One Book or Two?

Just a short post today. If I don’t write something then I will start to get out of the habit of regularly posting. My posting schedule has already begun to spread out and posting has become less regular.

It has been a tiring week at work again, and my reading schedule has become more and more difficult to achieve. I suppose going out for a curry last night with an old friend, and my imminent trip to London tomorrow will not help with the reading. I suppose I will have some additional opportunities on the train tomorrow, at least on the way there. It is most unlikely that I will be able to focus on anything on the way back. It is going to be that sort of day. Lunch then meeting old university friends to spend the rest of the day trawling around a number of pubs until late evening. It is only once in a while, and always enjoyable, so I am sure it is ok.

Completing Proust has been held up of course, and it looks like I will not finish the last book ‘Time Regained’ and the series for at least another week. This is partly because I do not ever seem to be able to read just one book at a time. I tend to have at least four or five on the go at the same time.Unless of course I find something impossible to put down. I think I just enjoy the variety of reading multiple books.

What about other people? Do you tend to read a number of books at the same time, or do you like to concentrate on reading one book, then move on to the next? Let me know in the comments.

6 thoughts on “One Book or Two?

  1. I have a number of books on the go at the mo: Gould’s Book of Fish, Kant’s Critique of Judgement, Paul Squires’ Puzzle Box (always a constant), PiO’s Big Numbers, Nigel Ellis’ Hæmatograms, and so on…

    Keeps me thrilled and on my toes. Haven’t started Proust yet.


  2. I have read a few of your posts about having no time to write ect and have come up with a solution for you, or possibly a dare for you. The next time you are going out (pub hopping or whatever) take a small notebook with you and write at least one random sentence, event, idea or speech, no matter how ridiculous or ‘irrelevant’ it may seem and I guarantee you’ll be inspired or at least can say to yourself that you wrote something. This is especially funny when your are pub hopping, slightly sloshed and wake up the next day to the sentence, ‘fat lady sings to tiny boyfriend with thick ginger moustache’ in some form of scribble with the words LOL in capitals and a smiley face next to it.
    Oh and in regards to reading more than one book at a time, I do this constantly, especially as I have a kindle and get over excited when I get a book for 99p and just HAVE to start reading it right away.


    • Absolutely. I did take a small notebook with me when I was out on Saturday, but I only wrote one sentence reminding me to do something, and in such appalling hand writing I could barely read it the next day. I think I need to work harder at actually using the notebook, rather than just taking it along for the ride. It is certainly a good idea. I think that for me the key may be to make it part of a game that the people I am out with can play and contribute to as well. In fairness I rarely go out on those types of night out, it just sometimes happens that you end up with three or four weekends out in a row, then the next ten at home. Thanks for your suggestions, I will be using them 🙂

      I have never tried the kindle or electronic book approach. I tend to stick to paper, but can see some advantages to electronic books in some situations.


      • I have published a book on Kindle and it worked very well for me. The books is called The Mirror’s Face. I thoroughly recommend it!


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