BTT: Are You A Promiscuous Reader?

bttSome people read one book at a time. Some people have a number of them on the go at any give time, perhaps a reading in bed book, a breakfast table book, a bathroom book, and so on, which leads me to…

1. Are you currently reading more than one book?
2. If so, how many books are you currently reading?
3. Is this normal for you?
4. Where do you keep your current reads?

Right now I’m reading two books, “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett and “The Mercy Seller” by Brenda Rickman Vantrease.  Ever since I started listening to audiobooks on my commute and while I cooked, cleaned, and ran errands I have had at least two books going at all times, one paper book and one audiobook.  “The Help” is my current audiobook and it is fantastic, good enough to make me want to clean or just keep driving so I can keep listening.  Occasionally I’ll have another book going as well, usually either because it is non-fiction and I’m alternating, or because I left what I was reading somewhere else and needed something to read.  Every so often, I add another book to the mix because I just got it and I just can’t WAIT to start it.  Usually though I prefer to stay with just one book and one audiobook, because otherwise I have a difficult time deciding which book to read at any given time.

Another reason that I typically like to keep my current reads down to one book and one audiobook is the space issue.  I typically carry my current reads (my book and my Ipod) with me pretty much everywhere I go.  If I’m nearing the end of my book this also means putting in a second book ‘just in case.’  With some of my smaller purses this doesn’t leave a lot of room for things like, oh, say, my wallet.

How many books do you read at once?  Are you a promiscuous reader, or a monogamous one?

16 comments to BTT: Are You A Promiscuous Reader?

  • LOL! Funny, I was thinking of this very thing earlier this morning. I’m usually monogamous, but right now I have no fewer than six (!) books on the go, not counting the poetry I keep thinking I should be reading. Needless to say, most of them are non-fiction. A good story pulls me through, and makes me forget everything else.

    I don’t usually haul my books around, so they’re usually on the night table or in my office.

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  • I love your title!! lol I just read The Help and LOVED it. I’m so glad you’re enjoying it. I listened to a sample of the audiobook and I thought it was very good. (I’m kind of critical when it comes to narration for audiobooks.) I’m pretty monogamous with my fiction books. But I do like to have a non-fiction book going. We have much the same feelings about this topic.

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  • I usually have more than one going at a time too! An audio for sure, and at least one, if not 2, books. I loved The Help too.

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  • =) Fun answer. You have a good policy though.

    Happy BTT!

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  • I am a promiscuous reader!


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  • Promiscuous and proud of it. I completely understand about the purse space issue. I only buy bags big enough to store a medium size novel (or bigger). My family thinks it is very funny.

    Jess’s last blog post..Review — Anybody Out There?

  • I’m a monogamous relationship with my books, however, depending on the situation and the mood I do stray away from my current read and get another one on the side. I suppose you could say that I cheat on my books, but I only do it out of love. :p

    ~ Popin

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  • I’m shamelessly promiscuous! I usually read no more than six but it’s inched up to ten of late. I’ve tried reading just one at a time, but oddly enough I’ve found it distracting because I end up thinking about all those other books I’d like to be reading too. Lol.

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  • I am recovering from a very long spell of book monogamy. I spent seven years reading a series of six books almost exclusively.

    They were good books, but they were ridiculously dense fantasy books that required the same level of attention and concentration as, say, War and Peace or Crime and Punishment. They also came at a time in my life when I was in a long-distance relationship and thus had very little attention to devote to books.

    Every now and then, I cheated on this series with the new Mercedes Lackey or Elizabeth Moon, but I felt horribly guilty each time, and I came back to my series, swearing never to stray again.

    Since finishing those books three years ago, I have rekindled my love of books and have been known to read two or three at a time without guilt. Right now, I’m reading Writing the Breakout Novel, Pleasure Unbound on my iPod Touch, and I just finished Darkest Kiss and Darkest Pleasure by Gena Showalter (I read both in one day).

    I will never go back to such slavish devotion to one book at a time. I trace it back to college, when I practically flogged myself for even thinking of reading something that wasn’t an assignment for one of my classes.

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  • I generally have 4-6 books going on at a time. One in the car, one on my iPod, and two to four in book form. I love them all :)

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  • Kathy

    I usually read one book at a time, but do listen to a second sometimes.

  • I’m usually reading the one book that follows me everywhere throughout the day.

  • I usually stick with one, but I think I’d also have an audiobook along with a regular book on the go at once since they’re appropriate for different situations. Unfortunately, audiobooks and I don’t really get along.

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  • Some days I juggle two books but for the most part I stick with one until I’m done!

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  • I’m reading The Help right now and would imagine that with the right narrator it would be a fabulous audiobook. Love the title of your post!

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  • I usually read two to three at a time. I need to do more audiobooks. That’s a good idea.

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