Thursday, March 25, 2010

Booking through Thursday - Taking Reading Breaks



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This week's question...

Do you take breaks while reading a book? Or read it straight through? (And, by breaks, I don’t mean sleeping, eating and going to work; I mean putting it aside for a time while you read something else.)

My answer...

No, not really. The only time that happens to me is if I'm reading one thing and then a review book (with a deadline) comes in. Then, I might stop what I'm reading to do the review book, but it depends where I'm up to in my current read. Usually, I'll just wait until I'm done with the current read.

Although, if the current read isn't holding my interest all that well, and I hear about something good, I might take a break to pick the recommended book up.

The norm for me, though, is to finish whatever I'm reading before starting something else.


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9 comments:

  1. Since I went back to work, I am taking very long reading breaks. Sigh!

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  2. I usually try to get my advance review copies read right away, but sometimes it just doesn't work out that way!

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  3. Lately I've been sticking with a book until the end. There are times through where I have more than 1 going at a time.

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  4. One book at a time, and a straight sitting, that's me. Here's mine.

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  5. I tend to stay with one book at a time, too.

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  6. I generally read straight through (big exception -- if a book I've been really waiting for comes in, or if I snag a 7-day book off our library's "Hot Read" shelf, then I go for the prize!). However, if a book isn't really holding my attention and a cute young thing comes along, well, all bets are off!

    As for my reading this cloudy, windy and chilly Thursday, I just finished an older Peter Decker (Faye Kellerman) book last night. Don't have a new fiction book yet to catch my fancy, but I'm also reading, in my non-fiction realm, I Promised You Daisies by Robert A. Benjamin. It's the second in his trilogy, "Imperfectly Ordinary." The trilogy is set in and around Boston in the late '60s and looks at the author's unhappiness and uncertainty trying to become a responsible member of adult society, without having understood yet what had gone wrong during childhood. He's trying to make sense of his life after high school and during the late '60s and the tumult then. It's a look at what the world was like then, through the eyes of an idealistic young couple (I SO imagine me being like this!) was living during turbulent times but had not time to waste on Woodstock, protest sit-ins or smoking dope.

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  7. I will have multiple books going but I don't count the time between them as breaks. There are however three times I've had to take a break with a book. You can see why here.

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  8. My response is similar to yours. Amazing how deadlines can dictate our reading preferences. Here is my response:
    http://beastmomma.squarespace.com/from-shelf-to-hand/2010/3/25/booking-through-thursday-break.html

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