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Friday, July 17, 2015

Reading multiple books at the same time

I have a confession to make.  I have an entire shelf filled with 44 TBR books!  It's situated right next to my bed, so my eyes can drift over there throughout the night and I can feel guilty.  What guilt, you may ask?  For spending so much money on books, for buying a book I know will Rock, but then letting it languish on the shelf for months.

So, I have tried  to start reading multiple books at once.  Take a look at my GoodReads list right now, and I think it has 7 books under "Currently Reading".  Try as I might, I just can't seems to flip between all these different books.

My mom, Rita, was also an avid reader.  I would be astonished as went to the library to pick up her many books from the Librarian.  She seemed to have a system:  Put a different book near each chair she sat in along the day.  She then would sit in a chair and pickup that book.  Move to another room?  Start reading a different book.  It was like flipping between channels on the TV.

For me, I struggle to read more than one book at a time.  Firstly, if I get really into a story, I don't want to stop reading it.  I want to see the book through to it's resolution.  Secondly, reading two or more books at once feels to me like channel surfing; it is impossible for me to follow different stories at the same time, particularly since I tend to read mainly one genre.  Which dystopian society are we in now?  Which plan will they use to save the world?  Did this heroine have a superpower or a hidden talent?  It's just too confusing!

So, for me, I will be a one-book-at-a-time kind of girl.  How about you?  Leave a comment and tell me if you can do the reading shuffle.
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  1. I love to read & usually read 2 or 3 at a time BUT only 1 new book. The other 1 or 2 will either be non-fiction or 1 I'm re-reading (a favorite).

  2. That's smart. I tend to mix up the stories in my mind! But I'm a fast reader, so I usually get through a good book in 2-3 days

  3. Its really hard for me to read more than one book at a time! I'm a really fast reader so its not that bad for me. The only except is reading a book for school.

  4. Same. I don't know why it's harder to read a book when it's required, but that just sucks the joy out of it for most people.


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