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Booking Through Thursday

For something different, I’m borrowing a question from … here! One of the very first questions ever at Booking Through Thursday. Back from 2005 when Laura owned the blog but, because it was so new, it didn’t get as many responses as it does now … so, why not revisit?

Here’s the question:

Some people read one book at a time. Some people have a number of them on the go at any given time, perhaps a reading in bed book, a breakfast table book, a bathroom book, and so on, which leads me to…

1. Are you currently reading more than one book?
2. If so, how many books are you currently reading?
3. Is this normal for you?
4. Where do you keep your current reads?

Yes, I am currently reading more than one book, which is normal for me. I can’t stand to just read one book. Part of this is because I get bored with just one story, I suppose it’s the ADD, but another big part of why is sometimes my main book isn’t convenient to lug around with me when I have errands to run.

Right now I’m reading:

  • Love Over Scotland by Alexander McCall Smith. This is my main book, but I’m about 10 pages from the end. My next main book is A Wrinkle in Timeby Madeline l’Engle, a book that I have tried and tried to read and finish all my life, but as yet remains unfinished (Chapter 4 is the farthest I’ve gotten in the book).  I keep my main book in my bedroom (either , on my dresser, on the desk, on the milk crate by my bed, and sometimes actually in my bed.)
  • From the Corner of His Eye by Dean Koontz is my tote-around book, though I’ve kind of been carrying around Mischief Makers Manual by Sir John Hargrave instead. I’m about 80 or so pages into Koontz book, and almost halfway through the M3.  I keep Koontz in my purse, and the M3 is in my coat pocket.
  • How To Be a Villian by Neil Zawacki is my… erm… bathroom read. *cough* I’m about a third of the way through it.  I keep this one in the cubby behind the sink.
  • I was straightening up and organizing all my ARCs and books for which I owe reviews into a manageable pile, and started reading The Forbidden Daughterby Shobhan Bantwal. The copy I have is an unbound galley, so it lives in the mailer that I received it in. When I first got it, I was a bit put off by the fact it’s just a pack of paper, and I figured it would be hard for me to take seriously as a book, a prejudice that has turned out to be completely unfounded 🙂 It’s an excellent book.   It’s laying on my chest-o-drawers where my Books-on-Deck are kept.
  • I’m also reading Emma by Jane Austen as part of my Jane-a-thon (also kept on the chest-o-drawers), and I’ve started re-reading The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis, this time with the kids.  I keep this one in the kitchen on top the microwave, we read one chapter at a time after dinner.

So that’s seven books that I am currently, actively reading (though I don’t know if Emma can count as an “active” read, I’ve kind of stalled out in it). I keep track of my reading on my profile page at LibraryThing, as well as on my 75 and 50 book challenge posts.

So how’s your Number Game?  Join the fun at Booking Through Thursday!


13 Responses

  1. wow…7 books??? How do you keep all the story lines straight? How much time do you give to each book?

  2. Just the way it should be 🙂

    I didn’t see it like that, but yes, if they can keep tv-shows straight, why not books. The more the merrier is my policy 😉

  3. 7 books? That’s amazing. I’m lucky if I can do more than one book at a time. LOL

  4. Well, one way I keep all the stories straight is to not read two of the same type of books at a time. I made that mistake once, reading I Am Legend, a collection of short stories by Richard Matheson, and Skeleton Crew, also a collection of short stories, by Stephen King. Both were of the horror/thriller genre, and to complicate it farther, Matheson was one of King’s major influences. The two books became a bit enmeshed, and I have to look up the reviews to see which story was in which books sometimes.

    The other main thing I do to keep things seperate is that each book has its time an place to be read. One is read in the kitchen with the kids, another read when I’m out of the house. Context of reading the books keep them straight.

    Thanks for visiting 😀

  5. I could never do that. I usually read one book at a time. On occasion, I will read a fiction and non-fiction, but I could never keep track of 7 plots.

  6. I am the same way. After a few chapters, I just need something different.

  7. Wow! 7 books, I wish that I could do that. I like the idea of reading books from different genre’s and each book has a time and place to be read, maybe that would help me with my guilt…..:-)
    I read 44 Scotland Street last week and it was a really good read, Alexander McCall Smith has quickly become one of my favourite authors!

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog 🙂

  8. I usually read 2-3 at once, but 7 would be too many!

  9. 7? Man. I usually have 3 going.


  10. I do read two books at a time sometimes but I prefer for one of them to be non-fiction. I only get an hour or so to read each day, so I like to stick to one fiction book. I will overlap if I’m at the end of one and I get another that I can’t wait to start reading.

  11. Wanted to say good post!

  12. wow, so many books, eh? re : the painted house. i think its just not my type of reading. thanks for visiting me @

  13. wow!!! 7 books?? amazing…I could never do that

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