03 November 2010

Carrying around four different books


That's a question somebody recently asked me. Whenever I go to university (a 80 minutes train ride) I pack my little book bag and sometimes I have up to four books with me (always at least two). 
Let's take for example yesterday. I had with me "Indulgence in Death" by J.D. Robb, "Scoundrel" by Zoe Archer, a short book by Betty Neels and my new Sony Pocket (will post about my ereader in the next days, it's a nice toy but will never replace print books) with six books on it. The reason why I had so many books with me is that I didn't know before leaving home in which reading mood I would be on the train. Would I want something with death, action or sweet love? In the end I finished the new J.D. Robb and also read the book by Betty Neels (on my way back home). 

I don't really need to carry around four books but I want to be able to choose from different types of romances so I don't mind the extra weight. Today I will take three books with me - just in case :)

Are you also carrying around more books than one just to be prepared?

25 comments:

  1. I used to bring at least 2 books with me everywhere but now I only take my Ereader. It's even better since I can choose which genres I want without having to carry lots of books.
    You're not alone, I'm the same kind o crazy. ;)
    My friends said I was rude, because I took my ereader with me when I go see them...=P

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  2. I do I have at least 2 different books in my car. I'll usually take one in to work with me for when I go on break. My co-workers always make fun of me when I do. Especially if the book seems weird to them. I always tell them I could have a worse habit.

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  3. Haha, good question!
    I do have more than one book with me at all times!
    I just think it is safer because when I am on my way back home, I might be in the mood to read something different than what I was reading in the morning commuting.
    So, it makes sense!

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  4. I always do, because I'm never sure what I want to read next..if I have my nook with me...I have at least 30 :)

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  5. I did the same when I was at university and still do it now. I always have at least 2 books, but usually more ^_^; I even drag a separate bag with me everyday for them if my purse is not big enough :P

    Like you, I was being asked the question frequently and the answer is the same: choice. I want to have choice when I finish a book and pick the next.

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  6. I have more than a thousand TBR on my Nook (that doesn't leave my side) & usually have a print book, too! I'm so with you!

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  7. I only carry one usually. I have never been able to read more then one at a time.

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  8. I only have one with me and only if I go to work or other opportunities like longer car rides, when I am pretty sure I might catch some minutes for reading. I usually do not carry books with me all the time, cause I just don't have time to read them, so why carry all that additional weight. I totally understand why you carry all those books for your pretty long train ride.

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  9. No. I usually only bring one book with me unless it's a really long trip in which case that 1 book might not be enough.

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  10. I only carry one in my handbag, but when I go away for the weekend or a holiday I will take at least 2-4 books, so I have plenty of choice dependant on my mood.

    carol

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  11. I carry at least one all the time, and if I have less than 200 pages left on my book, I bring a second one. WOuldn't want to be cought with nothing to read!

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  12. I always take the book I'm currently reading with me when I lease the house. Never know when one of the five drawbridges in town might go up. And I usually take at least one more than that just in case. If I'm going to be out of the house for longer than a couple hours I might take more print books or else my laptop, which is my ereader since my daughter has sort of taken over my actual ereader.

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  13. I usually have at least 2 just in case. A few days ago I only grabbed one and finished it while waiting for my DD to finish her tap class. I was stuck in bookless boredom for 30 minutes.

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  14. I only do when I am going on a long weekend, then I will take more than I could ever read so that I know I have choices.
    If it is just dr office, etc, I only bring current read, since I usually only read one at a time.

    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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  15. When I know there will be down time in the doctors office, at the store if wait on my Mom in the car or any place of that sort where otherwise just sitting take my book with me that have already started and if close to the middle take another just in case I finish the first one...

    Hate time when I cannot read just sitting behind the wheel driving, works great when I am the passenger as the time flies by!

    jackie >_<

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  16. These days I always have my ereader on me. Even if I know I'll likely not have enough time to read. ^_^ But with print books I usually just port one around at a time. Especially with hardcovers or really long novels...and my poor back is glad of it. ^___^

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  17. Other than a reader no one will understand the just in case factor.

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  18. Absolutely! If I go to school I’ve one book in my bag, if I’m going to any other place (even if I go shopping), I’ve got at least two, more likely three or four packed. For exact the same reason as you described in this post, how can you know which reading mood you’ll have? Most of the time it’s one book for study, economical or musical theories, French grammar, etc. Plus one novel, most of the time an English, sometimes Dutch and form time to time French, but at least two different types of books. O, and also always in my bag? My I-Pod. Then I can survive any situation, from stuck in the middle of nowhere to ending up in a café where you know nobody. As long as there’re books ^^.

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  19. I used to do this but have since jumped on the Ereader train as well- I'm loving being able to take a whole slew of books with me and pick from a bunch of options.

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  20. I'm terrible about carrying ample amounts of books -- especially on vacation. I was thisclose to buying an e-reader just for the convenience of carrying more than one book in the same amount of space. Usually, half of my backpack is pleasure reading I bring along to class just in case the lecture is boring. =)

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  21. I always have at least one and since buying an EReader, I don't tend to worry about it anymore! I wasn't sure I'd like it but I think it's going to grow on me quicker than I expected it to!

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  22. This is yet another reason why I adore my Kindle. I always have at least 50 books on it (yes, my TBR pile is out of control, but also, a lot of those are free reads, so they didn't totally break my budget). It gives me such a wonderful sense of security. In fact, the reason I got my very first ereader back in 2003, was because my husband was sick and tired of hauling around at least 10 books in my luggage whenever we went on vacation. I knew I'd only read a couple of them, but I had to take at least 10 so that I'd have one that would suit my mood, no matter what it was.

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  23. Good to hear that I'm not alone with carrying around more books than one. In this case ereaders really make life easier.

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  24. What tends to happen to me is that I take 1 somewhere with me but come back with 3 or 4! Hehe.

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  25. I'm pretty monogamous so I only carry one unless I'm nearing the end.
    If I suspect a book is going to cause me trouble an uninterrupted journey will be the opportunity to knuckle down and give the book some serious attention.
    If then the book still doesn't grab me it gets thrown on the DNF pile.

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