Blog Hop: Concurrent Reading

book-blogger-hop-finalToday’s Book Blogger Hop question is: Do you like to finish one book before starting the next or do you read several at once?

Yes to both?  I used to have a strict one-book-at-a-time policy, and in my heart I still feel like that’s what I do…only it’s become more complicated!  I am, actually, in the middle of two books right now–but it only feels like one or possibly two.

You see, I read one book before I go to bed (at the moment, L. M. Montgomery’s Journals), one spiritual or psychological book (How to Live in Fear by Lance Hahn), one audiobook (Little Women by Louisa May Alcott), my husband and I are in the midst of reading two books out loud (The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett and The People the Fairies Forget by me), and there’s a book I’m just reading (The Improbable Sherlock Holmes).

But somehow in my head, I’m only properly reading the last one, or possibly that one and the audiobook.  And I try not to start a second book in any category (out loud reading aside) without finishing the ongoing one.

So…the answer is yes.  Sort of.

Do you read multiple books at once?  Are they all equivalent, or do you divide them up into categories?

3 thoughts on “Blog Hop: Concurrent Reading

  1. I’m another yes, sort of!
    I usually stick to one at a time because I don’t keep things straight in my head as well as I used to. But not always. I can read a non-fiction in parallel with something else – especially if the something else is on kindle and the non-fic is paperbased. And I sometimes stop in the middle of one kindle to read another that I need to for a review/bookclub deadline. That usually is something shorter or by an author I know that I’ll probably read it in one or two sessions or over a weekend.

  2. dianem57

    I read three books at a time: a fiction or memoir book, a political book (from both sides of the current divide), and a spiritual book. I am also reading the Bible daily under a reading plan right now, if that counts. If I have the time, I read a little of each of the three books each day. I am lucky to have the time to do this now. I used to only have enough time to read one book at a time and that was slow going. I love to read (obviously), so I really enjoy having this time.

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