Why I Read Multiple Books at Once
I was always the type of person to read just one book at a time. I wanted to fully immerse and dedicate myself to one world, to be sure that I didn’t mix up characters from Book A with characters from Book B.
This is the first year that I’ve been picking up more books at once, sharing my time and attention between stories rather than just focusing on one. Considering I couldn’t reach my Goodreads goal of a simple 12 books last year — I almost made it, to be fair — I decided a different approach was in order for this year.
And, honestly, reading more than one book at a time has been working out for me.
It saves me time and space.
I tend to read fantasy novels. You know, the big volumes of magical worlds filled with a large cast of characters that you need to take notes on in order to keep them straight? Sometimes continuing a book of that caliber isn’t feasible — such as if you want to take a book with you on an outing or read in the bathtub — so having a back-up book is a good idea. I’ve been reading more cozy mysteries lately, so it’s simple to pick one of those up to continue at times rather than my fantasy novels.
It helps me balance between heavy and light material.
Stories are supposed to make you feel, but sometimes you need to take a step back from books with the really heavy stuff. Giving yourself a break from tech-heavy science fiction or emotional biographies by reading a fun graphic novel or a lighter YA title at the same time helps give you a balance.
I’m reading faster.
Having more than one book started gives me more options to choose from when I do make the time to read. Sometimes it’s easier to pick up one of my smaller novels for a couple of chapters than to continue my larger fantasy book. My fantasy books I enjoy reading when I have a day dedicated to my books to allow me to really explore the world and invest in the characters, but it generally means I’m slower to actually complete the stories. Giving myself permission to pick up another book to start — and possibly finish — before the fantasy stories allows me to read more and to read faster.
It’s great to have the freedom to pick and choose multiple stories at once. By doing this, I’m granting myself the abilities to read just as much as I used to as a student!