Reading more than one book at a time {Challenge & Discussion}

One of the first things I do when I get to work is log onto Goodreads.  I’m slowly, but surely starting to love it more than facebook, which comes as no surprise.  I find Goodreads to be a great source of information regarding books, especially when being recommended a book to read and finding that I wasted my money buying a book I didn’t enjoy reading.  Nowadays, what I do is I go and check out a book’s rating and reviews on Goodreads. I do know that just because someone else hates a book, doesn’t mean I will too. However, what I tend to do is check the rating, read the sypnosis, read some of the reviews (I try to read the reviews of people who rated it high and who rated it low and seeing exactly why people either hate or like the book). This way I can make up my mind about a book.  Another good thing is also that it lists the reviews of your friends first – which is great because I know who of my friends have similar tastes, so if they didn’t like it I know chances are I wouldn’t too. I currently don’t have many friends on Goodreads, I’ve imported and invited my facebook friends and can you believe out of my 450 friends, only 17 friends on Goodreads (some of them are pretty idle too!). Such a shame that so many people don’t read, they don’t know what they are missing out on 🙂 If you do want to keep in touch with me on Goodreads and see what I am reading and what I haven’t, please do check out my Goodreads profile.


My introduction to this post is pretty long, but as a result of stalking Goodreads on a daily basis and browsing through others’ bookshelves I have noticed so many people have 5 or more books on their “currently reading” shelf. Really? Hence the reason for this post… How do you read more than one book at a time? Are they actively reading them all, or is it just a bunch of books that were started and never finished?

I am not the fastest reader and my currently reading shelf always only contains 1 book, because I always read one book at a time. Once I start a book that I really like I finish reading it.  Every time that I do get reading time between all my other activities I would pick up that book. I don’t think I could switch between various books at a time – maybe if they were books I weren’t into. I have before started a book I didn’t like and left it and picked up another book. Once I complete that book I will continue with either the former book or start another new one.  That’s pretty much the only time I would be reading more than one book at a time, but I’ve never indicated as such on Goodreads.

As a result, I have now challenged myself to try and read more than one book at a time (yeah 2013!).   I want to see if I will be able to read a different book every night and not be confused with the various story lines. I’m thinking of trying 2 books at a time for my first try (baby steps, people…). I have given this some thought too – I am NOT going to choose 2 books that I’m dying to read, instead I will choose 2 books that slightly boring, which I wouldn’t have a problem with rotating it in between other books. Let’s see if I can do this 😉

Have any of you subscribed to the Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2013?

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