I’ve never been one to read more than one book at one time, until recently. The reason for not reading more than one book is because when I read a book, I want to be so sucked into the story that reading the book and finding out what happens becomes the most important thing in my life. As I said, until recently that is.
About a year ago, I started reading two books at one. One fiction, one non-fiction (A Short History of Nearly Everything to be exact). The reason for this was because I wanted something fun to break up all the information I was reading in Bill Bryson’s wonderful book, but since then things have gone dramatically downhill.
I am currently reading five books. That’s right FIVE books at once. One is short stories to flick through before bed. Another is a novel I wanted to read in relation to a uni essay. One of them in a non-fiction and the other two are just novels (one contemporary, one historical fiction). I don’t know how or when this happened, but it’s become an issue and no matter how much I read I can’t seem to get the number down. I know I will have to restart one of the books or abandon it completely until later on, but I don’t want to.
How do other readers cope with this problem? Or does it not happen to anyone else? Do people enjoy reading multiple books? I’m finding it stressful and shall not start a new book until it’s only the Brother’s Grimm’s Fairytales I am reading!