Saturday, October 5, 2013
Discussion Question: One Book at a Time?
Sheri: So Pam and I were just talking about some possible future postings for the blog and she politely asked, "so when are you going to finish the Delirium series?". With a certain amount of chagrin I admitted what while I started the first book more than two weeks ago I have not finished it and here is the reason why. I read multiple books (not work related) at one time! It's true. Sometimes I do this because I'm not completely enjoying the book that I'm reading but other times it happens because I read/listen to books in different formats (kindle, nook, actual book). Because I can't always carry my books with me or I can't always be reading, I will start another book before completing the first and I am almost always listening to one while reading at least one more. For example, I am currently reading three books (one actual book, Delirium, one audio book, Dearly Departed, and one on my kindle, Starling). While my multiple-book approach is often related to format or lack of interest it can also result from being reluctant to find out where an author is taking me in a storyline, which is the problem I am having with Delirium. I am so afraid that something really bad is going to happen that I am reluctant to finish book one. For those of you who have read the book I'm in the life is great and have discovered first love phase of the story and I'm pretty sure something bad is going to happen because why else would there need to be three books in this series anyway!
Okay Pam, your turn....do you like to read more than one book at a time?
Pam: I don't know how you can read more than one book at once, I cannot do that. I don't think I would be able to keep the stories or characters straight and it also seems like I wouldn't be able to fully immerse myself in the story if I was switching back and forth between books. I love getting so involved in a book and the lives of the characters that to stop reading at all is hard enough, but to stop reading and then start reading another book...I just can't imagine doing that. Even when I listen to an audiobook, I have to finish the audiobook before I start another book, which is why I really don't do audiobooks anymore. It's great when you're in the car or if you're exercising or something, but I feel stupid sitting on my couch listening to a book (not to mention I can read a lot faster than someone can read aloud). So I'm a one book at a time person.
What about you? Do you read just one book at a time or do you read multiple books?