How I read multiple books at once


I was going to write a post with tips on how to handle reading multiple books at once until I remembered that I already did that. I don’t really want to change anything I wrote in that post, but I thought I’d take a minute to add a few things about my own personal habits. I’m not going to reiterate everything from that post because I figure you can read it if you’re so inclined. I do, however, want to emphasize that reading multiple books at once isn’t for everyone and if it doesn’t work for you, that’s totally fine. This is just my own personal preferences.

My reading can be place bound.

A number of years ago, I read an article about different types of multi-book readers and how for some, their reading is place-bound, meaning they only read certain books in certain places. I wish I could find that article again, because I thought it was interesting and clearly it stood out to me if I’m still thinking about it years later. For me as a reader, certain formats get read in certain places. All my physical books are stored in my bedroom, so I’m most likely to have a physical book near my bed to read before bedtime. I’d really rather prefer to read a physical book before bed – something about looking at a screen right before bed makes it difficult for me to sleep.

However, my bedroom is on the top floor of a three story home. If I want to read a physical book on the first floor of the house (which I often do when I’m working on laundry), I’d need to carry a book up and down two flights of stairs. And I’ve discovered that this doesn’t work for me. Part of that has to do with laziness on my part, but there are also practical reasons why this doesn’t work too well. Namely, it’s difficult to carry a book when my arms are full of laundry. Instead, I’ve been leaving my ereader on the first floor. The benefit to this is that my ereader takes up less space and I can have tons of books on there without having to worry about carrying books up and downstairs when I’m done with them.

My reading is also situational.

So I’ve touched on how I work physical books and ebooks into my life.

One of the things I love about audiobooks is that they make it possible for me to experience a book in situations when it wouldn’t be practical or possible for me to have eyes on text – when I’m folding and putting away the mountains of laundry I’m always doing, for example. I also much prefer listening to an audiobook to trying to read print when I’m eating.

So I hope this gives you some more ideas about how to work multiple books into your life if you’re so inclined.

Do you read multiple books at once? If so, tell me about your habits in the comments.

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  • Courtney Apr 8, 2017

    I just started reading multiple books at a time a few months ago. For me it’s a method to stave off reading slumps, allowing for mood reading and lapses in attention. I do not have specific place bound books because my living space is tiny but I do have an audiobook in my car. I drive a lot for work so it’s really a good way to get in some extra reading. Great post!

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