I’ve always found myself to be the kind of reader that can’t help but read multiple books at once. It’s a habit I’ve always had and one I hope to break!
My most recent example of this ‘reading sin’ began when I started to read ‘Fractured’ by Teri Terry. (Note I write started and not finished…we’ll get to that later.) I really enjoyed ‘Slated’, the first book in the trilogy, and it has been over a year since I read it. When I saw the sequel in my local library, I knew I had to read it. Also, the ‘Slated’ trilogy was what I pulled out of The Series TBR Jar this month, so I had an obligation to read it!
I got 180 pages through, but then….
The impulse to read something different struck. Another library book I had was ‘The Year of the Rat’ by Clare Furniss. It had huge font, and was only around 300 pages, much shorter than ‘Fractured’. So…I picked The Rat Book up instead, thinking I’d read them simutaneously.
After I finished ‘The Year of the Rat’, I began the ‘Poison Study’ series by Maria V. Snyder. That’s three books, each 400 pages or more. It got to the point where I had to renew ‘Fractured’ from the library, having had it out for three weeks and not finished it.
I’m going to finish it, and hopefully the last book in the series before the month ends, but I couldn’t help but feel this overwhelming sense of book guilt for not just finishing ‘Fractured’ to begin with. Instead of reading multiple books at once, poor ‘Fractured’ just got left dusty and forgotten.
So, I vow from this day forth to only read one book at a time, and just see how long it takes for me to break that promise. I reckon I’ll last….three days. Fingers crossed.