The Lounge is rated Safe For Work. If you're about to post something inappropriate for a shared office environment, then don't post it. No ads, no abuse, and no programming questions. Trolling, (political, climate, religious or whatever) will result in your account being removed.
People can handle watching multiple TV series at once, I don't see why the same couldn't apply to books.
That said, personally I get a lot more out of a (TV) series by binging (that's "binge", not Bing...unlike Google, Bing hasn't yet earned the right to be used as a verb).
It's been a long time I've been able to read anything (in book format) at all. As I'm getting older, as soon as I'm horizontal I tend to fall asleep. And if I'm sitting in chair that's comfortable enough to want to sit in to read for a while, the same invariably happens.
I was going to point out roughly the same thing. With books, the "visual anchors" (as Eddy called them) exist, but you get to make them up.
Which is why book-based TV series/movies so often disappoint ("it's nothing like I pictured it"). And going back to a book after seeing a TV series/movies "ruins" it for some people.
In my case, I've seen the Lord of the Rings movies before I ever read the books. It's impossible for me to dissociate the two, and I'm fine with that. Yet I can understand why the Tolkien purists hate the movies. But that's a debate for another time (and place) I won't be part of because I frankly don't care enough).
I am currently reading three books at once, one is Hut Six by Gordon Welchman - this is in the bathroom and requires a lot of patience and concentration - only available in the bathroom, normally.
I then have two phones with an eReader on each, one private, one for work, with different books open on each - all taken from my private library filled from Amazon et al - some technical (on the work phone), usually in PDF format, the rest in ePub or Mobi format.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
I usually stick to one book. Exception: toilet/bathroom reading. There I read something snack-esque, something informational yet light or something containing a factoid per small chapter while everywhere else, I read tends to be a novel or otherwise integrated, requiring continuous attention and that book I stick to until I'm through with it.
Technical - multiple, in electronic format.
Technical books are just tools of the trade so not bothered about the e-format
Non-technical - one at a time and ALWAYS in paper form - there's just something so tactile about paper print that adds to the enjoyment of the read, so wouldn't dream of reading for enjoyment from an e-reader...
Some of my favorite books that has been in my bookshelf for twenty, thirty or fourty years, I can pull from the shelf to look up a single chapter or passage for rereading by itself. I know the book so well that I've got the context perfectly clear. In no way will this disturb my end-to-end reading of a another novel.
I've got somewhere around 15-20 books that know that well and love that much; I certainly don't handle all books that way.
Same here. There are some of my books I like so much that I have to ration how often I read them. Heinlein's The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, Niven and Pournelle's Oath of Fealty and Footfall, and C.J. Cherryh's The Faded Sun and Chanur series. I just finished reading Chanur for probably the dozen-th time. It will probably be three or four years before I read it again. I just bought latest volume in Cherryh's Foreigner series. I'm trying to decide if I want to go back and reread the earlier 20 books in the sequence before I read the new one.
Fiction I read one at a time, mostly at night before I go to bed. If I read again during the day, it's that same book. I had to read multiple works of fiction at the same time in college and I hated it. It's difficult for me to keep story and characters straight, especially if the author like using multiple plot lines and points of view.
I listen to one audiobook at a time, mostly while commuting. Currently Hobb's Liveship Traders series.
For hardback/paperbacks, I was reading the original Gundam light novel, but temporarily set it aside to reread Weker's The Golem and the Jinni for a library book discussion.
I'm usually working on one or two nonfiction books, often as research for writing projects.
I experience the need to read at any given moment more like thirst. Most of the time water will suffice, meaning I could read anything available to me however, like with thirst; sometimes I feel either whisky or soda is the only thing that will quench it, meaning that I HAVE to read either a technical or a fiction book and not the other.
I could also be reading multiple books in parallel, usually either technical or fiction and rarely ever any other genre but which one it is at any given moment depends on that thirst otherwise I find reading non-enjoyable.
Technical books I general hit different parts of multiple books in a given time-frame.
General Fiction and Non-Fiction, I prefer to read one at a time, and in series, as I like to immerse myself into the plots.
Comic books, I generally save up a few months of a given title and read them in sequence. Mainly because the amount of content in a given comic book is usually not long enough to satisfy. (I still subscribe to paper comics).
Technical publications, I will read on a monitor... but for entertainment purposes, give me paper. I find it difficult to enjoy non-technical writing on any type of tablet or monitor. Perhaps because I spend enough time in front of them in my work hours (which are usually too long anyway).
One on Kindle one from the library. Sometimes even one I own. All fiction - mostly thrillers/suspense/murder mysteries. Sometimes light sci-fi, like Robin Cook or Douglas E. Richards. Anything from James Patterson, Lee Child, David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, Mary Higgins Clark, etc. Use goodreads.com to keep track.