More Than One Book at a Time

Do you read more than one book at a time? Apparently this is a shocking concept to some people.

I’m always reading more than one book at a time. Plus magazines. I don’t give it much thought or think this is unusual but when it comes up in conversation a lot of people are surprised. Most people say they could never read more than one book at a time and that they would never be able to keep the stories straight.

I like to have options depending on my mood or the time of the day.

Reading nonfiction is very different for me than reading fiction. It’s easier pick up a nonfiction book and put it down because I don’t get as caught up in it like I do fiction. I can read a paragraph or a page or two, put the book down and do something else while I absorb what I just read. I read nonfiction out of curiosity and the desire to learn.

With fiction my goal is to escape. I tend to lose track of time and motivation to get things done so I try not to read it when I need to pay attention to what is going on around me or if I only have short amount of time to read. I get lost in the story and sometimes find it jolting when I have to put the book down and deal with real life.

Variety is important depending on my mood. If a day is going badly it’s wonderful to be able to lose myself in a made up world for a little while. It’s a mini vacation. And that comes in very handy when waiting for something like a doctor’s appointment. It makes the wait easier and keeps me from getting as nervous.

I don’t like to waste time so I always have something handy to read; like during commercials while watching TV. There are so many commercials now that I can get a lot of reading done! I don’t watch a lot of TV but the few shows I do watch are loaded with commercials. I used to be able to watch shows on demand and fast forward through the commercials but can’t seem to do that much anymore. Keeping a book ready passes that time in a good way.

Often I’m reading something for a book group. I don’t want to stop reading any other books so I just add another one. This reading involves taking notes for discussion or making up trivia questions for fun at the group.

Book pile

I like to have something lighter to read before going to sleep at night. I avoid anything really scary or full of graphic violence before drifting off. Those are not the kinds of thoughts I want to have dreams about!

Usually I have at least three books going at a time. Often more.

I know I’m a bit book crazy but wonder if other people do this as much as I do. I’m more surprised when people tell me they never have time to read. I find that amazing!

How about you? Do you read more than one book at a time?

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10 thoughts on “More Than One Book at a Time

  1. quiverquotes says:

    Definitely more than one book at a time (at least a dozen!) 🙂 As you said, to cover different times and places, always have something to match the mood and need.

  2. I never used to read more than one book at a time, but right now I have three going. I’m reading the books that my students are reading in English class, I’m listening to an audiobook, and I am reading one for fun. And it’s really awesome.

  3. deborahkehoe says:

    I always have more than one book at a time. I listen to an audio book as well as have one on my nightstand to read before I go to bed, I didn’t think it’s that unusual!

  4. I have more than one going at a time lately. My TBR pile is out of control. I’ll start something, my attention wanders, and I’ll start something else! I finished three this weekend, but they were all ones I’d been reading and set aside.

  5. Doug Hlousek says:

    Yep, me too! Have four different ones going right now, pluss two crossword magazines to fill in the gaps! Read a chapter in each every night unless I really get into a novel; then there are exceptions!

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