A long time ago, when I was a little girl, I would traipse off to the library every week with my Mum or Dad to max out my library card. Going with Dad was better because he would check out a couple of books for me on his card, allowing me to get more than the measly six maximum that the library allowed (classic parenting skills – my Mum would just force me to put some of my choices back. I think my Dad couldn’t be bothered with the hassle). Anyway, when I got home I’d be so excited that I’d read a couple of chapters of one book, then be distracted by the shiny shiny Other New Books so I’d start a different one…then the same thing would happen…and before you knew it I’d have started them all (I had A LOT of bookmarks). Fast forward thirty years and…I still do exactly the same thing. No self control, me ☺
I had absolutely NO IDEA this was weird until I mentioned it on a tag and everyone was like “that’s crazy!” and I was like “is it? I thought it was normal!”
So, confession time: I’m currently reading nine different books at the same time.
(I’ll leave a little gap here so you have time to digest that)
Do you get confused between the stories?
No, fictional questioner. I tend to read from different genres so I can keep all of the plots straight in my head. To me it’s like watching different tv shows – sometimes I binge read one book, sometimes I’ll read a few chapters then flip to something else.
Do you ever accidentally leave a book that you’re not that into for months on end then forget what’s going on?
Occasionally this does happen but I have a reading planner to prevent such mishaps (get me!) It also stops me from maxing out library renewals because it can take me months to finish a book that I don’t really like.
What are the best things about reading lots of books at once?
I love the variety – you can swap between books and read whatever takes your fancy. It makes reading difficult/long/boring books easier as you can dip in and out of them when you’re in the right frame of mind. It staves off reading slumps by allowing me to start reading that new book that I’m excited about and it gives me more flexibility to fit in ARC’s that have tight deadlines. It also means that if I’m reading a big heavy paperback I don’t have to lug it round with me everywhere!
Do you have any tips for budding multi book readers?
I find it easier to read books that are wildly different from each other so if you’re going to start mixing it up I’d try to make sure I was reading a maximum of one book per genre. Also, make sure you’re prioritising books with deadlines (library books, ARC’s, borrowed books etc.) because it might take you a lot longer to get through them. And finally – enjoy the freedom!
Do you read more than one book at a time, or do you think the whole idea is batshit crazy? Are you tempted to join the dark side? Let me know in the comments!