Free-For-All Friday – Multiple Reads

A few months ago, Jenn talked about the many different reading styles. In her post she outlined the ways all of us here at Thrice Read read.

For example, Jenn refers to herself as a marathon reader, which is someone that will finish books in one sitting. Caitlynn’s a pleasure reader, which means she reads one book at a time and takes her time on it.

And then there’s me.

Caitlynn and Jenn have something in common in that they don’t typically read more than one book at a time.

I, on the other hand, am always reading at least three different books at once.

There are reasons for this. The most important being that I get bored. I can be reading a book that I absolutely love, and I’ll feel that itch to start another book. Part of this comes from being impatient because I’m the slowest reader of the three of us. But the other part is because I hype myself up for my next read.

Most people, when they hear that I’m reading several books at once, are confused by how I manage this. I usually say something like, “I don’t know. I’ve just always done it.”

But, if I’m being totally honest, I would have to say that while I enjoy the books and I always have pieces that I remember, my memory and timeline of these books can get a bit wobbly as time passes.

But while it seems more confusing or harder to remember, there is a major benefit for me. I complete more books in a shorter period of time. This isn’t because I’m reading them faster, but because I stay invested in the books I’m reading longer because I’m able to enjoy a variety of stories within the same time frame.

I’m pushing myself to do this less, I want to see how I feel after just sitting and reading one book over a few days. Even more, after marathonning Eliza and Her Monsters, I definitely understand the appeal to just one book at a time.

What about you? Can you read multiple books at a time? Do you prefer to read a particular way?
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16 thoughts on “Free-For-All Friday – Multiple Reads

  1. I never used to be able to read multiple books at once. I would get too confused and it would take a while to get back into the story. But the more I read longer books the more I need a break from them. I find that if the book is over 500 pages I get a little bored in between. If I take a break from it I actually enjoy it a little more 🙂

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    1. I’m such a slow reader. I actually started reading more books at once because I had to find a way to keep up with the blog and discussions. It just so happens that it also helps with my short attention span. 🙂

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  2. I also usually have three books going at a time. For a long time I only ever had two books going, one I was reading and another that was an audiobook. When I started using netgalley I moved to three at a time. It isn’t that hard to keep them all straight, but I agree that my memory for details does suffer.

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  3. My friends don’t understand, but I can read multiple books at one time. For me, it’s normal. It’s like watching multiple shows at once. Yeah, there is an occasionally marathon read or binge watching that occurs but mostly, I like to jump around.

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