Some people read faster than others, and a lot of that has to do with how much you read and how often you have words in front of you. However, no matter what your average reading speed is, you read faster or slower depending on what you are reading. Reading for pleasure, which usually involves fantasy books and funny blog posts, tends to result in faster reading speeds. People skip over some words and get the general gist of what is being said. On the other hand, reading dense scientific material results in very slow reading speeds.