That’s right – discussion posts where Mandy rambles on for an absurdly long time and you try to skim as quickly as you can to get to an actual point are back! Well, for, like, a hot second. If you haven’t noticed, I kind of have a weird non-official schedule thing going, where I post reviews like 3 or 4 days of review, one or two days of tags, and then the great Sha takes over the rest. So, my other random thoughts that used to have be taken over by ACTUAL SCHEDULED AND STRUCTURED CONTENT? WHAT IS THIS MADNESS?
Anyway, I was talking with Sha a while back, and she made a comment about how she was looking at my Goodreads box on the front page of the blog and she was like, MANDY. WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING WITH YOUR BOOK LIFE RIGHT NOW? FIVE BOOKS? FOUR BOOKS? HOW ARE YOU EVEN KEEPING TRACK RIGHT NOW?
Okay, she so didn’t say it like that, but I got the thought from it and totally asked myself the same question. What WAS I doing with my life? Currently, I’m reading four books at the same time. FOUR BOOKS. So, I asked myself….
How many books are too many books to be reading at the same time?
So, I didn’t start out this way. Sometimes I would be reading two books at the same time, but I really wasn’t. Like, I would start an e-ARC, and then I would be like, eh, ebooks aren’t my jam, let’s binge read these two other physical books and pretend like you’re reading that e-ARC until you knock it out in a few hours one day. So was I really reading two books at the same time? No. I wasn’t. I was reading one and just pretending to look like a good little book blogger that gets books read in an orderly fashion. XD
And that’s what I assumed everyone else was doing when I saw they were reading five or six books at the same time. Maybe they picked up a book, weren’t feeling it, picked up another one, weren’t feeling it, and rinse, wash, repeat. Maybe some people are doing that, too, but it wasn’t until I accidentally started actively reading multiple books at the same time that I realized this wasn’t just the talk of myths and legends, but it really can happen to your average ole Book Princess.
So, to those are one book true believers, I’m sure you’re wondering how it is even possible that I do this? And, like, WHY? I mean, I really couldn’t be keeping track of everything and going back and forth because that just sounds exhausting, right?
What’s weird is, like, I can. I actually know pretty much where I’ve stopped in every one of the four books that I’m currently reading – WHICH IS TOTALLY WEIRD BECAUSE DON’T I HAVE ANYTHING BETTER TO DO WITH MY LIFE?
no and that’s okay, me. be strong since you are boring and now talking to yourself in the middle of a discussion post.
But somehow, I think this has actually structured my book reading than I’ve done in prior years? Multi-tasking through books actually somehow gets me through a book faster since I have OPTIONS and when I get bored in a book, I don’t hit a reading slump…instead I just move onto one of the other three books I’m reading.
Here’s my formula for accidentally currently reading four books since, you know, I’m at that level now where I have formulas????
- Okay, you have your Rick Riordan book. I am on a mission to knock out all of his series in one fail swoop without a break. So, I have to be reading that, but sometimes, other obligations get in the way BUT TO QUOTE THAT ONE DUDE, “I AM NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP.”
- The Audiobook. This is new since I started having my longer drives, so I slowly am making my way through a book every day I drive.
- The e-ARC aka still the always forgotten (aka the OOPS). It’s for when I forget to bring a book to work or don’t want to awkwardly get my lunch on a physical book or am bored in public and need to do the socially acceptable thing of gazing at my phone (which is somehow less rude than pulling out the mysterious book from your large purse???)
- The ARC or physical book that has struck my fancy. Lately I’ve gotten some physical ARCs (to quote Kayne West, blessings, blessings, blessings). But I kind of need to get on them since they do have those due dates and I clearly need to crack them open literally the moment I get them because THIS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE THING TO DO WHEN YOU GET AN ARC.
And you have to ask, are you really reading all of them at the same time? And yes, I am. For being a predominantly mood reader, this is actually super helpful. Sometimes you just feel a certain book and if I’m reading four books at the same time, I can easily jump to another one. It’s like getting samples at an ice cream shop – you’re trying them all and one of them you’re going to come back to…I don’t remember what this metaphor was going to say, but I AM READING ALL OF THESE BOOKS AND I KIND OF KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IS GOING ON AND IF YOU’RE SUPER INDECISIVE AND WANT TO MAXIMIZE BOOK POTENTIAL, THIS IS THE SORT OF WAY TO GO? IDK.
Reading so many books at the same time is not for everyone – I didn’t even know it was for me, but this system actually super works for me. And that’s what books need to do – work for you. So, if you’re read one book or ten at the same time, you just what you have to do what makes you happy….even though it may seem like you’re doing something book crazy.