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 acquired this week:
- The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston (publisher).
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.
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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!