Booking Through Thursday: Numbers Game

booking-through-thursdayThis week’s question is a repeat of one asked back when Booking Through Thursday first got its start, and asks:  Some people read one book at a time. Some people have a number of them on the go at any given time, perhaps a reading in bed book, a breakfast table book, a bathroom book, and so on, which leads me to…

  1. Are you currently reading more than one book?
  2. If so, how many books are you currently reading?
  3. Is this normal for you?
  4. Where do you keep your current reads?

This is something I’ve kind of waffled with recently as there are those books like Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell) that pull me and make it impossible to read another book. Then there are those books like Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad) where I’ve found that reading another book causes me to miss something in it. Of course, with required reading for school, I can’t help but read something for me, not for my teacher. There are so many school books that I don’t like, and to read only those would be like torture to me. Anyways, to answer the “real questions”…

  1. Kind of. I’m reading Heart of Darkness, and listening to A is for Alibi (Sue Grafton) in the morning while I’m getting ready for school. It’s one of those books I really don’t have to pay very close attention to.
  2. Two, I reckon.
  3. nightstandbookstackIt depends. I usually read two books at a time, but sometimes I juggle three when all three are different types of novels. For example, I was reading The Man Who Loved Jane Austen (Sally Smith O’Rourke), Maus II (Art Spiegelman), and Impulse & Initiative (Abigail Reynolds}) The Man was about time travel, Maus is a graphic novel, and Impulse is a romance novel.
  4. I keep them in the top drawer of my nightstand. All of my paperback books are able to stand up, but the hardback ones have to lay flat and therefore are the last to be read.
Photo © Me. My drawer of books. Taken: April 9, 2009.


  1. I love your book drawer – you’re so organised! Mine are just in a pile by my bed!

    I find it interesting that you couldn’t read anything else while reading Gone with the Wind – I was the opposite. Normally I only read one fiction book at a time, but GWTW was so long that I felt I had to pick up a few shorter books while I was reading it.

    I’ve got Heart of Darkness near the top of my TBR pile, so will be interested to read your opinions of it.


  2. @ Jackie: I cleaned it out right before I snapped the picture. Usually my paperback books are standing up like they are in the picture, but the hardbacks are all stacked on top of one another so I don’t know what I have.

    I finished a few other books towards the beginning and middle of Gone with the Wind, but once I got to the end, I couldn’t pick up another book.


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