My curiosity is getting the best of me here! I’ve found that there are two types of readers:
- The person who reads only one book at a time
- The person who has 3 or more books on the go at all times
I’m personally number one. I’ve only really ever been a book monogamist and stick to only one book. I’ve found that I get my head into a book and when I try to read something else I get the story lines confused. I also read a wide variety of genres so going back and forth between a science fiction and a contemporary just feels weird. The atmosphere’s are totally different! But, having said that, I’ve always admired those who could read multiple books at a time. My mother in law has a different book in every room and picks them up as she pleases. But it makes my head spin!
I feel like both sides have pro’s and con’s. Reading only one book at a time allows you to power through a book quickly. It also allows your head and heart to stay within that story 100%. But then if you’re not into the book completely then it can lead to a wandering mind. It can also push you towards a reading slump and slow down progress.
Reading multiple books at one time seems like more progress is made. I don’t know why I think this way! It can also allow you to read different genres and plots, pushing you to read a little faster. Also, if you’re in a slow spot in one book you can always move to another one! But, this also leads to finishing a book slower. If you’re reading many at once, your time is divided. Also, say you have three books that you started relatively at the same time, it would take longer to make any progress at all, then finishing them all at once.
So both sides have good and bad. I have tried many times to read multiple books at once and I just can’t! I’m sticking with what works for me, but I will always envy those who have a stack of books with their places marked 🙂
What type of reader are you? Curious to see how many each side has 🙂
Until next time, happy reading!