Thursday, April 9, 2009

Post 300! Booking Through Thursday multi-reads

For something different, I’m borrowing a question from … here! One of the very first questions ever at Booking Through Thursday. Back from 2005 when Laura owned the blog but, because it was so new, it didn't get as many responses as it does now … so, why not revisit?

Here’s the question:

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

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

My 300th post today! In a little over 2 years of having this blog, it seems both a milestone and kind of pathetic at the same time. Shouldn't I have been able to do more? But it has been a crazy two years, so I guess I should say I've done my best and let it go at that. I hope people have enjoyed coming here as much as I've enjoyed working on it.

Today's BTT, after three awesome weeks in a row, frankly doesn't do much for me. I guess it's because it doesn't require a lot of thought on my part, and I don't have anything very interesting to say.

I typically read just one book at a time. I used to be able to read more of them at once when I was little. I used to check out as many as I could carry from the library and have two or three going at a time, plus a re-read. Somewhere along the line, my habits changed. In graduate school, I (oddly) had little access to pleasure books, so all I did for two years was re-read. I barely re-read at all now. And whenever I try to get multiple books going, all that winds up happening is that I abandon the first one I started for the second one. So right now, I'm a one-book woman.

Technically, I'm not reading any books at the moment. I just finished the one I'd been working on for the past couple of days. Then I came upstairs to do my blog post. (I will tell you all about what I was reading a little later). As for where I keep them? Wherever I was reading them last. Usually this means either:

a. on the couch
b. on the end table next to the couch
c. on the coffee table at the foot of the couch
d. on my night table
e. on the bathroom vanity

I'm told that my grandfather, who passed away when I was only five, was a big reader too, but was not like this. Apparently, he had them stashed everywhere: bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchen, car. I bet if you looked in the toilet tank, he'd have a book sealed up in plastic bag in there. He could read multiple books at once. I never like to be too far away from a book. I carry a book whenever I'm going somewhere with a potentially long, boring wait: mechanic shop, hairdresser, eye doctor, etc. But it's usually the one I'm reading at the moment, or a new one I want to start.


Anonymous said...

Your grandfather and I would have gotten along famously :) He sounds like a man after my own heart - however, I do not keep books in the bathroom, although I do read in the bathtub :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Matt said...

I usually read the one book that I carry with me (in the bag) everywhere I go. When I read Gone with the Wind, I left it at home and brought a second book with me to work.

Happy 300th!

Nise' said...

Congrats on post 300! I read more than one book at a time.