Are you a multi-book read?

Posted May 18, 2017 by wildandw in Miscellaneous / 2 Comments

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Do you read more than one book at a time?  For awhile, I have gone back and forth about whether it is good for me to simultaneously read multiple books or just stick to reading one at a time.  HELP!

Currently, I have two physical books and one audio book going, but I am making really slow progress on them all — slower than my typical pace.  When I decide that I want to read multiple books, it’s usually because my TBR list has gotten out of hand or a friend or bookstagrammer gets me excited about a particular book.  Granted, it doesn’t take much for for either, with highly anticipated releases and multiple book clubs.  That’s how I got in my present predicament!  One of the books that I am reading, WonderLand by Emory R. Frie, was the indie pick for last month for Buxom Book Beauties online book club (as you can tell, I am behind on my book club reads).  The second book that I am reading is The Dream Thieves (book #2 in the Raven Cycle), by Maggie Stiefvater, that I chose because I loved The Raven Boys, which I read last month after a good friend’s urging, and I had to know what happened next!  Lastly, with all of the hype surrounding its series release on Hulu, I decided to download the audio book of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

I don’t find it confusing to read more than one book at a time; that isn’t the problem.  I choose very different books when I read multiples, as to not confuse the plots.  The problem is how slowly I progress through my reading when I read several books at once.  According to Goodreads, I started WonderLand on April 26th.  That means, I have been attempting to get through that book for 23 days, and it is only 296 pages!!!

So, my question is, what do you think will help me tackle my enormous TBR list quicker — continuing to read multiple books concurrently (even if it’s a little slower) or read one book at a time (where I could burn through it at a faster pace)?  What do you do?


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2 responses to “Are you a multi-book read?

  1. Hi Kelly,

    I am a mixture of the multi-reader and the single-book-reader.
    There are some books that I have as casual reads, such as the book in my handbag and the one in my car. These are books I want to read but am not in a hurry to do so, so I do not mind if I only read a few chapters every few days. These are usually books of short stories or ones that I want to read but find myself growing bored of rather quick. Sometimes it is months before I finish one of these books, other times it is only days.
    Then I have one main book that I read when I am at home or have dedicated reading time. These I usually finish reading in a day or two unless I am particularly busy or something unexpected popped up.

    Perhaps you could adopt a similar method. For example, you could still have three books on the go, but maybe keep your audio book for when you are driving or doing housework, have one book as your primary read, and the other as a backup or side read, in case you want to switch things up a little. If you still feel that it is taking too long to get through your books, read no more than one reading book and one audio book at a time.

    I hope I have helped with your book dilemma!
    Amy x

    • I like your method, and it sounds like it would benefit me. If I prioritize my TBR, I feel like that would be do-able. I already restrict my audio book use to certain time (i.e. at the office, while driving, cleaning, etc.), so I would really just need to adjust when and which books I physically read.

      I like hearing how others go about reading, like this! I sometimes get discouraged when I’m not able to read as much or often as I’d like, which is partly how I get in this predicament; I try to make up for it by reading multiple books simultaneously.

      Thanks for your feedback 🙂