Honestly, I do not think I have been so excited to see a Thursday in quite a long time. I am just living for the weekend, where I can hopefully get some sleep and see what the inside of my house looks like in the daytime hours. Until that time, I will make due with this week’s Booking Through Thursday question:
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.)
This question would imply reading more than one book at a time, don’t you think? If I were to be truly honest with myself, I do not like having multiple books going at the same time. I find that I cannot immerse myself into the story as much as I would like, and there are many times where I will have to flip through previous pages to jog my memory regarding a character or situation. It can get a bit uncomfortable at times trying to keep the different plots and characters straight. It is even worse if the books are similar in genre or setting. If I had unlimited time, I would not take a break while reading a book.
However, life being what it is, I usually always have at least two books I am reading at a given time. One is always my book club book. We break our reading up into weekly milestones, which makes it more palatable depending on the size of the book and helps guide our discussions. (Let’s face it – sometimes you do not want to read War and Peace straight through to the end, and trying to have a discussion on the entire book is like shooting darts at a dartboard and seeing where they land.) It also allows us to read something else at the same time if we so desire. Since we focus on classics in my book club, this means that I can read more contemporary fiction or other genres I enjoy without taking too much away from my book club reading. I have been a part of this book club for over five years now, and this method has worked pretty well for me over the years. I may not always like it, but at least I can get some balance in my reading.
How about you? Breaks or no breaks?
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