Musing Monday: Reading Multiple Books

February 8, 2010

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Just One More Page.

Today’s Musing Mondays post asks:

I’ve seen several bloggers mention reading multiple books this week. Do you frequently read more than one book at a time? Do you try to limit this to a certain number? Do you have different books for different purposes/topics?

I tend to read one book as a “main” book, and maybe a couple others as side projects.

The “main” book is usually a piece of fiction, or something that I’m really interested in reading in its entirety – and soon – while the others books are usually things that I’m perusing at a slow pace or using in bits and pieces over a long period of time.

For example: Right now, I’m reading Life of Pi as my main book. I’m not reading any other fiction at the moment, but I am slowly reading What is Stephen Harper Reading?, which is a series of short letters, as well as ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life. I also just finished listening to Prisoner of Tehran via podcasts, and will replace it with something else soon.

This way, I have something to read in any situation. I read my “main” book at times when I just want to sit down or curl up with a book. Depending on the subject, I read my side books when I’m looking for something specific, or am in a mood to think about these things, particularly since my side books tends to be non-fiction that somehow relates to my life. The podcast audiobooks are a new addition, and I tend to “read” them on my commute to and from work and other places, and sometimes while I’m running.

I’m really just getting back into reading fiction in the last couple months, though, after a long hiatus. Maybe my habits will change as I keep going?

3 Comments

  • Nise' February 8, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    So true! – having something to read for every situation.

  • caite February 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I am not a huge non-fiction reader and I agree it is hard to read more than one fiction book at a time, but I also admit to having several ‘inactive’ books, books I have put aside, lurking nearby, waiting to be picked up again.

    • Carina February 9, 2010 at 12:12 pm

      I definitely have ‘inactive’ books as well – mostly things that I started reading and then wasn’t in the mood for, so I put them away for a while and haven’t yet returned.

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