Friday, January 11, 2013

Reader Friday: Do You Read More Than One Book At A Time?

I had a little R & R and writing time in December, and was at a beach house for a bit. I brought some books, and soon discovered I was reading three at once, in different modes. I had an audio of ENDER'S GAME for when I walked; THE RED SCARF by Gil Brewer at the top of my Kindle; and a real honest to goodness print book (remember those?), THE PASSAGE. And I was going back and forth between them.

What about you? Do you find yourself reading more than one book at a time? What's your record?

23 comments:

  1. The number of bookmarks still wedged into books can indicate how many books I'm reading, or how many I haven't finished.

    Right now I'm reading, and learning a truck load from, The First 50 Pages by Jeff Gerke. I was pleasantly surprised to see your name dangling beneath the foreword.

    Along with Power of a Praying Wife (because I find that praying is much more effective than nagging), I'm reading The Witch From the Sea by Philippa Carr.

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  2. I try to keep an ebook and a library book going at the same time. I just finished reading Reflections, by Diana Wynne Jones, about her thoughts on writing. Wonderful book.

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  3. I generally have two or three going at the same time, usually at least one in French and one in English. Right now, I'm reading two books in French that Le French Book may be translating in the near future--a mystery and a spy thriller. I'm also catching up on the sequels (again in French) of The Winemaker Detective series, the first of which is available in English. That's all for work, and is keeping me busy, but I have Michael Connelly's latest on the top of my list as well. I can't wait to start it.

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  4. I tend to only read one book at a time. I really like to focus on one book at a time, if I can. The only time I read two books at a time is when I'm reading one for professional development. Then I'm usually reading another "fun" read alongside.

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  5. I'm reading three books right now: a book for school, an e-book, and a graphic novel.

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  6. More and more I'm multi-reading. One is usually an audiobook on my I-podish device. Right now I'm at three simultaneous. One craft book, one pleasure book and the audiobook, which is usually a pleasure read.

    What I think would be a way cool device is an e-book that automatically synchs with an I-pod device so one could read the book, stop anywhere, then pick up where one left off with the I-pod. Then reverse that and return to the e-reader.

    Asking that machine to automatically move my book marker on the hardcopy to the place the I-pod left off would be heaven, but I don't see that happening in my lifetime.

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    1. You my friend are in luck...if you use kindle that is. Amazon has a feature that does just that called "Whispersync". Sync kindle ebooks w/ audible audiobooks as you read. Very cool indeed. I am working on converting my own books to it soon.

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    2. Wow. I'm farther behind the tech learning curve than I thought. ;-)
      Thanks for the heads up, Basil.

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  7. I never want to read more than one at a time, so I can focus & get entrenched in that author's book. And when I'm really into it, I slow down to savor it because I hate good-byes.

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  8. Maybe that should be - Good Buys.

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  9. My kindle is full of books I'm reading simultaneously, not to mention all the research for my nonfiction (and fiction) works. It's been a long time since I've been riveted to a book to the point of not being able to put it down. Plus I read books aloud to my students.

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  10. I think I have 7 books going right now. All for different moods. I can never have just ONE book. Too boring.

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  11. I usually don't read more than one fiction book at a time, but I'll often have a novel going right alongside a nonfiction read.

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  12. Like C.J. above, I typically read only one fiction thing at a time, but I will concurrently read non-fiction stuff. For example, I'm currently reading The Samurai: A History of the Warrior Elite for research for a short story project I'm working on while reading Style that Sizzles & Pacing for Power by Jodie Renner. Both captivating reads.

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  13. James,

    Until you asked, I thought it was normal to have 3-4 books at one time. Is there something wrong with me -->?

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  14. I always have one dense, nonfiction book that I'm reading in stretches, usually at a restaurant if I'm by myself. It can take me months to get all the way through it in short intervals, so there's plenty of time for other reading. And I also usually have one writing-oriented book that I'm pecking at in the same way. Fortunately I have a short attention span, so it's easy to skip around! :)

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  15. Sometimes I do, but it is often a function of being at school on a day when my students are participating in SSR (sustained silent reading, which I do to encourage them to read something other than a school-required book), and I forgot the book I'm currently in. So I grab on off my shelf at the back, and before you know it I'm working through it for the next week or so, while still reading my other one at home.

    That's normally about it, though.

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  16. Because we've been traveling I have a pile of half read books at the moment. I often have a couple of books on the go and one audio book in the car which the boys and I listen to going to and from school, but this is the first time I've felt like I've come adrift so I need to finish some of the pile before I feel like I'm back in the swing of things!

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  17. Presently have 4 going. God in the Dock by CS Lewis on the coffee table by my comfy chair, The Warrior's Path by Louis L'Amour in audiobook, Ghosts of Babylon by RA Mathis in the studio being produced into audiobook, and 36 by Daron Fraley on the nightstand Kindle.

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  18. I always have one nonfiction book (a craft-of-writing book) and one novel on the go at any given time, plus various thrillers I'm in the process of editing. I can't imagine reading two published novels at once, especially with all the stories I have to keep track of with my editing! That would be overload! :-)

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  19. Back when I was a kid and had all the time in the world to read, I'd only read one at a time because it usually only took me a day to read a book, and then I'd move on to the next. Now that I have no time to read and read a lot slower than I used to, I always have several books going: usually 1 on audio, several on the e-reader and several more in paper copies. I'm either too impatient or too ADD to focus on one book for days on end, sometimes week.

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  20. I generally like to read one book at a time. There are exceptions that I consider to be non-exceptions... 1) study materials that you take a chapter or piece at a time, 2) bathroom reading materials- I like to keep short story collections and magazines for those "studious" times.

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  21. Since getting my Kindle as an early Christmas present in mid-December, I've gotten quite a few books on it and sampled several.

    I finished The Notebook, which I thought didn't capture the magic the film adaptation did but was still a good read.

    Currently I'm chipping away at quite a few books/ebooks. Killing Floor by Lee Child is my sole fiction read right now with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter on tap. I've also purchased your Try Dying book and am looking forward to reading it.

    I'm also reading several writing books. "Plot and Structure" and "Characters, Emotion and Viewpoint" from the Write Great Fiction series. I've also been reading your "Self Publishing Attack" which has been very helpful. Specifically the Elevator Pitch portion.

    So since my goal in getting a kindle was to read more, I'd say it's been successful.

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