Nerd Problems #1 : Multi-Reading

Problem #1 : Take one down and pass it around

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.


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.


5 thoughts on “Nerd Problems #1 : Multi-Reading

  1. I must admit I am not a very good multi-reader. Every time I have tried to read more than one book at a time I have ended up just focusing on whichever one I found the most interesting and ignoring the others until I was finished. I think it is a skill that not all of us possess. 😉

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    1. I would not call multi-reading a skill. I think we all have ways of engaging our reading, and yours is as legitimates as having a stack of five books by your bed, like I often do. What advantages do you get from the single focus of one story at a time? I wish I could do it. But I tend to get bored and/or distracted.

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      1. I can understand that. I have that problem in other aspects of my life. I guess I like focusing on one story at a time because it helps me to better immerse myself in the world and ponder the narrative without constantly switching gears.

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