Booking Through Thursday: Multiple reads

booking_through_thursLet’s go Booking Through Thursday!

“Some people read one book at a time. Some people have a number of them on the go at any given time, perhaps a reading in bed book, a breakfast table book, a bathroom book, and so on, which leads me to…
1. Are you currently reading more than one book?
2. If so, how many books are you currently reading?
3. Is this normal for you?
4. Where do you keep your current reads? ”

How funny that this question should pop up now! For the first time in, oh, years, I’m actively reading three different novels at the moment! This is stemmed mostly from the sudden influx of review copies (thank you!) and my OCD desire to read and post about them quickly.

crossed_wiresI have Crossed Wires by Rosy Thornton in my room, good for bedtime reading; Gigi Amateau’s A Certain Strain of Peculiar is my purse for daytime and lunchtime reading; and Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway is currently migrating around my house, often plopping down by my chair in the living room for after-dinner-ish reading.

audrey_waitIf you’d asked me a month ago if I could keep up with these three plotlines at once, I would have rolled my eyes a bit and said, “Um, DUH.” No, I’m kidding!

I would have thought sure, I could, but I’m a literature purist — I usually like focusing all of my time and energy on following one story and really getting invested in the characters. Sometimes I get a little jumbled up when trying to read about too many different people at once, particularly if each book is in the same genre. I can only read about so many sassy, indepenent 20-somethings looking for love before they all blend together in my brain.

certain_strainBut now, I’m finding I can still do that get the jist of everything… while reading several books at once, just like the ol’ college days! I would have novels and textbooks flying everywhere! And somehow I emerged from the reading mess victorious, so I guess I can do it again. It’s kind of fun, really — always have that new adventure just waiting out for me. And since I can never wait to start a new book — honestly, I get kind of antsy if I’m reading the same book for too long — this may be a good system for me. Especially if I’m reading a really “heavy” book and need something lighter to balance it out… I hate reading depressing material before bed. Nightmares!

13 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Multiple reads

  1. I find that reading more than one book lasts as long as it takes for one to totally suck me in to the exclusion of all the others 🙂


  2. I’m a more-than-one book kind of girl. Like you, I find the reading different books at one time thrilling and I love having a book to fit the mood I’m in at the time. I’m a bit extreme though, since I’m currently ten books at the moment. It’s insanity, I know! Lol.


  3. I only have one book at a time, usually. Sometimes if I’m reading something for school I’ll have two books… the school reading list book and a novel from the library. Unless the school reading list book is interesting.


  4. I stick with one at a time, unless I have an ongoing reading project. I try to focus on just one in order to appreciate the meaning and writing style.


  5. I start to get antsy when reading one book for a while too, but I always worry that I won’t finish it if I start another that I like better. I guess I like to focus!


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