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message 51: by Elise (new)

Elise (elisebeth) Depending on the length of the books I tend to read two at a time. Right now I am only reading one book because of it's length and small font.


message 52: by Eyterna (new)

Eyterna i've once tried to read multiple books from the library, but it only made me confuse the multiple plots, and then end up having multiple books i haven't finished before i have to return them, instead of just 1 or two. I like to be able to concentrate my full attention to my Fantasy World, and Reality clearly.


message 53: by Marie (new)

Marie (marie132) | 1 comments At first I only read one though, but I discovered I would need more time to read it because sometimes I wanted to read another book but I had to finish the current one first. So it would take ages, and I wouldn't be able to read the other one I wanted.

However, considering the time you put into reading a book, it's more like a 4 to 8 season series than a 2 hour movie.

When I watch TV shows, I don't watch all 8 seasons of one show before moving on to another show, so I do the same with books, and now I read as many as I want at a time!


message 54: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Carol wrote: "<---shows up with box of chocolate-covered cherries and Vanilla Bean Frappuccino"

*snatches chocolate and run*


message 55: by Erika (new)

Erika | 118 comments Sashana wrote: *snatches chocolate and run*"

Ha ha! I wish I'd thought of that first :)

Marie wrote: "
When I watch TV shows, I don't watch all 8 seasons of one show before moving on to another show, so I do the same with books, and now I read as many as I want at a time! "


Oh, I really like your way of explaining this! Although if I find a show I really like I sometimes do watch multiple seasons at a time without really watching anything in between. Same with books. If one is captivating enough, I might just end up putting a bunch aside to read just that one.


message 56: by Sashana (new)

Sashana If the book is great (worthy of 5 stars) then I will definitely only read one book. But if the book is so-so (three stars or less-which they usually are) I read multiple to keep me from getting bored. Like I was just reading Willow by Julia Hoban and it was so good I had to put everything else aside.


message 57: by Shannon (new)

Shannon (IandSsmom) | 215 comments Sashana wrote: "If the book is great (worthy of 5 stars) then I will definitely only read one book. But if the book is so-so (three stars or less-which they usually are) I read multiple to keep me from getting bor..."

OHH that does sound good! I'm putting it on hold for the audio!


message 58: by Sashana (new)

Sashana I think you'll enjoy it, Shannon. I usually try to stay away from books like this (I cry way too much while reading them) but it was on my to-read list for so long that I had to read it. I wasn't disappointed.


message 59: by Shannon (new)

Shannon (IandSsmom) | 215 comments Well I sure hope it doesn't make me cry because I'm probably going to listen to it while I'm driving! But it sounds so good! And you are always good for a recommendation! :)


message 60: by Sashana (new)

Sashana I hope it doesn't, crying and driving do not mix :). And thanks, Shannon I ty not to recommend books unless I really really like them.


message 61: by Sheyla Oliveira (new)

Sheyla Oliveira (sh_alayne) | 1 comments I'm one book at the time person. Once I try to read 3 books but fell weird.


message 62: by Stacy (new)

Stacy (StacyBinNJ) | 57 comments I'm typically reading one book at a time but right now I also have a non-fiction book going. I can't read those cover to cover without a fiction break, no matter how good the book is. I also usually have one audiobook going but I listen to that mostly on the way to and from work. That's how I got through the whole Sookie Stackhouse series. Now I'm on to Dexter.


Angie (Mind Malfunction) (angieerickson) | 338 comments I used to read one book at a time, but I used to be super busy with work and family, television and movies. I also used to read rarely and only if the book was recommended and even then it felt like a chore. I've been on bed rest since the beginning of the year and now my passion for reading is prominent and strong. I always have a paper-book, an audio-book, and an e-book, on the go. I love to read and spend almost all of my time doing it. If it weren't for books, I would have gone crazy after the first month in bed. Thank you Books!


message 64: by Sashana (new)

Sashana I think I'm going to implement a two book rule. I can read multiple books at once but what I'm realizing is that's it's taking me really long to finish one book. Do any of you multiple book readers have this problem?


message 65: by AH (new)

AH | 68 comments No problem on the multiple book reading. I have an ebook, and maybe one or two other books on the go. Sometimes the book I am reading needs a break (not me, the book).


message 66: by Amy J. (new)

Amy J. | 684 comments usually multiple. One book I read at work during lunch. Another I read at home


message 67: by Sashana (new)

Sashana It's not that I have a problem with reading more than one, I do it all the time. But I find that it might take me a week to finish a book (while multiple reading) that I could read in a day or 2 if I read only one book. But like AH said, I do need a break from what I'm reading sometime. I have restless reading syndrome.


message 68: by Shay (new)

Shay | 923 comments I kind of get discouraged if I don't finish a book every day. But, if I didn't have more than one book going, I'd probably have a harder time finishing a book because I don't always feel like reading a particular book. I've had as much as 13 books going at once and that's kind of stressful. But, I noticed that most of the books are different from each other- different genres, time periods, etc., so it's not as difficult as you'd think keeping track. I noticed that I really struggle if I have more than 2 chunky- 750+ page books- going at the same time. Maybe because there's usually a bunch of characters in a long, epic style book.


message 69: by Sashana (new)

Sashana On average I'd say I read 4 books at once at all times. I can't imagine reading 13 at once, I read six at once and by the end of the experience I was ready to pull my hair out. I've decided that, personally, reading so many books at once is slowing me down (which doesn't sound smart, but that's what I think).


message 70: by Liz (new)

Liz Fichera (LizFichera) I usually have two going at once, unless one of them falls into the I-CAN'T-PUT-IT-DOWN category.


message 71: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Ditto. If I can't put it down then every other book will go on hold. I rarely find those books though.


message 72: by Kristen (new)

Kristen  (yogamamareads) | 57 comments During the school year, I have three going at once...one at home, one at my desk at school, and a Playaway in the car. When it's summer, only one, but they go faster.


message 73: by Chelly (new)

Chelly (teamderek13) | 62 comments I only read more than one book at a time if I have to read one for school and am already reading one at home. For me it doesn't make sense to keep switching between books because I get so wrapped up in the plot of one, I don't want to put it down...No, no: one is good :)


message 74: by Kristina (new)

Kristina (KristinaLawhead) | 569 comments Chelsea - I feel the exact same way! I usually get so wrapped up in a book that I can't read more than one. The only way I'll do that is if I go somewhere and get stuck waiting and have to buy a book to occupy myself


message 75: by Laura (new)

Laura DeSimone | 233 comments I usually have 2 or 3 books on the go. The husband ask how can you do that, I tell him he wouldn't understand.


message 76: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jhaltenburger) | 169 comments I have one in the car, and one on the iPod for workouts. Then in the house I usually have three or four- a nonfiction, a mystery, a play, and a historical or some other fiction going. The play is a recent addition to the mix because I have hundreds and am trying to whittle down the shelf-load this year. Typically two in the house are "real books" and one or two are on the kindle/iPad, so I can read in the dark at night after my husband falls asleep so the light doesn't bother him. I've been ripping through the plays since January-- sometimes two or three in a day (weekend) in addition to other reading.


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