How many novels do you read at one time?
Whether because of timing, temperament, or a short attention span, I seldom have a bookmark in only one novel.
This week's reasonably typical. I'm currently reading three novels. Two are new releases, both from the library. One's an old favorite I felt like rereading. Two are hardcovers, one a mass paperback. Two are by big-name authors, one by a relative unknown. Two are about baseball, one about a lost treasure hidden by Christopher Columbus.
A magazine excerpt got things started. A few issues back, Sports Illustrated adapted the opening chapters of Calico Joe by John Grisham. I immediately went to our library website and put a copy on hold.
Or maybe the seeds for my current reading were planted a few months earlier. A received an email blast (I'm on his mailing list) from thriller writer Steve Berry about his upcoming release The Columbus Affair.
Meanwhile, as I packed for the Colorado Christian Writers conference, I tracked down a mass paperback, something I could read to help unwind at the end of the day. Perhaps because of its bright red spine, I was drawn to Baseball Cat by Garrison Allen, a 1977 Kensington release featuring a mystery bookstore owner as the amateur detective.
When I got the email notice that my copy of Calico Joe was available, I didn't go straight to the reserve pickup room. My eyes roamed the shelves of new acquisitions and the seven-day checkout “rapid reads.” And there was Steve Berry's The Columbus Affair. Just 419 pages, sure I can read that in seven days.
Along with Calico Joe and Baseball Cat. Good thing they're all different genres. And styles.
How about you? Do you take 'em one at a time—or are you a juggler?