More than one book on the go?

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Do you read more than one book at a time?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. Depends on what I'm reading

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  1. BearzYo

    BearzYo New Member

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    Before about a week ago, the idea of reading more than one book... well it wasn't an idea at all it just... wasn't.

    When the idea was put into my head it sounded absurd, now however I learn it seems to be quite common!

    I just can't bring myself to involve myself in more than one at once, way too many mind explosions!

    Thoughts? Is it worth a go? Does it not... water down your creative juices so to speak?
     
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    Lego God amongst men

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    I often read many books at the same time. I read them on iBooks, I have a few paperbacks here and there too.
     
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    If I have to read a book for school then I'll probably read one for fun as well.. but if I'm just reading for fun then only one.. so i put depends on what i'm reading!
     
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    I read quite a bit of fiction for school (both of which I am going to chop up as a part of my project later :D). So I am normally reading at least two books at once, one for school and one for my own sake. And then I read short stories and poetry on the side, not to mention LotR which I read continually as a bit of a pick-me-up if I need it.
     
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    I always have a few on the go, usually one serious (i.e work related or something) one on History, or part of a series (i.e WoT, Martin etc if I am re reading) and a no brainer (i.e Clive Cussler or something).
     
  6. BearzYo

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    Hmmm, so it seems it's not as uncommon or un-thought of as I figured. Well I'm half way through Lord of the Rings again, so I'll try reading a new book at the same time as reading Lord of the Rings, see if I can keep to both books without losing track.
     
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    I could only ready LOTR just the once, I couldn't commit to reading the whole thing again. It's good and all, just....waaaaaaaay too long.
     
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    But but all epic fantasy is super long ;)
    Or are you saying that you've not read A Song of Ice and Fire or Malazan Book of the Fallen (both way longer ;))


    As for me I've almost always got more than one book on the go - the scary part is I never use bookmarks! I just tend to flick through to where I was before and pickup from there (can sometimes back fire with really long books in taking a little time to find the right page).
     
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    Reading different genres makes reading more than one book easier.

    In non-fiction, read a good history book and a good science book. Reading two history books, you'll mix some stuff up.

    In fiction, sci-fi and detective go good together.

    Or how about a fiction and non-fiction book?
     
  10. BearzYo

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    I tried reading Drizzt and Lord of the Rings, the mix wasn't right, as the above post says, I mixed them up quickly!
    Maybe, Lord of the Rings and War Comics? I have a few 'Big Book' collections of them lying around, I'll give that a go next me thinks.
     
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    I prefer reading one book at once as I like to fully immerse myself in the story and any other book would be a distraction
     
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    Well, it's not like you set down one book then pick up the other seconds later and flip back and forth. It's whatever you're more in the mood for.
     
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    I usually read two books at once, but they are always different genres. I've never tried two of the same genre and fear I would confuse them with each other.
     
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    At the minute im reading dear john.. but thats because it means so much to me, so i refuse to do anything else when im reading it.. even listen to music :D
     
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    Don't get me wrong I loved LOTR I always will and is one of my ultimate favourites, my only problem with it was that Tolkien goes off into tangents, he'd go into way too much detail, rabbling on for about 50 pages about incidental characters backgrounds, and it got a tad boring, especially in 'The Council of Elrond' took a lot for me to not put the book down at that point.
     
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    I am mostly reading two books at the same time; one fiction, the other not. My mood usually decide which i would read

    Currently, though, I read only one - a bundle of Lovecraft stories. Oddly, it covers both interests...
     
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    Almost always have muliple books on the go at the same time ~ at the moment it's "Tower of Midnight" (Jordan/Sanderson) and "Deke!" (Donald Slayton's autobiography)
     
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    Currently reading "Destiny Disrupted", history of the world from an Islamic perspective, as well as "Mustaine" the autobiography of Dave Mustaine, founding member of Metallica and founding member and frontman of Megadeth.

    When I'm done with those two I'll read "Fermat's Engima", history of solving X^n+Y^n=Z^n, and "Slaughterhouse Five" by Kurt Vonnegut. <3

    Always two genres.
     
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  19. BearzYo

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    I've been meaning to jump into some of that 'Kurt Vonnegut' stuff, keep wanting to read Cat's Cradle, worth reading?
     
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    Haven't read cat's cradle but Sirens of Titan by Vonnegut is very unique & had me hooked.

    Is it any good? I bet my boyfriend would love this book, he just read the motley cru book, and he loves metallica and megadeth.

    I'm reading 2 at a time right now. Knight by Gene Wolfe and The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Probably finish up name of the wind before i get any more into the wolfe one though, its one that will need my full attention.