Thursday, August 16, 2007


One book at a time? Or more than one? If more, are they different types/genres? Or similar? (We’re talking recreational reading, here — books for work or school don’t really count since they’re not optional.)

I almost always have more than one book going at a time. Usually there are a couple on my bedside table, and depending on whether there is an impending book club deadline or not, I might focus on one or the other. Frequently I also have a book in the bathroom, something that works well for reading just a little at a time, with not a lot of continuity. I like to listen to a book on CD while commuting too.

I seldom will have two of the same genre - say two mystery novels - going at the same time. More likely it'll be a fiction and a nonfiction - or maybe two dissimilar book club picks.


  1. I didn't think about books on tape so I guess I do sometimes have two going at once. We've been listening to the first two Harry Potter books during our recent driving vacation.

  2. I can do one fiction and one nonfiction too, but two fiction at once? No way. My husband, I swear, has like 20 books going right now. He can put a book down for a year and pick it back up and remember everything he read earlier. I guess some of us are just multi-taskers!

  3. I almost always have a fiction and nonfiction going at the same time now, but it's been a while since I used to do several fiction at once!