The other day I bumped into a friend, and we spoke about books we’ve read recently, when she just threw into the conversation ‘oh yes I’m reading about 4 books at the moment’. Like this was something of an achievement.
I find this odd. I know many people do this, it’s not uncommon, but I’ve never understood it. I know of people who say they have a book on their bed side table, one in their bag, maybe even one in the bathroom but I do wonder what the reasoning for this is. I guess it means you are never without a book to read, you won’t forget to take your book if it’s always there, waiting for you. Convenience. Having said that I have never found myself without a book to read, and I can’t actually think of a time I forgot to take a book with me.
I’m not even sure if I could do this. I’m pretty sure I’ve never tried.
Why would you want to flip from one novel to another? Does it feel like you read more if you have several on the go at once? Surely it just takes twice (or four) times as long to finish them?
Usually I’m so into the book that I just want to dive into the same one again to see what’s happening, not check out a different one.
So, how many do/can you read at once?