2. What are you reading right now?
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
Ironic time to ask me this question, or rather, these questions. Because in light of the second answer, the first one is going to strike a bit incongruous. But here we go. Also, let’s try to be quick because as I work on this, I’m actually out of town on a trip to the Creation Museum (yay).
What I am reading right now is the book in the featured image, that is, Waverley, by Sir Walter Scott. It is a copy I estimate to be around 80 years old, but a lazy cataloger put it in as the date of the edition (1827) and there’s frankly no way this book is from the 1800s in any respect. Ironically, it’s from the collection of the college library that I interviewed at two years ago almost exactly, which is something I found very funny. I’ve been meaning to read Waverley for simply ages, and especially been wanting to since climbing to the top of the Scott Monument in Edinburgh a year ago. While it’s slow reading (500 odd pages), it’s tremendously enjoyable, and I’m very charmed by Scott’s chatter at me throughout (apologizing for gregarious characters, for example, or explaining why he’s about to end a chapter where he is).
However, today, I will be buying up a stack of books at the Creation Museum. Which leads me to the answer of my next question, because I’m confident after today I’ll be reading more than one book — and now as I actually get to answering this question, I realize I don’t know what to say.
It’s complicated. (No surprise.) In general, because I am a completetist and I’m all about finishing, I find that I prefer to read one book at a time because I can get through one to the next quickly. And I do find as I think about it that part of me rankles at the concept of having several going at once. But my kneejerk initial answer to the question was “several” — how can this be?
Aha, I have it now. In general, I prefer to read one fiction book at time, but multiple nonfiction are totally fine. And where a book is lengthy, I don’t mind having several (for example, I have to read about 42 pages of Scott per day, so reading other books at the same time wouldn’t interfere with this). I also don’t mind reading one book toward my challenge and another with no specific goal in mind. Reading multiple, though, can get annoying in carrying them all around. Which is no argument toward putting them on an e-reader because, despite whatever you might think, that’s simply not reading to me. That’s another topic entirely, but, honestly, I like to read books because I like books and that’s all.