Do you take breaks while reading a book? Or read it straight through? (And, by breaks, I don't mean sleeping, eating and going to work; I mean putting it aside for a time while you read something else.)Well, I've usually got several books going at once, so obviously I'm always putting one or another aside while I read one of the others. Briefly, anyway. Now and then, of course, I'll happen on a book that's so compelling or entertaining that I read it straight through, without dipping into something else along the way. I had that experience recently with Nicholson Baker's The Anthologist – I was so caught up in it from the opening paragraph that I just forgot about all my other books until I got it read.
Now occasionally I'll put aside everything else if there are time constraints involved – for instance, if the book is an advance reading copy and I've promised a fast review. But in general I'm definitely a break taker. However, I don't like to put a book aside for too long, because I find that frequently means I won't get back to it and it never gets finished. There are so many new and attractive books always catching my eye – makes it really hard to return to any of those half-finished books I've abandoned along the way. Oooh, that sounds sad, doesn't it – poor, abandoned books (sniff!).
So what about you? Are you a break-taker? Or do you go with one book at a time? Interesting question. Probably says something very revealing about our different personalities, right?