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July 26th, 2012, 02:20 PM #1
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Can you read more than one book at a time?
That pretty much is my question, can you read more than one book (of any type) at the same time? Not literally at the same time of course but I hope you know what I mean. I for instance can read a science fiction book and 1 other fiction book providing that it is not the same genre. The exception is that I can read a star trek book and a sci fi book without confusing the characters.
July 26th, 2012, 03:15 PM #2
I usually have about four books started at the same time, and switch from one to another, as the mood or convenience (commute, work breaks, bathroom) takes me. They are different genres, and sometimes one of them takes precedence, sometimes not.
For example, I'm reading now : Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen on my phone, The Seville Communion by Arturo Perez-Reverte at work, The Kings of Morning by Paul Kearney and The Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia McKillip at home.
July 26th, 2012, 03:34 PM #3
Yup, but rarely above two as I tend to go 'forget' one and end up back at two.
July 26th, 2012, 07:07 PM #4
July 26th, 2012, 08:29 PM #5
A danger, I find, is starting a second one and finding it so much more interesting than the first one, and ending up abandoning the first one.
Unless a book is horrible, it merits a complete reading once you've started, otherwise incessant comparisons with book no. 2, 3, or 4 you've started since you found book no. 1 was less interesting than you thought will cause you to cast a far worst light on book. no. 1 than it merited.
Sometimes this doesn't happen. Still, I have never compiled statistics on the subject.
July 26th, 2012, 11:20 PM #6
I've sort of developed in my reading whereby I'll be reading one primary novel at a time, but other supporting literature alongside it. Like right now I'm reading Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn but I'm also periodically reading short story collections by Lovecraft and Poe respectively. I read those through the day, and at night I'll sneak in poetry collections.
Last edited by Fedos; July 27th, 2012 at 01:38 AM.
July 26th, 2012, 11:45 PM #7
Sometimes two or three but it is usually because some book is on the border line and I am debating whether or not to continue. If I go back and finish I guess it counts as multiples but its rare.