Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This feature has a different (usually) book related topic each week, and the goal is to compose a list of ten things that correspond to the topic!
This week’s theme is: Reasons I Love to Read Multiple Books at One Time
(Note: This topic was originally from June 7th, but I was just getting back from vacation and was feeling a little sluggish, so I missed it!)
- GENRE VARIETY: We all get into moods where we crave reading a certain type of book. So, by reading multiple books at one time, I can make sure I’ve got a few genre options, and can read/listen to whichever I’m feeling at the moment. If I’ve got a fantasy queued up on my Kindle, a contemporary romance audiobook ready to roll, and a historical fiction hardcover on my table, I can pick which of the three I’m feeling in the moment and go with that!
- SO MANY FORMATS: With the various ways to consume books now, it is ridiculously easy to read all the time from anywhere! Where I would have had to lug around multiple physical copies of books in the past, or just remember to bring a physical book along with me anywhere I go, there are now many options to “read on the go”. This also goes hand in hand with my next reason for loving to read multiple books at one time.
- FLEXIBILITY: Finding time to read while also having a “real life” is a constant struggle. There are all these pesky things going on (my career, my family, my friends, having to eat, having to sleep sometimes) that really get in the way of reading. So, it’s really helpful to have options. For example, I can listen to an audiobook while I’m getting ready in the morning, or in the car driving to work. I can also read a book on my Kindle pretty easily if I’m on the elliptical at the gym, or pull up my Kindle app if I’m waiting somewhere.
- CUTTING DOWN MY TBR LIST: Since introducing audiobooks into my everyday life, I’ve been able to cut down my TBR list much more quickly. Now I can listen to a book when I wouldn’t have had the option to previously, such as in the car or while I’m running. I get anxiety when I see my bookshelves growing more rapidly than I can actually read books, so being able to listen to audiobook versions of books that I own has been a nice compromise. Sure, it’s not the same as having the physical book in my hand, but it’s making me feel better nonetheless.
- RETAINING DETAILS: This might seem opposite than what you would assume, but I’ve found that reading multiple books at one time has actually helped me to keep the details of each book straighter in my mind. If I’m only reading one book, I tend to fly through it so quickly that some of the details get lost because I’m reading so fast and not truly thinking about or absorbing it all. If I know I’m reading multiple books at once, I seem to unintentionally slow down a bit and pay closer attention.
Do you read multiple books at one time?
If you do, are they different formats or all the same format?