I know some people who read multiple books at the same time, but I’m usually a monogamous reader. It’s just the way I’m wired, I guess.
Why I read one book at a time
- If I like the book, I don’t want to put it down. I certainly would not be able to give two books the same attention… my head might explode.
- If I want to read a different book, it’s a sign I’m probably not interested in the first one. If I put it down to “take a break,” I probably won’t pick it back up. So if I want to finish it, I’ll be more motivated if I know I have a book I’m excited to read waiting for me.
- I have enough trouble adulting when I’m reading without doubling it. If I like a book, I have trouble putting it down to complete tasks I’m supposed to. (Honestly, I could just read all day, pretty much every day.) If I read two books at the same time, that would probably make it worse.
- I lose things. It’s a joke in our house that I normally have no idea where I put my phone even though I literally just had it. My books stay in the last place I was reading them (or my purse, if I was out). But I can just imagine that if I was reading two books at the same time, I’d forget where I put one and drive myself crazy.
- I’m a moody reader. If I’m reading two books at the same time, they’d have to be similar in some ways. Why would I want to have two horror novels, or two romance novels going at the same time?
- If I’m reading a regular book and an audiobook. Then, of course, they occupy different spaces in my life. I only listen to audiobooks when my eyes or hands are engaged doing something else, and reading the old-fashioned way would be impractical (or dangerous).
- The first book is one I want to read (like a classic), but it’s not engaging my attention. There’s a reason I’m reading it, so I know I’m going to finish, but it’s hard work, and I need a break.
Do you read multiple books at a time, or are you a monogamous reader, like me?