Thursday, 16 August 2007

Booking Through Thursday: Monogamy


One book at a time? Or more than one? If more, are they different types/genres? Or similar?

(We’re talking recreational reading, here—books for work or school don’t really count since they’re not optional.)



Mainly I'm a monogamous. But occasionally I do cheat and read other books, leaving the other behind for a while. I don't like it, and I wouldn't do it as a general rule. I used to do it a lot and I would end up leaving some of the books unfinished, cause I was too engrossed by the others. If my attention is grabbed by one I might lose interest in the other, even forget about it. Also I think the best way to enjoy a book is to be totally absorbed by them. Something that can only be done once at a time.
That said, it happens sometime, of course. When you're a bookseller and see new books every day, shiny and tempting, it's hard to say "you stay there and wait for your turn". So what I do is try and be quick, so I can move on to the next. If I really can't wait, then I read it in the shop, without buying it, or even bringing it home. So I know that my current reading is still in charge and that one is only a distraction, a whim, that won't last long...

6 comments:

Callista said...

I can read more than one book at a time and still be totally engrossed in what I'm reading. While I'm reading one book I'm not thinking of the other. My answer's here: http://smsbookreviews.blogspot.com/2007/08/booking-through-thursday-monogamy.html

Stephanie said...

I think I've decided I'm a mood reader. I'll start a book....and then decide I'm in the mood for something else.

Ann said...

I only ever have one fiction book going at a time, but I do normally have a book of letters or journals by my bedside for those nights when the fiction book has just got so exciting that I wouldn't get to sleep if I went on reading.

valentina said...

well, bedtime is some days the only time when I can do some reading, so I wouldn't waste it with something boring, even if it means I'm gonna loose a bit of sleep;)

yeah I am a mood reader too, but I wouldn't read 2 or more book at once anyway. If I'm not in the mood it'll have to wait.

Dewey said...

I mostly am monogamous, but I can have one fiction and one nonfiction going on as long as the nonfiction is VERY interesting. Otherwise, I'll just end up abandoning it for the fiction.

Crafty Green Poet said...

I only ever have one novel on the go, when I cheat its with poetry or non-fiction...