Yes, I was reading two of these in my update two weeks ago. This is why I usually don’t two-time books, let along triple up on them – it takes me so much longer to finish any of them! I find it quite dissatisfying to divide my attention this way, although it’s slightly easier when one of the works in progress is an e-book; since I feel like I don’t have enough time for reading as it is, I’m making it harder on myself to choose how I want to spend it when I give myself too many options. And eventually, one book will pull me more strongly than the rest – right now, it’s The Help – and then I’ll feel conflicted about neglecting the others. (Note that I don’t feel guilty – I don’t attribute human feelings to my books and think that THEY feel neglected – but I’m questioning my choices every time.)
So, why do I do this to myself? This time, it came from not wanting to choose between review responsibilities with deadlines and reading something I just didn’t want to wait for, so I tried to have it all. I think post-Readathon euphoria/exhaustion was a factor too. And although I’m finding it frustrating – as I usually do whenever I attempt this sort of thing – I may need to keep it going for another few weeks. How do those of you who multi-book make it work?
Once I get through this, I’m going back to being a serial reading monogamist – one book at a time for me! That is, until I forget how badly I manage it and try multi-booking again. If I mention that I’m doing that, would someone please remind me of what I said today?
BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report
Book reviews posted this week:
The Longest Trip Home, by John Grogan (TLC Book Tour)
Matters of Faith, by Kristy Kiernan (received from the author after an introduction on Twitter – thanks to @DarryleP, noted social-media
BOOKMARKS: Reading-related Reading
Reflecting on the expectations we bring to reading; discussing the possible reactions other people – particularly authors – may have to our reviewing
Just in case you ever need to know: five ways to survive in a dystopia
Does what we re-read reveal who we really are?
New uses for old books? Also: paper and “plastic” (e-)books – is peaceful coexistence possible?
Reading Event News
Have a “mini-readathon” the weekend of December 4 – read for 5 hours straight and help Jennie celebrate the 5th anniversary of Biblio File! You can even do it as part of Bethany‘s “make-up” 24-Hour Readathon, hosted at Dreadlock Girl on December 5 (she had a schedule conflict with the 24-Hour Readathon in October, but didn’t want to wait till the next one in April!).
If you can’t wait till then, and you’re not too busy over the Turkey Day holiday, celebrate the Thankfully Reading Weekend with Jenn’s Bookshelves, Devourer of Books, and Beth Fish Reads! These ladies will be virtually hosting this reading respite at the Book Blog Social Club. Beth F says:
Thankfully Reading Weekend will start on Friday, November 27 and end on Sunday, November 29.
There are no rules to the weekend and no prizes; we’re simply hoping to devote a good amount of time to reading, and perhaps meeting some of our reading challenges and goals for 2009. We thought it’d be fun if we cheered each other on a bit. If you
think you can join in, grab the button and sign on to Mr. Linky. If you don’t have a blog, use the comments!
During the weekend, come back and link any Thankfully Reading Weekend posts to the Mr. Linky we’ll put up on Friday, November 27. Feel free to link as many posts as you’d like. On Sunday will put up another Mr. Linky for your wrap-up post.
We’ll also be checking in on Twitter using hashtag #thankfulreading. Join in for the weekend or for only a single day. No rules, no pressure!
International readers: Just join in, no need to be celebrating the U.S. holiday. Remember that there are no rules.
We’ll have a houseguest that weekend – hi, Mom-in-law! – and I’ll be working on the Friday after Thanksgiving, but I certainly hope to make some time to read over those three days! How about you?