how many books?

In particular, the question is: how many books do I want to be reading at once?

I’ve juggled as many as three at one time. Some people read more simultaneously. Recently, however, I’ve concluded that I can do the books I’m reading the most justice by reading one at a time.

That may not always be the case. I’m thinking about reading A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination, which describes how lost evidence and bad decisions in the course of the Warren Commission investigation led to the widespread belief in a conspiracy, when in fact, the author argues, there probably was none. That could be a bit heavy, and I think I would need something lighter to go to in the midst of this book.

My spiritual director mentioned to me the title The Beauty of the Infinite: The Aesthetics of Christian Truth, which I think might be worth reading, but which is apparently quite dense. I think in this case I’d probably also want something lighter with which to alternate.

My current reading, The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues, a History of Greenwich Village, has my full attention.  And in fact for the most part, I think I’m going to stick with one book at a time and give it my full attention.


2 Comments on “how many books?”

  1. Tahoe Mom says:

    The family gave our grandson a Kindle for his 11th birthday because he was reading up to three books at a time and finding carrying them all around rather difficult. Great decision!! His dad’s idea. Now he carries a slender volume around and can switch to whichever has his interest in the moment. I on the other hand – basically one book at a time.


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