Here’s the question for Booking Through Thursday: Some people read one book at a time. Some people have a number of them on the go at any given time, perhaps a reading in bed book, a breakfast table book, a bathroom book, and so on, which leads me to… Are you currently reading more than one book? If so, how many books are you currently reading? Is this normal for you? Where do you keep your current reads?
I’m reminded of an old commercial for Lays Potato chips, with a slogan which became quite famous. “So good, ” it went, “I bet you can’t eat just one.”
That pretty well describes my relationship with books.
I most often have three books on the go – a novel, a nonfiction, and a book of short stories or essays. And though I don’t designate them, per se, they tend to fall into categories of their own. The novel for morning and bedtime reading, the nonfiction in the afternoon with tea and a notebook beside me, short stories go into my bag for reading at lunch or while waiting somewhere.
These various tomes tend to land in the general area where they’re most read -my novel on the bedside table, the nonfiction in the study, and short stories in my work bag or the back seat of the car.
With my tottering TBR piles, it’s almost mandatory to read more than one at a time. And these writers do keep writing, so how else can a ravenous reader ever keep up?
Oh, in case you’re wondering, my current reads are: The Private Patient, by P.D. James (fiiction), The Art of Fiction, by John Gardner (non-fiction), and Boy Meets Girl, by Ali Smith (stories).