Two books (at the same damn time!)

Two parallel stacks of booksI mentioned at the end of my most recent book review that I would be having a go at having two books ‘in progress’ as opposed to the traditional one at a time. I decided to give it a try because I found myself in a less than ideal situation in my regular reading experiences of my typical go-to’s, fantasy and science fiction.

On the fantasy side, I am reading a marathon of a series that is ten books long and it has become a real grind that, while it continues to be a series that I enjoy, I just want it to finally be done with so I can move on. Fortunately, I should be done before the end of the year with just over two and a half huge novels to go. Then on the sci-fi side, I knew already that the next two books I had planned to read were not going to be that great because of rather poor reviews, but they do end a series (even if the writing from new authors is weak compared to the original author) and I would like to see how it ends.

So, how is it going? I am pleased to say that reading two books at once actually works quite well. It makes sense initially, since for example, most of us have more than one television show that we are ‘currently watching’, and that same idea goes for most things in life.

At first I thought it would be weird, and wouldn’t I just be taking twice as long to read each book anyway? But then I realized that having the variety of two different stories, plots, genres, etc. actually makes it somewhat easier to read more. Typically, before I would have read an average of 30 pages a day before thinking “yeah, that’s enough for today,”  but now I find that I can easily read around 25 pages of each book, so 50 pages a day or so, without it feeling like I’m spending any more time/attention to reading.

In fact, I can see how some people have more than two books on the move. It really makes sense if you don’t read that fast (like myself), and especially if you are reading a fairly large book. This way, you don’t have to be reading one thing only for an entire month or more. You can continue with all the other things you wanted to read at the same time.

So if you’ve ever thought about it as something you may want to try, for whatever reason, go for it. You might enjoy it.

© 2013 FOTS Fantasy

2 comments

  1. I’ve been reading more than one book at the time for a while now and I like it. I’m reading fantasy and contemporary at the same time and grab whichever one suits my mood. Happy reading!

    1. Exactly. The choice is definitely a nice change. You too!

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