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DD is 6 - almost 7 - and loves to read. She especially loves to read science books (non-fiction) as well as fantasy fiction. Lately, she's really into the Ga'Hoole series and Warrior Cats. Most of the fiction books she reads are series which build on each successive book.<br><br>
Sometimes she just devours one book. But other times she reads one or two novels, alternating between the two. That's not too weird and she seems to be comprehending the stories, so no big deal.<br><br>
So what is weird? She leaves books all over the place, so if she doesn't immediately know where to find the one she wants, she'll just pick up the one closest and start reading that one. If there's a book mark in it, she'll start there, or if not, she'll start at the beginning. Sometimes they are books she's already read before. They may or may not be in the same series she is currently reading.<br><br>
I originally though maybe she was just decoding and maybe not understanding what she is reading. But while I'm sure she'd get more out of them as she gets older, DD will correct me if I describe a part of the story incorrectly. (OK - I'll admit it, I enjoyed reading her Warrior Cat books and we discuss them at times.)<br><br>
I guess she sort of started reading whatever was close at hand when she wasn't able to get the next one in the Ga' Hoole series from the library and she didn't want to wait. She ended up skipping ahead and then went back and read that one later.<br><br>
I don't really think this is a problem, but it just seems odd to me. Of course, I also don't like to read read unless it is quiet and still around me or I get distracted (visually and audibly). DD will read a one book while playing an audiobook of another story at the same time. Or she'll sit in front of the TV and read a book. She seems to like the noisy atmosphere though she will also read when it is quiet. She also seems to need a lot of physical activity or she gets pretty stir-crazy. So I am wondering if this is part of how she deals as a fairly kinetic learner who loves reading? She does sometimes squirm around a lot while reading and after a long reading session (hour?) she will want to have a "play fight" with me - which translates to wrestling like pretend warrior cats.<br><br>
I was just wondering if anyone else's kids are like this. (Multiple books at a time and/or noisy reading environment.) Though I wonder if I just figured out another piece of the puzzle about kinetic learning.
 

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DS1 always has several books on the go. And will pick up a new one if he can't be bothered to fetch one he is reading somewhere else. He will read in any sound environment, but prefers quiet.
 

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I think it's weird that you think it's weird. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> This is how I have always read. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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My son is like that, too. He has a ton of half-read books lying around with bookmarks in them and will pick one to read at random, even if he's already read it (or read it a million times).
 

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This is how I have always read, too (well, I wouldn't start something over at the beginning that I was already in the middle of, and I wouldn't listen to an audioook while reading, but I definitely will watch TV and read). DD is pretty similar, too. Actually, I have never understood people who only read one book at a time!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think it's weird that you think it's weird. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> This is how I have always read. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"></div>
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Same here - my daughter and I both always have a bunch of books half-read, some that we're rereading and some that we're reading for the first time.
 

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Ds1 is 6 and that has totally been hid<br>
s style for a long time now. It drives me nuts, the reading multiple books and not using book marks. I am a one at a time reader. I am aware that other folks do read muliple books so I don't let on that it bugs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Oh yeah, DD used to drive me crazy with her reading habits. She always had several books going at a time and she would just pick up whichever one was closest. I remember once she had 3 novels about pigs going lol. I mean really, how does that work lol.<br><br>
She did eventually stop having multiple novels going at once. Occasionally she'll have an overlap with a non-fiction book or a play she really wants to read though hasn't finished the prior book. The house isn't as littered with books as it used to be.
 

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Oh, great. You guys think I am weird! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
Actually, now that I think about, I do read multiple books all the time. It's just that I rarely read fiction. It sometimes takes me awhile to get into fiction so I tend to read those books straight through. Plus I get bored with most series after 3 books.<br><br>
My DH reads all the time and is always reading series. He always reads them in order unless one is unavailable, so maybe that's just what I am used to seeing.<br><br>
As long as DD is enjoying the books and we can find them before they get too many days overdue (this is how we donate regularly to the library), I don't really care how she chooses to read them.<br><br>
Glad to know a lot of people read this way. My mom thinks I'm weird because I prefer non-fiction or serious subjects.
 

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How awesome that your child loves to read! My seven year old has her nose in a book at al times and it gets frustrating when we try to get out the door on time in the morning for her to go to school and me to get to work on time but I can honestly say, I am so incredibly happy that she loves to read...she is always reading at least 3 or 4 books simultaneously but it doesn't seem to be distracting....
 

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This, exactly. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> My youngest child has several books going at once and I can't understand it at all!
 

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Wow--I am totally mystified that this habit would drive people nuts! I mean, not that my own kids don't have harmless habits that drive me nuts. But I don't get it--what about this make syou nuts? Are you worried that they aren't really paying attention to the books if they read this way?
 

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Lorax - The only thing that really bugs me about it that I am just tired of finding little bits of paper and books everywhere and library fines for things that disappear for a while. Also, DD leaves books "open face / upside down" which weakens the spines. So I'd rather have the bits of paper for bookmarks than ruined books.<br><br>
Other than that, I don't really care. I just thought it was weird because it's different from what I was used to. But obviously, it's just another way of enjoying reading. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I did, however, encourage her to read the Warrior Cat books in order so that the stories would make a bit more sense. They are written in 6 book arcs so if you do skip a book, you may be missing some info. But I wouldn't make her read them in any order. I missed book 2 of this last series, so I had her fill me in on a couple things that seemed odd in book 3.
 

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I've always been the same way. And I always drove my mom insane! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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DS reads numerous books at once, I read the same way. i have one book in the car, one by my bed, one in the living room, (one in the bathroom lol). its amazing I can keep them all straight.<br>
What gets confusing around here is we have 2 library systems we borrow from and getting the books back to the correct library. (city A vs city B).<br><br>
I think we read like we craft, lots going on at once.
 

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I am still that way and it drives my husband insane!<br><br>
I am also a kinesthetic learner with a novelty craving brain - this is actually how I need to work, too - drives myself insane and sometimes my bosses, too, so maybe I'd keep an eye on work habits for school in later years. I am sure more consistent work habits or work management techniques or whatever you want to call it can be taught or encouraged at a younger age, while it's probably too late now for me.
 

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Wow I think our reading habits will drive you nuts! We skip all over the books (sometimes for tv series too) and I used to read upside down with my head on the floor, bum on sofa and legs up against the wall. it just felt better and no one ever said anything. Sometimes I will only read the beginning and end chapters, and then jump all over the book to get certain information or character.
 

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We read like this in our family, too. I typically have 3 or 4 books going at the same time. DS has many more going - I'm never sure how many.<br><br>
It's not that different than studying different things at the same time. We don't necessarily forget where we are in history when we pick up where we left off in science.
 

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It's more an OCD type thing for me lol. I'm an obsessive reader meaning, I pick-up a book and I'm likely to stay up all night to finish it because I'm unable to put it down. I just have to finish it even if it's not a riveting book. More than once DD and I started reading a book together and I stayed up and finished without her because I just couldn't stop myself (bad mommy and certainly the trait that drove DD nuts!) I don't start a book unless I have a good chunk of time to read it. Otherwise I'm too frustrated to only get in a couple chapters a day.<br><br>
So, comes DD who would have books laying open all over the house, sometimes picking up a book but then reading 10 other books before finishing it. I get sucked into books laying around that truely, I have no interest in reading. DH drives me nuts too in how he can nurse a book for months at a time reading only a chapter here and there. DS drives me nuts because he doesn't really enjoy reading at all.<br><br>
I'm not worried. I'm not tearing my hair out or expecting my family to change. It's a humourous "nuts" that it drives me... a "you guys are crazy I can't believe we are related" nuts lol.
 
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