Book Discussion

Hey guys! Right now I’m in the middle of two books. One I read on my phone when I’m on the go, and one paper back that I read at home. Yesterday, my younger brother gave me a strange look and said “Hey Em, how are you reading two books at once? Don’t you mix up the plots?”


The answer to his question is no. I’ve never had a problem reading books simultaneously, in fact, it’s something I am almost constantly doing. However, after talking with my brother some more, he revealed that if he starts a book while in the middle of another, he almost always has to re-read the original book he was reading from the beginning.

This has led me to the conclusion that there must be at least two different types of readers: Multi-readers and Single-readers.

So my question to you is this: What kind of reader are you?


(BTW, I’m loving these eye-brow-raising GIFs) What pros and cons do you think there are for each? Is one faster or more productive than the other? What does your reading style say about you? I would love to hear your thoughts and comments down below!

12 thoughts on “Book Discussion

  1. Maybe it is something you’re used to as a writer. I’m currently writing two books as well as editing another. It does not confuse me, but then they are all my own work. When I was younger I read a lot of comics where you would have to wait another month for the next part. It is almost a natural part of life for those who watch serial programmes ‘Game of Thrones, Walking dead’. We watch many other programmes before the next episode. As for me I stick to the one book until I finished it.

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  2. I’m definitely a multi-reader. I’m generally reading a book for school and then a fun book and sometimes more in either category. I’ll admit if I only read one for a bit I’ll forget some of it but normally that can be solved by looking over notes or rereading a couple paragraphs.

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  3. The past 2 weeks, I have been reading 3 at once. I normally try to limit myself to 2, but I have ARC’s I have promised to review in a restricted time frame. I find it easy to differentiate plot, even though my husband thinks I’m crazy. I try to read similar amounts on each every day. 🙂

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  4. I can read more than one. I don’t see it as any different to watching more than one TV series. However, I tend to stick to one at a time if I need to read and review a book prior to, or on, a release date. If there’s no rush I often have one paperback and one kindle book on the go at the same time.

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    • I’m like J. Manuel. I used to think it was sacrilegious to read more than one book, but one day a dared to try it. I find that if I’m reading more than one work of fiction, my enjoyment is diminished by not focusing on one story at a time. However, I can read non-fiction books without tainting any others.

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  5. I multi-read only when I’m not committed to the first book. What is this–serial monogamous reading? I don’t know what you call it, but if I’m reading two books at the same time I know it means I am not sure I will finish either one. This usually only lasts through the first quarter of any book. If I decide I love a story, I drop the other one I’ve been reading and read the beloved story with deep abandon. Or, I continue with both, not fully invested in either–just stringing both poor stories along–and I end up feeling like a creepy reader or a reading creep. Something like that.

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