Book reviews, musings and waffle from a British lit addict

Doubling up and hitting 50…

I’d like to first point out that ‘hitting 50’ does not refer to my age – it refers to my super excitement about having reached 50 followers!! I’m extremely grateful to all of you and it makes me ever more happy that I joined this cute little blogging community! So THANK YOU for your support!!

Second, I recently attempted something very out of character for me – reading two books at once. Usually I am most definitely a one-book girl. When I last did this experiment (some years ago), I just found that I very quickly preferred one of the other and just focused on that, meaning I didn’t so much read two books at once as start one, put it down, read another and then finish the one I started first.

My motivation for trying this again was that my book of choice at the time (prompted no doubt by a televised adaptation of its prequel) was World Without End by Ken Follett. I don’t know if you’ve seen this nifty paperback but at over 1,200 pages it’s a TOME. I’m loathed to buy an ebook copy simply because I already have a ‘real’ copy and it seems needlessly frivolous. Equally though, I can’t face carrying this around in my handbag every day. SO, I thought, why not read World Without End when I’m at home and read an eBook on my commute?

Because, as per my last forray into this, I read 20 pages of WWE and then started The Study Train..(check out my ‘Currently Reading’ on the right) on my journey the next morning and promptly got so engrossed in it that it became my ‘home read’ too. WWE is still next to my bed but it’s again waiting patiently in line while I finish off The Study Train…ah well, at least I tried (again)!

So, it got me thinking – how on earth do other people go about reading two books at once? Or do you, like me, just not do it to avoid confusion and battles of ‘which to read’ etc?

Perhaps I should just man up and carry WWE around for a while…

  • Red

    Congrats on hitting 50 followers! I usually try to avoid reading more than 1 book at a time, but when I was in school I didn't really have a choice. Because we were discussing the books several times a week it was pretty easy to keep the books and characters separate but I would recommend jotting down little notes and thoughts as you go. I'm sure if you take notes for your blog, that will do it!

  • Before this year I never read more than one book at a time…however, this year, I discovered how to load audiobooks onto my ipod, and so I generally have two books going at once…the physical book and the audio…
    It's worked out well, as I tend to listen exclusively to classics on the ipod πŸ™‚

  • Congrats on reaching 50…I did a little happy dance myself when I managed that magic number. It won't be long and you'll have 100!

    The only time I read two books at once is when they're vastly different…I don't do it often, but when I do it's usually a fiction read and poetry/short stories/nonfiction. It tends to happen when I'm struggling with the fiction and need a bit a of a break.

  • First of all, congrats on 50 followers!

    I'm a big fan of the books Pillars of the Earth and World Without End…two of my most favorite books! I read more than one book all the time. Usually, I'll read each one a little at a time. Sometimes though, I have to put one of them aside, if I have to finish a book for a deadline.

  • Red: Thanks – I'm still a very happy blogger πŸ™‚ I do jot down thoughts while I'm reading so I guess I should be able to keep track better! After all, like you say, I managed it at college!

    TheBookGirl: I've never tried audio books but it might be quite a good way to tackle the more difficult classics and go for two books at once – hmm..interesting idea!

    Bev: Thanks! I have thought about trying a non-fiction read and a fiction – it would definitely mean I wouldn't be confusing anything and it make me all round more knowledgeable…which I like!

    Michelle: Thanks very much – it's ace! I loved Pillars of the Earth when I read it earlier this year and am very excited about World Without's just so darn heavy! Much respect to you for being a successful two book reader too!