The Sunday Salon – A Happy Easter Wish and a New Reading Expirement

The Sunday Salon.comHappy Easter to everyone who celebrates it. I hope your day is filled with love, family, friends, and chocolate. My Easter will be kind of mellow as we have no family here and all of our best friends in the area do not celebrate. But Ben and I will got to mass shortly and then we will enjoy a relaxing day of reading and soda-drinking (we both gave it up and I am greatly anticipating a diet coke upon my return).

Moving on, I was chatting with Swapna on twitter the other day about book polygamy: reading more than one book at once. I mentioned that I have to work really hard at it because I often will focus on one book and ignore the others. Swapna replied that she has a very strict plan. Well I have taken her plan, modified it a little, and come up with my own new reading experiment.

Starting this weekend, I am going to read:

  • 50 pages in a classic;
  • 100 pages in a novel that’s been sitting around unread for awhile (or a slower novel);
  • 50 pages in a nonfiction book; and
  • an entire other book

in that order.

First up for this experiment are the following books:

Classic: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Novel that’s been sitting around: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Nonfiction: Blood Work by Holly Tucker
Other: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

I am hoping that this will allow me to read multiple books at a time and also make me a more well-rounded reader. I have every intention of reading more classics and non-fiction but I am never sure how to fit them into my reading. Now they have a place.

Do you like reading more than one book at a time (and how do you manage it?) Or are you a book monogamist?