There used to be a time in my life when I read only one book at a time and I finished every single book I read. There were no DNFs, ever. Unless I lost the book or had to return it to the library before I finished it, I was determined to read a whole book no matter how long it took me or how much I hated it. I have since changed my ways. Now I might be reading several books at once and if a book doesn’t keep my interest, I will gladly put it away and try again later (or get rid of it for good!). I love having options when I’m reading. If a book just isn’t doing it for me, but I think it’s something I’ll want to return to, I put it in a pile and it becomes a back up.
Sometimes I go straight back to the back up after a short break, but I have a small collection of books that are good, but don’t always keep my interest for long. I don’t want to quit them, but I don’t seem to want to read them for extended periods of time. When the mood strikes me, I pick them up right where I left off and haven’t had too much trouble remembering what’s going on. I have two back ups that I’ve been reading for over six months in one case, and closer to 8 months in another. One is The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler and the other is Looking for Alaska by John Green. Both are fine books and I like reading them, but I also like having them in progress. I like having them there to read when I need them and I don’t really feel the need to finish them anytime soon.
What about you? Do you keep a couple back up books around?
Quick question! I really want a great fantasy or science fiction series to read. All kinds of fantasy and science fiction series, but I’ve really been in the mood for one and haven’t found a great one. I appreciate it!