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Do you have trouble keeping up with all the amazing books you want to read? Are you struggling to finish a book you’ve put down AGES ago and just CAN’T remember what on earth is happening?
Today’s your lucky day!! Super Alana is here to save the day…just kidding (I might NOT actually have super powers *sadface*). But, I can read multiple books at once and can remember exactly where I was up to in every one! Even if I put one down for a few weeks or months.
Maybe I’m special… Maybe I’m not… (most likely not). But I’ve found it’s a really good skill to have, especially since I’ve taken up book blogging. I know sometimes it’s difficult keeping up with reading, or even managing reading with the other responsibilities that we have to unfortunately prioritise over our love of books.
So I thought I’d share my (limited) wisdom with everyone.
Will this require hardcore mind games to reach my inner psyche?
Of course not!
There are some REALLY easy tricks to remember characters and plots of multiple books at once.. and they don’t take up too much time at all!
Tip No. 1
Use a paper bookmark. I find it really helpful to use a plain scrap of paper for a bookmark and just scribble down a few of the major things that have happened in the book so far. Not only does this help for future reference when I come back to the book at some point, but actually writing it down improves the likelihood that you’ll remember it. And THAT is a scientific fact. Helps a whole bunch when you’re studying for tests too FYI.
Tip No. 2
Use Goodreads. Goodreads is a fantastic way for you to keep track of where you’re up to in a book without using a bookmark. As great as bookmarks are, sometimes they just don’t stay in the book like they’re supposed to! Not only can you enter your page number into Goodreads but you can also add text for reactions and so forth. This is AWESOME because going back and seeing your reactions can not only trigger your memories about what was happening…but if you make them specific enough they can actually tell you what was happening!
(It’s pretty awesome)
Tip No. 3
Reread. I know right now you’re saying… well DUH Alana. And yes, it is the most obvious. But it really helps. Rereading the chapter before or even going a few pages back really helps you remember where you left off. It’s a tried and tested method that I guarantee works every time!
Tip No. 4
Memorising. As lame as this may be, often I find if I’m putting a book on hold – because I know I’ve got to finish another one for a review – I’ll take a moment after I close the book to go over the main storyline and what’s happened to the characters. I try and repeat this to myself at least a couple of times. This works for me personally, but I know it may not work for others.
As great as these methods are. I know that sometimes as hard as you try, you’re not going to remember where you’re up too, especially when it’s been a LONG time since you’ve picked up that book.
In that case, maybe you have to take the drastic measure of re-starting the book… but it might be worth it!
Hopefully I helped with some time-saving/ways to multitask reading multiple books.
Everyone remembers things differently. How do you remember a storyline if you’re putting a book on hold? Feel free to comment if you have any other great tips and tricks. Are you a ‘multi-task’ reader like myself?
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