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Subject: Do you read several at once?
Date Posted: 8/29/2007 11:20 AM ET
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Are you like me, and have several going at once? I always have a longer, difficult book, and then do shorter, one-day books in between.

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 11:22 AM ET
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Oops, I think I accidentally hit the wrong key and made a "blank" topic as I was trying to post the above. I don't know how that was possible, but leave it to me...

 

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 12:06 PM ET
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Yep i do. I am reading Inez of My Soul and Daniel isn't Talking right now.

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 12:23 PM ET
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I usually have one fiction and one non-fiction going at a time.  I read the non-fiction in bed before I go to sleep.

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 12:37 PM ET
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I usually do that-have 1 harder/longer/serious book going and one fun read in a day type book going.  But I have a military move coming up and I'm trying to read and post all my books.  So I'm making myself stick w/one book until it's finished.  When I signed up last week I researched some of my unread titles and I have a bunch w/waiting lines for them.  So that's my goal now. To read and then post them.

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 12:38 PM ET
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Oh and I did the "blank topic" thing yesterday. 

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 12:42 PM ET
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I usually  am reading three---- a fiction book, a non fiction and a Christian non-fiction at the same time.

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 12:46 PM ET
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Yep - I've pretty much got a book in progress in every room, in my bag (and a backup in the car as well).  Can't be without something to read.

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 2:32 PM ET
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Oh yeah.  At least two at once.......Fiction more fun book at home and a nonfiction usually for work ..........then I try to keep one in the car for just in case I get stuck somewhere.  I have never minded waiting to see a doctor or have my car services, as long as I can sit and read.  

This week I am away from my normal workplace by 2.5 hours........Staying in a hotel.......reading at night..........and even finding time to read at work as it is a bit quiter here than my normal work place...........its almost a company paid vacation!

 

 

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 4:35 PM ET
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Oh yes, two at the very least ( see my posts) by the bedside , in my tote bag, locker at work, bathroom, etc, etc,

and if I were hermit the same would be true in my cave!

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 4:48 PM ET
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I do read a few at a time.  If a good book gets a little slow I try another.  Sometimes it's just my mood.

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 4:58 PM ET
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I used to say I dont do this but then I realized that reference books count so yes I always have one reference Im reading and one fiction. Well depending on the subject matter of the reference I suppose it could be fiction too.

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 7:04 PM ET
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Mine is a location thing also.  I was once on the way to mail several PBS books and had a flat tire.  I had nothing to read with me (very unusual!) while I waited for AAA, so I tore open one of the PBS books to read and mailed it later.  I can't stand to be without something to read.

Bathroom - Jim Butcher's - Dresden File Series (Unless I get really interested, then it becomes my recliner book!)

Recliner - magazines, bathroom or purse book

Purse - Tara Jantzen novel

Work - I'm reading three novels to my three writing classes

Desk at home - Educational Psychology for a class I'm teaching in November

Car - Audiobooks - Right now an mystery (can't remember the name)

 



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Date Posted: 8/29/2007 8:03 PM ET
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Wow!  Stupid question, but don't you get confused?  I love to read...but I'll carry my book with me everywhere until it is finished.  Can't fathom reading more than one at a time!!

Lisa

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 8:05 PM ET
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No, with my crappy memory, I can hardly keep track of what's going on in one book. lol. I also tend to get wrapped up in the books that I'm reading so it's hard enough to put one book down.
Date Posted: 8/29/2007 8:24 PM ET
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If I read two fiction books at the same time then I do tend to get confused which is why I dont read two at one time.

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 9:10 PM ET
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I only read one fiction book/memoir at a time.  I have a lot of parenting/self-help type books, which I'm always in the process of reading, but they take me forever to read.  They're just so dang boring sometimes!

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 9:28 PM ET
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I don't get confused unless I am reading several that have the same theme going.  Guess I'm either bi-biblio or really forgetful!

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 9:28 PM ET
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I always heve several going. It's like friends you keep them straight, same with books. 

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 9:45 PM ET
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Usually, though I tend to do 2 books at the same time- though I'm doing 3 now since I was getting through library books and one I'm reading for a book club. I like to mix a shorter/easier one too and then a longer one with reall different genres/tones at the same time.

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 10:10 PM ET
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If a book bogs down for me I'll start another one. Sometimes I'll be reading one at home and a different when I go to lunch at work. Or I'll keep one in the car that I'm reading also. I think the most I've had going at one time was 4. I didn't have any problems keeping them straight and remember what was going on in each.

Date Posted: 8/30/2007 2:38 PM ET
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I have four going at the moment and one book on tape.

Date Posted: 8/31/2007 7:03 AM ET
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I usually read four books at a time. Two fiction, two non-fiction. Of the two one is heavy and the other is light. For instance, right now the two fictions are Old New York by Edith Wharton (heavy) and Vengence Valley by Luke Short (light). The two non-fictions are The Buddha from Brooklyn (light) and Praire Earth by William Least Heat Moon (heavy). Mood and fatigue have a lot to do with which of the four I feel up on a given evening. If I'm beat, I can't give, say, Edith Wharton my best attention so I'll read something less demanding.

Date Posted: 8/31/2007 7:38 AM ET
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I usually have either two or three going at once. I carry a paperback with me to work in my purse to read on breaks. Usually that's a light mystery or fantasy of some kind. At home, I'll have something in hardcover or larger trade paperback going at the same time. And then, occasionally, I'll also be reading something in non-fiction concurrently with those two.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 8/31/2007 12:41 PM ET
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I don't get confused. I like the analogy someone mentioned - they're different, but they're like friends - you keep them straight. The thing is, I'm usually reading a really long book, and somewhere in there, my mood will change temporarily. I'll be in the middle of a big classic, and feel the need for some excitement and pick up a Dean Koontz book, for instance, spend a day reading that, and then go back to the other book. Some books make more demands on your mind, and some are more like a movie or TV show. Some are stimulating, and some are soothing, so I might read a more soothing one at bedtime. 

Then there's the fact that I'll start reading a few pages of a book to see if that's the one I want to read next, and I might choose something else instead, so technically, I've got dozens that I've started.

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