Why I am Reading One Book at a Time

So during parts of last year I was reading a number of different books at once. In truth at one point I was apparently reading seven books at a time. A number of them are still on my desk, sitting in a teetering pile waiting to be finished. I will say that I managed to enjoy a few of them, but I never felt like I was getting to finish any of the books.

Now there are a lot of people who feel that reading more than one book at once is is productive. Advice is to read books of different genres, read a fiction book and a non-fiction, read a thriller and a historical fiction. Having the books in different genres is a great way of reading more than one book at a time.

Another way people may manage to read more than one book at once is by having them in different formats. Reading a physical copy, an audiobook and a ebook. You can start associating the different books with the different formats once again supporting you to read more than one book at once.

Despite knowing all of this, I am still planning on only reading one book at a time this year.

I want to focus on one book at a time, allowing me to read more deeply in each book giving me more potential options of topics for discussion. Allowing myself to notice more about the characters, and the plot, being more critical is something that I want to do with my reading this year and as such only reading one book at a time is something that will support this.

At the time that we are in, multi-tasking is something that is held up as a key skill to aim for. Many people will sit watching television while on their smartphone (possibly even reading this blog post!); or you are watching a YouTube video while you are doing the house chores (or in my case writing this blog post). Reading for me is an escape from this ongoing overload of information and screens. I have given myself a rule to not look at a screen from 08:30 until I go to bed so I can get some more reading done and relax before bed while giving my eyes a rest.

I found that there are advantages to reading multiple books at once. If you are a mood reader you can choose a couple of different books that allow you to always want to pick a book up. But I found it difficult to finish a book. I am three quarters of the way through The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, I was really enjoying it, the world building was immense and the character development is impressive, But I never finished it. The book is still sitting there waiting for me and I know I can pick it up and finish it but I am now worried that I won’t remember everything that I had been enjoying so much.

If you enjoy reading more that one book at a time that is great, I really wish I could read more than one book at once. But it appears this is not possible for me. It maybe that I am not following all the advice on the different ways of consuming books, but right now, for this year I want to focus on one book at a time.

I will share with you what I am reading at the time of each blog post (if you want to follow along with my reading journey). Right now I am reading the final book in the Mortal Instruments Series, The City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare.

How do you feel about reading multiple books at once? Do you find that you can do it effectively?

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