Yesterday, I gleefully posted that I have managed to finish 100 books so far in 2009! (The number is now 101.) This led people to ask me the question that I have been asked many times before - "How do you read?"
In terms of how many books I read at once, the answer is three. I usually read one regular book, one "chunkster," and one non-fiction book at once. I generally read about 50 pages of the non-fiction book and 50 pages of the chunkster, and then complete the third book. Then I read 50 pages of the non-fiction and chunkster again, and then pick up a new book and read it. It's basically a cycle. So in terms of how I read, that's how. I used to only read one book at once, but I found that I wasn't reading enough longer books or non-fiction books because they were too slow going and I wanted to read a large number of books in order to post reviews. This was a good compromise.
So, the next question is, "how do you read so fast?" The answer to that one is more tricky because honestly, I don't know. It's something I view as a talent – some people can do math in their head, some can cook incredibly well – I read really fast. I've had people tell me that it's impossible to read that fast and retain any of the information you've read. I hope that my reviews are proof that this isn't the case!
Now, my question is how do YOU read? Not so much the speed, but do you read one book at a time? Two? Three? Twelve?