What kind of reader are you?
I must confess I struggle to read one book at a time. I usually have two or three on the go at once: a hardback or paperback fiction, a non-fiction, and then a kindle or ePub fiction.
I read them at different times of the day, in different locations.
For example, a paper book is best to read in the bath for me, because I’m very likely to dip it in the water by accident.
But a kindle or ePub book is easier to grab for a quick ten minutes during my lunch break at work.
On the train it’s got to be a paperback or kindle/ePub – a hardback is just too heavy! Although, if it’s an excellent story by one of my favorite writers I’ll often make an exception.
And in bed any format works.
So, I guess that makes me a multiple kind of girl.
What about you?
15 thoughts on “Single or Multiple: what kind of a reader are you?”
I’m a single reader. I once tried multiple and ended up being caught between them. My loyalty was stretched.
I tend to focus on one and then move onto the next.
Takes some skill to manage lots 🙂
For me it’s just one book at a time. Once I tried reading multiple but I was so into one of the stories that I cannot stop reading it, so I left the other one.
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Definitely one at a time for me. Mainly because otherwise I keep expecting characters from one story to pop up in the other and then become impatient waiting for an appearance that isn’t going to happen!
Gosh, you know I hadn’t though about other characters popping up in the wrong book, but can see that could be a bit of a problem! (actually, that sounds like it could be an interesting idea for a story!). Thanks for dropping by.
I try to be a multiple reader because I love reading on my kindle but also like to read in the bath (and I’m not nearly confident enough to take my kindle with me) but I never seem to really get into a book while I’m reading another one.
What I’d like is for someone to start packaging paper books and e-books together so I can read my paper copy in the bath and take my e-copy everywhere else…
I’m afraid to drop my kindle in the bath too (especially having just got a new Paperwhite). Your idea for a paper and ebook copy combined sounds fab – I bet they’d be a good market for it.
I used to be a strict (serial) monogamist – sometimes so monogamist that if I enjoyed a book by one author, I would stick to that author until I had read all of her/his backlist. But now I have become a sluttish polygamist, usually need about 2-3 books at once, so I can switch when things get too gruesome, or to suit the mood, time of day, location, as you say.
Yes, I’m like that – I need the right book for my mood 🙂
I’m a read-one-book-at-a-time-kinda-gal. I tend to read mostly in bed at night, so one book suits me just fine. I happily switch between reading paperbacks and on my Kindle – as long as I have a book on the go I’m happy. 🙂
I know the feeling – I always need a book close by!
I guess that’s part of his skill. Thanks for dropping by 🙂
Too close for comfort by Niamh O’Connor on the Kindle.
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl in paperback.
Usually a non-fiction for day/early-evening, and a fiction for nighttime. And often a re-read of an old favourite for when my braincells need regeneration. Very proud to report that I can now read my Kindle in the bath without fear – practice makes perfect!
I can’t read more than one novel at a time, but at the moment I’ve officially got 4 non-fiction on the go (though 2 of them I haven’t opened in a while) and one novel. The multiple fiction problem is, as jumpingfromcliffs suggests, the problem of tangled plots and confused characters.