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Since earlier this year I made the big change from only reading one book at the time to reading two books at the same time. I thought it would be interesting to address my opinion about reading one and multiple books and how I handle reading two books at the same time. I think that in general there are three types of readers, those who only read one book; those who only read two or a set maximum amount or a defined amount of books at once; and those who read anywhere from 1 till X amount of books depending on the moment and their mood or other factors. I nowadays fall in the category of reading two books at once. And while I changed from reading one book to two books now I still handle my reading in much the same way.
Reading only one book at once
For as long as I can remember reading I only read one book at once. In a few cases I might read a non-fiction book for school or university, a fiction novel and a manga at the same time, but as those are all very different ways of reading so that worked for me. I always thought that when reading multiple books, reading different formats or genres must be necessary to keep the books seperate.
So I only read one fiction book at once, I choose a book and keep reading only that one until I either finish it or DNF. And I had my reasons for that. I tried reading more than one book for example when my current read didn’t keep my interest and I picked up another book, but every time I tried that one of the books grabbed my attention more, I finished that one first and then continued with the other one. So in fact I mitgh start two books, but still ended up reading only one and then continuing the other one after I finished that one. I can remember one evening where I kept switching reading one chapter from book A and one chapter from book B as I couldn’t decide which one to continue, both were about equally enjoyable. In the end one of them still won and get read first. After those tries I decided reading more than one book at a time wasn’t for me and I stayed with my tried and true method of reading only one book at once. Then I always thought that when reading more books at a time it would become confusing and I would start to confuse the books with each other and couldn’t remember the plots of the seperate books. So until early 2015 I only read one book at once
Pro’s and cons of reading only one book at once
Below are some pro’s and cons of reading only one book that I could think of. Although I don’t necessarily experience these.
- Comeplete focus and attention for one book
- Don’t get distracted by other books
- Easier to keep track of things/ stay in the story
- Can’t switch to other book if you’re not in the mood for it or not enjoying your current read.
- Might finish books faster as you’re only reading one book
Reading two books at the same time and how I handle it
Early 2015 I had this time where I read very slowly, I only read one book a week and I was struggling having enough reviews on my blog. Then I came up with the idea to read a book on my ipad during breakfast instead of playing a silly game I didn’t really care about, except for the fact it was habbit and I don’t easily break habbits. So when the internet was down one instead of playing my usually ipad app game I started reading one of the books I had collected on my kindle app. Eventually I stopped playing my ipad app game during breakfast and started reading instead, even though that second book still took me a week or more to read as well, in total I got two or three more books read each month and I could finally make a dent into that list of books I couldn’t read on my Kobo because I got them from either amazon as a freebies or from netgalley for review.
Ever since then I read two books at once, one is called my “breakfast book” or my “ipad book” and the other is my “evening book” or “read before sleep book”. My Breakfast book I only read during breakfast or during dinner, when I eat dinner alone. I might pick it up when I am eating some apple crumble in the evenings or during lunch now and then, but basically I read this one during the day and often when I am eating something. Then there is my evening book that I read about an hour before I go to sleep. This might be either a hardcopy or on my Kobo.
I never read more than two books at once. And I still very much treat each book like I did when I only read one book at once. I start a book on my ipad and read it until I DNF or finish, same goes with my evening book. The books are also clearly seperated by when I read them and surprisingly enough I don’t find it hard at all to keep those two books seperate. I thought it would be confusing, but it isn’t. Even when I am reading the same genre as breakfast and as evening book I can keep them seperate, although often I do read different genres. They are also on different devices which also helps me seperate them. I never read my breakfast book before going to sleep and I never read my evening book during the day. For me it helps to have such a clear seperation between the two books. I also have come to realize that not having complete focus on one book isn’t a problem when you have different uses or moments for each book. On the other my strict distinction between the two also means I can’t easily switch to the other book, while I think that would generally be one of the pro’s of reading multiple books for most people, but I like having that strict seperation.
Pro’s and cons of reading more than one book at once
Below are some pro’s and cons of reading more than one book that I could think of. Although these not all apply to me. For example so far I’ve never gotten confused when reading more than one book.
- More variety of books you are reading at any moment.
- Can switch to another book if not in the mood for one of them.
- Read different genres at the same time.
- Less likely to get bored with any of them as you can simply switch to the other book.
- Might be confusing/ harder to keep track of things.
- Might have to read different genres or format to make them easier to seperate.
- Might have one book you are enjoying more and focus on.