Sunday, May 12, 2013

DISCUSSION: Lapse between Reads

Readers love to read. That is it. Nothing more. A reader usually either has a book in mind or lined-up even when he has about two or three others in progress. By the way I do not read more than one book at a time; but I have been distracted with my reading - several times - by books that are nudging at the base of my mind, knocking harder and questioning why they have been kept on the shelf for that long a time. Consequently, book after book after book, a reader grazes his way through tonnes of words, sentences, paragraphs, pages, leaving in his wake countless books.

As a reader - and I suppose you are one because you are here reading this - do you leave days between the completion of one book and the beginning of another to cogitate over the previous read? If so, what is the average number of days do you leave? Or do you pick another book just after turning over the last page? (Like I mostly do). It is true that there are times when it is difficult to read, to even pick a book and glance through. Yes, these things do happen. What I am asking refers to your reading peaks.

If I complete a book in the morning or afternoon, I pick another book but do not read it immediately. I play with it, read the blurb, the praises and any other thing but the content itself. At least, not until the next day. However, nowadays, I'm beginning to leave a full-day in between reads to reflect and form my opinion over the previous books. This way I am able to appreciate the book and arrange my thoughts to assess whether it was a good read or not.

What is your reading formula?

6 comments:

  1. It depends. Normally I use to leave a day or two in between. Sometimes I do not. Recently, I realize I can't spend so much time with a book, especially when there is no advances. Again, it all depends the impression the novel left in me.....perhaps I might need some time to digest it.. sometimes it might not be necessary.

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    1. Very random then. What I've found is that after a completing a book, if I should immediately move to another it takes time to get into it. The reading becomes slow until after a day or two. But I still persist.

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  2. I tend to move straight on and wait before reviewing let books settle in my mind ,all the best stu

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    1. Sometimes I review straightaway, at other times not.

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  3. I probably should leave some time for thinking. It is a good idea. But I always have five or six books going at once, somehow.

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    1. This is beyond me. How do you manage to separate the individual threads in your head? LOL.

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