How many books do you read at one time? That's a question running through my mind because I think I'm going a little overboard lately! At the time I'm writing this, I have FIVE books going:
- A Clash of Kings for the #IronThroneReadalong
- Another one at home that I alternate with #1
- An audiobook in the car
- A book I keep in my desk at work and read during my lunchbreak
- A book on the Serial Reader app
Reading two books at a time seems reasonable, but how did I get up to five? It's all about wanting to maximize my reading time. The audiobook gives me an extra hour (at least) of reading a day, and it's a great multi-tasking tool for driving. I now have an hour-long lunch break at work, and it's nice if I need to run an errand, but most days, I use that time to read and can get through an extra book per week. For the #IronThroneReadalong, we're getting through about 150 pages a week, so I still have plenty of other reading time at home. And the Serial Reader app (which I'll be talking about in an upcoming post) is only 15-20 minutes a day.
My sister thinks I'm kind of crazy to read so many books at the same time. Isn't it hard to keep them all straight? It can be, but I've tried to diversify my reads so that each book is very distinct and there's less chance of getting them confused: adult high fantasy with Game of Thrones, a nonfiction at home, YA during lunch, women's fiction in the car, a classic on Serial Reader. It doesn't always work out this neatly, but it's nice when it does!
How many books do you read at one time? How many is too many? What are your best tips for maximizing your reading time?