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message 1: by Yz the Whyz, Moderator (last edited Jan 15, 2009 10:55AM) (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) | 9327 comments I'm just curious about my goodreads'friends reading habits. Considering, that we read a lot, I'm wondering if you are the type to read one-book-at-a-time or do you read multiple-books-at-the-same-time?

I used to belong to the first group for a long time. I want to get a book and read it cover-to-cover before I start a new one.

Last year, when I went back to reading fiction, I've noticed that my attention span can be short sometimes, that when I reached a lull in a book, I would pick up and read another. Then when I get to a part I don't feel like continuing at the moment, I would drop that book and go back to the other one. Before, I knew it, sometimes I would have 2-4 books I will be reading at the same time, and its weird, I don't confuse myself at all. Although, there are still books that when I get hold of, I will not let go until I'm done reading it.

So just curious, how many of you are like me, or how many still prefer the one-book-at-a-time experience?


message 2: by ♥Tricia♥ (new)

♥Tricia♥ (Siddie) | 407 comments I prefer one book at a time... and though I am involved in about three right now.. I find that I will stick with one for quite a while before I switch over..

I tend to stick to one so I dont get them confused.. which can happen to be alot lol.


message 3: by Kasia (last edited Jan 15, 2009 11:53AM) (new)

Kasia At times I get up to 4, max 5 books. I haven't gotten confused yet... That said, I usually stick to 1 @ a time, and if it's really good I just cannot put it down ;]


Unapologetic_Bookaholic | 1986 comments I can juggle multiple books. I can even set aside a book for months and immediately get back into the setting upon reading the first few words of the sentence.

If it is a particular author that is descriptive and wordy (L A Banks Dean Koontz sometimes Lora Leigh) I will tend to stick with them until the end of the book. breaking away from them to often throws me out of the intense world they create and ruins the mood of the book. Sometimes though I can't help but book dive and just hop around =)


message 5: by Yz the Whyz, Moderator (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) | 9327 comments I'm with you, Kenjii. So far despite my rabid book-hopping I've never experienced not being able to get back into the trend of the story.

Still, there are books that would grab hold of me, and will not let me go until I'm done. The latest that have done that to me is Jackie Kessler's Hell's Belles. I ended up reading the book all through the night.

I do try to limit my book-hopping as much as possible, so I can get the total reading experience but sometimes its just difficult for me to stay focused. I think its my age..LOL...I was not like this when I was younger...I have no concentration problems then.


Nichole (DirrtyH) (DirtyH) I prefer to read one at a time; the ideal book would grab me and suck me in so that I wouldn't have time to read anything else!
Sometimes I can't help but grab another book, but usually if I try to juggle more than one or two, it means something's getting shoved to the back burner and I may never get back to it. It'll sit half read on my windowsill for months. Not a good sign.


Sarah ~Sehrenity~ | 367 comments I used to read just one at a time, but now I tend to read at least two at a time. I listen to audio almost exclusively as I travel to and from work. I'm getting to where I can't stand to listen to local radio play the same playlists over and over, and I'm too cheap for satellite radio. Audio books make a good alternative to radio.

So while I'm listening to a book, I'm often reading one or two more when I'm home. Usually I have a PNR or straight romance going, along with a mystery or romantic suspense.

I guess I just like to pick up whatever I'm in the mood for at the time to read.


message 8: by Yz the Whyz, Moderator (last edited Jan 15, 2009 02:25PM) (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) | 9327 comments Sarah,

You sound almost like me. I also have an audiobook in my car all the time. I never ever listened to the radio, instead a book CD will always be playing. In fact, I have gotten to the point that I'm familiar with some readers and have even authors that I know I will listen and not read or vice versa.

I also would be reading 1,2 sometimes three books, usually of different genre at the same time.


message 9: by Lori (new)

Lori  (ModeratrixLori) I used to just read one book at a time but since I've discovered Jet Mykles' e-books I'm reading one of those while I'm at the computer...supposedly working...and then I'll read my other book at night.


message 10: by Jess (last edited Jan 15, 2009 05:50PM) (new)

Jess I read one at a time, but I tend to read abnormally fast (some accuse me of skimming, but I swear I don't! lol), so I end up reading 4 to 8 books a week. (depending if i'm bored or not lol)


message 11: by Malena (new)

Malena (thefieryheartNZ) | 72 comments I like to read multiple books at a time - 3 max. It depends on the book whether I'll book hop or not. If it's really good I'll read it straight through cover to cover - J.R Ward anyone?


message 12: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl (cheryllaflammegmailcom) | 86 comments I tend to read one at a time. My habits have been 5 books a week. I have been out of sorts( I had some oral surgery done and it took me longer to recover) this year.When I am travelling for work I pack 5 books and have 2 in my carry on. Not a lot to do in hotels.. I will stay up late to finish a book. On the weekends when I do not have to be anywhere. I have gone to bed when the sun is coming up. I enjoy reading too much!!LOL.


message 13: by Jodz (new)

Jodz (Jodz87) | 77 comments I'm just like you YZ! I've actually got 3 on the go at the moment!


message 14: by Melissa (new)

Melissa | 1239 comments I can't read more than one at a time. I might start one and then a new one comes along so I'll put aside the first one if I'm not very far and read the new one, but I find it hard to not finish one book at time.


Unapologetic_Bookaholic | 1986 comments I may have to start trying more audio books. I'll give me a GOOD excuse to pick up an iPod finally =). My concentration doesn't allow for so many heavy books all the way through anymore.

So sometimes I flit around. I can read my fave's like Dean Koontz all the way through. But I have to read him exclusively. So when I have an author like that I have to prepare my mind to that lock-down mode you know? Hehe.

It is fun to think a moment and say "Tonight I am visiting Laura Stamp's world, or LA Bank's world or Lora Leigh's Breeds world." Not feeling tied to one book esp if it's a little draggy. Unfortunately with some authors I do have to stick with them cover to cover b/c their writing tends to be script heavy and I don't want to break the spell, ya know?


message 16: by Yz the Whyz, Moderator (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) | 9327 comments Kenjii,

Audiobooks can be fun, once you get over the resistance of listening rather than reading. It has help me finished books in my TBR pile and made use of the "wasted" time during driving back and forth to work.

Although I'm a "flitter"..(like that term), there are books I would read through. First reading of all the JR Ward books was a read through without breaking for other books as an example. So, there are definitely books and authors that can spell me into not dropping their books and picking another one...


message 17: by Tasha (last edited Jan 20, 2009 12:38PM) (new)

Tasha (tasha_the_booklover) | 85 comments I tend to read multiple books at a time. Like right now I'm currently reading "Undercover" by Lauren Dane as well as listening to "Freedom's Price" by Suzanne Brockmann on my ipod. But I'm also reading "Romeo, Romeo" and "Your Mouth Drives Me Crazy." Those two I've started and put to the side because they weren't holding my interest. I will eventually pick them back up and finish them because I don't want to keep adding books to my did-not-finish pile.


message 18: by Paula (new)

Paula (Paulaan) I am a multiple book at a time girl. I have to have different books to suit my mood and I also tend to have books in different rooms, so I don't have to hunt around to find my book on the odd occasion I actually let a book out of my grasp.

Im listening to heavier stuff via my Ipod - I have tried many times to read the Illiad but never get very far, while it is still slow on my Ipod I have listened further than I have ever read.


message 19: by tosca (new)

tosca (catatonichataholic) | 742 comments Multiple books at any time! Always have done it that way. If one lags you can simply pick up another until you feel in the mood to go back for round two. I often have one or two books per room that I'll be working my way through so 2 or 3 in the lounge, 1 in the kitchen, another couple in the dining room etc. Have not tried an audiobook since I was a child. If the public library where I work got the types of audiobooks I would ordinarily read as quickly as the paperback books come through I might seriously consider using them


message 20: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany (Shigyrl30) I read multiple books at a time. I am usually reading three or four books at a time. The three or four books that I read are usually from different genres.


message 21: by LibraryLass (new)

LibraryLass | 772 comments You guys are awesome! I can only read one book at a time. I have to admit I haven't tried many times to read more than one. But I find when I do try to read more than one at a time, I get them mixed up in my head and I dream about them when I go to sleep and I re-write the stories! Don't know how you gals do it.


message 22: by ♥Tricia♥ (new)

♥Tricia♥ (Siddie) | 407 comments Starting Feb I will be doing several at a time lol.

Mainly because of the weekly chapter goals that will allow me to keep track better :D

This is going to be fun!


message 23: by Yz the Whyz, Moderator (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) | 9327 comments You know, I look at the amount of books I'm supposed to read next month..I'm starting to feel overwhelmed..LOL...but knowing me, I'll simply chip away on the list until it becomes manageable.

I'm with you, Tricia, I have several books I will be reading along with the chapter reads. That will be an interesting experience.


message 24: by LibraryLass (new)

LibraryLass | 772 comments Yz, I am feeling a bit the same. I haven't participated in a reading challenge before. Maybe I need to reduce the amount cos even though I read about 15 books a month I still need room for my 'impulse' reads.


message 25: by Yz the Whyz, Moderator (last edited Jan 24, 2009 12:54PM) (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) | 9327 comments Same here...I was looking at the amount of books I read this month and so far I've finished 13 with one week left...so I'm thinking I'll probably finished January with around 15 or 16 at most.

So doing the math, I should more or less be reading the same amount next month. The only good thing, is that I incorporated most of my BOM reads into my monthly challenge.

Still, it doesn't really matter on the challenge coz we have the option of reading only 3, 5 or 8. So I'm keeping my choices open and will just enjoy whatever books I get to finish during the month..

Remember, its all for the FUN of reading...


message 26: by LibraryLass (new)

LibraryLass | 772 comments LOL Yz, yes it is for the fun of reading! But lately I have spent so much time on this site and others that I haven't actually got much reading in. (Also been running a hol. programme for 100+ kids at work - so am a bit knackered!). Hopefully Feb will be a better month for me, not forgetting it's also a shorter month!


message 27: by Yz the Whyz, Moderator (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) | 9327 comments I know what you mean about goodreads being an addictive thing. When I get home, I would immediately log on and join in the different discussions. I have to literally force myself to stop and read, so I have more books to discuss next time I log on..LOL..

Oh, well..Feb will be the first month where I will be doing a monthly challenge and several BOM reads. I'm sure in the end it will be cool....


message 28: by LibraryLass (new)

LibraryLass | 772 comments Excuse my ignorance Yz but what is BOM??


message 29: by Yz the Whyz, Moderator (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) | 9327 comments Book-of-the Month...there are several groups that have selected a book that the group will sort of read together and then discuss. The book is divided into chapter assignments that you read every week. Sounds like a cool idea, although it sort of reminds you of school, but then you are reading something you really into.


message 30: by LibraryLass (new)

LibraryLass | 772 comments Oh, thanks for that Yz. I think I'll stick to the feb challenge and the 999 LT challenge for now


Nichole (DirrtyH) (DirtyH) Between the books of the month for February, and wanting to continue reading all the series I started for this month's challenge, I don't think I'm even going to get do any challenges in February. I'll look over the categories again later to see if I can make any of them fit.

I don't know how you can guys can read so many books in a month! I never considered myself to be a slow reader, but I'll probably end the month with 10 or 11, and though I never really kept track before, I'm betting that will be among the most I've ever read. I know you guys have jobs and families, so what gives? :)


message 32: by LibraryLass (new)

LibraryLass | 772 comments Nichole, I work full-time but my kids are all grown and moved away. My husband works shift-work as a psychepedic asst and I would rather read than do just about anything else esp. tv which I only keep on for noise/company. My workmates at the library where I work consider me to be quite fast, but I don't know cos there certainly seem to be more prolific readers on this site! I average between 12-15 a month. This month was a good month, cos I spent a week at my Grandma's and spent most of the mornings reading as she doesn't get up till lunchtime! She doesn't get to sleep til about 6am. So got heaps of reading done then.

I never kept track either until I came on this site... I don't think it much matters how much or how little you read, it is how much you enjoy WHAT you read :)


message 33: by tosca (new)

tosca (catatonichataholic) | 742 comments I'm totally selfish and can go for days at a time with the phone off and refusing to see family/friends because I have a stack of books I want to read. They're used to the quirk. I am also single and without children or pets (much to the disgust of my friends) and have no claims on my time. I'm also doubly lucky in that I work in a public library and readers' advisory is a huge part of what I do so I get to recommend books/authors to people all day long. Have you seen the movie Sabrina? Her father is content to be a chauffeur because he can spend a majority of his time indulging in what he really enjoys doing - reading. While I don't want to be a chauffeur, I certainly understand the sentiment =) (Perhaps best not to mention that due to books I get about 4 hrs sleep a night and constantly look glazed for the rest of the next day hah).


message 34: by LibraryLass (new)

LibraryLass | 772 comments Lol, Tosca. I work in a public library too, but I am currently having a stint as Children's Librarian. I'm not that good at reading kids books, I tend to think it's 'work' and when I'm home I indulge in 'downtime' and read what I want to.


message 35: by tosca (new)

tosca (catatonichataholic) | 742 comments 2 yrs in a school library, 2 in a tertiary library, now 6 in a public library (4 of those in Teen and Maori services). And I know exactly what you mean about some of the books being 'work'! Maybe that's why I tend to go overboard when I can choose for myself :-)


message 36: by LibraryLass (new)

LibraryLass | 772 comments Wow Tosca! That's so cool. Were the Teen/Maori services combined? I am in charge of teens as well as kids, but we have a Kaiwhakahaere who buys and manages the Maori collection & services. What's your preferred job??


message 37: by tosca (new)

tosca (catatonichataholic) | 742 comments In smaller branches you end up fulfilling every role - and sometimes two at once, as was the case above. I miss Teen services. Currently seconded to digital outreach(NextReads, Any Questions, Learning 2.0 stuff). I think I'm down your way-ish next month. Otaki for the International Indigenous Librarians' Forum. Looking forward to it!


message 38: by Yz the Whyz, Moderator (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) | 9327 comments Yes, Nichole, LOL..we do have lives. I work full-time, and is married, but no kids. I don't watch TV, although I would watch DVDs of movies and TV shows. My reading speed is regular and if I don't read straight in a day would usually finish a book in 2-3 day. I usually listen to audiobooks during my daily commute so that adds up as additional books read.

I'm curious how many books I'll be able to read this February with a full challenge and several BOM reads.


message 39: by LibraryLass (new)

LibraryLass | 772 comments tosca wrote: "In smaller branches you end up fulfilling every role - and sometimes two at once, as was the case above. I miss Teen services. Currently seconded to digital outreach(NextReads, Any Questions, Lear..."

My boss has just agreed (and paid) for me to go to Greymouth for the Children's Librarians conference. Yahoo! That's at the beginning of March - I think she is trying to keep me sweet so I'll stay in this job cos no-one else wants it! I think our Kaiwhakahaere is off to Otaki too, it's only 15mins from where we are. I'm off to the 7's in a couple of weeks, no reading that weekend!


message 40: by tosca (new)

tosca (catatonichataholic) | 742 comments Congratulations@LibraryLass!! Always wanted to visit Greymouth although not for the whitebait ;-)


message 41: by LibraryLass (new)

LibraryLass | 772 comments tosca wrote: "Congratulations@LibraryLass!! Always wanted to visit Greymouth although not for the whitebait ;-)"

I love whitebait! But I usually enjoy catching it too (I love fishing!). I haven't seen much of the south island at all, so am really looking forward to it!


ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ (BriansGirlKate) I'm more of a one-book-at-a-time reader when it comes to fiction. Then again, I finish most harlequin romances in a day and inch thick romances in two days. Non-fiction is an entirely different story. I'll read a chapter or two at a time and set the book down again and pick it up whenever I have ten minutes to spare. With say my James Bond movie companion book, my original intention was to watch each movie from my movie collection after I read the chapter over each movie (so I can spot stuff mentioned in the book). I used to read my Michael Palin travel books with my breakfast, a bit each day. I'm reading a chapter or two of my Jeremy Clarkson books before bed. (Each chapter stands alone).


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