There are so many awesome posts out there about being a book polygamist vs. book monogamist, and I LOVE them. Everyone’s reasoning for one over the other is fascinating to me and I will always read your posts on the subject. This is not exactly a post about reading multiple books at once.
This is about that “currently reading” shelf on Goodreads.
I have to say, I am anal retentive about keeping that shelf nice and clean. For me, the “currently reading” shelf consists of the books I am legitimately currently reading. I’m always reading one audiobook and one “real” book. Sometimes I read one physical copy, one ebook, and one audiobook. So at the most, my shelf is only going to have 3 books on it.
I keep my “currently reading” shelf very tidy and up-to-date. If I haven’t picked the book up in a while or am thinking of quitting it, it’s off the shelf ASAP.
Sometimes I start a book I want to read… and then something comes in from an ARC tour, or I realize I didn’t give myself enough time to finish it before a blog tour review is due. If I’m already reading a physical copy and an audiobook, I likely won’t keep a third book on there (unless I have an ebook going at the same time – which happens sometimes).
I can’t handle the idea of having very old books on there. If you’re a reader who can pick up a book, start it, and then let it sit for months or even years — more power to you. But if I was that kind of reader and something like that, I would absolutely have to take it off my shelf. I just need to. I like that Goodreads sidebar to look nice and clean. I don’t even like having three books on there, even if I’m actually, legitimately reading three books.
Even this is bothering me right now. I’m reading the first book as an audiobook, the second book for my upcoming Book Buddies review, and the last one for an ARC Tour. I hate that I have two physical copies going at once and one audiobook. THIS RUINS MY THREE RULE. I can only have three if one is an eBook. God, this is so weird. People are going to think I’m so weird.
So, in a way, this post is kind of like being a book polygamist. I am generally reading two books at once, sometimes three… and only if they’re in 2-3 different formats. Anything more than that or different than that makes me break out in hives whenever I look at my Goodread sidebar.
Of course, I had to consult Twitter with a more basic version of my question:
How many books do you read at a time? For me, 2-3 books: audio + physical (+ maybe ebook).
— Lauren (@bookmarklit) March 29, 2016