How I Read More Than One Book At A Time

I remember a time when I didn’t love to read. Getting lost in a book seemed to take too much time and effort. There were other things I would rather do: watch TV, play outside, ride my bike, skateboard. I guess that’s how kids are today. Reading was like homework and when Mom or Dad asked if I had homework, the answer was almost always no.

Today my reading habits are slightly different. I’m a sucker for books. I set a goal to read more books each year. I started with one a month knowing that some books take a while to read, and others are so engrossing that I can’t put them down. Last year I had a goal to read 17 books. I ended up reading 22, which is crazy to me because of how much time is taken by meetings, lesson planning, and grading.

This year I have more going on, and I’ve set a goal to read 20 books. I plan on doing more in my yard over the summer. I am writing for this website, and plan on producing videos in the near future. I’m still teaching. I still have papers to grade. I still have meetings. I still have a family to spend time with and take care of. So how does one read more than a book a month? On top of that, how does one read more than one book at a time?

How I (Realistically) Read More Than One Book At A Time

If you’ve read some of my other posts, you know I try to promote reading everywhere. I tell my students that they can read just about anything in book form, or listen to audiobooks. I’ve figured out that for me, I like to listen to audiobooks when I am driving, working in the yard, or cleaning. Sometimes I listen to music, but there are so many great audiobooks available for free from the library.

I also have ebooks on my phone. I prefer the Kindle app, but there are others that work whether you’re a Google, Nook, or Apple fan. When I’m ready for bed, but not totally tired, I’ll pull out my phone and read a few pages.

Every other time during the day I have a paper book that I almost always have with me. Here’s what my “currently reading” book list looks like today.

  • Audiobook – Wildcard by Marie Lu. This is the sequel to Warcross. It’s a great sci-fi story about a bounty hunter, an online game, and the future of wearable technology.
  • eBook – Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. This is great, accessible retelling of Norse Mythology. It’s very well done, and easy to get into.
  • Paper Book – Killing Floor by Lee Child. This is the first book in a series of stories about Jack Reacher, and the adventures he experiences. I just started the book, and it reminds me somewhat of John Grishams attorney novels.

I try to read different types of books so I don’t get the characters or story lines mixed up. I’m waiting to read the sequel to Variant by Robison Wells. This book isn’t exactly like Warcross, but it’s close enough that I’ll wait. Norse Mythology is basically a collection of stories, so it’s easy to pick up and put down. Sometimes I’ll pick up a nonfiction book. That will usually be easy to keep straight because it’s so different from the fiction.

How Many Different TV Shows Do You Watch In A Week?

This is probably the closest comparison I can make. During the week you might watch a sitcom or two, or a show like Law & Order. Maybe you’ll enjoy a reality TV show when the season is right. Add a movie on the weekend, and you’re basically watching two to three shows at the same time. How do you keep all of those storylines and characters straight? It’s not the same? I think it is. It’s possible and with practice, it’s pretty easy.

I’m curious. Do you only read one book at a time? Do you think you could add one more? Why don’t you give it a try?

How many books are you reading now? What are they? I’d really like to know. I love looking for new books.

There are so many good books to read!

Read on!

-Dave

 

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