My post today is inspired by when I went to pick up a book earlier on (yes I’m finally back reading again), and I realised that I am reading four books at the same time, which is the most I’ve ever had on the go at once. It made me think about how my reading habits have changed, at least regarding how many books I read at the same time. So, I thought today I’d talk about it a little.
I hope you enjoy!
I always used to read one book at a time, I couldn’t focus on more than that, and if I tried I found myself getting confused. Also, if the genres were too similar then it was even harder to keep the plots separate. However, since I stepped up the book content on this blog, and since I have discovered so many books that I want to read, and accumulated books that I have requested to review or been asked to review I have found myself reading multiple titles at the same time.
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I thought it would be difficult to keep up with but reading slumps aside it has actually been really easy to adjust to. I don’t know what changed, maybe nothing, perhaps I just overcomplicated things before, but as I said it was a really easy adjustment and now I can’t imagine going back to reading one book at a time.
I don’t even shy away from books in the same genre anymore and I think I may even enjoy reading more than before. Why? Well, with multiple books on the go at once I feel even more impatient to get back to whichever title I’m not reading at that moment, even if I’m really enjoying the one that I have picked up.
I’ve read many blog posts by other bloggers where they have touched upon this topic and mostly (from the ones that I have read anyway) it seems like the popular choice is to have one physical book, one eBook and one audiobook at one time. But for me I don’t have to be reading in multiple formats. The four books that I am currently reading are all physical books, one hardback and three paperbacks. In my opinion the format doesn’t make it any easier or harder to differentiate between books so I’m intrigued to know what makes it easier for others to separate their reading if they approach it in this way. If that’s how you approach reading I’d love to hear why you you prefer this method.
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As I said earlier I can’t imagine going back to reading one book at a time now. I much prefer to have multiple titles on the go at once. I think my reading speed has actually increased since I’ve used this approach. I don’t know why that is, perhaps the pressure to finish a book that I have already started is greater than the pressure of a giant stack of unread titles.
This is the beauty of reading in my opinion…it’s subjective. There is no ‘one size fits all’. For every person that loves one book there is bound to be another that hates it. For every person with one set of reading habits there will be another who does the opposite. So, whilst the idea of more than one book at a time might give you cold shivers, for me it’s the reading approach I didn’t realise I needed.
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How do you approach reading? Do you read one book at a time or multiple books at once? Has your approach changed over the years? As always I would love to hear your thoughts!
Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!