BBAW reading meme

BBAW09_Celebrate_BooksToday’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week prompt is in the form of a meme:

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?


8 responses to “BBAW reading meme

  1. I’ve appreciated your word posts! I jot the words down on my bookmark (I’m loyal to the blank index card!) and look them up later. But I fail to garner them as you mention . . . you are correct! I wonder if making a sentence would help me? Perhaps I’ll try that for a bit to test it.

    I read several books at once, but this works best when I have tons of reading time in one week so that all the books move forward. When I don’t have much reading time, there is always one book I’ve started and then put aside, requiring me to refresh my memory by a few pages (or restart it).

  2. As you I like your word posts.

    And I can read several books at a time.

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  3. I’m a “try to get it from context” kind of gal. If I have no idea what the word means, I’ll either do a quick internet look-up or, if such is not immediately available to me, I’ll put a post-it flag on the page and look the word up when the opportunity presents itself.

    I can – and DO – read several books at once. Not always, but often enough that I’m getting really good at it.

  4. I try and get meanings from the context, but I would love to do something like remember to write down the words I don’t know. I think it would be so much fun to learn their meanings but I never remember to do it!

  5. I read one book at a time – I can’t figure out how people do more than that!

  6. I try to read multiple books, but I usually feel so frazzled I end up focusing on just one.

  7. I read more than one book at a time. It’s easy to read non-fiction and fiction together. And often I have a book in the living room, the bedroom, the bathroom and the car. Basically I need to have one within arms reach all the time.

  8. I need to go back to reading one book at a time! I was all over the place this summer, couldn’t stay focused, and now I have 5 or 6 books in progress, but I’m once again focusing on one at a time. The pile on my nightstand is driving me bonkers!

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