Semi-read Books

Several years ago I had a great deal of time to read. Most of this was done in my cars, waiting in carpool lines or at bus stops for grandkids. This was also going on at the same time that I was going to numerous doctors’ appointments for myself, my husband and sometimes, others. I carried a fair-sized purse, and at times a very large one, and would carry a book with me.

As for in the cars, beside the tissues, handy wipes, etc., I always had colored pencils and coloring books/game books, and books for the kids’ reading levels…and books for MY level.

At one point I realized that I had more books in my one car than many people had in their homes.

And during all of this time and with all of these books, I found that I often did not finish them.

In earlier days I used to be a stickler for sticking with books to the bitter end.

Not that these books in the cars were, for the most part, less than entertaining; I’d just be in the other car where I had left the one I was into, or started another one in the house because the ones I had been reading were in the cars, and then the ones I started in the house went out to the car and well, didn’t get back in, so I would start another.

Sometimes, I simply could not find the one which I started in whatever car I happened to be in; it would end up being under a seat, put into a bag with other supplies, moved to the trunk or taken into the house by a ‘helpful’ family member. (I would put said books for myself and kids in a zippered vinyl document case; these were often put into trunk when more kids than normal piled into the car.)

So often, I would pick up anthologies, (books or literary magazines), of short stories so that I could finish one or more in a wait or two, depending on the time.

The thing is, when I would find and start reading ‘started’ books weeks or months after I left off, I would still remember the storyline, even if two or three other books had been started/read in-between times,  and/or I had read the numerous stories short stories.

Sometimes, I get characters names confused with the characters of others, but much like I do when calling a child/grandchild by the wrong name, I really do know who they were. (This happens most often with cozy mysteries.)

I still have not finished nor know the whereabouts of several books I have started reading.

Now I find myself in the same pickle with my Kindle. When I used the Kindle on a tablet, it would be anywhere around the house or in a large purse. I stopped carrying that weight, (and now the tablet has died), but the Kindle on my phone is alive and well… and is full of started stories.

More often than not anymore, though, I start and stop books because I am researching authors to interview. As interesting as the stories may be, I find myself stopping because of time constraints.

(I have to admit that many a free or .99 download had proved to be a life-saver because I have made more than one mistake of not researching an author before inviting them in, and number of those books never get finished. “Look inside” feature on Amazon is also very helpful.)

But I am making myself go back and read more, FINISH more of the started books.

And I am so glad that I have.

How about you?  Are you a book polygamist?  Have you had  ‘car books’, or book that you leave to read  in a certain place, (office, bedroom, etc.?) Can you play catch-up quickly with more than one storyline?

About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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6 Responses to Semi-read Books

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I used to have several books going at once. Like you, I always kept a paperback in the car, one in my purse, etc. But I did always try to finish reading them. Once I got more than halfway through a story, it became my “after the kids go to bed” book, and I’d read and finish it late at night. Now that I’m home most of the time, I always have two that I read concurrently – one on my iPad’s Kindle app, and one print-on-paper book. When I’m at the doctor’s office with hubby, I have the same app on my phone, and it’s synched to the iPad, so it goes to the same spot in the book where I left off. I can usually finish a book in a week, so I don’t have trouble remembering the storyline.

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    • Sounds like you had it all planned out and it works for you now. I’d like to find out where a couple of the ‘carpool line’ cozy mysteries ended up and find out how they ended. There is also a Jane Austen 3/4 done somewhere that I had started, but that was even before then!


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    Before my mom went into the nursing home and I was visiting her (at her cottage down the hill) every day, I would have 1 or 2 books “going” over there. Here at home, I’d have at least 1 or 2 books and probably a magazine or two.
    After Mom went to the nursing home, but while we were still allowed to visit (before Covid), I’d have 1 or 2 books going there, plus the 1 or 2 here at home.
    I don’t carry books in my truck, though I probably should.
    I have started numerous E-books on my kindle, but I find that reading experience less satisfying than a REAL book. Some of those books — electronic and otherwise — never got finished.
    But for most, I doggedly kept at it.

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  3. I have car books too. Most of mine are on my kindle app on my phone so it’s very convenient. I eventually get them read, but if I don’t really like a book I don’t mind just starting another.

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