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May 21, 2019 18:20:06

Reading: linear or parallel?

by @mrfelixu | 260 words | 🐣 | 11💌

Felix U-O

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I'm so thrilled I've just finished two books this week*.  Trouble is there are about 5 books I'd like to start reading straight away and I already have about 4 currently on the go.  I guess at different times I'm different moods and also I can't wait to start a new book so I don't.

I was debating with a dear friend whether it was in fact better to just read through one book at a time. 

The arguments are fairly simple.  With the "linear", one-book-at-a-time approach you can be absorbed in one book, you finish it earlier, you feel the satisfaction of having finished it sooner, you don't lose your thread so easily.

On the other hand, I'm trying to read books in 3 languages (with different levels of command/success) and I'm keen to keep that going.  Also, this way, you spend longer with that book and perhaps you have a better chance to mull over what you've read.  It's like you're in a relationship for a longer period of time.  Not to mention that sometimes you just feel like reading one particular type of thing, for instance if you only have a quick snatch of time you might not pick up the deep and complicated book.

So, what to do?  Do I keep my hands off those new volumes and make myself stick to one at a time?  Or do I keep bowing my shelf with the growing list of books I'm reading?

(if you're asking: Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster and Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku)

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    @mrfelixu Welcome! Just go with the flow, books echo differently depending on how we feel and what we are experiencing at the moment. Reading should be fun: if the resistance is too strong, better jump on the next one.

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | May 21, 2019 20:04:17
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    @mrfelixu Congratulations on your first post. I tend to read multiple books and avoid the one-at-a-time approach. I don't know whether this is optimum. Welcome to the community.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 21, 2019 10:34:40
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