I’ve always considered myself a one-book at a time girl. In the past, I’ve tried and failed to juggle reading more than one book at once. As a child I stopped and started books like they were going out of fashion and always had 3 or 4 books on the go most of which never got finished. I would forget where I was in them and confuse the plots together and then give up. Sticking to a single book at a time worked best for me. When I started on this literary revival, if you will, I assumed this would continue; that I would transition seamlessly from one book to the next, focusing solely on a single book until it was done before beginning another.
That is until this week. I started two books at once! Wait…what?!
Basically, I’ve been meaning to read a book on my Kindle (Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb) for a while now. I am very much enjoying it but missed the feel of a real book so much so that I thought about buying the paperback of Ship to get me through (I need help). Instead, I started another book: The Passage by Justin Cronin. Both of these novel are long but the Passage is a BIG book: hardback, 700-plus pages, very much a bedside table tome and not for toting about on the train. So: Kindle for the train/travelling around and keep the tome by the bed/on the sofa/wherever it ends up around the house.
As long as I keep up with my reading, I shouldn’t forget my place in either book. Plus, they are sufficiently different from one another I can’t confuse the two. So far it’s going well and I have set myself a few rules to live by at this exciting time:
1. Read no more than two books at a time.
Any more than this and I will get lost and confused. I can just see it now! Plus, as much as I want to read more and blog more about reading, I also want to enjoy what I read. It’s all very well ploughing through 10 books at a time but will I remember those books? Highly doubtful.
2. Vary the platform.
If I have a paperback or hardback on the go, I can start a book on my Kindle. I’m finding this works for me and helps my brain to remember which book I’m reading right now.
3. Set my reading times.
The Kindle is for outside of the house: commuting, Sunday morning coffee/breakfast and the gym. Books can be at home for in-bed reading and rainy days. This is another focusing tool and is quickly becoming part of my routine.
These rules may go out of the window at some point, particularly if my to-read list keeps growing the way it is at the moment but, changing my one-book rule is something that can’t be rushed. This is new territory for me after all.
So how many books do you read at a time? Are you a one-at-a-timer or can you read more than one book at once?