Breaks In Reading?

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Do you take breaks while reading a book? Or read it straight through? (And, by breaks, I don’t mean sleeping, eating and going to work; I mean putting it aside for a time while you read something else.)

I have three books on the go right now. Sometimes I have more. I have tried sticking to one book, but it just doesn’t work like that for me, I seem to need the variety. I’ll be reading one book and find myself wanting to read something different, which is why I often have one book of non-fiction and a variety of fiction at hand to turn to. But there always comes a point in each book where that book takes over and I read it through to the end without interruption from the others. At the moment it’s The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters that is taking precedence, closely followed by Raven Black by Ann Cleeves, with Being Shelley by Ann Wroe trailing behind in third place.

It can become difficult if I have put a book aside for a while and then I have to start reading it again from the beginning! It gets even more difficult when I’ve been to the library and want to start all the books I’ve just borrowed.

And so it goes on …

11 thoughts on “Breaks In Reading?

  1. I like to finish one book before starting another Margaret, but the exception is that I can be reading books in different formats simultaneously.
    e.g.
    currently
    * now – TAKE OUT, Felicity Young – printed book
    * after that – BLEED FOR ME, Michael Robotham – printed book
    * audio (in the car) – DANCING FOR THE HANGMAN, Martin Edwards
    * Kindle – FORBIDDEN FRUIT, Kerry Greenwood

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  2. I’m usually a one at a time reader of novels, although I can keep a biog or other non-fic book going on the side happily.

    At the moment, I’ve just had a break in the middle of the Two Towers, but am finding it harder to get back into Frodo and Sam, after the first half which I really enjoyed – I think I should have read it all the way through.

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  3. My quick response is to say I read one book at a time. But I guess that isn’t really true – there is one book, plus an audiobook, and lately a collection of short stories or non-fiction work, too.

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  4. I rarely read more than one book at the time. I suffer from concentration problems so if I take too long over a book, I can´t remember a thing about the first half when I get to the ending.

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  5. Interesting post! I have several going at a time…usually there’s the by-the-bed book (The Confessions of Noa Weber), the downstairs read-if-the-baby-entertains-himself-for-five-minutes book (I Curse the River of Time), and a self-help or nonfiction title (Mom-Over) for the car and waiting on doctor appointments.

    I enjoy them all in different ways…

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  6. Oh thanks for reminding me to do my BTT post. I completely forgot. It’s up now. I read MANY books at once and some are done right away and some are done after a few weeks or months.

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