I love reading and I always have a massive list of books I want to get through, but not enough time to read them. So I found some ways to read in a smarter way and more quickly.
Start to recognize what you can skip and still have the story make sense. Long descriptions of locales that aren't central to the story, for example. Or a character's meandering thoughts. Or a predictable plot line that you already know the ending of. Once you look for those, you'll start to recognize good story too.
Reading skills ladder
“The best books don't have parts you can just gloss over.”
I just found out that my favorite book as a child, The Poky Little Puppy is one of the top selling books of all time. I don't know why I think this is funny, but I do. Aren't top selling books supposed to be adult ones?
My twins are ten and while they still have a few years before they hit teenage-status (Yikes!), I'm stocking up on books for teens, now. There are so many amazing Young Adult novels out there! I loved so many.