The Sunday Salon (Oct. 16): Multiplicity

The Sunday Salon.com For the first time in a while I’m reading more than two books at a time. And I mean actively reading them– unlike other times, where I pretend I’m still reading a book but really I don’t pick it up again for weeks and weeks and then I forget about it and put it back on the TBR shelf.

This is both fun and annoying. On the one hand, I’m enjoying all the books I’m reading. There’s a good variety of genres and types, so I’m not getting bored. On the other hand, I hate how long it’s taking me to finish reading each book. I’m used to finishing a book within two-three days (or less), so reading the same book for over a week, when it’s not a particularly long book anyway, is irritating.

On the other hand (I do have three hands, yes), although it’s taking me longer to finish each book I feel like I’m reading more. Yesterday I read a good chunk of The Devil’s Elixir and then finished the Bridget Jones sequel, and before bed I read another two chapters of a Lilith Saintcrow book on my iPod Touch. By the time I went to sleep I felt really accomplished and awesome and full of book-love. I don’t feel like that when I read a single book in one day, from start to finish. So that’s good?

I’m just full of conflicting feelings and ideas, I guess. 😛

I haven’t decided whether I’m going to keep up this multiplicity (first definition) of mine. Right now it’s both good and bad in nearly equal amounts, but maybe if I get used to it more it’ll be almost completely good. I don’t know! I can’t remember how it felt the last time I was reading more than two books at a time. Probably the same as I’m feeling right now, really. (I have a terrible memory.)

How many books do you read at a time? Do you like reading multiple books at once, or do you find it annoying?

Weekly Book Stats

Books read this week:
120. The Fashion in Shrouds – Margery Allingham [rating: 2]
121. The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt – Caroline Preston [rating: 5] R
122. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding [rating: 3.5] *
123. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason – Helen Fielding [rating: TBD]

Books reviewed this week:
96. A Year Without Autumn – Liz Kessler [rating: 3] R
112. Life: An Exploded Diagram – Mal Peet [rating: 4] R

Books acquired this week:

Currently reading:
I’ll do this in list format, shall I?
1. The Devil’s Elixir. I’m nearly 70% into vol. 1, and I think I can finish it today. It’s pretty fast-paced for a gothic novel, but I’m still skimming some boring parts. The best thing about it is I don’t know if the narrator is insane or legitimately possessed by the devil (or both?). The worst thing is that the editor “cut out” what was probably the most exciting part of the book– poisonings and duels and death! (He also cut out the sex, but I’m not complaining about that.)
2. Traitor’s Purse. This is the second Campion mystery in a collection I have, and I’m reading it hoping that it’s less traumatic/insulting/etc. than the first one was. I’m only two pages into it, so I can’t say yet if it’s better or not.
3. Night Shift. I can’t remember why I bought this, back when I was buying ebooks willy-nilly (pre-Kindle days), but I did and I haven’t read it so I thought I should. So far it’s pretty good, although I’m still in the early stages where I’m figuring out characters and the plot and wtf is going on.
4. Agatha Christie’s Autobiography. This one’s going the slowest out of all of them, but I’m determined to finish it this time! I’ve got a Christie biography coming for review (I hope) and I want to read her autobiography before I read that one. I’m still in her early teens somewhere, I think.

Blog Notes

Two things:
1. I’ve installed the CommentLuv plugin, which means that your comments will have your latest post listed if you want them to. Huzzah! People love advertising their posts, so I’m hoping this’ll encourage people to comment more. (Although I do worry the quality of comments will go down…eh.)
2. The new reader poll is up. I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this before? Anyway, this month’s question is: Are you doing anything special for Halloween? Answer in the sidebar to the right!

16 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon (Oct. 16): Multiplicity”

  1. I don’t mind read a few books at a time. I can usually handle it as long as the books aren’t too similar. I’m like you though and get annoyed that it takes me a while do it. I should start doing it again because I’m really slow reading my Agatha Christie book, haha.

    1. Yup, I think the key really is to have different genres/formats. I always get confused when I’m reading more than one YA fantasy book at a time, for instance.

  2. I recently started reading multiple books at the same time, too, and my experience has been very similar to yours. It feels like it takes FOREVER to finish one book (and is totally messing up my reading stats), but I know I’m reading more than I did before. Because if I’m getting slightly bored with one book, I can hop over to another one. Right now I’m sticking to just two books at a time – one to read on my commute to work and one to read at home – and that seems to be working well. And yeah, then there are the times I finish two books in one day and I’m like ‘yay! go me!’ I hope you find a system that works for you.

    1. I think it’s good to switch between different ways of reading. It keeps things from getting boring, don’t you think?

  3. I did the same thing where I pretended to still be reading a book but really it was just collecting dust on my nightstand while I read others. I decided to just make a “set-aside” shelf on Goodreads for books that I abandon for something else but still intend to finish someday. Right now, I have The Sound and the Fury on that shelf, where it’s been since August and where it will probably stay until at least August of next year. 🙂

    I used to be a one book girl until I went to college, and then I got used to juggling three or four books at a time because of all the required reading. The number of books I read a year increased drastically once I started reading two or three books at the same time. When before I read only about 35-40 books a year, now I read around 70-80 and I’d like to keep that number the same or get it higher after I graduate.

    1. Even worse than pretending to still read a book is to forget entirely that you started reading one in the first place! I just found a book I started reading about two weeks ago, but I completely forgot about it! Luckily I haven’t gotten to far into it, though, so I haven’t lost a lot of the plot.

  4. I’m usually reading two books and listening to an audiobook. That’s perfect for me most of the time. If I find myself with a lot of reading time, I may pick up a third print book. Usually, though, it’s hard for me to spread myself so thin because of how long it takes me to get through each book.

    1. I haven’t listened to an audiobook in a long time. 🙁 I miss them! I need to figure out a way I can get through one within a decent time span…hm.

  5. I only read one book at a time, although sometimes I read a fiction and non-fiction book at the same time. Mostly whenever I set a book aside to start on a new one, that means it’s over. We’ve broken up!

    1. See, that’s a good plan. With some books I KNOW I need to give them up because I’m not enjoying anything about them. But with others I DO like something about them…just not enough to want to read it all the way through right then and there. So. I’m not sure where I’m going with this.

  6. I go through spurts.. Sometimes I read one book at a time and then other times I read several at a time. It just seems to depend on the mood that I am in….

  7. I love reading multiple books at the same time — variety is the spice of life! — because usually what happens is that at some point one of the books becomes the most important one, and I suddenly have to finish it immediately and I get on with it like a house on fire, and that’s a really awesome experience. However, if none of the books catches on with me this way, it gets depressing, and I end up not finishing any of them and feeling really sad. So there are pros and cons.

    Also, happy belated Oscar Wilde’s birthday!

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