First, I have to share that I am in Reno! I’ve been a bowler for almost 30 years and every year my friend, her sister, and her mother and I bowl in the Women’s National Bowling Tournament. At least for the last ten plus years. So, I’m West-Coasting it!
Hello West Coast!
Now, onto the real subject matter. Reading!
I’ve posted before on my love of reading. It’s something I can always remember doing. Always.
But in the last few years I’ve developed a new talent. It’s called reading more than 1 book at a time.
If I remember right, this started when I bought my Kindle. I’m an avid bubble-bather as well, and I always read in the bathtub. My husband told me no way could I read my Kindle in the bathtub. (I am known to be somewhat clumsy!)
So, this is what happened. I’d start a book on my Kindle, but then when bubbly time came, I had to grab a real-live book. So began the love of reading two books at once.
I read a lot of different genres. So at first I think I would be reading a contemporary on my Kindle, so I would pick a historical for the bubbly time. Two different genres helped keep the stories straight.
But then I guess I got used to reading more than 1 book at a time. I found I could read 2 or 3 books at a time. In the same genre if I wanted. Ha! I was getting good at this.
I found I actually liked reading more than 1 book at a time. Being in more than 1 fictional world is fun and most times not confusing at all. :) Also, I travel lighter now than I used to, so I travel with my Kindle. If I’m mid-book on my ‘real-live’ book, it stays home until I return.
How about you? Do you find yourself reading more than 1 book at a time? If so, how did that start–and what genres do you like to read in.
Stacey Jones says
I have 5 books going at one time. My husband calls me a “Kindle Addict!”
Deanna S says
I usually have 2 or 3 going at a time.. A paperback, Kindle & an audio-book :)
How fun! My grandparents bowled in Reno for about 20 years. It’s such an iconic memory from my childhood.
Kimberly Rose Johnson says
I hope the bowling goes well. It sounds fun.:)
I generally read one book at a time, but I’ve done what you described read one kindle book and one paperback. I like that feeling of a accomplishment I get from finishing something, so the fact that it takes me longer to finish a book when I do that keeps me from doing it often.
I love to read more than one book at a time! I don’t know when it started for me — likely quite young because I don’t really remember not reading multiple books at once. I don’t do it all the time, but I do it often. Usually, I choose books from different genres, but I can read books from the same genre as long as the storylines aren’t too similar. I believe 5 is the most books I’ve had going at once. I have 3 going right now. ;)
Merrillee Whren says
I usually have 3 or 4 books going, even before I started reading on e-devices, I would have books in multiple places and read them when I was there. One for the car, one for the bedside, one in the bathroom, one in the den. I eventually finish most of them. Sometimes, a book may fall by the wayside if it doesn’t continue to keep my interest. My reading time is limited so I read when I get a chance in several different places.
Trixi O. says
No way could I read more than one book at a time! I think I’ve tried and just found I couldn’t keep them straight! Maybe this sounds a bit oddball, but I feel if I had to leave a book in the middle of it, the characters would pout at me…lol!! Now I could do a book or my Kindle & then if I had to, a magazine if I happen to forget to bring something to read and I got stuck somewhere. That’s the only way I wouldn’t be confused, haha! I guess this is why my to-read pile is SO large…..I just keep plugging along one book at a time :-D
Trixi O. says
I forgot to say, Hello & welcome to the West Coast…I live on the Oregon coast :-) Love it out here!
Mallory Reynolds says
I often read 2 books at the same time. I probably started by reading a book then finding another one that sounded really good and didn’t want to wait to finish the first one to start it. Sometimes I get caught up in one and by the time I get back to the other I feel like I need to start over because I can’t remember what happened! I like historical fiction and mysteries. I just started really using my Kindle for books (instead of just games) so I usually have 2 paperbacks or a paperback and one on my Kindle. I used to feel obligated to finish a book once I started it even if I didn’t like it too much, but I got over that (there’s just too many books to read to waste time on one I don’t care for!)
Narelle Atkins says
Lindi, I occasionally read more than 1 book because it’s easy to flick between ebooks. A writing friend of mine, Catherine Hudson, solved the bubble bath problem by putting her Kindle in a plastic zip lock bag :)
Diane Lil Adams says
Great idea! I don’t like baths, but I’ve heard plenty of people complain that Kindles and baths don’t mix. I’ll be sure and pass that suggestion along.
Diane Lil Adams says
I grew up in bowling alleys, since my dad was in the business all his life – wishing you lots of strikes for the tournament! He bowled five nights a week and we all tagged along. Maybe that’s where I learned to read multiple books at one time? Uncertain which book would fit my mood, I’d drag three or four along. So far, I’ve never lost track of which character fits in which story. Fun post!