Month: November 2015

Reading Multiple Books at the Same Time?

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?

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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.

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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.

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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!

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December Group Read Announcement! #TheBookBasilisksBookClub

Good evening bookish people and today I am here to announce something exciting for you! You might not know but I have a book club located in Goodreads! I created the club/group more than half a year ago, and since then we’ve had nearly 100 members on the group!

The name of this group is the Book Basilisks Book Club, because someone messaged me on my Harry Potter blog with the fact that we are more than just bookworms, we are book basilisks, like the one in Harry Potter. (because we obviously love Harry Potter too!)

In this book club that I am moderating, we discuss a different book each month after polling and for that whole month we will read the book together and talk about every aspect of the book, share our thoughts on our experience reading the book with each other. It’s super fun but I have to admit we need more members to make the group more exciting and active, which is why I’m inviting all of you guys to join this awesome group!

For the announcement, we had two rounds of polls for December’s group read and at the end, I am happy to announce you that our group read for December is:

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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I’ve never read the book before and I’m excited to read it with you guys during December, and here’s a little synopsis of the book I got from Goodreads:

Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.

If you are interested to join in and read this book with us, join our Goodreads group and maybe add me on Goodreads as well!

Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Families

Happy Tuesday everyone! How’s everyone week doing? I had a wonderful time last week, I spent a lot of time with my friends and I remember laughing a lot and just having a lot of time. Reading-wise, it’s not a very good week. I’m still reading the same two books I read last week and progress has been slow. Nevertheless, let’s talk about this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! For this week, the topic is Thanksgiving, and one of the ideas for this week’s topic is fictional families you’d love to spend thanksgiving with. Now from where I come from we don’t really spend Thanksgiving together or even celebrate it, but I love the element of family in books. And here are some of my favourite fictional families, from movies, TV shows and movies!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

#10. The Pelekais (Lilo & Stitch)

Lilo and Stitch is one of my favourite movies as a child. And I love the sisterly relationship between Lilo and Nani, and how their family got bigger with the addition of Stitch and Jumba and Pleakley. I’d love to just chill with them on the beach and eat pizza and play in the sand with Stitch.

#9. The Bennets (Pride and Prejudice)

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Ever since I read the book and watched the movie, I’ve really wondered what it’ll be like to live in a large family. I love the dynamics in the Bennets family, how they’re so loud and comfortable with each other and despite the fact that they’re not wealthy or famous, they still love each other.

#8. The Shelbys (Peaky Blinders)

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Okay, I just finished the last episode of this series last week and I’m still in love with the characters. I both love and hate the Shelbys but they’re so sophisticated and rich that having dinner with them would probably be excellent. And there’ll probably be a lot of smoking and drinking. At least I’ll get to meet Tommy Shelby *melts*

#7. The Pevensies (The Chronicles of Narnia)

The four siblings of the Pevensies are just adorable. I’d love to have a big brother like Peter, and it’ll be super nice to sit down and eat dinner with them, just the food itself would probably be amazing because they’ll be the kings and queens of Narnia.

#6. Merida’s Family (Brave)

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Another Disney movie, but I just can’t help it. I love the red-headed family from Brave, and dinner with them would probably be super chaotic with the loud father and the super messy triplet who won’t be able to stop moving for more than one minute.

#5. The Fowls (Artemis Fowl series)

I just can’t help but love rich families! I’m sure dinner with Artemis and his parents would be super awkward unless we’re talking about complex things like time travel or money, but with the addition of Myles and Beckett and maybe Juliet and Butler I’ll definitely have a lovely evening with excellent high class food.

#4. The Lannisters (A Song of Ice and Fire series)

Spending dinner with the Lannisters will probably be frightening but also exciting. I’d love to sit and drink wine and eat all the amazing food in their world and spend time with Tyrion and Jaime and Cersei. Perfect.

#3. The Potters (Harry Potter series)

Most people would probably mention The Weasleys as the most famous family from Harry Potter, so I thought about something different and just because I just really really like Harry as a character, I think I would really enjoy having dinner with the Potters in the epilogue of the last book. To be able to talk to Harry and Ginny and see them as parents with their happy family and maybe with Teddy as well, it’ll be the best day of my life.

#2. The Pritchetts (Modern Family)

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I love this show and it’s mostly because I love the characters in it. I’ve only recently started watching the show, but I have been so hooked ever since. I particularly really like Phil Dunphy because he’s so hilarious. But I just think it’ll be super fun to have dinner with them, seeing them having so much fun and having alot of dinners together throughout the years.

#1. The Winchesters (Supernatural)

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Supernatural has been my favourite show for over a year now. It gives me so much feels and I love Sam and Dean. I wouldn’t mind having dinner with also their parents and maybe even Bobby or Cas, but just a simple dinner in a motel with the brothers would be awesome too, filled with the boys’ bickering and general cuteness.

What about you guys? Which fictional families would you like to spend dinner with? Let me know your thoughts on the comments 😉

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