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IS IT OK TO READ 2 BOOKS AT A TIME?

27 comments · save · last comment by Laura G. over 5 years ago

L C

L C.

Vietnam

9 posts

Well not literally, it's like, I've been into books a lot lately and I'm reading Lolita right now. I love it but the book is so thick and it gets tiring sometimes, especially for someone lazy like me. My friend got me the book The catcher in the rye a couple of days ago as a late birthday gift and I wanted to read it right away but she told me not to jump to it and finish the other one first, otherwise I wouldn't be able to completely understand and enjoy either of the books. Should I keep reading Lolita then, even if I'll probably be bored of it soon? Or should I jump to the new book, which is not so thick? (the thought of actually being able to finish it might give me more patience to take on thicker books, who knows!)

almost 7 years ago

#1
Lucy Mejía

Lucy M.

OAXACA,
Mexico

15 posts

It has happened to me too. What I do, is ready a litlle bit of the thin one and try to read the other one every night. So, since I have nothing else to do, the book has all my attention. I think everyone is able to read two books at the time, but you need to really pay attention to them, otherwise you'll just get confused.

0 · August 1, 2012

#2
Dolly Spectra

Dolly S.

LOS ANGELES,
United States

450 posts

Don't open that second book before finishing the first, or the book police will get you and make you do community service in your local library for the rest of your life. =P

Really, just read whatever you feel like. Worst case scenario, you'll forget what happened in one of them so you'll have to re-read a few pages before it comes back to you. No big deal.

0 · August 1, 2012

#3
Becky Bedbug

Becky B.

2005,
United Kingdom

1075 posts

I'm really bad at reading two books at once. One always ends up by the wayside and then, because I've forgotten what happened, I never go back to it.

0 · August 1, 2012

#4
Léna R.

Léna R.

FRANCE,
France

173 posts

I don't like reading two books at the same time,I don't understand anything after :P because I forget and I mix the two stories !

0 · August 1, 2012

#6
Leah E

Leah E.

United States

10 posts

I end up reading two at the same time often, even though I'm bad at it :( but I always end up wandering back into the bookstore when I'm not even done! Lolita is great actually, so don't give up. I like to write notes of important things, so I can brief myself when I return to the book.

0 · August 8, 2012

#9
L C

L C.

Vietnam

9 posts

Lol thanks for all the replies everyone!! I'll focus on just 1 book then, Idk how on earth I'm going to handle going back to a book after reading another.

0 · August 15, 2012

#11
Kristine M.

Kristine M.

LOS ANGELES,
United States

36 posts

I've read two books at once, but I always feel like it's best to read one book at a time so you can get really into it. I usually just end up reading one book faster than the other without really taking the time to understand the story.

0 · August 23, 2012

#12
Flying Windows

Flying W.

LOS ANGELES,
United States

169 posts

You can probably read 5-80 books at a time.

0 · August 25, 2012

#14
Anna M

Anna M.

Sweden

330 posts

yes, I am currently reading four books..

0 · October 12, 2012

#16
Kani

Kani

Spain

89 posts

Yes, it's okay, I'm currently reading 3 books but some months ago I was reading 7 books at once...

0 · November 1, 2012

#17
HB KT

HB K.

ABOARD THE USS ENTERPRISE,
United States

4 posts

If you can keep track of all the plots then of course! I'm usually reading AT LEAST 2, if not more, because I lose any self-control I have when I step in to a bookstore.

Also, Catcher in the Rye is weirddd. I don't know, it didn't do much for me.

0 · November 1, 2012

#20
Rev. Schuller

Rev. S.

THE HOUR OF POWER,
Canada

21 posts

NO. IT WILL DESTROY YOU!

0 · November 4, 2012

#21
Gitte Tofte

Gitte T.

COPENHAGEN,
Denmark

45 posts

I always read two books at a time: one real/physical book and one audio. But I almost never start another physical book - to me, it makes the first one feel like a failure and it happens quite often that I never return to it.

0 · January 30, 2013

#22
Gillian C.

Gillian C.

PERTH,
Australia

35 posts

I think it's fine reading two books at a time... As long as you don't get confused easily and you're quite capable of keeping the two stories separate. For me that's bloody impossible so for me, it's a no but I know plenty of people who can manage.

0 · January 30, 2013

#23
Helen Dushko

Helen D.

VENICE,
Italy

1427 posts

That's absolutely possible, my bro can read 3 or even 4

0 · January 30, 2013

#24
Haley C

Haley C.

United States

82 posts

Personally I could never read 2 books at once. I would start confusing the plot lines hehe. I suggest either finishing Lolita before starting Catcher in the Rye (awesome awesome book btw) OR just taking a break from Lolita and finish Catcher in the Rye before picking up Lolita again :)

0 · January 31, 2013

#25
Six6six X

Six6six X.

BROOKLYN,
United States

260 posts

lol more than ok. I read like 15-20 books at a time for work. But if you don't like a book, it's ok to ditch it and read something else you like better.

0 · January 31, 2013

#26
Mikka M

Mikka M.

MANILA,
Philippines

247 posts

Yes its okay but i think it ruins the momentum of the other.

0 · February 3, 2013

#27
Laura G

Laura G.

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA,
Australia

52 posts

Yeah- you wouldn't limit yourself to watching one tv series or soap opera at a time so why limit yourself to one book?! I'm currently reading 3 books at the moment:
An introduction to psychology- this is too big to take with me when I go out so I'm also reading:
Now, more again by Elizabeth Wurtzel and I always try and read one instructional book (a book that is going to teach me a new skill) which is
Drawing on the right side of the brain.

0 · January 19, 2014

  

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