Thursday, April 9, 2009

Booking Through Thursdays: Oh, I'm a Book Slut

Booking Through Thursdays asks:

Some people read one book at a time. Some people have a number of them on the go at any given time, perhaps a reading in bed book, a breakfast table book, a bathroom book, and so on, which leads me to…

1. Are you currently reading more than one book?
2. If so, how many books are you currently reading?
3. Is this normal for you?
4. Where do you keep your current reads?

If I could ever proclaim that I’m a slut, it would be because of books. And, for the record, I can’t actually call myself a proper slut as I’m a bit of a prude, even with the women’s fiction job. But! Books, well…they are my Achilles’ heel. Give me a stack of books and a hunk of man-meat and I’ll ask to read the back cover copy first before I make my decision.

That being said, yes. I read way more than one book at a time. I’ll read anything at any time. Currently, if you’ll look down to my Shelfari widget, you’ll see that I have five books on the go that I’ll admit to. That doesn’t account for the book in my parent’s bathroom (Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It by Geoff Dyer), or the book by my bed that I haven’t touched in about four months cause it’s really boring, the countless books in my office, or the others strewn around my apartment in various states of completion (I’m looking at you Absurdistan).

I’m perfectly happy to flit from book to book. Sometimes I’m not in the mood for that dark, wordy nine hundred page tome about the Middle Ages. Sometimes I need something light and airy. Right now I’m on a graphic novel kick. I’ve finally acquired several of the books from my Graphic Novel Challenge list and I’m busy getting through those. And where do I keep them all? Everywhere. A Scanner Darkly is hiding in my purse. I found a book in bed with me this morning, I rolled over and came face to face with the cheeky monkey gracing its cover like it was the morning-after and it’s time for that awkward conversation.

Thankfully, books don’t talk back (well, they can if you get the audio, but you know what I mean). And that’s why I’m more of a book slut than anything else.


Ted said...

Fun answer and fun blog as well, I'll be back!

Sherrie said...

I love books too! I am always reading and haven't gotten into e-books or audio books yet. Don't know if I would like them! Have a great day!!


Olga said...

Ted--thanks very much! Likewise. :)

Sherrie--I like audio books for long car trips as I'm a) usually driving and b) not capable of reading without getting nauseated!

Jess said...

You are not alone -- I read 2 to 3 books at a time.

Kathy said...

Isn't it funny how different we are? I cannot fathom reading more than one book at a time. It would not work for me. I'd get confused!
I also get very angry when a book I'm reading is boring, because I feel obligated to read it through to the end before I pick another one up. Very hard for me to give up on a book partly into it.

Olga said...

Jess--I flit between five and six on average, I would say. Most times I'll read a page or two then choose another book to go to.

Kathy--I know, that's so weird. I've given up on books before. Young Stalin by SEBAG (yeah, that's totally his name) was the latest abandonment. I have no qualms with dropping a book. If it's boring or making me angry, I'm not going to waste my time. That being said, I powered through the fourth book in the Twilight series by whatserface cause I needed to finish it. It stunk like a fresh turd, but I needed to get through it. It was painful though. :(

Sherrie said...

Hi Olga,
I have an award for you. Just pop on over to my place and pick it up. Have a great day!!