding date approaches, Joanna isn’t overcome with the deep joy she was hoping to feel; instead, she’s wracked with anxiety and guilt 

Joanna hears God whispering to her, Be strong and courageous, but she’s afraid that courage looks a lot like walking away from her dreams and into the plan of her Heavenly Father.

If Joanna takes the first step toward healing, will it cost her everything she’s ever wanted? Or could God be changing the desires of her heart?

Hearts in Harmony by Beth Wiseman

Musical prodigy Levi Shetler hasn’t touched a piano since he secretly played one years ago. His strict Amish community forbids instruments or the singing of any music not in their approved songbook. Levi asks God often why music tempts him when playing an instrument isn’t allowed in his world. 

One person knows Levi’s talents: Mary Hershberger, the girl who promised years ago to keep his secret. Mary comes from a more liberal district than Levi, but she’s facing family troubles of her own. The mutual care for an aging Englischer, Adeline, reunites Mary and Levi as young adults. They realize that, despite their differences, they have a shared love of music—and a shared confusion about whether their talents are God-given gifts or temptations luring them into the Englisch world. 

The couple realizes they must compromise or part ways, but a tragic accident shakes their decision. Both Mary and Levi will need to reconcile what they love with what their hearts say is right—because even as their passion for music brings them together, it could be what tears them apart. 

Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Luke Schrock is a new and improved man after a stint in rehab, though everyone in Stoney Ridge only remembers the old Luke. They might have forgiven him, but nobody trusts him.

Amos and Fern Lapp allow Luke to live at Windmill Farm under two conditions. First, Luke must make a sincere apology to each person he's hurt--a four-page, single-spaced list. Second, he must ask each victim of mischief to describe the damage he caused. 

Simple, Luke thinks. Offering apologies is easy. But discovering the lasting effects his careless actions have caused . . . that isn't so simple. It's gut-wrenching. 

And his list keeps growing. Izzy Miranda, beautiful and frustratingly aloof, also boards at Windmill Farm. Luke's clumsy efforts to befriend Izzy only insult and annoy her. Eager to impress, Luke sets out to prove himself to her by locating her mother. When he does, her identity sends shock waves through Stoney Ridge. 

Bestselling and award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher returns to her beloved Stoney Ridge for this brand-new series featuring some of her readers' favorite characters.

The Patient One by Shirley Shepard Gray

When word had gotten out that Andy Warner had committed suicide, everyone in Walnut Creek, Ohio, had been shocked. For seven men and women in their twenties, some Amish, some Mennonite, and some English, each of whom had once counted his or herself as one of Andy’s best friends, it had been extremely painful.

And, maybe, a source of guilt.

Years have passed since they’d all been together last. Some of them got into trouble. A couple got into arguments. Eventually they all drifted apart. But even though none of them really saw each other anymore, there was a steadfast certainty that they’d always have each other’s backs—even when no one else did. Their bond was that strong…until Andy did the unthinkable.

Now the seven remaining friends, still reeling from Andy’s death, have vowed to look after each other again. As far as they’re concerned, it doesn’t matter that they’re now in their twenties and have drifted far apart. They need to connect again…for Andy.

The Tinderbox by Beverly Lewis

With her Amish parents' twentieth anniversary approaching, eighteen-year-old Sylvia Miller stumbles across a surprise--the old brass tinderbox her clockmaker father keeps in his Lancaster County shop has been left unlocked. Against her better judgment, Sylvia opens the cherished heirloom, not realizing that what she is about to discover will splinter apart her happy life. 

Sylvia's bewilderment grows when her father confronts her about snooping in the box. To her amazement, the respected convert to the Old Order reacts as if he has something to hide.

Burdened by the weight of his deception, Earnest Miller decides he must reveal the details about his past to his beloved wife, Rhoda. The long-kept secret alters everything for the close-knit family, jeopardizing Earnest and Rhoda's relationship, as well as threatening Sylvia's recent engagement to the preacher's grandson.

Can the Millers find a way forward through the turmoil to a place of forgiveness and acceptance?

With Winters First Frost by Kelly Irvin

At age seventy-three, Laura Kauffman knows she is closer to the end of life than the beginning. If God willed it, she would join her beloved late husband soon. Even so, Laura wonders what purpose God might have for her in this winter of her life—and why this season seems so lonely.

Widower Zechariah Stutzman is facing his own barren season, despite the great-grandchildren swirling around him. With his Parkinson’s worsening, he had no choice but to move in with his grandson’s family, though now he feels adrift and useless.

When Laura offers to help with Zechariah’s five great-grandchildren after their mother has a difficult childbirth, Zechariah is unsure how he will adjust to the warm but tart demeanor of this woman he has known since grade school. But soon Laura and Zechariah learn they are asking God the same questions about loss and hope. And they begin to wonder if He is providing answers after all.

I hope you found a new book or two to read! Which one is on your list?

the caffeinated bibliophile

Christian Book Suggestions Based on Movies

book suggestions based on movies

I absolutely love watching Movies and TV Shows. It’s so easy to turn on Netflix and before you know it, went through a whole binge watching session. However, I also love to read and try to read more than watch tv/movies. While reading certain books I have thought - this would make a really great movie!

If you love a particular movie, there are many amazing Christian books similar to that movie to read. So without further ado, here are 3 movies and books related to them.

Photo via Vanity Fair

Photo via Vanity Fair

If You Love Gladiator…


Photo via Daily Express

Photo via Daily Express

If You Love Dances With Wolves…


Photo Via Mental Floss

Photo Via Mental Floss

If You Love The Notebook…


I hope you found some good books to read!

What are your favorite movies? List them below in the comments!

the caffeinated bibliophile