Friday, December 3, 2010

Fall Into Reading: Questions (8)

Callapidder Days is currently hosting the Fall Into Reading Challenge.  It is a self-set challenge in that each participant sets a goal for his/herself of the number of books to read during the fall season (Sept. 22-Dec. 20).  Then the participants post about the novels and progress as much or little as they want with a wrap-up post at the end.  I have set a goal to read 50 books this fall.  You can read the full list here.  Callapidder Days also hosts a weekly question about Fall Into Reading, as another way for us to connect and such.

This week's question: Do you have multiple books going at once? Or do you prefer to stick to one book at a time?
Like many other readers, how I read my books depends on the type of book.  First of all, I always read more than one non-fiction book at a time.  I have trouble keeping focused with non-fiction, so I often read it over a long period of time.  With fiction, it mostly depends.  I used to say that I always read one book at a time, but I've found that not to be completely true now.  It depends on the type of fiction, mostly if it is a slow or fast read.  Some books are slower reads for me, the writing is generally better, and I can't "speed read" the book and get the story.  I have to slow down and take all of the details in.  I've found both Odd Thomas and Anne of Green Gables to be that way.  However, a lot of the Christmas romances I've been reading, I read quickly.  So I find if I am reading a slower book, I often take a little time off, so to speak.  I'll read a quick read or two, and then get back to my focused reading.  It just depends on the mood I'm in.

Books Read so Far:
1. The Scarlet Pimpernel - Baronnes Emmuska Orczy (review)
2. Sooner or Later - Debbie Macomber
3. Evermore - Alysson Noel (review)
4. The Snow Bride - Debbie Macomber (review)
5. The Inn at Eagle Point - Sherryl Woods (review)
6. Harbor Lights - Sherryl Woods
7. She's Gone Country - Jane Porter (review)
8. Twenty Wishes - Debbie Macomber (review)
9. Deja Dead - Kathy Reichs (review)
10. The Sparkling One - Susan Mallery (review)
11. Under Her Skin - Susan Mallery (review)
12. Masquerade - Melissa De La Cruz (review)
13. One Reckless Summer - Toni Blake (review)
14. A Whole New Light - Sandra Brown (review)
15. The Rose Red Bride - Claire Delacroix (review)
16. The Apothecary's Daughter - Julie Klassen (review)
17. The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger (review)
18. Odd Thomas - Dean Koontz (review)

Bonus: (i.e. books not on my list, but that I've finished reading in this time period)
1. Flowers on Main - Sherryl Woods
2. On the Steamy Side - Louisa Edwards (review)
3. Blue Moon - Alyson Noel (review)
5. Just Listen - Sarah Dressen (review)
6. Christmas Wishes - Debbie Macomber (review)
7. Home for the Holidays - Debbie Macomber

Progress: 18 down, 32 to go

What about you?  Do you read one book at a time?  Or do you have multiple books on your TBR pile?  How's everyone's progress going?  I think I might have to be realistic about finishing my list, so I might include my "bonus" books in my number count (25 down, 25 to go).  Maybe I was a little too ambitious.  But oh well - after all, it's all about having fun, anyway.


  1. Wow you've got a lot of books done. Congrats! I used to juggle multiple books, but now I like sticking with just one. If it's a good book, I usually fly through it rather quickly with my hour long commute to work and I'm able to focus more on the story and characters. But if I'm reading something other than a short story collection, I do read short stories online or in magazines while reading my novel.

  2. Short Story Slore, I'm so jealous of your commute. I almost took a job in Washington, D.C. and I was very excited about the probable hour commute on the Metro so I could read. I've not thought about reading short stories along with novels. Perhaps I'll pick up that habit.