“What are you reading?” is always bound to pop up in a conversation with my friends and family, but especially my friends. And my list always includes more than one book. Like right now I’m reading “The Great Gatsby” (yes, again) and “The Next Best Thing,” Jennifer Weiner’s new book. I also have the 17th book in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series floating around.
But when I list off the books, I get startled looks from friends. “I could never read more than one book at a time.” And it always makes me wonder if I’m weird in my reading habit.
Granted I tend to focus on one book over the others when I read. One book is usually stowed away in my bag and is read when I’m out somewhere — riding the train, sitting in Starbucks, during lunch at work. The other is at home and gets read while I’m there. So if I’m sitting at home more often than on the road, that book will get read more, clearly.
But my friends tell me they get so engrossed in a story that they can’t devote their mind to anything else when they’re reading.
So I want to know if I’m weird. Do others read more than one book at once? Let me know in the comments.