Thursday, August 16, 2007

Booking Through Thursday: Monogamy

...on Friday

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.)

Well I don't have any required reading for school or work so all of my reading is recreational. I'm usually a one book at a time person but occasionally I'll have a couple more on the go as well. Like right now for instance. The one I'm mainly focusing on is a travel memoir. My bag/commuting book is a mystery for now, but I'll probably finish it off at home once I finish the travel book. And the third is a Non-Fiction that was going pretty slowly and why I started the others in the first place, to balance it out. I really need to finish it though because I've found that if I set one aside for too long to read other books, I may never get back to it. I also start feeling distracted if I have too many on my nightstand, so a small number seems to work better for me. The format does play a small role in my decisions. Hardbacks always stay home, they're too big and heavy to lug around. If I'm really into the hardback, I'll read magazines on the train, otherwise I'll have a paperback with me. But I guess I'd say that if I have more than one in progress, they're most likely to be from different genres. You?


  1. I think I'm the only one I know who will seriously cart a huge hardcover book around with me. I get a lot of training, though, because that's what most of my library books end up being. I understand why most people don't care to, though (with the books and my laptop, I've gone through so many bags!)

    I'm the same with genres, though, on the rare instance when I read more than one book.

  2. I generally stick to one at a time. However, I have a couple of nonfiction books going (one is a collection of essays and the other is a photography book) as well as two fiction! The nonfiction aren't the type to sit and read cover-to-cover so that's why I have the fiction going at the same time. One is The Great Santini, which is good, but heavy, so I'm reading Harry Potter #3 to lighten the mood. This is so unusual for me! I really couldn't read 4 contemporary fiction works at the same time, though. The variety in genre makes it more feasible.

  3. I usually leave the hardbacks at home, too, unless they're thinner. I mix genres, just like you're doing right now. Well, usually.

    I keep forgetting to tell you I'm totally addicted to your hangman game. Every time I come here, I waste time playing. I love it.

  4. You sound a bit like me. I prefer to read one book at a time, although on occasion I do read more than one book.

    I have a purse big enough to carry a hardback in and so unless it's an especially large book, I can usually find room to drag the book around. I can understand not wanting to though.

  5. I rarely have more than one going, but if I do, they will be different genres. I think two novels just wouldn't work for me.

    PS: I nominated you for a Thoughtful Blogger Award :)

  6. I leave hardbacks at home as well. I usually read 2 sometimes three books at a time and always mix up the genres.

  7. Book Ninja,
    Thanks for stopping by! I can imagine you've gone through a few bags, those hardbacks can be heavy!

    I agree. I don't think I could read 4 contemporary fiction at the same time either. Good luck juggling your current books.

    Oh I'm so glad I'm not the only one playing hangman! I just have to play it a few times a day! :P

  8. Literary Feline,
    I'm usually already lugging around some textbooks for my lessons so adding in a hardback might just break mine... back that is! ;P

    Seems like quite a few of us prefer reading one book at a time.
    Thank you for the award! :)

    They're just too darned heavy! Mixing up the genres seems to be the key to reading more than one at a time.

  9. I think I'm quite similar to you in this, currently I'm taking my one novel with me everywhere because its Edinburgh Festival time and I'm spending a lot of time in queues for shows so I'm just immersing myself in the one book. Usually though its poetry in my handbag, a novel and some non-fiction at home.

  10. Crafty Green Poet,
    Thanks for stopping by! I'm envious of you being at the Edinburgh Festival right now! Hope you get to see a lot of good shows.

  11. Many of my books are hardback copies and, like you, I hate lugging them around so I tried picking up a paperback to read when I'm out on the road, but it didn't work, so I continue to lug my heavy books around! :(

  12. Lotus,
    Most of my books actually are paperback. Only in special cases do I splurge on the hardback. I can't imagine lugging them around but you do what you gotta do! :)


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