How does everyone read? What I mean is, do you do the traditional route of reading one book at a time, or do you keep a few books going at once?
For years, I was pretty strict about doing one book at a time, but I was also really bad about starting books and never finishing them. Back in the spring time, a friend who gets through a lot of books told me that he tends to keep several going at a time. At first I did three books at a time, usually a chapter or two a night, but since then I haven't been as rigid about that. Sometimes I'll do that, but sometimes I'll read on one book for a day or two and then put it up and read another one for a day or two.
Now that I've started doing several at a time, I'm surprised at how much I've gotten through this year. I'm at 14 and counting so far, and I've even kept up since starting grad school this fall.
Not many of the books I've read would be of much interest to many here--right now I'm in a phase of books that relate to the Protestant Reformation and Reformed Theology--yep, Calvin's doorstopper magnum opus, Institutes of the Christian Religion is one of the next on the list.
Here's the list though:
Pictures At a Revolution, Mark Harris
Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne Poland, Jan T. Gross
Silence, Shusaku Endo
Cry the Beloved Country, Alan Paton
All Quiet On the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
Six Degrees of Separation, John Guare
The Lost History of Christianity, Philip Jenkins
Our Town, Thornton Wilder
Counterculture, David Platt
Troubled Minds, Amy Simpson
Knowing God, J. I. Packer
Five Points, John Piper
The Holiness of God, R.C. Sproul
The Five Points of Calvinism, David Steele
Currently going through A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and Great War by Joseph Loconte, On Writing Well by William Zinsser, Chosen By God by R.C. Sproul, and To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson by Courtney Anderson.
Trying to decide which novel I want to read next, but I've got Wendell Berry's Jayber Crow and Leif Enger's Peace Like A River sitting on the coffee table. Also got dozens unread on my bookshelf in the other room.