Friday, March 30, 2012

Follow Friday - Multiple Books?

Follow Friday is a feature created by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  It's a fun blog hop where you meet other book bloggers and find people to follow.
Question: Do you read one book at a time or do you switch back and forth between two or more?
Multiple books.  I always have an audiobook and another book going at the same time.  Sometimes when the genres are different enough I have an audiobook, e-book and hardback going at the same time.  And that's not even counting my nonfiction books.

Keys to reading multiple books
  1. Different genres
  2. Different POVs or distinct voices
  3. No characters with similar names
  4. Different settings
That means I can read a contemporary book, say Melina Marchetta's Saving Francesca for example, and Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan at the same time.  There is no way I'm going to confuse Marchetta's character driven prose with Leviathan's steampunk storyline.  However, I wouldn't read Going Bovine by Libba Bray and The Fault in Your Stars by John Green at the same time.  Sick kids and funny sense of humor, too easy to confuse.  Do you see how that works?  If you have any other advice for reading multiple books PLEASE share. I find that I want to read ALL THE BOOKs, time be darned.

Sometimes I'll also stop reading one book when something I want to read more is released.  It's not fair to be reading one book when I really want to read another.  It's like lusting, but with books.  Date the book you really want to date not the book that's convenient.  When that's over with you can spend time with the other book.

Currently I am reading:

Letter To My Daughter by Maya Angelou
Very short book with true stories from Angelou's life.
Poignant and touching.

The Academie by Susanne Dunlap

Alternative history where Eliza Monroe goes to school in
Paris with Napoleon's sister and stepdaughter.

HTML & CSS: Design and Build Website
Trying to refresh some of what I learned in college. 
Very easy to use & graphically pleasing book

Writing Great Books for Young Adults
I'm only semi-reading this.  I got mad at it awhile ago.


Cherie Colyer said...

I like your way of thinking. Thanks for stopping by. I followed back.

Sarah said...

Old follower now also following through linky, 4 books on the go at once I don't know how you do it I can only manage 1, my FF

Mo said...

You have a great point and I guess I never thought about it that way.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Here's my FF

Unknown said...

Great minds think alike :)

Thanks for stopping by, I'm a new follower!

Unknown said...

Ooh, what did you get mad at the YA how-to book about? I was looking at it a while ago, but it seemed a little off-putting. :/

Jenni said...

Good points, I can see different genres really helping to differentiate between stories. Thanks for stopping by my blog, hopping by and I am your newest Linky follower :)

The Romanceaholic said...

Thanks for stopping by! Following back (Linky).

I'm like you -- I read different titles but they really do need to be fundamentally different. I made the mistake of reading two historicals at once where both heroines were the baby sisters of the hero's best friend. I had a devil of a time writing their reviews lol

Thanks for stopping by! Following back (Linky & Twitter).

I've seen a LOT of single-title readers today! :)

The Romanceaholic

sinn said...

Wow, I don't think I could have that many books going at one time without going insane! Props to you!

Thanks for stopping by!

sinn @ sinnful books

Unknown said...

Your tops look helpful! I should try them out later. ;D

Thanks for stopping by, I'm an old follower.

Catie said...

Pahaha, I love your book-dating advice there, Cassi. So true! One thing that helps me is that I keep word documents for each book that I'm reading, so that I can jot down my thoughts as they come up. It helps to keep it all straight for when review-writing time comes along.

Does anyone read just ONE book at a time anymore? ;)

Kelly @ Books and Beauti said...

That's actually a really good idea! I may have to try that. Maybe I'll be able to read more than one at a time. And I may have to read that HTML book. I know a few basic things but I'd like to learn more and fix my blog up nice. haha

Thanks for stopping by! New Follower.

Kelly @ Dandelion Dreams

Bittner said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday!

I agree it is very difficult to read books that are too similar.

barmybex said...

Great advice, I can do it very rarely, but mostly i like to focus on just one book, find I get through them quicker if they have my full attention.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. :D

Shelley Romano said...

I totally like your answer and am seriously considering stealing it!

New follower (Linky) as I am hopping thru!

Here is mine:

Liv said...

Those tips are really useful. I sometimes do get mixed up with names so this is really helpful. Thanks for stopping by. I followed back. :)

Maeva said...

I usually read a book at a time. If I get a second one to read without finishing the other one it's because I'm losing interest on it and need a break to make my mind on keep reading it or just give up totally on it...

Murphy's Library

Johanna said...

Thanks for visiting my site, I followed back. I'm glad I know there are other readers who enjoy devouring more than one book at a time too. ;)

p.s. LOVE your Venice pictures. I went there once and so wish to go back.


veela-valoom said...

Glad so many people found my tips helpful!

Ashley: The How to book pretty much called teens stupid at one point. (Or something like how they are not capable of understanding blah blah blah). It's got some nice prompts that I like but teens are capable of understanding more than it gives them credit for.

Catie: I tend to compare books to dating a lot. Trying to figure out if that's why there is so little dating in my

Kelly: I'm enjoying the HTML book. I like the fact that it's eye pleasing because sometimes education books can be frustratingly ugly.

Jo: Thanks! Venice is somewhere where I hope to return. I didn't see nearly enough (but I am glad to have seen at least some of it!)