Why Two Books are Better than One

Before I begin today’s post, I am delighted to share some news with you all.

Firstly, A Readers Review have reviewed Here Lies Love and I’m absolutely thrilled they understood the premise of my dark story and ‘got it’. It has certainly made my day. Please go over and read the review if you are interested in buying the book.

Secondly, it has been confirmed that I will be doing a book signing of Here Lies Love at Gainsborough Library in November time. When I have arranged a specific date, I will let you know!

Also, I was honoured to be mentioned on twitter yesterday. This person’s words were heartfelt and made me smile. Thanks, Dan Conama!

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Why Two Books are Better than One

IMG_0717I’ve always been an avid reader, but I do have to admit that for a period in my late teens and early twenty’s, I hardly read at all. I guess it came down to trying to adjust leaving sixth-form, getting a full time night job and having my daughter. I could never get in the habit of reading properly – flitting between a few pages before eventually falling asleep.

It was time for drastic action. I needed kick myself up the backside and force myself to start reading again. Which I did – yay! And I’ve never looked back since.

I’m a member of a certain kind of reading category. I do not read one book at a time – I very specifically read two books at the same time. I may not pick up one of those books in a few days, instead content on reading the other, but I will swap and change, and sometimes even in one day!

People are often confused at my reading behaviour. But it works for me – and I’ll tell you why. (As you can see by the picture, I am currently reading Odysseus: The Return by Valerio Massimo Manfredi and Take Me Tomorrow by Shannon A Thompson.)

The first book is always an adult novel – whether that be a literary novel, contemporary, the in book, it doesn’t really matter. The second book is therefore always a YA (Young adult) or children’s novel.

The great thing about being an adult in a reading sense is that you can in fact read adult novels and understand them, sympathise when them and be cognitive to its true meaning. Sometimes, I love getting lost in an adult novel – they can be much darker than children’s books (for obvious reasons) and they pull you in. As an adult, you are more mature to read sex, violence and other un-childlike themes.

But as a great contrast, I find that delving into a coming-of-age young adult novel at the same time brings a fresh air to things. Plots and storylines can be as explosive and meaningful, but they read in such a different way. It allows my brain to stay on its feet, as it were.

I often find that my brain craves for a certain book (out of the two I’m reading) on different days. I don’t have constraints on how much of my time is divided between the two books though, and that is a key point to note, because reading is something that should be enjoyed and not forced. Go with the flow.

And yet, as readers, I’m sure we’ve all been inside a book when it suddenly feels like a chore to carry on. You aren’t connecting with the characters, the pace is slow, the author is annoying you …. the perfect remedy is to put that down for a few days and carry on with the other book.

It’s an interesting concept to some people, but give it a try. It may take some getting used to, because, afterall, you are getting into the minds of more than one central character. I often get asked if I get confused on events, accidentally fusing the two storylines together. And do you know what? I actually don’t.

So, Do you read more than one book?

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