If you’d asked me a few months ago if I ever read multiple books at the same time, I’d have been horrified at the very suggestion. Multiple books at once? I mean, isn’t that like cheating on your current read? And how do you even keep track of all the storylines? Madness!
But recently I seem to have slipped into the habit of having multiple books on the go at once, but with one huge caveat: they have to be completely different formats. By that I mean I don’t read three novels at the same time: I’ll be reading a novel, a non-fiction book, a manga series and perhaps an audiobook (which I’m currently trying to get into!).
This works for me, as each ‘type’ of reading has its place. The bulk of my reading will be whatever novel I’m currently on, whilst I’ll read a little non-fiction here and there, maybe getting through one book a month in that category. Audiobooks I pretty much exclusively listen to in the car, and I tend to read a few chapters of manga each morning before work because it just seems a little easier to get through when my brain is still sleepy! Plus the episodic nature of manga makes it feel more like keeping up with a TV show than reading really, so I never feel like there’s a danger of getting it confused with whatever novel I’m currently reading.
Because that would be the main worry, if I tried to read multiple novels at once. I’ve heard of people who do this, but I honestly don’t know how they keep all the stories and characters straight in their head. I can see why it might be nice to have multiple stories to choose from when you sit down to read (because I hate when you’re in the middle of a book and just suddenly realise you are not in the mood to read it right now!), but I think if I was jumping around between different books I would forget what had happened in each of them, or start mixing up the storylines. Especially if they were the same genre!
So do you ever read multiple books at the same time? If you do, are they different formats, or can you read several novels at once (and if you do this, how?! I seriously need to know!)?