How to Read Four Books At a Time

21 Apr

Every week during WWW Wednesday, someone will comment on how many books I read at once. Usually, it’s surprise that I’m in the middle of so many or that I’m moving forward with them all. This is something I’ve learned to do because I like reading this way. I realize it’s not for everyone or even for most people but it works for me. Here’s a brief overview of a typical workday (before COVID 19 and since COVID 19).

Pre-COVID 19

  • I wake up early to workout. This often involves a run. During a run, I’ll listen to the audiobook on my phone (Book 1).
  • After showing, I’ll drive to work. If I’m listening to an audiobook on CD, I get some of that while driving to work (Book 2).
  • During lunch, I’ll try to read some from my ebook (Book 3) on my phone and let people think I’m checking Instagram. Sometimes I do both.
  • After work, I get some more time in with my CD audiobook (Book 2).
  • While cooking dinner, I listen to my phone audiobook (Book 1).
  • Before bed, I read some of my physical book (Book 4).

With COVID 19

  • I wake up and workout, usually bodyweight exercises, and listen to the audiobook on my phone (Book 1).
  • I take a short break before starting my day to read and have my tea (Book 2).
  • If I’m having trouble focusing during the day, I read a page in my ebook (Book 3). It takes only a minute and it helps me refocus on the task at hand without getting up to explore the kitchen.
  • After work, I relax with a few more pages of my book (Book 2). I’ve turned my commute into reading.
  • While I cook dinner, I’ll listen to my phone audiobook (Book 3) or we’ll go pick up carry out to support our local restaurants and restaurant workers which allows me to listen to the audiobook in my car (Book 4).

So of course, some things have had to change. I’m getting through physical books faster and CD audiobooks much slower. I’m adjusting to that. I’ll avoid CD audiobooks and enjoy the time to make headway on my TBR shelf. We’ll all get through this and cope as best we can. To everyone else coping by reading, I salute you.

Until next time, write on.

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12 Responses to “How to Read Four Books At a Time”

  1. Jules_Writes April 21, 2020 at 10:25 AM #

    I usually have about 3 or 4 books going at the same time too 🙂


  2. Tina (Tina's Book Blog) April 21, 2020 at 10:27 AM #

    Great post! I’ll have to try this out to get through my April TBR before the month is out. It’s been more challenging to pick up books lately though so I think you’re doing great!!


  3. Holly April 21, 2020 at 10:27 AM #

    This was such an interesting post! I love reading multiple books at once 🙂


  4. Davida Chazan April 22, 2020 at 7:15 AM #

    I haven’t changed my reading habits. Two books at a time – one on Kindle and one in print.


    • Sam April 22, 2020 at 7:28 AM #

      Good for you! I wish I could be so consistent haha. Happy reading!


  5. MrsDMVH April 22, 2020 at 11:15 AM #

    What a great way to read 4 at a time! 2 is all I can handle 😂.


  6. Julie Anna's Books April 22, 2020 at 5:38 PM #

    It’s cool to see how you divide up your reading! I feel like if I ever have two going at a time it’s one fiction and non-fiction. I tried doing audiobooks while working out, but then I tend to space out of my workouts, so now I keep my book-switching between physical and e-book reads😅


    • Sam April 22, 2020 at 9:59 PM #

      As long as you found what works for you, that’s awesome. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. angelicreader April 27, 2020 at 12:57 PM #

    I used to have a lot more going at the same time (actual books vs e books vs audio books) but the last few years I cannot actually read any more actual books as the second I pick one up my toddler wants it for herself (NOTHING IS EVER SACRED WHEN YOU HAVE KIDS). No I only have my audio book I listen to while working and my e-book (sometimes 2 that I switch between depending on mood).

    Anyway – in case it wasn’t clear you now have a new follower because it like your posts.


    • Sam May 2, 2020 at 2:16 PM #

      I’m so sorry it took so long to respond to this wonderful comment! It got stuck in pending and I didn’t see a notification before now. My apologies.
      I’m sure my reading habits will change as life does. I don’t have children now and I anticipate that if I do, everything will take a shift. I’m glad you’re still able to enjoy audiobooks. It seems not as many of the readers and bloggers here enjoy them as much as you and I do. I struggle with ebooks, though. I just don’t get as invested without the weight of a physical book. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • angelicreader May 2, 2020 at 2:19 PM #

        I wish I could still enjoy the weight of a book in my hands… haha but alas. When your a parent to toddlers and babies – very little in life is sacred. Have a good weekend. 🙂


      • angelicreader May 2, 2020 at 2:20 PM #

        Ha – so I basically repeated myself. Sorry. I blame a lack of sleep. Just ignore me 😉


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