I recently told someone quite definitively that I only read one book at a time. Then I went to my goodreads page and saw that I had three books going at once! I just wasn’t counting all of them because there was only one I was just reading. The others were all books I was reading for particular reasons. That made me wonder when other people might read multiple books. Do you always do this? Never? Or only for specific reasons? If so, what are the cases where you’re likely to pick up more than one books?
Here are some of the reasons I can think of that people who are typically monogamous readers might pick up more than one book:
Read-a-longs/Reading with someone else
This is one of the main reasons I pick up more than one book at once. I always have a book I’m reading myself, but I may also be doing a buddy read with a blogger or with my sister. And I’m almost always in the middle of a book with my husband, which we read aloud together, typically over several months.
Books in multiple formats
At times, I’ve also had an audiobook going at the same time as a physical book. Typically I’ll do this when I have a long commute. I could also see someone having an ebook and a physical book going, since ebooks are so much more portable.
Books that relate to one another
I’m actually trying something new presently, as part of my effort to read more deeply. I’ve picked up pretty much every book my library had on depression era photographer Dorothy Lange. One is a biography and the others are photo collections. I’m reading the photo collections as I get to the relevant time period in the biography. So far, I’m really enjoying this approach!
Books in multiple genres
I don’t do this any more, but when I was in middle school and high school, I’d often have a fiction book and a nonfiction book going most of the time. I think part of the reason for this was that I was often reading somewhat dry, encyclopedia or text book style nonfiction. It was nice to have something lighter going at the same time!
Do you ever read multiple books? If so, what are your use cases?