one book at a time?

img_1322Well, you can only read one book at a time, right?  Maybe not. 

There’s the book I’m reading.  That for me is the one I take to bed at night.  The one I read after dinner.  It’s the book I want to read just because I do–for fun.  Right now that book is Tim Winton‘s Dirt Music

Then there’s the book I’m reading for my writing.  At the moment this is Leslie Bennetts’ The Feminine Mistake–a must-read for every woman (more coming on this one).  I take this with me when I’m off to a solo lunch or to a waiting situation–doctors, children, airplanes.  I’ll read some in this one after dinner before I allow myself the book I’m reading

Several years ago, when I spent more time in my car and before the advent of One Story, I would choose a book that I wanted to read, but that wasn’t high on my list, and I might just leave it in my car.  It was my car book.  It was the one I would read while waiting.  If it stayed in my car too long before I finished it so that it bothered me that I was still reading it, then I might elevate it to the book I was reading–so I could speed things up a bit.

Then there’s the book on CD for long trips in the car, the book of poetry that I keep by my chair, the book in the bathroom…

If my math is right, and so often it is not, I could be reading 5 books at a time, plus a One Story story. 

Let me know how you read.

Dedicated to l.r.–thanks. : )

3 thoughts on “one book at a time?

  1. I used to be a one book at a time person, but now I have one book going for fun, 2 or 3 job-related and a couple for personal enrichment. Sometimes I’ve got more than one going for fun (depending on how fun a read one of them really is 😉 )


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  3. Well, technically I read only one book at a time but I suppose if I could train my each of my eyeballs to read a different one and my hands to each hold a book and turn its pages then I could say I read more than one at a time.

    : )

    Seriously, though, like you I always have more than one book going at a time. Some books are good to take to bed, others are just too creepy for that (and I don’t ready creepy books). Some simply cannot be enjoyed with meals, others are perfect food company books. And some days you just feel like a book that has nothing to do with what you are reading now.

    I guess it’s a good thing we all have lots of books, right?

    : )


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