Picture this: A girl is reading on a couch. The book could be a classic, a young adult novel, or even a thriller, whichever floats your imaginary boat. Rinse and repeat for the next two to five days depending on the length of the book. Well, guess what? That girl used to be me.
People who read more than one book at a time used to drive me crazy. I kept wondering how they could possibly keep all those characters, plots, and little details straight. I thought "cheating" on a book took away something from the reading experience, cheapening it somehow.
Since I started blogging, I've come to realize how I underestimated the creative powers of the human mind. Sure, you might not like reading more than one book at a time (like I said: whichever floats your imaginary boat), but it is possible to keep those plots and characters straight. For example, you're reading Treasure Island and Pride and Prejudice at the same time. You're not going to expect Mr. Darcy when you pick up a book set on the high seas, are you? Or Mr. Rochester in Harper Lee's Alabama?
Blogging never fails to introduce me to new things, and, now, I can't believe I'm reading four books at the same time--a Frankenstein e-book, Anna Karenina, Rebecca, and Dubliners. All I can say is I'm having a fabulous time reading all four books. When the short stories in Dubliners become too much for me, I can always switch to the intrigue provided by Rebecca. There's no pressure to finish a book on a specific date, because I'm having so much fun.
It just goes to show that, over time, the preferences that we thought were set in stone change. I always thought I would never cheat on the books I love so much, but it turns that more is indeed merrier.
How about you? What's your reading method of choice? Do you read more than one book at a time or do you stay faithful?