I sometimes read essays written by Chinese children: RuiWang's 作文. They have all levels for free, starting from 一年级 (grade 1).
You can find many English novels translated into Chinese and available for purchase on JingDong or other sites. I read Matilda (玛蒂尔达) this way. I thought it was helpful for improving my reading speed.
You can ...
btw，I can read the whole text in 3 seconds, partly ...
Another free site is https://hskreading.com/
They have short stories/articles at many different HSK levels. They also include the translation, discussion questions, and a hover-over word-by-word translation. I have found them quite useful.
Some non-free e-books are the Mandarin Companion Series (such as https://www.amazon.com/Country-Blind-Mandarin-Companion-...
In Hong Kong, there is a pro-democracy newspaper called Apple Daily/蘋果日報, which writes satirical reports against the Chinese Communist Party and its regime. It often complements them with Cantonese videos called 動新聞, which are comedic and mock the event in question.
Apart from this niche, though, 蘋果日報 does produce mainstream reports and frequent tabloid ...
Disclaimer: Native Chinese speaker, English as 2nd language.
The picture question
No, it is not an accurate analogy.
If you are reading a Chinese paragraph with some characters in the wrong order, mostly you are just treating the out-of-order texts as unidentifiable symbols and then infer the lost characters based on what you can identify, like how a ...
Referring to 哈利·波特与魔法石 (the version with the first sentence "家住女贞路4号的德思礼夫妇总是得意地说他们是非常规矩的人家。". There is another version floating around.)
132,016 total characters
2735 unique characters
2305 unique characters used more than once
87,584 total words (where a word is in CEDICT or a character name)
7780 unique words
4593 unique words used more than ...
This doesn't solve the root issue of not being familiar with enough characters, but if you often have trouble reading small Chinese text online, you can install a Chrome/Firefox extension called Hanzisize which will allow you to enlarge Chinese Characters without changing other elements on the page.