Why You Should Read Multiple Books At Once

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I know, I know. First I told you that you should be reading every day, and now I’m telling that you should be reading not just one, but multiple books at once. This may seem like a daunting and ridiculous task. I mean, who has time to read several books at once? Especially if you’re working full time and want to fit in a social life, family, hobbies, downtime and just general life in as well. Don’t worry, I hear ya. But hear me out. Reading multiple books at once could be the answer to getting through more books, without needing to dedicate any more time to reading than you already are.

Think about it – how many times have you hit reader’s block? You know what I’m talking about. When you’ve been reading the same book for weeks on end, determined to finish it. But even if you’re reading it because you actually enjoy the book, and you want to finish it, reaching the final page can seem like a distant goal. Well, reading more books at the same time might actually be the answer you’re looking for.

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Breaking your monogamous relationship with books

I don’t know about you, but when I start a book, I feel compelled, even duty-bound to not pick up another one until I’ve finished it. It’s like I can only be loyal to one read at a time. But the thing is, when you’re trying to read each day, sometimes reading the same book can get, well a bit samey. Especially if you’re like me and you’re reading anything from fiction to history books to self-improvement guides. So I decided to break my own rules, and try reading multiple books at once.

What happened? How I read books was completely revolutionised! By switching up the type of book I was reading every day or so, I was able to keep my interest high. Suddenly, I was getting through books a lot quicker, reading all types of subjects without getting bogged down or bored! If you’re not already convinced to make the switch, here’s some of the benefits of reading multiple books at once.

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Slaying your TBR list

If you’re like me, you’ll have a never-ending ‘To Be Read’ list that never seems gets any shorter. The answer? Reading lots of different books at once! It may come of a surprise, but by reading lots of different titles at the same time, you’ll actually get through your TBR list much quicker. This is because instead of getting hung up on one type of book, you can switch your focus and take a break by diving into a completely different subject.

Serious books may be interesting, but can often not hold your focus for as long as an easy-reading fiction book whose protagonist you’ve slightly fallen in love with. Varying between books on different subjects, or with different tones and lengths, you can make sure that you’re still getting through your more difficult reads while also enjoying the more lighthearted, easy books at the same time. By balancing your page-turner fiction reads with more weighty, educational books, you can make time for both pleasure reading and more informational reading.

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Making you smarter

It’s a well-known and often cited fact that regularly reading on a wide range of subjects is one of the common habits of some of the most successful people in the world. This isn’t really a surprise, as taking the time each day or week to educate yourself on a new topic and expanding your knowledge is an investment in your own intelligence and progression. Even if you’re not reading books that are directly related to self-improvement or helping your career.

This will naturally spill over into your day-to-day interactions as you’ll be able to talk to people on a variety of subjects. Instead of having to make idle chit-chat, you can discuss an interesting concept you read about in your latest read, the gripping plot twist in the novel you’ve been enjoying, or tips on how to improve on a certain skill or area of work. Reading gives you a wealth of ideas to draw upon, and reading from a variety of books at once means you will be continually engaging with different types of information to spark your interest and expand your mind.

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A book for every mood

Life can be pretty repetitious. While I am a big fan of optimising your routine to make the most out of each day, between the Monday-Friday grind and your daily and weekly tasks, it can all feel a bit humdrum at times. Reading a little each and every day gives you a few moments of pleasure and escape, transporting you off to magical worlds, lost lands in history, heroic epics, or simply motivating you to continue working towards your personal goals.

By reading several books at once, you can match what book you pick up to your mood. Save the serious history book for your commute to work. The novel you can’t put down for your bedtime unwinding. The career advice guide on your lunch break. Depending on how awake and focused you are, or whether you’re in the mood for a serious book or something more lighthearted, you can change what title you select. That way, you won’t feel like your forcing yourself to get through a book when you’re really not in the mood for it, and making the most of the times when you are in the mindset for more heavy reads.

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How To Read Multiple Books At Once

Now for the practical side of things. It’s all well and good me saying you should read lots of books at once, but that’s not much help if you don’t know how to actually go about this. When it comes to reading several books at once, there are different ways of doing it.

Personally, I normally have about three to four books on the go at once – one or two will be fiction books, one will be a non-fiction book (most likely on some period of history), and the other will be a career-related or self-improvement book (because I’m all for personal progression and self-education). I normally will read my fiction books before bed and at the weekends when I’m wanting to get lost in a magical world for a few hours. Then I’ll read the non-fiction and career-related books during my commute to work and on my lunchbreaks if I’m feeling the urge for some mid-day reading. This works for me because I’m saving the more serious reads for when I’m more awake so I’m more likely to take the information in, while the lighter reading is for when I’m wanting to relax.

But how you do it is completely up to you. You could designate a book for each day, or simply go on a how-you-feel basis, picking up whatever book suits your mood. Or like me, you could match the book genre to certain times during your normal routine. Really, it’s whatever works for you!

Looking for titles to add to your TBR list? Check out some of my latest book reviews for inspiration! If you’ve got any reading tips or title recommendations, please comment below!



  1. June 24, 2019 / 11:42 am

    I’m glad there are so many good reasons for reading multiple books. I have always read multiple books at the same time and people always judged me for it. I’m glad I didn’t care what they thought about this issue! Haha

    • anyagair
      July 21, 2019 / 11:06 am

      That’s the best way to be! I haven’t always read multiple books at once but I can definitely see the benefit now!

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