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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  • Les

    I do think you will be able to complete this challenge 🙂 I have subscribed to the Goodeads Challenge for 2013. I am a member of our libraries and this means making all the effort to visit our public libraries more often and borrowing books. This is my strategy to conquer this challenge 😉

    Any of our readers/fellow bloggers have any ideas to share as in how to conquer the challenge???

    • Mel

      Which challenge? I did subscribe to the Reading Challenge, however I am personally challenging myself to test out the “reading more than one book at a time” thing…

      Yes, it would take down the reading challenge number, but for all intents and purposes… in my mind this is a separate challenge.

      • Les

        I was referring to your Goodreads challenge though. I used to read more than one book at a time and I did not get easily distracted by the different stories but yet it gets difficult at times but I seriously feel that I do not give enough TLC and attention to a book when I do that. In my mind that is unfair to do to any book and to myself i suppose. It can be exhausting for someone who easily gets transported into the magic of the story line. Just imagine being in more than one place at the same time LOL

  • Mel

    That’s what i was thinking too 🙂 That I would rather do it with slightly boring books, because once a book interest me, I would want to pick up and read it every time I get a chance until i’m done.

    To be honest I don’t care a rat’s ass if I don’t meet the reading challenge. I will read what I want and if I don’t meet it, whose gonna spank me?? 😉

  • I will read 2 books at once if one is a novel and the other is a nonfiction book that I can pick up and put down, without a full storyline.

    Also, I signed up to try to read 150 books in 2013! It’ll be work, but I am going to make it a huge priority!

    • Mel

      I think I would be able to do that too. I’m definitely going to choose books that bore me lol. Maybe two terribly long classics! What about pride and prejudice 😉

      Wow that’s quite a challenge, but you are a fast reader right ?

      • Haha to the P&P comment. 🙂

        I’m a fast reader, but 150 will still be a big challenge!

        • Mel

          Goodluck! You can do it!

  • I often put down one book to read another and come back to the first one later. Some books stay on my current reading shelf after finishing it until I get around to writing a review. I may have an in progress book on my nook even when I’m actively reading a dead tree book because I can read the nook in the dark. Sometimes I have a book I only read at home because I don’t want to carry it around for some reason.

    • Mel

      I do that often… Leave a book for another. Priorities 😉

  • monkeyboyzmum

    I usually have 5-6 on the go. Different genres and so I read and reread depending on my mood and the amount of effort I want to put in. I have some books happening, and will put aside an owned book to read a library book or one from my book club. When I abandon a book I mark it read on Goodreads and shift it to the abandoned shelf. So if it says currently reading that’s pretty right.

    • Mel

      Thank you for the comment and reading 🙂
      I definitely should do the same when I abandon a book – I am currently doing that now, marking both books as to-read. Thanks for the goodreads invite.

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