If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?
Actually, I don’t look up unfamiliar words I read immediately. I’m now in the habit of writing them down, along with the page number and part of speech, in a notebook I keep with my current read. Once I’ve finished the book, I create a blog post with all the new words, and it’s then I look them up. Words from my reading is a regular feature here (on Wednesdays), and I’ve also created a page with all the words from my past Words posts. The process of writing them down, typing them, looking them up, typing the sentence containing the word, etc., I hope helps me learn and remember all the new vocabulary I garner from my reading. Otherwise, I haven’t really garnered them, have I?
Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?
I’m pretty much a one-book-at-a-time girl. I have thought recently, though, that I could perhaps manage a nonfiction, a fiction, and a poetry title all at once. I bet the time spent on each would be pretty uneven (weighted toward the fiction, naturally), but it may help me read more (and incorporate a bit more nonfiction and poetry into my reading) — instead of a lull between books, I envision that I’d be able to step from the finished fiction title into the nonfiction title, at least for a little while, rather than the brief but bewilderingly frequent break between books. Is this how those of you with multiple reads manage it? Or do you, like me, mostly read only one book at a time?