How many books do you read at a time?
When I was a teenager I used to have a stack of books sitting by my bed. I’d read four or five at a time and never get the storylines confused. Looking back, I think it’s because really my life was easy – I didn’t need to work, I had no kids to look after, I was smart at school and had a lot of free time on my hands.
When I got to university, my reading dropped back dramatically. One book at a time only. If that. I was reading so many text books that there didn’t seem to be a lot of space left over for fiction, as much as I loved it.
Then I had kids, and it just seemed easier to read one at a time. My brain was busy with a million other thoughts and if I tried to read multiple books at a time, I’d lose track of where I was, forget chunks of stories and get plain confused on occasion. Not to mention the fact that taking multiple children to bookstores is a recipe for irritation. I love browsing books, taking my time, but I spend more time child-wrangling than actually looking at things if I take them out.
Since getting my Kindle, I’ve been like a kid in a candy store when it comes to my reading. There are just so many books to choose from. I could try this, and that, download a sample here, and a sample there, oh look, free books! My stack of ‘to-reads’ is now bigger than it’s been in a long time, but I think I have finally hit the point where I can slow down – after all, the books aren’t going anywhere 😉
Which isn’t to say I read less. I’m still getting through a couple of books a week, but I’m no longer actively hunting out books on a daily basis. I’m reading 2-3 books at a time again, depending on where I am, what mood I am in, and whether one in particular has taken my fancy over the others.
So how do you read? Several books on the go, or one at a time? Has the number of books you are reading changed over the course of your life so far? I’d love to know.