How many books do you read at a time?

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Making up for Monday is a weekly meme hosted by An Avid Reader; A Wannabe Writer.

The question this week is: “How many books do you read at a time?”

I am incapable of sticking to one book at a time. I usually have two, three, sometimes as many as five books going on at a time. I’m not sure why I do this…maybe it is because I am interested in so many different things that is hard to stick to reading about just one.

Besides, reading is a very mood inspired activity for me, so reading two or three different books at a time gives me a book for each mood and each time of day. I have no difficulty keeping the books straight because I read non-fiction most of the time.

It does sometimes happen that a book gets abandoned because I got too interested in the other stuff that I was reading, but if I liked it at all, I will get back to it and finish it.

And then again there are times, like now, when I come across a book that is so good that I cannot imagine reading anything else until I finish it. That book at the moment is Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals.

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2 thoughts on “How many books do you read at a time?

  1. I know exactly what you mean – there are so many interesting things to read about, it can be hard to stick to one book at a time. I’m also usually incapable of reading just one book, and I think your explanation is good – it’s mood based. Sometimes I’m just more in the mood for one book than the other.

    Great Jane Smiley quote by the way! 🙂

    • Thank you. I loved the quote the moment I saw it.

      I have a tendency to pick up any book that looks interesting…just to look at it, I tell myself and usually looking turns to reading and I have yet another book to add to my currently reading list.

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