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Subject: Multiple reading ...
Date Posted: 8/1/2010 12:30 PM ET
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Doesn't it ruin your reading experience to read more than one...possibly two, books simultainously? I can, and have, read two but even then they must be oppositle in genre, such as a cozy mystery, light reading at home, and a non-fiction Nazi first account book I have a work.  But I like to savor, and dwell on a really good book, my concentration would be ruined if I were to read more than two.  Those of you that do it, is there a trick?'

Date Posted: 8/1/2010 1:40 PM ET
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One thing I've noticed is that different books suit me better at different times.  If I am sitting at a doctor's office, I need something engrossing, like a mystery to distract from my surroundings.  Right before bed, I like a less disturbing book so I sleep well.  For example, I'm reading Little Heathens before I go to bed.  It's a good book, but doesn't keep me up!  Also, I reserve the right to drop all other books if I really start to love one of them.

Date Posted: 8/1/2010 5:26 PM ET
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I usually have multiples going. It's like following multiple TV Series.  I can follow several of those at a time even when I don't see one for weeks because they're on break. 

I usually have on that is a main read and one that is a back up read.  The back up is usually an unpostable that I can read in the bathtub, jam in purse or read while eating.  The main read is usually a postable book that I don't want to risk damaging. 

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Date Posted: 8/1/2010 7:13 PM ET
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I don't seem to have any trouble at all jumping between storylines and refocusing on the book in front of me.  I usually have at least 10 going at once, at varying rates of progress.

Date Posted: 8/2/2010 11:40 AM ET
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I feel the same way, Deborah.  I feel like I'm cheating if I'm reading more than one book at the same time.  :)  But then again, I tend to read some pretty hefty doorstoppers, so maybe that adds up to more than one book? lol


Date Posted: 8/3/2010 6:05 AM ET
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I usually have 3 books going at any given time.  One is my main read, one I'll read only at the gym (gives me motivation to go if I pick a really good one!) and then I have an audio book I listen to in the car during my commute to work.

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Date Posted: 8/3/2010 6:19 AM ET
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I usually have 4 books going at once. One for my main at home read, one for my purse, one for work, and one next to my bed. It's like Mary said, every time I pick up a book and start reading, it's like starting a new TV episode without commercials. smiley

Date Posted: 8/3/2010 1:12 PM ET
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Wow, I never thought of it like some of you do......I may have to try the two or three thing...but mainly I read at night, and stick with one, but I go through them very quickly.  I tend to bring mags to the Dr. and in my car for waiting lines, etc.Thanks for your imput everyone!

Date Posted: 8/3/2010 9:17 PM ET
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I usually have at least two going on - an audio in the car and one that I am reading. Usually what I am reading I like so much that I want to read it all the time. I don't know if I could physically read more than one book because I would feel like I was cheating myself! Interesting to hear everyone's feedback through and good to know I am not the only one addicted to books!

Subject: Multiple
Date Posted: 8/5/2010 12:05 PM ET
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I sometimes have as many as 6 going at a time. Sometimes it gets a little confusing-and can be hard to get caught up and complete them all....