I am a multi-tasker. I can do many things at once and I like doing this because it seems like I finish MORE things in a quicker amount of time. Or maybe it just seems like it’s a quicker amount of time because all of a sudden — BAM! BAM! BAM! — all the things are done … but it’s been a long time.
When it comes to reading, I have tended towards reading a few different books at one time. For example, I might have a book I’m reading at bedtime, an ARC I’m reading during the day, and an audiobook I’m listening to while in the car or while doing housework. Or, there’s always that book that sits on my ‘currently-reading’ shelf for-EVER until I finally figure out that I’m never going to finish it — though that doesn’t stop me from persevering and reading the odd page now and then.
If I do feel like starting something new while I’m currently reading something else, it might be because my current read is maybe a little dense, or maybe it’s a non-fiction or memoir-type book, or maybe because the book I want to read is something so completely opposite of what I’m reading that there’s no way I can get the two confused. You know, I wouldn’t read two vampire books at the same time, but maybe a YA contemporary, a paranormal romance, and a non-fiction. Mix it up, yo.
But this doesn’t ALWAYS happen. Most of the time, I’m perfectly content reading just ONE BOOK at a time. I like to sit down, start that book, maybe take a break and think about that book, then finish that book. Then dive into the next one. That way I can fully invest myself into the characters and the world and not worry about coming back to a book thinking, “OK, now … who were these people again?” It’s less confusing that way.
(As a sidenote, this is NOT the case when I decide to start a book before bed. If I’m super tired but still push myself through a few chapters, chances are I’ll wake up confused and have to start over. I do not recommend starting to read a new book when you aren’t really sure where you are or who you are. Just go to sleep.)
So, for me, while I do try to venture off the beaten path of sticking to one book at a time, I only do so if I have books that are so different from one another that it’ll be okay to read them simultaneously, or else I just stick to one.
How do you read your books? Are you a person who can read numerous books at a time?