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Comments for Book Blogger Hop for March 18, 2011

Book Blogger HopBook Blogger Hop for March 18, 2011: 03/17/11

Today's question asks if I read more than one book at a time. Anyone who reads my weekly "What am I Reading" post knows the answer is yes.

How many books I have going at any given time depends on a number of factors. The first is the length of the book. Next comes assigned reading and research. Then there are the library due dates. Finally there are ebooks. And let's not forget reading with my children!

I don't like to read chunksters, especially fictional ones, fast. Although I can speed read, I prefer to read the long books slowly. So for a typical book over 400 pages I will read only five or ten pages a night. It can take several weeks or even months for me to read a long book. Kraken by China Miéville, for example, took me almost three months to finish.

So while I'm reading the chunkster at night I don't want to slow all the rest of the my reading down. I fill in the blanks of my fun reading with shorter books or non fiction. I can tear through a non-fiction chunskter in a day or too. For the shorter books, I am especially fond of manga, graphic novels and tween fiction. I'm trying to "graduate" into young adult fiction since it's so popular now.

Assigned reading, though, has to take precedence. I'm currently a library science student. I'm taking four classes and therefore have four text books to read from each week. Along with the text books I have research to do. That can mean journal articles, picture books, nonfiction, blogs or any number of other things. This is reading that must be done!

Library books! They are the main source of my reading. After tracking my reading stats for the last couple of years I can say with confidence that 60% of the materials I read come from the library. Another 35% comes from my personal collection (books I've bought or been given). The remaining 5% are review galleys. I hate to send books unread or unfinished to the library books that are coming due take priority.

EBooks come next. I don't have a device: no Kindle, no Nook, no Smart Phone, etc. Nor do I want one. Mostly I read to get away from electronic devices. The only e-reading I do is either for school or galleys from NetGalley. I read these on my computer.

Finally my children. They can both read now but both like to be read too. So for my youngest, I'm reading picture books to her. For my son it's mostly chapter books or longer fiction. Sometimes we read manga together.

How do you keep track of so many books?

I get asked this every week. Sometimes multiple times in a week (or day). Here's my answer: it's no different a skill than keeping track of multiple television series. How many of you watch more than one series a week? Raise your hands. OK. Well, instead of watching a lot of TV, I read a lot of books.


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Comment #1: Friday, March, 18, 2011 at 00:34:03


When I was in school, I used to do the assigned reading first just to get it out of the way - but I was a a biology major, so meh - and I would agree that long books are to be savored.

I like short books and manga for a quick fix. Also one of the reasons why I love YA, the books tend to be shorter most of the time.

Comment #2: Friday, March 18, 2011 at 16:26:03


Sundays and Mondays are my days to do the assigned reading. Fridays (unless I'm completely crunched for time) are my fun reading days.

Comment #3: Friday, March, 18, 2011 at 00:55:36

Chelsey @ Starry Sky Books

Wow, that's a lot of reading to do, on top of being a mother. No wonder you'd only read 10 or so pages a night of the chunksters.

I also don't find it hard to keep track of so many books. I was in ten back in the fall. Didn't get any confused.

Have a great week!

Comment #4: Friday, March 18, 2011 at 16:30:05


If you combine my text books with my fun reading I'm in about ten right now.

Comment #5: Friday, March, 18, 2011 at 02:09:10

-Anne My Head is Full of Books

I usually have multiple books going at one time, too. Where are you attending library school?

Comment #6: Friday, March 18, 2011 at 16:33:20


I'm at San Jose State but the program is completely online.

Comment #7: Friday, March, 18, 2011 at 07:08:53


I manage only one book at a time.

enjoy ur weekend

Comment #8: Friday, March 18, 2011 at 16:36:10


Thank you.

Comment #9: Friday, March, 18, 2011 at 08:51:29


Hopping through. What did you think of the Mieville book. I've always wanted to read something by him/her.

My Hop

Comment #10: Friday, March 18, 2011 at 16:41:58


It was good but unneccesarily complex in parts. I recommend you read his Un Lun Dun and Looking for Jake to get a taste of his writing before jumping into his chunksters!

Comment #11: Friday, March, 18, 2011 at 09:42:37


Coming through on the blog hop.

I have no problem reading two books at a time though it does not happen often. I generally like to finish one and then start another

Comment #12: Friday, March 18, 2011 at 16:45:34


I typically ending up finishing a bunch of books back to back as a result of reading them all together.

Comment #13: Friday, March, 18, 2011 at 11:42:45


Wow that's really intricate! It sounds like it works for you, though. I wish my school reading took precedence, it's usually the last thing I do =/ I've really cut down on my tv watching and I've definitely seen an improvement in my reading as a result! Have a great weekend =]

Comment #14: Friday, March 18, 2011 at 16:48:14


In grad school (especially when getting financial aid) one has to maintain a B average or higher. The assigned reading has to come first.

Comment #15: Friday, March, 18, 2011 at 14:06:46

Mary Ann Langan

Only one book at a time for me, stop and see mine.

Comment #16: Friday, March 18, 2011 at 16:50:40


I'd never make a dent in my reading list if I only read one at a time.

Comment #17: Friday, March, 18, 2011 at 17:22:15


Thanks for stopping by today. I'm currently doing the same thing with The Mysteries of Udolpho in that I'm taking it slowly. It will probably take several months, but with all the "eyes glistening with tears," I think I need to pace myself so I can even remember what I read. I hope you have a great weekend.

Comment #18: Friday, March 18, 2011 at 16:57:40


Right now my chunkster is The Lost Hero. I could read it faster but I'm enjoying doing it a chapter a night.

Comment #19: Friday, March, 18, 2011 at 17:45:53


I do have a system on reading when it comes to length and pages;

if it's around 200 pages or less I attempt to do it all in one sitting.

anything more than that I try to divide it up: ie: 300 pages (150 pages a night) 400 pages, 200 pages a night...and so on.

Chunksters...not sure how I'm going to handle I have Wolf Hall, Name of the Wind, and some others waiting. They're awfully intimidating..but I'll somehow think of a system for those biggies soon! :)

I do have an ipad that I use to read. I can't and will not read on a computer. Way too many distractions to do that.

Okay I babbled on enough! thanks for visiting my blog! *hugs the kitty*

Comment #20: Friday, March 18, 2011 at 16:59:14


I'm not that organized with how I read books of certain lengths.

Comment #21: Friday, March, 18, 2011 at 22:31:05


Ha! I like your analogy. I only read one book at a time for the most part. It isn't because I can't balance, but because I don't want to.

That's why I like reading over TV shows :) Cause I get to read it all at one time and find out what happens w/o having to wait week after week.

But sometimes emergencies happen and I have to read multiple.

Comment #22: Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 13:55:23


I tend to watch TV shows via Netflex (when I watch) so I end up watching them all at one time too. I don't though have the time or patience to read an entire book in one sitting. That's a big reason why I never do those blog read-a-thons.

Comment #23: Friday, March, 18, 2011 at 23:12:13


It's interesting that you mention keeping track of TV shows, because I thought of that when I was writing my response. I said that I don't like keeping track of too many stories at once when it comes to books, and it's true, but I wondered "why is that, when I can watch close to 10 programs a week and have no trouble?" I don't know, it just seems different to me. I like the experience of reading 1 at a time, just like I like to have marathon watches of 1 tv show at a time. Interesting thoughts. =)

Comment #24: Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 13:58:31


I don't like carrying around the same book with me everywhere I go. It's just easier to have a book stashed in each room. So I read whatever book is in that room. The textbooks though are an exception. I have to read those for class regardless.

Comment #25: Saturday, March, 19, 2011 at 01:52:11

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

Hi Alison,
I have no idea how you manage to keep so many books going at once, It would drive me crazy LOL I think it helps that usually I read most any book in a couple of hours, so I can move on quickly

Comment #26: Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 14:01:15


I don't usually have two hours or more of free reading time. So I read in snatches of five or ten minutes as I have the chance.

Comment #27: Saturday, March, 19, 2011 at 07:42:20


I love your answer, everything makes sense now! I read more books at a time too, but they are very different and I read them on different devices, so I can keep track on them. And I totally agree, it's like watching your fav TV shows.
Have a fab weekend and happy reading!:)

Comment #28: Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 14:02:14


Great. I'm glad someone understands. I seem to be so different in my reading from the typical book blogger.

Comment #29: Saturday, March, 19, 2011 at 09:56:54


Quite the strategy. I can see that it works for you. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy Reading!

Comment #30: Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 14:09:35


Thank you. Same to you.

Comment #31: Saturday, March, 19, 2011 at 11:11:45


One-book-at-a-time lady here....

....I don't know how folks do it....I am amazed at how many people read more than one book at at time. :)

Stop by my blog for a giveaway of LINEN QUEEN courtesy of Sarah from Hachette Books and to see my answer to this week's Blog Hop question.

Comment #32: Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 14:11:35


Good luck with the give away.

Comment #33: Saturday, March, 19, 2011 at 13:35:55


Thanks for stopping by my blog.

I wouldn't say I speed read, I am just able to read quickly, so although I have dabbled in multiple books at a time, it's just easier to do one so I can get through it and move on to the next.

Have a good week. :D

Comment #34: Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 14:13:33


I could finish a book in one sitting if I had enough time to sit through a book uninterupted. I just don't have time like that to read. I have to read in snatches. So I keep books around for those moments of down time.

Comment #35: Saturday, March, 19, 2011 at 14:00:56


College is a CRAZY time to be a bibliophile. Looking back I don't know how I managed to do all my "fun" reading while still getting all my required reading and assignments done too. I remember it involving staying up late and not doing a lot of partying on weekends. I think I got the better end of the deal. :) Happy reading!

Comment #36: Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 14:15:40


I don't party. I didn't in my first go with college either. I'm also not one to stay up late to read. I don't read after midnight. I just don't do allnighters unless I absolutely have to.

Comment #37: Sunday, March, 20, 2011 at 08:31:58

Anja Kasap

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I like yours as well. I don't have an e-reader either, I am loyal to the printed page, although I do understand why people have and like them (it would be nice to have a lot of books on hand when traveling, etc.). I tried to read Perdido Street Station from the library but didn't manage to finish before the due date, and someone put a hold on it so I couldn't renew. I still want to go back and finish, it was intriguing!

Comment #38: Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 14:19:23


My home is full of printed books, both those that I own and those that I'm borrowing from the library.

Comment #39: Sunday, March, 20, 2011 at 08:46:36


I read a lot of books instead of watching a lot of TV and since can't keep up with more than one book.

Nice to see your perspective thanks for hopping to my blog =)

Comment #40: Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 14:20:24


We gave up cable about ten years ago and we don't miss it.

Comment #41: Sunday, March, 20, 2011 at 10:00:13

Gabrielle Bisset

Hi! Thanks for hopping by and following. I'm here to do the same! I love the way your blog is organized.

Have a wonderful day!

Comment #42: Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 14:22:00


Thank you. There are so many things I would like to do to improve this blog if I had time.

Comment #43: Monday, March, 21, 2011 at 09:23:02


I'm here from the hop. I hope you'll visit.

Comment #44: Friday, March 25, 2011 at 12:13:42


Sorry if I missed you last week. Hopefully I'll stop by this week.

Comment #45: Monday, March, 21, 2011 at 13:30:30


I am more of a one book kind of girl, but it also depends on the type of book. I agree that I also can read assigned reading, then my personal books.

Take care.

Comment #46: Friday, March 25, 2011 at 12:15:33


I'm hoping to finish some of the books that I have been reading so very slowly. I want to pare down the list so I can concentrate on my assigned reading and research.

Comment #47: Saturday, March, 26, 2011 at 12:38:24

Jenni Elyse

I never thought of reading multiple books at a time like watching multiple series on TV. That makes a lot of sense. And, I guess that let's you savor those chunksters more. Whereas, I inhale them and have to reread them to discover things I missed the first time through.

Comment #48: Monday, March 28, 2011 at 19:00:23


I very rarely want to re-read a chunkster when I'm done.

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