Reading more than one

by | Sep 14, 2023 | Uncategorized | 5 comments

How many books do you read at a time? Do you stick to one book until you finish before opening another one? Not so long ago, I used to be a one book at a time reader. I did not understand reading more than one. How could anyone ever finish a book that way?

I have a sister who reads multiple books at a time. I’d question her rationale. She assured me the plots and characters held to their own pages, not landing in a confused pile of gibberish. The only way I could relate then was when I had my fiction book and a non-fiction textbook or research book at the same time.

About ten years ago with a huge TBR stack—stacks—and multiple projects including research, writing, and reviewing, I needed to break my lifelong habit of one book, propelling me to have two fiction books—one for daytime stolen moments and one for bedtime. Surprise. Surprise. I found I finished two in the same number of days as just one before.

Now, fast forward to the present. With the technology of ebooks and audio books, I have multiple books open and active:

  • 1 ebook
  • 1 audio book
  • 2 fiction
  • 1 foreign language fiction
  • 1 research

And it works for me! That covers any place or time during my day between work and household chores. Even then, audible books fill the space.


How about you?

  • One book at a time
  • Or multiple books

Happy Reading!


  1. Carole Johnson

    I juggle an audio book, a physical book and a Kindle–at the same time.

    Crazy, right? 🙂

  2. Kathleen Robison Robison

    Yes, multiple in different mediums. But when I get too
    Many going, I binge one to finish!

  3. Kara

    I usually have a fiction book and a nonfiction book going at the same time and read whichever I’m in the mood for. I occasionally have an ebook going as well.

  4. Paula Shreckhise

    I generally have at least two going at a time. One print and one ebook. Hopefully they are not similar plots. I just read two that were set in the same era and had similar plots. But
    I read for reviews, so not always possible to split. And I have to write my reviews soon after reading or I forget the story!!!


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