Today’s Musing Monday question deals with multi-tasking:
I’ve seen several bloggers mention reading multiple books this week. Do you frequently read more than one book at a time? Do you try to limit this to a certain number? Do you have different books for different purposes/topics?
Well, if you have read my recent teaching posts, you know that I consistently teach 3-4 different novels per week (this past week I taught Pride and Prejudice, Fahrenheit 451, The Hobbit and A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Now, I have read all of these books a minimum of 3 times in the past, so I while I re-read the book along with the students, truly it is more of a quick review (although I always find something new that I never noticed before).
In addition to my academic novels – I like to try to read one fictional book for pleasure. My most recent read was Alice I have Been by Melanie Benjamin (review coming soon). This book served a dual purpose for me: first, several bloggers recommended it as “must read” material, and second, my 9th grade class will be reading Alice in Wonderland within the next couple of weeks (to time with the Tim Burton movie release) and I thought this might enrich my reading experience (which it did). I have not yet decided on my next fictional read, but trust me, I have several options.
In addition to fiction, I find myself obsessed with reading non-fiction books on the craft of writing fiction. I have read numerous books over the past few weeks, and my current fixation is Turning Life into Fiction by Robin Hemley. Fascinating concepts and very practical advice — exactly what I need.
I find it very difficult to read more than one fictional book at a time (a “new-to-me” fictional book, that is), as I tend to confuse the characters and plots. I enjoy reading one fiction and one non-fiction book simultaneously though. I think they stimulate two different sides of my brain, and that is good for me.