How many books are you reading right now? Is the answer “More than one?” Then you my friend, are a multi-reader (yes, I just made that word up).
It means you read more than one book at a time. No, you don’t physically have three books open in front of you, reading them all simultaneously. But you cannot limit yourself to a single book. Ever.
To date, I have only met one person who reads exactly one book at a time. He thinks people like me, and other multi-readers, are crazy. Maybe we are. My only answer to why I cannot read one book at a time, like a sane individual, is this: There are too many incredible books to be read, and only one of me. I have to read three or four or five (or even seven) books at a time. It is borderline compulsive.
But how do you keep it all straight?
I personally read different genres. Peter and the Starcatchers is not the same as Frankenstein, is not the same as The Iliad, is not the same as Studies in Words.
Do you multi-read? Why or why not? You single book readers out there, are multi-readers crazy?
ps. The biggest downside to multi-reading that I have found is that inevitably books get lost in the stacks.