I'm continuously curious about reading habits. I want to know how you read, I want to know when you read, and I want to know what you read.
I have my own weirdo reading habits for sure, still I prefer to talk to you about yours. Talking about reading habits is my favorite way to get to know someone.
I've gotten to know all sorts of people by asking them about their reading habits. Or by encouraging reading habits. Slightly annoying? Probably. Do I care? Not when it's about books and reading.
Reading? No Thanks
I know people who don't read at all. Is this you?
Maybe you read the internet, but you haven't flipped the pages of a real book in years. I'll admit this makes me a little sad, and I'll probably recommend books to you knowing you won't read them (I can't help it).
We'll both be okay.
I'd Rather Listen
I know people who don't read actual books but do listen to actual books. Maybe this is you? If so, I highly recommend Hope Davis reading A Wrinkle in Time. She's incredible, and she made me fall in love with Charles Wallace all over again. (If you like Hope Davis and the way she reads, you must put Selected Shorts on your to-do list. I love Selected Shorts so much, and could dedicate an entire post to my love for the way they do what they do. Fall in love for yourself - give it a listen! One of my very favorite episodes of all time, forever, is one called Finding Yourself. It features a story by one of my favorite writers, Laurie Colwin (read by Hope Davis), and includes a truly incredible story by Audrey Niffenegger called "The Night Bookmobile".
I Read What I Want
I know people who read and stick to just one genre. Fiction (I have lots of mystery and thriller friend readers). Non-fiction (I know lots of people who always want to know, and non-fiction is for them!) Young adult (I have about 5 adult friends who read YA exclusively!) I get a kick out of people like this because they know what they like and they stick to it. I admire that point of view.
I know a few people who read more than one book at a time. They say it's because one book is really heavy, and another book balances it out, and yet another book is teaching them something. I'll admit, I've never really embraced this approach - until recently.
I am currently making my way through three books! I started with one, a book of interviews, and realized I could add a work of fiction into my reading time and I'd be fine. Then I picked up a work of non-fiction with a pretty heavy topic and added that to the mix. They're all different enough that it works (without making me feel too crazy about tracking plot lines and characters!)
I'll admit I'm currently a book juggler.
Here are the three books I've read lately:
Bruce Springsteen is one of the most inspiring artists I've never had the pleasure of meeting. Even when he was just starting out, the way he talked about his art and how it fits into the world - it's just the most inspiring stuff to read. This book is a collection of early-Bruce interviews. Highly recommend.
The Franchise Affair - Josephine Tey
It's a 1940's mystery novel, and it is FANTASTIC.
Being Mortal - Atul Gawande
My parents both died when I was young, people closest to me are being diagnosed with terrible diseases. Being Mortal addresses many concepts that we, as a society, are missing when it comes to dying. I think you should read this more than once.
You've got reading habits, I know you do. Tell me about them in the comments below!