So, I have a bit of a problem: I read multiple books at the same time and cannot seem to stop.
I know what you’re probably thinking—how on earth can I manage to follow two completely different stories and not manage to confuse them? Honestly…I don’t know. It might be because I have the attention span of a squirrel and am constantly looking for new things to hold my interest and keep me going. But I have discovered a trick for reading multiple books at the same time, something I figured out back in my university days when it was pretty hard to discreetly whip out a physical book when I should’ve been paying attention to the lecture. Oh well.
My trick for reading two books at the same time and not lose my mind is quite simple: read one physical book and one eBook.
But there’s a way to take this a little further. To keep things simple and not confuse books, storylines, and characters, the best way to read two books at the same time is to pick different genres. I typically like to pick a fantasy book as my physical read, one that requires me to pay attention to world building and an overarching plot line, and for my eBook I pick a contemporary romance, one that requires as little brain power as possible. By choosing books from different genres and different worlds, there’s a lot less opportunity for confusing plots and characters because the division is clearly made by the genre choices. Therefore, you can create a balance between your reading choices and constantly have your toes dipped in all worlds.
How did I start this reading habit of mine? As I mentioned, it was something I started in university when I’d have my iPad with me for taking notes and if a class got…well, boring, I’d use it to find an ePub of a book I wanted to read and start reading it right there in class. But, seeing as I’d also have a physical book with me to read between classes or on public transportation, I created a “back and forth” system between the two stories. And since I noticed how much quicker it made my Reading Challenge go by, I made the habit a permanent staple in my reading routine. I don’t know what I’d do with myself if I didn’t constantly have multiple books on the go.
I know that this habit isn’t for everyone, whether you’re a fast or slow reader, or you have a short attention span or not. It’s a system that can definitely take some time getting used to and figuring out how well it can work for each individual person. Some might find that they can read two books of the same genre at the same time, while other’s cannot; I personally recommend a balance of different genres, but that’s my personal preference.
One thing that has been proven by this method is that your Reading Challenge will practically fly by. So whether your goal is 10 books or 100 books, if you find yourself in a rut, maybe give this a shot.
Once you start reading more than one book at once (or in my case, sometimes four), you’ll never quite be able to go back.