Are You a One Book (at at time) Woman?

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Are You a One Book (at at time) Woman?
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Sat, 03-27-2010 - 6:36am

From: ReadingGroupGuides.com:


Like most of us, guest blogger Jamie Layton is a busy multitasking super woman. In today's post she takes us through the labyrinth of her reading month. Normal or not? You decide.

O.M.G. This has literally been one of those months where I haven’t had any time to read! This week alone brought to my door a Faberge Egg social studies project, a middle school talent show (and attendant dress rehearsal), three high school baseball games (one tour of duty in the concession stand) and to end the week tonight, a membership recognition event (of which I am in charge) at the Club. Oh yea, did I mention book club on Wednesday that I faked my way through? Unfortunately Jean Baker’s Mary Todd Lincoln lost me at hello. The first sixty pages read like the bible with ‘this Todd begat that Parker begat that Evans’ and so on and so forth. I can say that based on the rest of the group’s input, which was pretty mixed but generally positive, I will be trying to tackle it sometime in the future.

But as I look back over the month and wonder what I was reading I realize that the reason I probably can’t remember is because I was generally reading more than one thing at a time. I devoured Paco Underhill’s
Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping and got lots of ideas for the shop; but at night I was still turning to Fateful Night, the latest offering by Jerry Radford, my favorite self-published author. I’ve also been trying to learn more about the art of the humorous essay so have been juggling Nora Ephron and Erma Bombeck like a man with two prom dates in a sophomoric chick flick who’s got The Nine Rooms of Happiness by Lucy Danziger waiting in the corner. Then there are the magazines- on a recent girl’s weekend I flipped from Vanity Fair to Vogue to Natural Health. And I do mean flipped as in back and forth. Seems this is not the month for me to actually start and finish anything. (Except the Underhill book.)

So here’s my Friday morning question to all you Reading Group Guide blog readers- are you the type of reader who finds it possible to read more than one thing at a time? If so, how often do you find yourself doing this? Do you find that you have to be switching back and forth between genres, say a business casual by day, romance novel at night? Or can you have more than one mystery going at a time? Do you think this is a phenomenon more likely experienced during a season of change (like Spring) or is it more related to our own psyche? Do you think we are normal? Is this healthy reading? Your comments on this topic could make me feel better. Or at the very least, please pass the Ritalin.

-- Jamie Layton, Manager -
Duck's Cottage Coffee & Bookshop


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Sun, 03-28-2010 - 7:49am

Usually have just one at a time....BUT right now have two .....Night book is The Forgotten Garden....and my downstairs book is Believe it, Be it....by winner of Biggest Loser.....Both are so different...Would NEVER be able to have two mysteries going....would get them totally mixed up....lol....Hugs, Ruth

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Sun, 03-28-2010 - 11:55am

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Mon, 03-29-2010 - 6:39am

I pretty much just read one book at a time.


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Mon, 03-29-2010 - 8:22pm
I am a one booker! I have read two books at the same time but that has been a long time ago. I don't see how anyone could read more than two though.

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Tue, 04-13-2010 - 2:57pm
I usually just read one at a time, but sometimes I'll read two, if I'm toward the end of one and can't wait to start another. Also,

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Mon, 04-19-2010 - 11:51pm

I read one book at

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Wed, 05-12-2010 - 10:27am

I am a monogamous reader .... I would get distracted and confused otherwise :-)

A handful of times I have abandoned a book because it wasn't good or keeping my interest ... and I was not reading at all ... so I started fresh with a new one.

I may go back and try again with those books at some point - I have kept them on my shelf. But I don't count that as reading multiple books at once.

I do read magazines at the same time as books though.


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Wed, 05-12-2010 - 10:35am

Wow! I do that too. If a book is not interesting, I dread picking it up


and reading it then end up leaving it there.


I am mostly a one book reader.