Catching Fireflies

finding magic along the way

Do You Suffer From Reading ADD?

This is books scramble. Many books on white background.

My to-read pile

I have always been a reader. Ever since I finished Go, Dog, Go when I was around 4, I have been addicted to the printed page. My bookshelves can attest to this. Those who know me can corroborate this. I am always starting a book, finishing a book, or in the middle of a book. “Just one more page” is something my husband hears often. I am never in a waiting room without one, and now with my Kindle, I guess you can say I am never in a waiting room without a couple hundred of them. 🙂

I was always the type of reader who would start and finish one book at a time. I never stopped and put it away or failed to finish a story even if it was torturous reading. I didn’t realize it was allowed. And I could never read more than one at a time because it felt like cheating on the authors somehow.

Now in my 40s, I have learned that it is okay to stop reading a book that fails to catch and hold my interest by the 100th page. If by then, I truly do not care about the characters, I feel no remorse in setting it aside to try again later, or just donating it to my local neighborhood library. Life is too short to get bogged down in books that don’t kick my skirt up! My reading list is too long to waste precious moments slogging through pages and pages of back story and description.

I have also learned that I can read more than one book at a time if one is fiction and one is nonfiction. Two fictional stories at a time make my head hurt. I find it stressful to be pulled by two different story lines. And reading, after all, is supposed to be fun and relaxing. So stress should never play a role. But a nonfiction book that I read a few pages at a time doesn’t seem to work the same areas of my brain so I can manage that. 🙂

I came across a little article last month on Book Riot about this very topic. The author is a multiple simultaneous book reader. She likened it to watching several different TV shows in a single viewing session. I had never thought of it that way. I guess it would be like watching Modern Family, Rizzoli and Isles, and NCIS all in one night. Different characters, different plots. I have done this and my head has not exploded. I think the difference is that most TV shows wind up a plot within the half hour or hour run time. There are some plot lines that run through a season, or a few episodes, but for the most part, the main story of each episode ends at the end of an episode. With this in mind, I imagine I would be able to handle binge reading various short stories in one session. Perhaps I will try that with some of the anthologies on my reading list.

What about you? Do you read multiple books at a time? Why or why not?



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