Lately I’ve been thinking about the way in which I read. Since starting this blog with Eden and Caitlynn I’ve noticed that the three of us have very different reading styles. So, I wanted to talk about the differences between all of us.
Eden is our multi-tasking reader. She does not commit to just one book at a time. Instead she reads multiple books at a time. At any given point Eden is reading between 2-4 books. She does this while keeping them all straight which is really impressive. She reads based upon her feeling at the moment. I think this really helps her keep her TBR list down.
Caitlynn is our planner. She chooses a book and ensures that she has time to read it before even picking it up. She gives herself to really spend time with the book and the characters without being rushed. If she picks up another book it’s typically an audiobook. I often get jealous of the way she approaches books. I think sometimes my reading would be easier/more enjoyable if I let myself read in a leisurely way.
Finally, I would say that I am a marathon reader. When I start a book I want to finish it that day. I am really bad at reading multiple books at a time. If I try this I inevitably allow one book to be shoved aside and forgotten. This is the reason I have some half read books on my shelves. I tell myself that I can’t read a book over the course of the week because I get much more invested if I read it all at once. However, I think I may be able to chalk that up to being a procrastinator. Either way I look at a book as a single day experience. I want to give my full attention to the book for a couple of hours and finish it before I put it down.
This blog has really made me think about the process of reading. Readers enjoy books in lots of different ways. I think the key is sticking to what you know works for you. There’s no wrong way to be a reader. It’s all about making the most enjoyable experience possible.
Is your reading style similar to any of ours? I’d love to hear how you approach reading in a similar or different way from the three of us.