I've had this post sitting in draft form for MONTHS (but just a heading, no content) because I knew that I wanted to share a post at some time. But then Debby @ Snuggly Oranges wrote this amazing post on the topic, and I thought "What the heck, let's throw my two cents into the mix!"
I used to a be a strict one-book-at-a-time kind of girl. It's not that I was opposed to the idea of reading multiple books at a time, but the idea had just never occurred to me. I'd get lost in the world of a book, then move onto something new once I'd finished that story. But then blogging happened, and I think that this drastically shifted the way I read.
It started out quite innocently. I was approved for a book on Netgalley, and read it on my iPad. Then, my sister-in-law bought me a Kobo Touch, and I started reading my e-galleys on my Kobo. Some e-galleys downloaded in PDF, which were awkward to read on the Kobo, so I'd read those on the iPad. Then, I went back to work and threw an audiobook into the mix. I started listening to Game of Thrones on the drive, but reading the print version at home or when I got to work if there was just a page or two left until the end of the chapter. And then I tossed a library book on top of the pile.
At one point, I'm not even kidding, I was reading two e-galleys (one on the Kobo, one on the iPad), an audiobook AND a print book. And it got to be way, way too much. It's not that I was getting confused between books, especially since I was choosing to read completely different things at the same time. I did start to notice some bizarre overlaps, like the same character name in two different books, or that there were wolves in two books, or two characters described as wearing a similar scarf. I started to tire of this multiple book reading because it felt like I was trying to get through as many books as possible in a short period of time, and I didn't like what it was doing to my reading spirit.
I posted last week about being more selective about my ARCs, and this has nearly eliminated my e-book reading. Currently, I'm reading an e-book that I paid for (my first ever!) and I'm loving it. I also still have an audiobook on the go for my drives to and from work (I spent about two hours in the car and the radio can become tiresome), so I haven't completely given up on the idea of multiple books at once. BUT, I don't have a print book thrown into the mix. After I'm finished with this e-book, I will likely jump straight into The Throne of Glass because The Assassin's Blade is freakin' AMAZING, but then I think I'll set aside my e-reader for a bit...and I think I'm okay with that. Over the past week, I've really enjoyed just slowing down with my reading and savouring the words, rather than rushing to go from one book to the next.
How about you? Do you read multiple books at a time? Why or why not? How do you handle it if you do? Leave me a comment below -- I'm really interested to see what you think about this topic!