I’ve seen several bloggers mention reading multiple books this week. Do you frequently read more than one book at a time? Do you try to limit this to a certain number? Do you have different books for different purposes/topics?
“Could you bring me my book?” I called out to my husband the other evening as I headed off for my nightly soak in the tub.
“Sure thing,” he answered genially.
I started the water running and drizzled in my favorite chamomile and lavender bubble bath.
“Hey there,” I heard my husband calling, “so which book do you want? There are three of them stacked up here on the table.”
“Oh, bring the one called In the Woods,” I answered. “I’m nearly finished with that, and I’d like to be able to return it to the library tomorrow.”
As you can see, I often do have more than one book on the go, although I’m finding it more and more difficult to keep track of multiple plot and story lines. Most recently I was reading Wolf Hall and Mrs. Dalloway at the same time…it wasn’t hard to keep track of the plot line, but it was a bit difficult to switch gears between writing styles.
When I do read multiple books, they are most often in multiple genres…a biography perhaps, or a collection of essays along with a novel. That way I can compartmentalize each one in my mind.
Really, the most problematic thing about reading more than one book is simply deciding which one to read at any given moment. A plethora of riches…