One of the many things I love about being a part of the online reading community is how you get a peek into other people’s reading lives. Stripped down to its bare bones, reading is a pretty solitary hobby; you get yourself a book, you sit down (or lie down, or stand – whatever floats your boat) and you read that book. It’s just you and the characters, the story and the world of the book. It doesn’t feel lonely at all (this is something most readers will agree upon, I think), but it is something you do alone, most of the time.
And then you go online and talk about that book you’ve read with other people all over the world who also love to read. I love it! I’m very lucky to also have friends who love to read and love to talk about reading, but I’ve seen quite a lot of people within the community say how happy they are to finally be able to talk about books with other people who understand. I just think that’s wonderful.
Anyway. As I was saying, I really like learning about other people’s reading habits. What combination of genres do they like to read? Do they like to read in silence or with music on or in a busy cafe? How fast do they read and how many books a month?
How on earth do they manage to read so many books a month?!
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my own reading habits. I used to only read one book at a time and I wouldn’t pick up another one until I’d finished that first one. On the rare occasions that I was reading two books at the same time, it just kind of bothered me the entire time. I never knew which book to pick up and when I read one I felt guilty for not reading the other. So, for my own peace of mind I stuck to reading one book at a time.
And then that suddenly changed a few months ago! Right now, I’m reading four books at the same time. A few weeks ago I was reading five books at the same time. I’m picturing some of you shrugging your shoulders right now, thinking “so? I do that all the time”, but for me that’s extremely unusual!
What I’m reading right now
Although, when you take a look at the books I’m reading, and how I’m reading them (audiobook vs. physical), it does kind of make sense.
First, there’s Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, which is my ‘main read’, right now. It’s a very witty graphic novel about a villain and his sidekick (Nimona) and I’m absolutely loving it.
Then there’s Ariel by Sylvia Plath, which is a collection of poems – something completely different. I’m reading a couple of poems here and there; it doesn’t really feel like something to binge read. I’m enjoying it, although I’m very confused by it at the same time. I guess that’s poetry for ya?
Third on the list is Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, which doesn’t need a lot of extra explanation. It’s a book of good night stories – all only one page long – about amazing women from history. I read one of those stories every night before bed (although sometimes I forget), so that’ll take me a while to get through. It’s a lovely way to unwind before going to sleep every night; I really enjoy it as my own little ritual!
The last book on the list is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which I’m (re)reading via audiobook. I got a subscription to an audiobook app a few months ago, and I’m really happy with it! I listen to audiobooks while doing chores (like doing the dishes or tidying up) and I also like to listen to them while taking walks. It’s a great way to make doing chores more appealing for myself and to get some more reading in.
So, that’s how I came to change my habit of only reading one book at the time. It happened quite organically, but I’m not entirely used to it yet!
Now, let’s chat!
What’s your take on this? Do you like to finish one book before moving on to the next or do you read multiple books at a time? What makes you decide to pick up a new book? Let me know in the comments!