Monday, January 30, 2012

Too Much of a Good Thing?

As I have mentioned here, I've been reading a lot lately, and making an effort to vary my choices. In fact, last summer, I intentionally read books I would have normally passed by for one reason or another, just to "shake things up," and really reaped the benefits by discovering terrific books and new authors.

But the problem is I am finding that the more I read, the more I want to. Which means I keep picking up books and starting them--before I've finished the one(s) I am reading. Like right now, for instance, I am 3/4 of the way into a book of newspaper columnist's reflections, 1/4 into a fiction novel, and while they are both very captivating, yesterday I found myself reading the prologue to Libba Bray's BEAUTY QUEEN, and thinking "I'll just read a couple chapters" before going to back to the other books.

Sheesh! I am starting to think this is too much of a good thing...that I need to slow down and read one at a time!

So I thought I'd toss this out to our YA Fresh readers: do you find yourself reading multiple books, too, or are you a one-at-a-time reader?

5 fresh comments:

Janie Emaus said...

I used to read more than one book at a time. Not so much anymore. I have a bigger problem. Finding where I left the book I was reading.

Leigh Purtill said...

One word for you, Tina and Janie: Kindle. I load up books on my Kindle so I always have something with me - if I'm not in the mood for one book, I have a second one. I get a ton of reading done this way.

Altho I am reading multiple books at a time, it somehow doesn't feel the same as if I were carrying them around with me or had them staring back at me on my nightstand.

TinaFerraro said...

Wonderful, Leigh! Thank you so much!

Kelly (Lynn) Parra said...

I try to be a one-at-a-time reader. Unfortunately, I am NOT a one-at-a-time writer! lol. As you know, Tina, I sometimes focus on too many stories at once so that its hard to finish that next project. *wince*

yabooknerd said...

I have one upstairs book, one downstairs book, and one book that I leave at work to read on my lunch/dinner break.

(although sometimes I get so caught up in the book that it does travel with me)