Books, I love them so. But since I’ve started book blogging, since I’ve started reading other book blogs and Goodreads pages…I’ve started to wonder how strong my book love is. I know what you’re thinking: Why ever would you think that, Carlisa? Indeed, why?
I see so many other book bloggers that are (always) reading multiple books at a time. Like one person I saw once had twelve books going at once. Twelve. Yet, here I am, with my one lonesome little book.
I thought: Am I not as good of a reader as those people? Does that make them read faster? Am I missing out on something wonderful? Being able to read multiple books at the same time seemed like such a useful talent. To keep stories straight and still feel connected! I wanted that.
So then I thought to myself: Well, what would Shia LaBeouf tell me to do in this situation?
And you know how inspirational Shia LaBeouf can be. So I listened to him and I did it. I was reading a book and I started reading another…at the same time. I know, I know. It was a big moment.
But it didn’t work for me that first time. So I waited awhile and then just this past week I decided to try again. And, again, it didn’t work for me. This is the basic timeline for these situations:
Starts Book #1
Reads Book #1
Decides to start Book #2
Starts Book #2 with the full intention of continuing on with Book #1
Gets engrossed with Book #2
Doesn’t read Book #1
Keeps going with Book #2 until the last page
Finishes Book #2
Remembers Book #1
Grimaces and hides in corner
This is what happens to me literally every time. I can’t get into two stories at once…so when I try, I just read the entirety of the second book and leave the first book hanging. And then I feel sad for the first book who I just left in the dust.
So I’ve decided to embrace this quirk of mine. I realized that staying faithful to one book is completely and perfectly fine. And I wanted to stand up and say, “Hi my name is Carlisa and I believe in Book Monogamy (for myself, at least).”
Perks of Reading One Book at a Time
- You can fully engross yourself in one story.
- You’ll finish the book faster.
- You won’t confuse characters and plot lines.
- Your nightstand won’t fall apart at the sheer weight of all your current reads.
- You’ll be able to choose which current read to take with you when you go out (because obviously you’re going to take a book with you when you go out)…aka you only have one choice.
- You won’t have to go searching for bookmarks (or if you’re like me, receipts or movie ticket stubs). You’ll only ever need one.
- You’ll be more like me = more awesome.
Perks of Reading Multiple Books at a Time
- You’ll be able to escape into multiple different worlds depending on your mood.
- You can switch back and forth between genres, lessening the chance of a reading slump.
- You’ll be deemed impressive and intelligible when you walk down the street carrying your current x number of reads.
Eeeeep, I can’t think of anymore perks of reading multiple at once because I’ve never really done it successfully ever. But I want to know what you think!
Do you read multiple books at a time or just one? Why? What do you like about doing it your way? Pleeeeease let me know.