Thursday, April 09, 2009

Booking Through Thursday: Numbers Game

This week's BTT topic:
Some people read one book at a time. Some people have a number of them on the go at any given time, perhaps a reading in bed book, a breakfast table book, a bathroom book, and so on, which leads me to…
Are you currently reading more than one book? If so, how many books are you currently reading? Is this normal for you? Where do you keep your current reads?
Life's too short to read just one book at a time! Hmmm. I could have T-shirts made, couldn't I?

Well, OK, technically of course, I can only read one book at a time. But in any given week, I've usually got at least two or three books started; and I try to read a certain number of pages in each one each day. Ideally, one of them will really grab my interest and I'll stick with that one until I finish it. I love it when that happens.

Right now, there are only two books on my "currently reading" list – The Way Through the Woods, one of Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse mysteries, and Michael Cunningham's The Hours. And the Morse book (hooray!) is turning out to be one of those grabbers – it kept me up much too late last night, and I'm hoping to finish it later today.

Where do I keep the books I'm reading? All over the place. I suppose because I read all over the place. Well, there was a time when I did a major part of my reading on public transport. But since I've stopped working, the sofa in the living room is probably the place where most of my reading gets done, and that's the area where most of my current reads accumulate. We don't have bedside tables or reading lamps, so I can't read in bed (darn it), and I don't read in the bathroom (OK – that's probably TMI, I know). And generally, I only read during meals if I'm by myself; when the hubby is around we usually watch TV while we eat, or talk, or both ("How was your day, Dear?" "Fine, how was yours?" "Fine, put that remote over here by me.")

Once upon a time, back in the bad old pre-cyberspace days, breakfast time was prime reading time for me. Nowadays, I spend that part of the day at my computer, blogging and blog-reading. But the blogging keeps me focused on reading the books, so I don't regret those stolen hours.


  1. I'm mainly a one-book-at-a-time reader. Sometimes I can read a fiction and non-fiction at the same time, but I rarely read non-fiction in the first place. I do listen to an audio book in the car and read a print book in the house. So I guess technically I have 2 at a time going on.

  2. Two books at a time, plus an audio books, is the most I can handle.

  3. Well, OK, technically of course, I can only read one book at a time

    LOL... I thought about that when I was reading it, but forewent pointing it out ;-) BTW, I'll take a t-shirt when you get them done. :-D

    and yes, breakfast time = blogging time... My stomach is growling in agreement.

  4. I am the same way -- books scattered throughout my apartment.

  5. I usually have 2-3 books going at once with print books and audio.

  6. I recently read Mrs. Dalloway and re-read The hours. I found the latter more grabbing and took me less time to finish.

    As to reading multiple books, I need to focus on one unless I'm reading something that is very long and substantial.

  7. I had a doctor's apt. today so couldn't get to this meme. I usually read one at a time straight through and then on to the review.


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