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Subject: What do you read when???
Date Posted: 4/23/2009 11:05 PM ET
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I have never read 2 books at one time, but I think I need to start.

Lately I haven't been reading as much, but now I have time but certain things I can't read in the middle of the day while my DD is up. I am now starting Nauti Intentions, but for me that is a nap-time and night time read. What do I do when I want to read while my 3 year old is playing outside and I am sitting out there watching her.....I can't read anything like that when she is awake,lol.

I have never been able to read 2 books at once, because I usually can't stop one without finishing it, even if it sucks! lol

So, my question is what do you do? When do you read your steamier books and how do you juggle 2 or more books at once???

Date Posted: 4/23/2009 11:49 PM ET
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I'll read either short stories or non fiction.  And I'm really NOT a non fiction reader.  But I find I have to have one main book.  Can't read two novels at once.

And I do the same thing when I know I'll be waiting somewhere.  There is the public book to read at DMV, airport, what ever.  And then there is the main one.



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Date Posted: 4/24/2009 3:05 AM ET
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I juggle a lot, more than I really like to, because I can only read paperbacks at the gym. I don't find it that hard, really, but I think I do enjoy my reading more when I read one book straight through than when I break them up. I think I don't get as absorbed when I know I'm going to have to stop reading.

 

Date Posted: 4/24/2009 7:57 AM ET
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I read lots of books at once, I just try to make sure only one historical, one contemp, one erotica at a time....try not to mix up things like more than one vampire or shape shifter book at a time. If books are too similar then I get mixed up! As long as they are not too similar I can sit with a stack of books at my elbow, finish a chapter, and pick up another one I'm in the middle of, no problem.

Date Posted: 4/24/2009 8:25 AM ET
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The only time I can read two or more books at once is if the secondary book is an anthology or they are short stories.

Date Posted: 4/24/2009 9:57 AM ET
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I've never been able to (or wanted to) read more than one book at a time.  I'm more the "park my behind on the couch until the wee hours of the morning so I can finish reading this book" kind of person.  lol

But lately I've been juggling 2 at a time.  Mostly because the bookshelf on my exercise bike doesn't really hold hardcover books well.  So if I'm reading a hardback, then I have a paperback book on the bike.  Usually I pick something I don't think I'll get totally engrossed in, at least for my workouts, so I won't mind reading 30 minutes at a time. 

I also tend to leave the steamier reads for bedtime, but for the most part I don't have a hard time reading them in short intervals - maybe because the stories tend to not be as in-depth?  Of course there are exceptions to every rule.  lol

 

Date Posted: 4/24/2009 11:30 AM ET
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The short answer for me is nothing.  I can barely chew gum & walk as it is.

Date Posted: 4/24/2009 2:56 PM ET
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Get a bookcover she won't see the naughty pictures and She won't know why you are blushing lol. I can only read one book at a time so when wea re outside playing or at the little park down the street I just bring whatever I have with me to read. I recently had to invest in the bookcovors because My 5 year old asked why there was boobies on the covor or my book lol. Or frequently ask why the people are kissing or why the guy doesn't have a shirt on.  I just covor it up, now when he (or my 2 yo daughter) gets to the point of reading I may just have to give that up until they go to bed but until then covor it up.

Date Posted: 4/24/2009 4:25 PM ET
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I liken it to following more than 1 TV show at a time.  I watch one new episode  a week and still can follow along. 

I also don't like to read the erotica books around my daughter. Although some of the standard romance books have covers that are just as bad.

I usually have 2 going at once. I'll have an unpostable going that I read if I 'm eating alone or um in the "library" as DH likes to call our bathroom. This is also the book that I will shove in my purse if I'm going to be getting work done on my car or waiting at a Drs. office or something.  Because it's already unpostable and so if I damage it further it's no big deal.

Then I have a postable book going.  That's the book that I read when I can just sit and read and not worry about stains and such. 

Occassionally I'll  have 3 going at one time but I try to avoid this.  Right now I have 4 going but I'm not actively reading 2 of them.  I put one down because I have a deadline on a game book that needs to be mailed by Monday.  I have the "bathroom" book and then another that I'm having trouble getting into.  I'm going to force myself to tyr and finish it because it's the 1st of a mystery series and I have several others of it already that are WL.   It's not bad, I just can't get into it for some reason.

Date Posted: 4/24/2009 9:23 PM ET
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I usually read 2 or 3 books at one time.  I find that Im curious about a book...( after I have already starting reading another one)

Right now Im reading 2 books by Debbie Macomber - Married in Seattle and Twenty wishes.

I also started a book awhile back, True Believer by Nicholas Sparks and then put it away for awhile, -- ( I promised to give it to a family member when Im done reading it, so Im trying to "hurry up and finish it".)

plus...this morning I started another book called "The Quilters Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini, Im really enjoying this book!

Date Posted: 4/24/2009 10:01 PM ET
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Well, for me at this point it is not the cover of the book that bothers me.lol 

I guess it is that I feel.....guilty??? or something about what I am reading.  Not to mention that when you are in the middle of a hot scene and your 3 yr old is saying something along the lines of," mommy I got a bogger" or I need to go potty" that just completley turns you off! lol

I want to read while we are outside, but I swear in the last few months I can't read my HOT books around her without feeling like I shouldn't.  

Today I picked up a historical by Jillian Hunter in the Boscastle series that I'm reading for my daytime read and so far since they are soooo different ,I am doing alright.

Date Posted: 4/24/2009 10:24 PM ET
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Mindy I can't do it either.  I have to save those for when DD is not around.  I can handle reading the sex scenes in a more mainstream book. But the straight out erotica-I have to be in a certain mood for one of those and that mood doesn't happen with DD around. 

Date Posted: 4/24/2009 10:38 PM ET
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Mary, I know what you mean! It has just started with me, but I just can't do it...lol

My erotica has now been deemed nap time and night time books. I dont' know why as she doesn't understand or even know what the half naked hot guy on the cover is about, but it just doesn't seem right!

I think that doing 2 books that are totally different will work for me but if not then it will just take me longer to finish a book than usual...

Oh well, I guess we'll see if I can handle 2 at once or if it will take me 3-4 nights and naps to finish a "hot" book. 

I have found myself to be one of those "stay up til the wee hours of the morning readers" but my hubby usually complains and I can only do that if I will be done with the book by 1 or 2am  :-)

Date Posted: 4/25/2009 12:25 AM ET
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I used to care full time for 2 sisters ages  5 and 2at the time.  One day we went to Walmart. THey were in the cart and I took them down the book aisle.  I just wanted to see if anything new was out that I wanted to add to my WL here.  Suddenly the 5 yr old goes "there's naked people on that book" really loud. I almost died. They weren't naked btw. I forget what book it was but it was your standard Regency type cover. I think it was a woman lying down and all her important parts covered with a silk sheet. THen there were a couple of  the standard shirtless man covers.  I thought she was going to tell her mother and then they would think I was reading porn while watching their kids.

Date Posted: 4/25/2009 6:48 AM ET
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My problem is reading erotica in bed with my 6 yo girl lying next to me, before she falls asleep. She is becoming an excellent reader. So unless I want her reading inappropriate words, I have to wait til she falls asleep to whip out the erotica! Otherwise she may be sounding out something I don't want her to read!