Why I don’t read multiple books at a time

Hi bookish people! Happy New Year!! I hope 2020 will be filled with love, adventures and LOTS of books. How are you? Did you spend a nice winter break?Β I did! A lot of cocooning and spending time with my family, I really really needed it. And now, it’s right back to the little routine. Hurry up spring, because I’m freezing over here!

Anyway, I’m back today with a pretty interesting topic : why I don’t read multiple books at a time.

In a society where we’re always craving for more and want everything right this second without having to wait for any of it, it seems like a lot of people are reading two or three or maybe even four books at the same time. How is that even possible??! Of course it has its perks, like:

  • You can easily balance your pleasure reading with your required reading,
  • Apparently, you can get through your TBR faster (is that really true?),
  • You can make connections between books you wouldn’t have thought of,
  • You can switch between stories according to your mood,
  • It allows you to develop your memory skills….

But seriously I don’t get how I would read multiple books at a time and more importantly why I would do that??

πŸŒͺ I get confused with the characters

I have no issues watching several tv shows at the same time but I don’t know why… it’s not the same with books. With books, I get confused so easily with the characters: their names, their relationships, their hobbies, their backgrounds , it just doesn’t stick. I don’t get that confused with tv shows, maybe because I can really see, therefore remember a character right away.While reading, I would always be like : who is that again? why is he kissing her? what the hell happened between those two again? It’s so annoying and I waste precious time trying to remember everything. How can you care about characters when you can’t seem to remember their little quirks?

πŸŒͺ I’m going to like one book more than the other, it’s not fair

It’s true, let’s be realistic. While reading two books at the same time, you’re going to enjoy one more than the other. It can be because you’re in the mood for a fluffy read more than one with a lot of twists or because you’re more into the writing of this author than the other or because you really fell in love with those characters… It’s not fair because the other book is also really really good but just because you’re reading it at the same time as another one, you just don’t enjoy the ride as much as you should. You’ll end up rating it a 3 stars on Goodreads when it could’ve easily been a 4 or even a 5. It’s a shame, isn’t it?

πŸŒͺ It’s too much organization

I’m an organization freak. I can’t live without my lists and I like it when everything is planned out. Just thinking about reading several books at a time freaks me out. I mean…do I need to have both books with me at all times? Or should I leave one at work to read it during lunch breaks and one at home to read before bed? What if I want to read the other one when I’m at home? Should I pick two paperbacks or pick one on the e-reader and the other one in physical copy? Do I need to read two different types of books in order to keep the two stories straight like a contemporary and a dystopia?? I know, I know…I’m overthinking this but I just want to read and it should stay a pleasure and not provoke a whirlwind of questions swirling through my head. One book at a time seems perfectly fine for me.

πŸŒͺ I’m having trouble getting back into the story

Even when I’m only reading one book at a time, when I’m picking it up again I always need a few minutes to get back into it. Like what happened right before I stopped reading. So most of the time I’m going to get back a few pages before and, not re-read them entirely, but browse rapidly through them to know exactly at which moment I stopped. If I’m reading more than one book at a time, it would take me ages to get back into the story. I would start reading and then get lost along the way… It’s too bad because you always need to rewind and it can get tiring.

πŸŒͺ I want to be fully immersed into the world created and leave it properly before entering another one

I may be old school but I like to have one focus. I want to be entirely dedicated to the book I’m currently reading. I think it’s the way the author wants you to experience the story, from the begining to the end and not always jumping back and forth. I’m not saying you need to read it in one sitting (we all have lives and we could all use that thrilling feeling “yaaay, tonight I’m going to get back to that world, I can’t wait!”) but at least experience one story at a time.

What about you? Do YOU read multiple books at a time? Why and how the hell do you do it?Β 

Does it make you feel “less” when you see people reading like five books at a time like a pro? Did you try one day? If not, why?

Let’s chat in comments πŸ’¬

 

 

 

 

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125 thoughts on “Why I don’t read multiple books at a time

  1. I read multiple books at once, and here’s why it works FOR ME: I’m a total mood reader, and if I’m not feeling a book I can’t make myself read it. Reading multiple books at once lets me step away from that book until I’m feeling it again. It also lets me listen to a book on audio while at work and read something else in paperback/ereader at home in the evenings.

    To keep the characters and storlines straight, I try not to read the same types of books at the same time though. Not long ago I was reading and listening to two historical romances, and both had heroines with rocky pasts that were very similar, and I got super confused trying to keep the timelines straight. I read a lot of romance so right now I have a contemporary romance, a historical romance, a classic epic fantasy series, a popular fantasy YA fairy tale retelling, and another YA fantasy with a very different flavor and plotline all going at once. (And I’m still in a reading slump, lol.) If it does help me get through my TBR “faster” it’s only in that I have something for every mood I can switch to for mood reading so I don’t (theoretically…) have periods of not reading.

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    1. That’s so awesome it works out for you!! I wish it would for me but I think I’m a one-book kind of girl πŸ˜… I’m just so scared to never pick up the book I was previously reading if I switch to another one.
      Oh yeees, I totally agree! I think the key not to get too confused is to read two very different kind of book 😊 And it makes sense because of the mood thing!!
      I’m seriously so impressed you can read so many books at once!
      Thank you so so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts 😘😘

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    2. That’s so awesome it works out for you!! I wish it would for me but I think I’m a one-book kind of girl πŸ˜… I’m just so scared to never pick up the book I was previously reading if I switch to another one.
      Oh yeees, I totally agree! I think the key not to get too confused is to read two very different kind of book 😊 And it makes sense because of the mood thing!!
      I’m seriously so impressed you can read so many books at once!
      Thank you so so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts 😘😘

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  2. I’m usually able to keep required reading and personal reading in separate spaces of my brain, but I canNOT read more than one personal book at once! *shrieks* I also don’t see how it saves time?? I always waste a lot of time remembering everything that happened and who everyone is. XD

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    1. Yeah, I guess that’s the only case when it would work for me : required reading and fun reading! 😊
      Oh YEEES! I’m having the hardest time to get back into it, it slows me down! πŸ˜…
      Thank you so much for sharing 😘😘

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  3. We’ve actually had this conversation before! I do typically have multiple books that I read at a time. I mainly do this to suit my mood. Or if I’m in the mood and I start read a book I already started and I’m not into it, I’ll pause reading it, and move onto something else that catches my interest quicker! I sometimes do get confused with plots when one of them isn’t as good as the other, but i usually figure it out the more I read. It works for me, but totally understand why it might not work for you. Great post xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

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    1. Oh yeah, I get that! I’m just so scared to never want to pick up the other book ever again πŸ˜…
      That’s so great that it works out for you!
      😊
      Thank you so much for sharing 😘😘

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  4. Okay so I read two books at a time, and here is why: I have ebooks which I can read anywhere (the bathtub, work, etc) and physical books that I can ONLY read at home (in dry places hah). SO if I only read one book at a time, what would become of all the physical books? And then what would I do when I was bored at work if I was reading a physical book at home? I do think that I’d get confused if I read TOO many, and I always make sure they are very different genres. Like if my ebook is a contemporary, my physical is a sci-fi. Idk if I read books any faster this way, but actually I guess I must, because I can read in more places, you know? But I absolutely see why it’d be A Lot too!

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    1. Yeah, I get it! You’re like doubling your reading time! 😊
      Yeees, I agree! I think the key is to read two very different book in order not to get too confused.
      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! 😘😘

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  5. All of your reasons for not reading multiple books at once are so valid, and a few were some I hadn’t even thought of before! I think I do read more than one at a time because it’s a habit I eventually formed when I went to public school & finished being homeschooled. Being able to pick one based on my mood is totally a part of it for me. For some reason, I also started to like reading books during certain times–like when I was in high school & reading LOTR, I would read that over the weekends only when I was off & able to relax and soak it up since it’s one of my favourite books. At the same time, I always had one book that I would only read when I was at school, usually it was more lightweight so I could carry it around in my backpack & take it out during breaks and stuff like that! I don’t know how this habit started for me, but it remains true to this day & I still do some of these same things I just mentioned :’) I feel like since I usually get very lucky with the books I pick, it’s not like I drastically prefer one over the other 2 or 3 I’m reading. I’m a bit crazy, and that’s evidenced in how I approach reading multiple books at once haha!!! Sorry about the paragraph explaining it :’)

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    1. Don’t apologize, I really enjoyed getting to know more your reading routine! I’m so glad reading multiple books at a time works out for you! I’m seriously impressed!!
      Thank you so so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on the topic! Talk to you soon 😘😘

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  6. 100% agree with everything you said! I can easily watch more than one show at a time but, books? Heck no. & like you said, “why would I want to?” I like to immerse myself into one plot & one set of characters at a time. I don’t believe it could help you get through your TBR faster because you’re still reading the same amount of pages unless they’re rushing through & not paying attention/skimming or something, right?!

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    1. Yeees, totally!!
      Yeah, you’re right about that! And it’s taking SO much time to remember everything and get back into the story!
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing 😘😘

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  7. I am always multi reading books and basically that simply comes down to my mood switching and me being able to appreciate a book more when I am exactly in the mood for it. And my mood and genre preference literally changes throughout the day so I have given up on schedules and such and have learned to roll with it. At the same time I completely understand why people can’t and don’t want to multi read too! We are all so different πŸ™‚

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    1. That’s so awesome that it works out for you!! I’m seriously impressed that you can juggle between books like that!
      Yeah! People should just read as they like 😊
      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing 😘😘

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  8. This is such a fantastic post, Nyx!! I barely started reading multiple books this past year, and that’s only because I would have one physical/e-book and one audiobook for long car rides. My brain is incapable of holding onto so much information at once, so I prefer to keep my multiple reads to a minimum. I like being able to fully immerse myself in the world and characters of one story before jumping into that of another. And, like you said, it can be unfair when we’re constantly comparing the books to each other! Haha. πŸ™‚

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    1. Aww, thank you so so much!! 😘
      Oh yeah, I guess it’s two very different reading experiences!
      Same here, I just can’t do it! Totally, one book at a time is perfect 😊
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on the topic 😘😘

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  9. I sometimes read multiple books at one time, and now I read one and listen to one, so that works. When I do have to read books for school, though, transitions between books can be confusing, especially if they’re in different languages. Great post, and happy reading!

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