A month into the new year, and it seems I’m doing well on my resolution to accurately track what I am reading and review books that are on their way. Since I’ve done a lot more personal non-review reading than I have been, it’s been particularly nice to capture those books (I’m using GoodReads and welcome new friends if you want to follow me).
I logged in this weekend to add a couple of books that I started reading and noticed that brought the total on my currently reading shelf to nine. I am almost always reading more than one book, but NINE? It seems like an awfully lot, but looking at the breakdown, it makes sense in its own way. I’ll explain mine if you’ll leave a comment and tell me about your habits.
One reason that I have multiple books going at once, even multiple novels at once, is because I love audiobooks. I can “read” them while I’m driving, while I’m doing housework, when I’m too tired to read etc. etc.
For that reason, when I decided to download Wuthering Heights on my Kindle, I took advantage on the special low-cost whispersync audio, where I could listen when I wanted, and read when I wanted. I made some good headway, but then it got set aside, but I like having it sitting on that virtual shelf to remind me.
A week or two ago, I started listening to CDs, in the car, of the 3rd book in Gabrielle Zevin’s YA Birthright series, In the Age of Love and Chocolate. It’s slow-going, because I didn’t put it on my ipod, but I’m still listening.
I wanted a book on my ipod for my recent trip, and thinking about The Fault in Our Stars movie, I decided that I wanted to reread it, so I loaded it up on Thursday and got started.
Having three audiobooks on my list has definitely pushed my “currently reading” total higher than usual.
I’m always reading at least one novel and sometimes more than one because I generally have one on my Kindle and one “hard copy.” I have reasons for the four novels that are currently on my list now as well:
The main novel I was reading is Burn, the third in Julianna Baoggott’s trilogy. I’m liking it, and I even have extra pressure to finish it quickly, because my daughter wants to read it too — but I generally don’t take hardcover books on flights, so I left it behind.
I had barely begun Maddie Dawson’s The Opposite of Maybe on my Kindle, so I knew that would be good reading fare.
But when you are on an airplane, you can’t use your e-reader at takeoff and landing, so I always have a paper copy too. I brought Liv, Forever, a YA boarding school paranormal mystery that I’m enjoying immensely.
The fourth book is a result of a common reason for multiples. I started A Little Irish Love Story on my Kindle a while ago, and I like it fine, but it’s a little slow, so I sort of forgot about it as I got pulled into more pressing and exciting books. I want to know how it ends, so I’ll finish it.
Another reason I always have more than one book going at a time, is because I’m generally reading some sort of fiction and non-fiction.
I started Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness before any of these books, almost a month ago. It’s the kind of gripping narrative non-fiction that I usually love. It’s been a little slow-going, but I think I was just a bit burned out on narrative non-fiction. I’ll pick it up again, but it might stay on the list a while.
I was inspired to read Kelly Corrigan’s Lift after I read her most recent memoir, Glitter and Glue (linked to my review). Lift is a microscopically short book that I’m enjoying. There’s no real reason that I’ve been reading it for weeks.
I know that nine is totally out of hand, and since I’m in the last quarter of three of them, the list will shrink, but I want to hear about your reading habits. Leave me a comment and let me know how and why your “currently reading” list grows larger than you think it should. Or do you ordinarily handle multiple books at once with no regrets?