Recently my daughter was castigated by her teacher for reading too many books. To clarify, she wasn’t told off for reading them to quickly, but for having too many on the go at the same time! I think she probably has one at her mum’s, one at my place, one at my parents and probably one or two others. Her teacher said she should finish one book before starting the next. And when her teacher spoke to me about this, I had to admit to doing the same thing.
So do you read just one book at a time? Finishing it off before even thinking about starting a new one? Or, do you have several books part read that you keep swapping around?
I think the problem I have is that I start a book in good faith with the intention of reading it to the end. But unless it’s a really good book, I tend to get distracted, find a new book and start to read that. Eventually I do return to earlier books and finish them, but they may be some months (or even years) later. Normally by then I’ve forgotten some of the what I had already read and I end up re-reading some, or all, of it again!
A quick rummage around the bedroom, the bookcases and other repositories of my books has led me to the conclusion that I have started reading and intend finishing the following books:
The Transit Of Venus (Peter Aughton)
Colour Of Magic (Terry Pratchett)
As It Seemed To Me (John Cole)
The Republic (Plato)
Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
A Hooded Crow (Craig Thomas)
The Iliad (Homer)
Le Morte Darthur (Sir Thomas Malory)
Riding Rockets (Mike Mullane)
Wikinomics (Dan Tapscott & Anthony D Williams)
Enigma (Hugo Sebag-Montefore)
And I’ve probably missed one or two others.
I think I need to knuckle down and concentrate on finish one or two of them before Christmas. Because at Christmas I’ll probably gain one or two others which I will want to read straight away.