how many books?Posted: November 7, 2013
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.