September 12, 2018

Reading multiple books at the same time? Here’s how to do it


It’s no secret: I love to read, voraciously even.

So, it’s not a surprise to anyone (especially you, dear reader) that I read multiple books at once. It’s kind of a compulsion. Why? For one, I can’t stop myself. Two, there are so many good stories out there. And three, when I discover or get recommended a new book by a friend or a colleague, it’s really hard to say no.

If you’re trying to manage a bunch of stellar reads at once, we have a few key tips that will help. Use these 5 tips to power through your own reading list.

1. Set aside time to read.

This might be the most essential tip. Give yourself a dedicated time period every day to read. Maybe you can read at least twice a day and usually up it to three – on your daily commute and then for 20-30 minutes before going to bed.

By allowing yourself a set amount of time each day (or a few times a week), you’ll weave your way through many stories and poems in no time.

2. Diversify your reading list.

Read multiple books in different formats, genres, and styles. This is the easiest way to balance reading a few books at once. Pick a volume of poetry, a non-fiction read, a novella, something sci-fi, or a collection of short stories. Whatever your heart desires.

My current reading list includes a mix of genres, writers, and formats: Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi ExplodedThe Diary of a Bookseller, Dispatch from the Future, and Death and Other Holidays. Whew, that seems like tons of books, no? But, once you break it down, my list includes: two non-fiction titles, one poetry collection, and a novella.

3. Choose multiple “reading hot spots.”

Where do you feel most comfortable reading? In bed? On your commute? In the park? On an amazing velvet couch in your local coffee shop? Designate a few spots where you can relax, zone out, and just read. It’ll be a joy. Don’t take my word for it, try it yourself.

4. Always keep a book on your person.

The real secret to reading a bunch of books at once? It’s such a simple trick. Never leave home without a book.  Always have a paperback on hand. But, if you’re traveling very light and don’t have room for a small book, you can always have a few ebooks on your smartphone, too.

5. Don’t worry about time.

Reading isn’t a race. Remember to savor your books and really sit with them. If it takes you a few days to finish one title and then a few months for the next, there’s no reason to beat yourself up over it. Some books are like a fine wine and they should be savored as such.

Stephanie Valente is the Digital Marketing Manager at Melville House.