I have had this habit lately of not being satisfied with just reading one book at a time. I thought it was a bad habit and was frustrated with myself--missing the teenager who would open a book and pour over it for a couple days straight until finished and then proceed to do the same with the next book.
Well, now, instead of trying to force myself back to that, I'm trying a new tactic to make myself less dissatisfied with the new way of being. Instead of reading any 3 books at the same time, I'm now reading one classic, one non-fiction and one fiction book. I started Faulkner's As I Lay Dying on Saturday. I didn't like Faulkner in college, but as I'm more mature now and As I Lay Dying is rather short, I thought I'd go for it, and likely would be glad I did. Well, I'm already glad. This guy's really good! I'm just trying to get in 10 or more pages a day on that one, and it is so short it will go by quickly and that'll be one more book I really want to have read in my lifetime checked off! ;-)
I just started my current non-fiction book on Sunday--The Great Deluge about the week of Hurricane Katrina. Definitely fascinating so far. I'm taking it easy on that one, too, just wanting to get in maybe 10 or 15 pages a day.
I had a really hard time picking a "regular" book this time around after finishing Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I spent days perusing a bunch of books on my shelves that I haven't read yet. I finally settled on Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance about India in the 1970's. We'll see if it works for me or not.