This is an interesting article about Sarah Weinman an L.A. Times writer, she managed to read 462 books last year. The way she reads is more or less like I digest a book; I dont read word for word, I read chunks, sometimes slowing down to a sentence at time. This way I read several books a week, mostly readings more then one book a time. Usually I read “harder stuff” in the morning and close my day with poems or a novel. Looking at the comments by the article there are more speed readers around.
What also seems to happen is that I read a page not necessarily word by word, but by capturing pages in sequence in my head. The words and phrases appear diagonally, like I’m absorbing the text all in one gulp, and then I move on to the next sequence I can absorb by paragraph or page. It’s like I’m reading from a whole-language standpoint instead of phonics — that’s the only way I can figure out how to explain it.