Monday, June 1, 2015

Single or multiple books?

Do you read single or multiple books at once?  If multiple books, how do you keep them straight?

Amelia V emailed me the first question and I thought it would make a great discussion.  I added the second part of the question as I want to know.  :-)

I read two books at once - one on my kindle and one on my iPod (for in the car).  I think if I read more than that, I would get the plot lines confused.  I do feel like I am in 'book limbo' when I finish a book on either device and don't enjoy the lull while I start a new book, only to find it doesn't grab me, and then try another.  I also try to have different plot lines on each device (i.e., I don't read two books on WWII at the same time) so I don't confuse the books/characters and it usually isn't a problem


  1. I use to read 2 or 3 books at once. I choose them from different subjects (i.e. thriller, historical fiction). I don't get confused reading that way because one book/story is so different to the other(s).
    Let me explain how I do it. If I am reading a horror book, I never do that at night (scares me a lot, potential nightmares). Before bed I prefer something "light and easy" like a historical novel or a book in my own language which it is not English).
    During the day I prefer more action, suspense or adventure... I think it depends on my mood too.
    Some days I choose to read only one of the books and the next day I read the other one(s).
    It also depends on how much time I have to read. Life gets busy..not every day is the same. But I just keep going.

    1. That makes sense and I love that you don't read horror before bed. I have made that mistake before and had a very disturbed sleep! Thanks Amelia.

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  3. Like you, I often read two books at once.... one a "real" book, one on my Kindle. Used to be, when I was commuting 88 miles to work, I'd always have an audio book going as well! I miss listening to books! I got to recognize certain narrators I liked and ones I didn't care for (usually didn't like the author reading their own book!!). I started The Nightingale, but didn't finish it before I had to return it to the library. Really liked it, and will have to check it out again!! :)