Blog Hop: How Many Books?

   Posted by: Faith   in Rye Thoughts

Since I’m still drowning in unmarked papers for my class, I figure I’ll join the blog hop for today… one of these days I’ll get back to those useful posts I like writing… but it’s Friday (Friday…) so who wants to sit around and read long blog posts today anyway?


Here’s what the blog hop is: In the spirit of the Twitter Friday Follow, the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word!  This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books!  It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs to read! 


"Do you read only one book at a time, or do you have several going at once?"


stack-of-books2 I’m a book hopper… it’s true! I always have more than one book on the go, and it’s a habit I formed years and years ago. I don’t remember ever reading only one book at a time, to be honest. I tend to read according to my mood, so I’ll have different books for different moods.

I try to always have at least one non-fiction on the go, as well. And I’m notorious for starting a book, enjoying it, and getting highly distracted by another book and not going back to that first book for several years. Then one day I’ll get the itch, pick it up, and keep reading from where I left off.

Is that weird? I don’t know…

Right now, I’m reading: Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan, and a few self-help books on stress reduction. That’s fewer books than usual, in fact. Oh, and I’ve had The Count of Monte Cristo on hold for about 8 months now… I’ll get back to it soon… really!


How about you? Do you read multiple books at a time? Maybe you only read certain kinds of books while you’re writing a certain kind of story (I’ve heard this happens too)… what are you reading right now, and if you’re not reading, why not? Writers need to read constantly, so go pick up a book! :D

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21 comments so far


I usually like to read one book at a time but end up reading several for school. I always feel like if a book is boring enough to put down then I likely will never pick it up again…so I try to stick with one.

March 18th, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I usually have several going at once. Right now it’s Anderson’s Fairy Tales, Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin, Creativity for Life by Eric Maisel, and White Horses by Alice Hoffman.
Fun blog idea!

March 18th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Around our house I usually have two on the go with others nagging at me. Usually the fiction pushes the non-fiction to the fringes because I’m so tired and I just want escape. My wife is a one-book woman. My kids? Hmmm… The younger two are, I think, read in serial fashion while my oldest is a self-declared polybookist.

March 18th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I try to limit myself to two at once, and they’re usually very different. Sometimes, I’ll get stuck into three if there’s one I must read sooner. That doesn’t count the ongoing novels of my writing group. I get weekly installments of those. Right now, there are five. ^_^

March 18th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I read a couple at a time and hop back and forth. It keeps things exciting!

March 18th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I usually only read one at a rime but I’m a fast reader so it’s not usually a problem. The only time I have more than one book going at a time is when one isn’t grabbing my interest.

March 18th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I’m definitely a one-book-at-a-time person. I like to really get into them, and I have trouble doing that if I hop around.

March 18th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Not everyone can multi-task and nobody should. When it comes to book sure, I can’t read four books simultaneously (or even two, for that matter!) but there are times I’ll juggle as many as four books at a time depending on the subject matter, the urgency or more often both.

The real trick to this is what KINDS of books to juggle. Hop on over to my blog and learn the method behind my madness – http://www.howardshermannet
Howard Sherman

March 18th, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Coming through on the blog hop.

I will read two books only if I am slightly bored with the first one!

March 19th, 2011 at 2:19 am

I only read one at a time, unless I’m bored with one and feel the urge to start another ;)

March 19th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Hopping through. I usually have multiple books going. I hope you finish Count of Monte Cristo. It’s great – and fitting with the sandwich theme of your blog.
My Hop

March 19th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

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Go to http://astorybookworld.blogspot.com/p/awards.html and pick up your award.

March 19th, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I often am immersed in more than one book if I’m doing research for my W.I.P. But if I’m in the middle of an exciting piece of fiction, I’ll have to finish it before I can go on.

March 20th, 2011 at 12:55 am

I read multiple books at a time too. I’ve got 14 currently going. Some of them I started over a year ago.

March 20th, 2011 at 2:50 am

Just hopping by. Great blog title!

I totally agree with your answer and a lot of the books you’ve mentioned sound really great. And the fact that they’re all over the place genre-wise is another reason why I like reading more than one book at once because I tend to read all sorts of books myself. :)

March 20th, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Sometimes I read multiple books at a time, but usually that happens when they are books I’m rereading. For a new book, I can only do one at a time.

March 21st, 2011 at 3:03 am

I don’t know how you do it! I can barely read one book while I’m writing something – no way I could add more to the pile.

March 21st, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I (usually) read very quickly, so I’m a one-book-at-a-time kind-of-gal. Unfortunately, I also HAVE to finish every book I start, so if I’m not enjoying the read I slow down…

March 22nd, 2011 at 8:56 am
Susan B

I usually read only one book at a time, but if I happen to be somewhere without said book, I will pick up a magazine or another book I’m interested in, if such a thing is handy (e.g. I’m at the library).

Samantha, I used to be like you, feeling it necessary to complete every book I started, but I got over it. There are too many books that are worthy of our attention, without wasting time on those that are not! :)

March 23rd, 2011 at 9:34 pm
Chris Phillips

I stick with one book.

March 24th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Yeah, I try to stick to one book at a time, but generally end up with 3 or 4 that I volley back and forth. It’s a wonder I can keep the stories straight, LOL!

March 24th, 2011 at 7:12 pm