Single or Multiple: what kind of a reader are you?

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What kind of reader are you?

I must confess I struggle to read one book at a time. I usually have two or three on the go at once: a hardback or paperback fiction, a non-fiction, and then a kindle or ePub fiction.

I read them at different times of the day, in different locations.

For example, a paper book is best to read in the bath for me, because I’m very likely to dip it in the water by accident.

But a kindle or ePub book is easier to grab for a quick ten minutes during my lunch break at work.

On the train it’s got to be a paperback or kindle/ePub – a hardback is just too heavy! Although, if it’s an excellent story by one of my favorite writers I’ll often make an exception.

And in bed any format works.

So, I guess that makes me a multiple kind of girl.

What about you?

15 thoughts on “Single or Multiple: what kind of a reader are you?

  1. Imran Siddiq @flickimp says:

    Great post.
    I’m a single reader. I once tried multiple and ended up being caught between them. My loyalty was stretched.

    I tend to focus on one and then move onto the next.

    Takes some skill to manage lots 🙂

  2. jumpingfromcliffs says:

    Definitely one at a time for me. Mainly because otherwise I keep expecting characters from one story to pop up in the other and then become impatient waiting for an appearance that isn’t going to happen!

    • crimethrillergirl says:

      Gosh, you know I hadn’t though about other characters popping up in the wrong book, but can see that could be a bit of a problem! (actually, that sounds like it could be an interesting idea for a story!). Thanks for dropping by.

  3. cross(stitch)yourheart says:

    I try to be a multiple reader because I love reading on my kindle but also like to read in the bath (and I’m not nearly confident enough to take my kindle with me) but I never seem to really get into a book while I’m reading another one.

    What I’d like is for someone to start packaging paper books and e-books together so I can read my paper copy in the bath and take my e-copy everywhere else…

  4. MarinaSofia says:

    I used to be a strict (serial) monogamist – sometimes so monogamist that if I enjoyed a book by one author, I would stick to that author until I had read all of her/his backlist. But now I have become a sluttish polygamist, usually need about 2-3 books at once, so I can switch when things get too gruesome, or to suit the mood, time of day, location, as you say.

  5. kactus77 says:

    I’m a read-one-book-at-a-time-kinda-gal. I tend to read mostly in bed at night, so one book suits me just fine. I happily switch between reading paperbacks and on my Kindle – as long as I have a book on the go I’m happy. 🙂

  6. fictionfanakaff says:

    Usually a non-fiction for day/early-evening, and a fiction for nighttime. And often a re-read of an old favourite for when my braincells need regeneration. Very proud to report that I can now read my Kindle in the bath without fear – practice makes perfect!

  7. thousandmonkeys says:

    I can’t read more than one novel at a time, but at the moment I’ve officially got 4 non-fiction on the go (though 2 of them I haven’t opened in a while) and one novel. The multiple fiction problem is, as jumpingfromcliffs suggests, the problem of tangled plots and confused characters.

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