This hands-on textbook is designed to help Japanese learners with an intermediate level improve their 速読 (speed reading) skills. More specifically, this book focuses on letting you practice reading materials that are easy enough for your level but within a time limit, to push you to read more quickly.
There are a hundred short texts included in this book, and they gradually get harder as you go. Part I (the first fifty) is designed for lower-intermediate level learners, and Part II (the other fifty) is intended for upper-intermediate level learners, and has less furigana. Within each part, the texts get longer and gradually introduce more complicated and abstract topics.
Each shows a recommended time limit, so use it as a reference to set your own goal for your speed reading training.
It covers a wide range of materials, from stories about Japanese culture to magazine columns, along with quizzes to test your comprehension. Some exercises focus on finding specific information in realistic material: a confirmation email from a ryokan, an apartment poster from a landlord, and so on. The quizzes are mostly multiple choice, with occasional free-form questions. Each shows a recommended time limit, so use it as a reference to set your own goal for your speed reading training. If you feel rushed and can't read a text well, don't worry. The book recommends you revisit it later and read the same material over and over. Just don't forget to time yourself to check your progress! Answers to some quizzes may differ depending on the readers' interpretation, and it comes with a booklet to check "example" answers. They also recommend you discuss your opinions to deepen your understanding if you have a Japanese study buddy to hand!
If you are graduating from beginner level and want to start doing more reading practice, にほんご速読チャレンジ100 中級 is the perfect resource for you!