When it comes to reading books, most of the time I will have one book on the go at a time. It makes it easier for me to be “in” the book, not be distracted with other books or story lines, and was a concious effort to slow my reading down a little.
Sometimes I will have more than one book on the go at a time and this will be for a variety of reasons.
- There will be one in the handbag for reading on the bus, during lunch, grabbing a quick cuppa whilst out shopping, with the other book safely at home waiting to be picked up. This second book will have to be a different genre to the first one – Sci-fi vs Historical Fiction or Romance for example. Or it could be a massive tome (e.g. a Ken Follett) which will never fit in the handbag and which will need a good long run at reading a chapter.
- It can be because I’ve got to a point in book 1 where I need a quick distraction into another book to give me a quick boot up the back end to get me back into book 1. Or it might simply prove that I need to discard book 1 as a lost cause if I find myself not wanting to go back to it.
- If I catch myself reading book 3, then one of these needs to be short. A novella or graphic novel for example, one that can be read in a short spurt (e.g. the bath) where a larger book just isnt worth it.
So what about you, dear reader? How many books can you have on the go at the same time?