Can you read more than one book at a time?
I’m amazed when people tell me they read several books at once. Amazed! I mean, if I tried something like that… talk about a wibbly wobbly timey whimey mess, that’d be my brain.
I go so far as to not even READ anyone else’s book while I’m writing (while the voices in my head are talking). 🙂 I don’t know. I guess… I’m too afraid that something I read might accidentally spill out of my pen or will affect the way MY story was supposed to be told.
Am I OCD? More than likely. Am I weird? Most definitely. I mean, who isn’t. Right? Right?
I get lost in a good book. It sucks me in and let’s me watch it play out in my mind. It doesn’t matter if it’s printed or I’m listening to an audiobook, it just happens. There have been times it has literally taken me DAYS to come back to reality. I’m not even playing. Do you remember the first time you read Tolkien? Until I got to the end, my mind stayed in Middle Earth, or the Shire, or the land of Rohan. Lord of the Rings was a magical journey I had an extremely hard time coming back from.
When I have to travel, a good audiobook (or several) is locked, loaded, and ready to go on my iPad. There have been times I’ve literally looked up at my intended hotel and said “Geezy peez… How’d I get here already?” And I’m not playing. Creepy? You bet.
I am a series reader. I LOVE a good series. Probably because it keeps me in its world that much longer, not real sure. But if I find an author that can transport me through time and space and dimensions, then I’m all over that!!! Few authors do that, but the ones that do… I totally want to gobble them up! Have you read Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart series? Okay, if you haven’t, you gotta check it out. I’m a grown woman and still, while I was reading her stuff, I was lost in her world. I mean, if I heard someone reading aloud, I’d be like… What are you doing? Stop it! What’s wrong with you? What if you read something out of that thing like Capricorn, or worse…Basta? Dude, just…keep it to yourself. That’s all I’m saying. Of course, they’d look at me like I was a total freak, but you gotta read the books to see what I was going through. And speaking of Inkheart, I bought that book on a whim. I was just standing there, begging my daughter to hurry it up, when this lovely little red book caught my eye. The colors were intriguing, the pictures and bits of odd things on the cover just captivated me. I bought it on the spot. Didn’t read the blurbs, never heard of the author, and it wasn’t even on sale. I judged that little book by its cover, and I’m so glad I did. Wait, did I just go off chasing rabbits? Or was that a squirrel?
Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, writing and reading.
Currently I’m writing on my fifth and sixth books, and the scenes just keep playing out for me. So… I write. It’s a good thing. Yet, as I type this, I’m looking at three books I was waiting on (anxiously waiting on) and they’ve been right there on the shelf for months now. So yeah, it’s good… But also bad because I haven’t read the last Sookie book yet, Clockwork Princess is collecting dust, and P.C. Cast has been cast off to the side for the time being. Lol, that made me giggle.
So, how are you wired? Are you a multi-booker, or are you more of a single-minded kind of bloke?
I guess you can tell, I’m totally single-minded. And that’s all well and good for me. I might be single-minded, but I’m not narrow-minded. And therein lies the difference.