The four books I’m (actively) reading now
I’ve mentioned before that I read more than one book at a time.
That’s always been the case with me…and it’s one of the reasons I like e-books and the Kindle so much.
I used to leave books in different rooms in the house, and just read whatever book happened to be in the room I was in at that time.
I know a lot of people don’t do that (my Significant Other doesn’t). You get one book, and read it straight through, then just go on to another book.
Just not my style. 🙂
I never get the books confused. I think reading them in different contexts probably helps with that…I’m reading the same book in the same setting.
As a trainer, I know how important context can be.
There was a great study where they taught people something when they were standing in water (I think up to their waists). When they re-tested people, those who were standing in water again could do it much better than those on dry land.
Here’s a context memory trick I give people.
Let’s say you are in the car and you hear something mentioned on the radio: a phone number, a website, or maybe a book title. You want to remember it later, but you can’t write it down or record it easily.
Slap your leg, then say what it is you want to remember out loud.
When you get home, sit down again…simulating the car. Slap your leg (same hand, same leg) and you’ll probably remember it.
I also had a great example of it. I was helping someone at their desk in an office. They said (approximately), “I don’t know why I can’t remember how to do this…I knew it before.”
I looked up and said, “Was there a picture behind your computer before?” There had been, and it had just recently been removed.
That was the problem.
If we had gotten the picture back, the person would have known how to do it. As it was, we had to retrain…
So, I like reading multiple books at once, and don’t have a problem with that.
Right now, I’m actively reading four books…by actively, I mean I read all of them just about every day. There are a number of other books I’m reading…but that’s more catch as catch can. I’ve been rationing
because I like it a lot, it’s short essays, so it makes a great transitional “emergency book”, when I’m between other books.
I only read it maybe once in a month, so I don’t consider that one an active one.
Here are the four I am actively reading…and why these. 🙂
I’m re-reading an omnibus edition of the fourteen original Oz books by L. Frank Baum. The edition I have is no longer available, so I’m not linking. I’ve never been a re-reader, so this is a bit of an experiment for me. I read it on my
when I’m going to sleep…usually not even completing a chapter at a time.
It is interesting: I am seeing new things as I re-read them, even though I’m a big fan.
At home, I’m also reading
This work (shorter than a novel) was the inspiration for the science fiction classic The Thing (from Another World), and other versions (including John Carpenter’s gonzo adaptation starring Kurt Russell). I’ve never read it before, and one non-spoiler but that surprised me. One character seems to me to clearly be Doc Savage! The character is described very much like Doc, and it would make perfect sense for Doc Savage to be in this situation under an alias.
When I’m out on the road, I’d usually be focused on one book…but a gift that I got,
has some great excerpts..typically, a cover or one page from these mostly public domain works.
Text-to-speech is important to me, and I don’t want to miss the illustrations, so this isn’t my book for the car. I’m reading it on my now discontinued Kindle Fire HDX. I’m loving this one! Good scholarship and context, and the right amount of snark. 😉 Not disrespectful, but pointing out some of the ridiculousness of some of these characters. I mean, with many of these origins, the hero survives something which should have killed them, but somehow imbues them with incredible powers instead. I guess what doesn’t kill you makes you super…
In the car, I’m listening to
I’m reading this one as a borrow from
I certainly knew about the book…I think I own a paper copy, but I’d never read it.
At this point, although it is certainly worth reading, I’d say like the movie better. I’ll also say that David Bowie was perfectly cast….
Well, those are my actively reading books (I’m also reading a couple of magazines). What about you? How books are you actively reading? Are you happy just reading one book at a time? Feel free to me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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