The 5 Books I’m Always Reading

I admit it, I’m a book polygamist.

When I was younger I could commit to one reading experience at a time. As I’ve gotten older, and my reading interests have broadened, I find having multiple books going at once gives me a richer reading life.

I hadn’t given much thought to the categories of books I choose to be reading at once until I saw Patricia Thang’s recent post for Book Riot about the 4 books she’s always reading. Mine break down a bit differently than hers, and I found it interesting to see our two different patterns.




  1. Fiction: This is my entertainment reading. I love an engrossing novel, and if I tend to get caught up in one book for a while, this is usually the category.

Currently: The Sisters Chase by Sarah Healy


2. Non-Fiction: I’m constantly amazed by how much I don’t know! I particularly enjoy non-fiction that teaches me about historical events or scientific discoveries I had never heard of before.

Currently: The Organized Mind by Daniel J. Levitin


3. Audio book: This can be any genre. I listen to audiobooks as a way of multi-tasking during chores, exercise, and driving.

Currently: Voyager by Diana Gabaldon


4. Self-help: These sometimes falls under the non-fiction umbrella, as I’m on a perpetual journey of self discovery and personal development.

Currently: Rising Strong by Brene Brown


5. Re-Read: I don’t always have a re-read going, but I’m doing it much more often than I have in the past. I’ve recently discovered that if I listen to the audio version of a book I’ve previously read (physically) and loved, I understand it on a new level and enjoy it even more.

Currently: The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr



  1. Lea Christensen

    September 18, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Also loving re-reads on audio!! My new favorite read. 🙂

  2. Ramona Mead

    September 19, 2017 at 7:48 am

    I used to think of re-reading as a waste of time. I’m still hesitant to dedicate physical book time to a re-read. I appreciate how different the experience is when listening. Listening to The Art of Memoir now feels like attending a lecture, like she’s talking directly to me, because I’m already familiar with the material and am not needing to process it in the same way as a first time read.

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