Monday, December 09, 2013

Calling All Book Nerds

Hello there beloved reader.
We are now full swing into the busiest month of the year and I'm wondering if you will find yourself resting long enough to read a good book, or if your calendar is so jammed packed this month that all books are pushed aside for now?

Out of total curiosity, I would like to know how many books you are reading at the moment?
Do you only have time for one (if that), or like me do you feel the pressing need to conquer "the list" in your lifetime so you read at least 2 to 3 at one time?
I was telling a friend recently that if I don't read at least 3 books at a time I start to panic. 
I'm not kidding people.
I'm pretty sure I would never make it through the list of books I want to read in my lifetime if I only read 1 at a time, so 3 seems to be my steady rate. Ya know because, that list gets longer every year because there are just SO many great reads out there. 
If you don't feel this way, and can't at all relate like My Giant who is not a big reader,  this might not be the post for you. 
Move along now to a fashion post or a DIY!!
But if you are not offended by being deemed a book nerd then let me pick your brain for a minute.
I'm currently weaned down to 3 right now after finishing Caterfly by Lara (see book review post below).
My book club is going through Jane Austen's, Emma which I have already read so I loaned out my copy. Instead of reading that, I've got My Life in France, Julia Child by my bedside. It's a fun read and light hearted which is perfect for me right before bed. 
That brings up another question about reading, and reading styles. 
Do you read certain books at certain times?
I can't read anything scary or intense before bed so I generally choose light and fluffy before bed.
But like, then there are times when you want something a bit deeper, so I have a book in the bathroom right now called The Explicit Gospel by  Matt Chandler.
It's a great bathroom read because I can pick it up and put it down and not miss a beat. Every sentence is one to ponder and so what better time to sit and ponder than when you are on the throne (wink wink)

And then I have a book in the car for those times that I'm waiting on teens. I have said it before and I'm gonna go ahead and say it again, to survive the taxi cab drop off and pick ups you have to equip your office (aka your car) with some essentials and a great book is one of them. Then you don't get so impatient while sitting and waiting for a half an hour when your teen told you they would be out in 2 minutes. 
The books I usually keep in the car are ones that I can't read at night because they are too intense or scurry, and also the ones I need at least 10-20 minute increments with. 
Right now, I currently have the old book The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
in my car. It is SO intense but came highly recommended so I knew I needed to push through the intensity to get to the good.
And then finally I keep a self-help/ spiritual book near my bible to read a bit in the morning when I first wake up. Right now that book is Life Overflowing, by T.D. Jakes.  Man I love me so T.D. Jakes!!
Ok so just to re-cap, I just realized that is a total of 4 books.
And if you count the bible which I try to read on the regular that would be 5.
Clearly, math was not my strong point in college ;)
How about you how many are you reading?
What are you reading?
How long is your list?
What's on your list?
Oh and btw, I love you ... You Beloved Reader Book Nerd!!


Stone Cottage Adventures said...

My current goal is to read (finish) a book a week. The last one I read was "The Girls of Atomic City", book review will be posted on my blog soon... ;-) -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

LeiShell said...

Before I had kids I gobbled up books. Two to three novels a week. But now my kids are 3 and 3 months and there just isn't time. I might have time for one and I probably would read the same lines over and over from being distracted. Someday I'll get back to my book nerd self! I love all kinds of reads...but like you keep the intense ones for mid day!

Bernadette Veenstra said...

I used to be a one book at a time person. Now I often have a novel and a serious book going simultaneously. I try to read the serious book for 10-15 minutes in bed at night so I make progress. Novels are too hard to put down.

No(dot dot)el said...

Love you fellow Book Nerds. XO

The White Wave said...

Your post about turning 39 caught my eye, but this post about books caught my heart. I am trying, as an adult, to not have too many books going at once, because, you know, you get a little more easily confused as you age. However, my efforts are futile. I collect autobiographies of comedians, and right now I am reading "What's so Funny?" by Tim Conway. I recently went through my own freak-out about age and aging . . . MY aging . . . I knew it happened to everyone else, but I never expected it to happen to me, and this book saved my (emotional) life. His outlook on life is so great, and he's still great and funny and loving in his 80s. I'm also reading a book of short pioneer stories for times when I want a fun and short little story. I also have a book by Garrison Keillor of short stories. Those are good for a quirky and sometimes depressing short story. I just finished a book about pioneer women of Kansas, I have a book about a pioneering ranch woman from California on the shelf, and I have another book about women pioneers on the way. I also have a book by Bill Cosby on the shelf. I get into phases. Thanks for the question. I love talking about books!

Sarah {the fontenot four} said...

I really only like to actually read one book at a time. That said, I have about 4 or 5 books right now that are "in progress": "Girls With Swords" (Lisa Bevere), "Plan B" (Pete Wilson), "Hot Six" (my light read...Janet Evanovich), and "A Game of Thrones" (Book 1 of the 5 book series by George R.R. Martin, and it's the book I'm truly currently reading). I've fallen way behind on my Goodreads reading goal for 2013, but that's ok. 2014 will be a better reading year!

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