Hello, and welcome to another post of Ayunda’s Thoughts, where I share my random bookish thoughts with you! This post is about something that has been bugging me for a long time, and I’ve always wondered what you guys think about it.
So, the big question is: What are your thoughts on reading multiple books at once? I stumbled into this video and I just wondered, are there are effects with reading only one book and reading many different books at the same time?
Well I personally only read one to two books at the same time. And usually I read them in separate ways, one ebook in my Nook and one paperback or hard copy of a different book. Like for example, I’m currently reading both The Martian and The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August at the same time. But you might wonder, do I ever get their stories mixed up? For me, I read those two books on different times so I don’t get them mixed up. I usually read these two books alternatingly each day, so for today I’d read one book and tomorrow I’ll read the other one – I don’t ever read a few pages of one book and then stop and read the other book right after I read it.
The main reason why I do this is mostly because of convenience. When I’m going out, or on a school day, I always bring a book in my bag. But it’s so heavy and bulky if I bring, say an 800-page edition of my book in my bag and carry it around all day. That’s why I usually bring my e-reader when I travel. But there are also times when I’d get bored and I’ll want to read something other than an ebook. That’s when I’d read my paperback edition of another book.
Another reason why I read multiple books at the same time is also because I get bored of reading only one book at the same time. Especially with really long series that requires a lot of thinking, sometimes in the middle of the story I’d want to read something else that’s lighter, and I’ll pick up another book to read in the meantime.
But one aspect that I’ve thought about when thinking about reading multiple books on the same time is if it affects your speed of reading. I’ve read that some people think it’s faster if you read only one book and focus on that instead of reading many different books together. But I can never really trust that theory, because I believe that it doesn’t really matter whether you read one book or five books at the same time.
From my own experience, I’ve seen more people who prefer reading only one book instead of many at the same time. But I also know a lot of people, most of them people I know on Goodreads, who read more than two books at the same time. They’d even read almost seven books together! And for me it’s weird, but I still understand why they do that.
But for me personally, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to focus when I read too many books at once. I think I did read three books at the same time once, but when I did that I’d put aside one of the books I’m currently not interested in and stop reading it altogether, so it still counts as only reading two books at the same time. And whether I read one book or three books or five books, I still have the same pace of finishing each books and it does not affect how fast you read.
What are your thoughts on this topic? How many books are you reading right now and why? How many books do you prefer to read at the same time and why? Does it affect how quickly you finish a book? Don’t be shy to share and discuss your thoughts on the comments!