I just glanced over at my "currently reading" list (to the left) and realized that I have bookmarks in seven different books right now. My first thought was, "That’s crazy!" My second thought was, "No that’s pretty normal, for me."
Some books I dive into and finish quickly. Like the two most recent books in the "Just Finished" list: two very short books from N.T. Wright, one on the Lord’s prayer and one on the Eucharist. I read them both last Saturday. Other books I’ve been chewing on for a lot longer, sometimes because they’re really meaty and lengthy (Jesus and the Victory of God), and sometimes because I put it down and don’t come back to it for a few
weeks months (Hegemony or Survival). I think it still can qualify as a book I’m "currently reading" though. It has a bookmark in it, so obviously I’m "currently" reading it, right? I find I can pick up the storyline or argument flow fairly quickly, even if I haven’t looked at a certain book for a few weeks.
There’s a part of my personality, though, that’s a bit finicky about having open-ended projects going on, so part of me panics when I see I have seven books on my "currently reading" list. It suddenly morphs into a "To Do" list and I want to finish them so I feel I have accomplished something. This is probably why I love mowing my lawn so much. When it’s done, it’s done, and it’s pretty obvious that it’s done. With books, my work is never done. But it’s work I’m happy to do.