Thursday, March 25, 2010

Booking Through Thursday: Break

Do you take breaks while reading a book? Or read it straight through? (And, by breaks, I don’t mean sleeping, eating and going to work; I mean putting it aside for a time while you read something else.)

I definitely take breaks with most books. If its a long book that's requires me to pay strict attention, like with Lord of the Rings, I usually have another book I'm reading to take breaks from the intense book. The other book is generally a YA or romance that is an easy read.

For example, my currently reading list from GoodReads looks like this:

  • The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien
  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  • The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
  • New Orleans Ghosts, Voodoo, and Vampires by Kalila Katherina Smith

Each of these books serving a different purpose. Two Towers is my intense read, Twilight is my fluffy YA re-read, The Killer Angels is my current audiobook, and the New Orleans books is spooky, so I can't read it all the way through without taking a break so I don't start seeing ghosts in my apartment.

Which book I pick depends on what mood I'm in and what I want to do with my evening. LotR and Twilight are on the Kindle, so I might go with one of those if I want to knit while I read. Killer Angels is also good for when I want to knit or if I'm in the car for a while. The Ghosts book is great if I'm watching tv, since the television will distract me just enough to keep me from getting too spooked.

The usual exceptions to the "multiple books at one time" thing is a new release by a favorite author. If Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jr Ward or Richelle Mead have a new book out, chances are that I'll read nothing else til I've finished it. Usually, these are series books where I'm anxious to see what happens next!

All in all, having multiple books going works for me! Its also one of the things I love about having a Kindle: multiple books, one device, no losing my place!


  1. I read one book at a time and in one sitting. Here's mine.

  2. I think it took me a whole year to get through all the Lord of the Ring books, but I was in college at the time, so I had lots of other reading to do. I tend to choose books by my mood, too - have to have several going at the same time or I get bored.