How do you read?

reading-86070_640I used to be one of those people who could only read one book at a time. I would sink my teeth into something and then not let ago until the very end. I would allow myself to give up on a book if I were a quarter of the way through and wasn’t taken with it.

My brother, on the other hand, is one of those people who can have multiple books on the go. A different book for every life compartment: a book at work, a book in the car, a book in the living room, a book for the deck…

I’ve known people who only read the first few chapters of books and then go on to new ones, people who rabidly read through series books, and people who go through reading spurts where they will go through long stretches of not reading anything and then reading a bunch all of a sudden. Then there are the folks who don’t read at all, which I can never really wrap my head around.

In the last few years, I’ve grown more accustomed to having one novel on the go and one nonfiction book on the go at the same time. I find I like to read a chapter of my nonfiction book early on in the day, and savor my novel reading for my commute home and/or my 20 minutes of pre-sleep reading time. Oh, and there is usually a book club book sitting lonely on the coffee table eying me guiltily that I ignore until two days before the meeting, then read furiously every spare minute I get.

What about you? How do you read?


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  1. that’s a very creative and interesting take on reading, Heidi
    yes, i agree, as i get older, i juggle more books, for different times of day, places ie the couch, bedside, the suitcase…

  2. one book at a time…. beginning to end… I try not to sneak a peek, looking ahead… if the book is good I might slow down my pace to make it last…on the other hand, if it is suspenceful I might stay up reading all night!

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