Do you know that type? Are you that type? Can you pick up a book and read it from start to finish without having the urge to pick up one or two — maybe four? — more books or stories to read? Kudos to you if you are. I admire your focus level. Wish I could do it sometimes.
I, however, am more of the piles-of-books-to-read-how-’bout-I-just-start-this-next-book-now type. There are some pros and cons to this mad method.
– If you get to a lull in one story you can move to another story to take a break, then dive back in.
– You get to take in more writing styles at once.
– Takes longer to finish whatever you’re reading.
– …. wait, did that happen in this book or that one?
There’s sometimes too great a difference in the reading materials for that last one to be a problem, but… it’s happened. I enjoy my book juggling, I suppose, so long as I don’t compare how long it takes me to get through a book to others’ speed. I am considered a bit of a slow reader even without the way I jump from one thing to another though. Again, I don’t really mind. I want to absorb the story and bring it to life in my head. I feel that if I read it any faster I might miss something, like when you fast-forward a movie.
Anyway, whatever type of reader you are I think the important thing is the fact that you’re reading. Doesn’t matter what your speed or method is, so long as you have the interest. I can get pretty annoyed with those that think highly of themselves simply because they can get through a book in one day that might have taken you three instead.
And, oh look, where did this soap box come from? Had no idea I was standing on it…
Okay, I should be sleeping. Toodles.
Eat. Sleep. Read. Write. Repeat.