Do you read one book at a time or many at once? Why or why not? And where/when do you read? During your commute? In bed? Do you carve out time during the day to read? Do you read every day? What happens if you don’t? We asked Entropy contributors to share their reading habits with us.
Reading questionnaire! Fun! 1) Many at once 2) It is my job 3) At home, at work while my students are writing, at the bar, sometimes while resting at a skate spot 3) Not on my commute 4) Yes, in bed 5) Time carves itself out for me because i am forced to read for all of my jobs, although I try to find a month a year to read strictly “for pleasure” whatever that means 6) I read everyday 7) I would probably need to find something else to do with my life if I didn’t, although many days I wish I didn’t have to read anything at all.
I read multiple books at a time. Some of them I regrettably forget about and never finish. I read before on free afternoons drinking coffee, when I can carve the time out from writing. I read before I go to bed at night. I read by the pool when I get the chance to be near a pool. I read a lot of articles on the Internet just throughout my day. I don’t read books every day, although I would like to and probably should. I do read things from the Internet every day. If I got a day without reading it is usually just because I am just busy. Nothing bad happens, I just try to read more the next day.
I read more than one book at once almost always. During the semester I’m usually reading 1-2 books for classes and one pleasure-reading tome, often poetry because it’s less time-consuming than a novel. Novels, however, are my greatest pleasure, so if I’m on break from school i usually have a novel & a book of poems going at the same time. I mostly read in bed, in the afternoons and before bed, though occasionally on the couch with the rest of my little family (gf & 2 dogs) hanging out. And for the most part I read every day, though I have occasional reading slumps where I may not read for a few days.
Dennis James Sweeney
Awesome question, it’s really interesting to read what you all are saying on this. I’m a one-book-at-a-time kind of person, especially since I’m not in school. I like to focus on what I’m reading. An arbitrary goal I set a while ago was that I wanted to read at least 50 pages of something a day, but sometimes I’ll read a 200 page book in a couple days, and sometimes it’ll take me forever to read something, especially long involved stuff like what I’ve been reading recently – Anna Karenina, Moby Dick. I love to read during meals, but especially when I’m stretching before bed and then in bed for a few minutes. If I don’t read for a while I feel lost. My writing starts to get bad and I feel uninspired. I forget the whole reason why I’m kinda sorta devoting my life to books. But then when I read again, I remember.
For the most part, I’m a one-book-at-a-time peep too. I can’t read two novels at a time, but I can balance reading a novel and a short story collection at the same time. Usually, I read before going to bed, but I also make sure to carry a book around with me wherever I go to squeeze reading into whatever spare moments that might otherwise be wasted here and there.
I read a few at a time–one a novel, one a theory text, one something of quantum mechanics or other areas of science that fascinate me but I never got to study. Mostly, I read at night or on a day off in the afternoon…used to read 2 books simultaneously to trigger odd word collisions to practice metaphor and implied metaphor..it was wacky but at times a fishing manual and a novel fired off some really interesting images while reading.
These days, I read one book at a time, mostly because I just don’t have time to read as much as I’d like. But I can read a novel and non-fiction at the same time. I love the feeling of being lost in fiction, and the brain activity non fiction produces. I read before I go to sleep at night, but am trying to change that. Even if it’s just a half hour during the day. I did that today, actually. There is a place down the road where I take my toddler– they will watch her for an hour or so while she plays and I can go to the offices next door and work. Usually, I write, but today I decided I needed to read. I want to do that more often. I am always reading a book. I feel all alone in the universe, floating away into space, disconnected in the worst way if I am not plugged into a book.