Leeloo Dallas Multitask

I love the Fifth Element, thus the title.  I know all of, like, three people will get it, but for those three people, I love you.

I’m a big fan of multitasking.  I write and listen to music.  I work and listen to audiobooks.  I watch tv while I cook. 

For most of 2010, I’ve been multitasking my reading.  It’s not just three books (real, e, and audio), right now I have NINE books I consider myself to be reading (and on Wednesday, it was ten, but I finished two and added one).

The thing is that I’m reading different books based on situation.  If I’m at work, I’m going to be using an audiobook.  If I’m at the gym, it’s definitely an ebook.  If I’m home it might be a real book or an ebook.  Sometimes I have a novel I’m betaing too, and that’s possibly going to be on my computer or else printed on letter-sized paper.

Within these categories, I have multiple books going based on my mood.  I downloaded the complete Narnia series on my iPod, but I can only listen to so much of the same sorta thing, so I started listening to other things in between.  I’m having an Agatha Christie craving, and those are better on the Kindle (the books all have tiny print) so I have one there, but before I got the Kindle, I bought a three-in-one book of Poirot novels, and I’ve been making my way through that.  I have a Poirot on the Kindle, but I can only read one of those at a time, or else the clues will get jumbled, so I put that ebook aside.  Meanwhile, I’m reading The Secret Garden at the gym on the ebook.  I downloaded If I Stay after previewing it on the Kindle because I kept hearing how it made people cry.  And I downloaded Northinger Abby after watching The Jane Austen Book Club (and it’s free on the Kindle), but shortly after doing so, I put that one down because the long paragraphs at the beginning are hard to read on the Kindle.  Beside the Agatha Christie I’m reading in hardcopy, I also have Luna, which is going slowly for some reason, and Sphinx Princess, which I wanted for a long time and finally bought on my birthday when nobody bought it for me first.  Finally, I have an adult novel I’ve been working on since December, that I really want to finish someday, but I’m afraid I’ll be too confused after so much time (I was researching MG books when I put it down, but it’s still by my bed, waiting to be opened again)

So here’s the run down:

  1. Three Days to Dead
  2. Luna
  3. Sphnix Princess
  4. Appointment with Death
  5. Poirot’s Early Cases
  6. If I Stay
  7. The Secret Garden
  8. Northinger Abby
  9. The Last Battle

Yep, nine books.  On Wednesday I finished The Silver Chair and Fairest.

What’s nice about the multitasking is that I finish books in waves.  On one day I might finish multiple books.  Of course, you would think that this slows down the reading of any one book, and it undoubtedly does, but since I’m choosing the novel based on mood, it’s possible I wouldn’t feel like reading the books I don’t choose then anyway.  And obviously work and gym time would be non-reading time if it wasn’t for the iPod and Kindle, respectively.  (I’ve talked about how hard it was with a real book at the gym before).

You also might think I’d get confused between the novels.  But really, as long as I don’t read two Agatha Christies or listen to two Narnia books at the same time, I don’t.  The closest I get to it is when I get this feeling that I was really emotionally into some fictional work, and my brain is trying to work out which one it was.  But this also spans tv and movies, and occasionally still influences my next read.  For example, after the movie The Good Son was on the other day and I caught the end of it, I was very creeped out by sadistic people, and, hey, I happened to be reading Appointment With Death, where the soon-to-be-murdered “victim” is also very sadistic.  That influenced which book I chose for a while.

Will I slow down as I finish books in this set?  Recent experience has told me “no.”  I keep adding books to the list.  Finishing one and starting two.  Obviously, when I finish Appointment with Death, I will go to the last novel in that three-in-one book.  Plus I have a bunch of books I’m dying to read on my bookcase, and plenty at my fingertips on the Kindle.  However, my iPod listening will slow down for now because I have to think at work for the next two weeks at least.

But we’ll see.  I’m going to try to finish one book tonight.  Off to read Sphinx Princess.

Currently on iPod: Foreplay/Long Time by Boston

Lots of love,

6 thoughts on “Leeloo Dallas Multitask

  1. Every time we are on the turnpike and I go through an EZ pass lane, my fiancé and I both shout MULTIPASS! <.<
    I admire your multitasking, I can only read 2 books at once, tops… Otherwise I won't finish them for ages

  2. 9 is crazy…I was at 3 recently and felt the push to finish them quicker. About to listen to an audiobook on my trip up to Turlock. I’ll let you know how it goes. Love the title!!!!!

  3. I can never multitask- I’m too clumsy and have the attention span of a five year old but when it comes to books, I find myself that I don’t enjoy reading just one book. Turns out that is the only are I can multitask and I’m grateful for it 🙂
    I always read 4-5 books at once but 9? That might not be my number but who knows, maybe later in the future!
    I have “the secret garden” on my ‘to be read’ list, can’t wait to start reading it!

  4. I totally got the reference. Because The Fifth Element is one of my favorite movies. Despite the presence of Chris Tucker. And also, I am currently reading 4 books at the same time, though I must admit it makes me feel a little adulterous to do such a thing.

  5. I read multiple books as well. In fact, that’s one of the only things that keeps me from finishing a book in one sitting (which I will still do when I love the book).

    I usually start books that I borrow from other people right away because I don’t like to keep them a long time. Same principle with when I beta.

    This means I frequently start new things despite being in the middle of others – though I don’t usually have 9 going at once. I’m a 3-4 book kind of person.

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