How Do You Read Two Books At Once?
I don’t know how you guys do it. A lot of you are able to juggle two, three, four books at a time–somehow managing to follow the story on each and not lose focus.
I already knew this fact, but this year is proving it even more: I have a hard time reading more than one book at a time. This year, 2012, is my year of “A Dance.” While I’m reading through the regular novels on the Time list, I’m also reading one book a month from A Dance To The Music Of Time–the Anthony Powell classic that was included as ONE novel on the List.
At 12 total books, that’s one book a month from “A Dance,” in addition to the other novels. So throughout 2012, I’ll always be reading two books at a time.
I’m too ADD for this. I’m an awful multi-tasker. I can only focus on one thing at a time. Just ask my wife how many accidents we’ve almost had because I’m driving along and suddenly, “Oh, look a pretty bird!”
“Dance” is definitely bearing the brunt of my lack of focus and horrible memory. I’m mostly reading it on weekends, so I usually go 6-7 days in between reading sessions with this book. And since it’s not a high-energy read, I’m struggling through it.
At this point, I’ve been unable to find a rhythm between “Dance” and these other books (pun intended. always intended.).
The main characters are approaching 30. Jenkins, the narrator, is a writer and art dealer. Stringham is divorced and alcoholic. Templer is divorced but somewhat stable. Widmerpool is as awkward as ever but even more power hungry and self-absorbed.
The novel has definitely taken a turn for the better. There’s a little more going on now. So as I begin the Second Movement, books 4-6, I hope that trend continues.
But back to the original discussion: So you guys that read multiple books at a time, how do you do it? What’s your advice for those of use who are scatter-brained?