Tuesday, April 28, 2009

reading questions to all

Dear Fellow Stitchers:

I have a question that I'm dying to ask anyone and everyone who reads. I have noticed lots of people that have more than one "currently-reading" book on their shelf. Is that possible? Is that really possible to read more than one book at a time? How? I realize I can stitch on more than one project, but a book?!?! How can you put one down in order to pick another one up? I feel so foolish asking such silly questions since I run through the same motions with stitching, but storytelling is different. I would be afraid I'd get my stories crossed. My peeps mixed up. I'd be afraid I'd lose interest in one story so that I could keep up with another.

How do you do this?

15 comments:

DebbieSFL said...

Julie, I read multiple books at the same time, but they are usually so different that they don't cross; I am reading the autobio of Julie Andrews, the Chronicles of Narnia, and the Dragonfly Pool. It just depends on what I am feelin' at the time, I guess.

Natasha said...

Usually I will space them out between a few day in between so as not to mix it up. But I have been known to have to re-read a whole chapter. I try to stick to one book, unless I have two that I just cant decide which to start first then I read them both.
natasha

Tanya said...

Not me! I can only read one book at a time but that being said, I can read one fiction and one non-fiction at a time. Make sense? Just not more than one fiction - too much to take in this mommy-brain. LOL

Tanya

Siobhan said...

If a book is really good, I carry it with me all around the house & read whenever I have a moment to do so. If it's really, really good, I will only allow myself a chapter or two, so as to prolong the enjoyment--but usually cave towards the end and have to read all of it. If a book isn't that great, I'll sometimes leave it in the, ummm, porcelain reading room, and pick it up when I need to spend extended amounts of time in there. Ahem. I will also sometimes leave one in the car, if I'm not getting into it but I still want to read it. I have a SIL who reads EVERY book she gets, no matter whether she's into the story or not. I am much more fickle, and if a story doesn't catch my fancy, I won't keep with it. I have thousands of other books I could read. Those are the books that get stuck in the bathroom or the car, etc. I also belong to audible, and will read a book while listening/reading to one.

Nicole said...

A lot of times I will start a book and not like it as much as I thought I would, so I will start something else. Sometimes I will get back to the original book to give it another chance, but if I still don't like it I will take it off my list. I rarely read more than one at a time, but that would be why I have more than one on my currently reading list.

Vonna said...

I always have a book on my bedside table that I read before I go to bed at night. Through the day I listen to a different book on my MP3 player while I do housework and stitch. That way I can do both of my loves at the same time read AND stitch!

The Scarlett House said...

I'm a one at a timer for the most part with stitching and definitely with books. I always feel a need to finish one thing before I can start another.

Sally S. said...

I am always reading a book club book as well as something "fun",and sometimes a more serious book. I pace the book club reading so that I finish close to the discussion date. I may also have a book in the living room and/or den. In every book,there will be a point 100 pages or so from the end, when I finish it in one go. Julie, reading more than one book at a time isn't much different than watching 5 or 6 tv shows weekly - they have different plots and characters too.

Kellie said...

I will sometimes read a book and listen to a different audiobook. But I rarely read more than one book at a time. I like to read one start to finish. If it doesn't interest me, I will quit and move on to something else. There are too many good books out there to read one that I feel so so about. Interesting question. :)

farmgirl beth said...

I usually have a few books at a time that I'm reading, but rarely are they of the same genre. I'll have one that is a fiction page-turner, and maybe a few that are either devotional or research or self-help type books that I only pick up when the mood strikes. I also have a few of those books that are fiction or historical novels that just aren't as "grabby" and sometimes I'll pick away at them for months or even years! If the book loses my interest, I have no problem abandoning it completely and banishing it to my local Goodwill for someone else to finish.

But when it comes to stitching, I am the complete opposite. I absolutely don't get how someone could work on more than one at a time.

lissylaine said...

I've gotten really bad about this - I'm currently reading 7 books (yikes!). One I haven't picked up in a while is non-fiction, but the others are all fiction. Oh, and one is an audiobook. I'll read one until I feel the pull of the others and switch. I see it now kind of how I view tv shows - if I can keep up with Lost, Heroes, etc., etc., then I can keep up with the plots of several different books - it's all just whatever I'm in the mood for. :) I know, it's probably more ADD than anything else, LOL.

Daffycat said...

My daughter reads multiple books at once. I don't know how she keeps from getting all muddled! I only read one at a time!

Lisa said...

I have been known to have 2 books on the go, sometimes I start on and not get into it, then start reading a new one, but then go back and finish the 1st. But I couldn't alternate them every night. Some people say you should be able to read several books(just like you watch 2 or 3 soaps) as long as they are different topics

Jennifer said...

I usually have several books going at one time, as well as many stitching projects started. I think I have a bit of ADHD! Keeps life interesting.......seriously, it can be a problem.....LOL....LOL

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