When confronted with an unmanageable TBR pile, my first instinct is to start in on multiple books. It somehow makes me feel better to see bookmarks in 3 or 4 books, as long as they’re sufficiently different to avoid confusion. Most of the time, my reading breaks down like this:
1 middle grade book (currently The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech)
1 YA (just finished Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox. Must find the sequel Dreamquake)
1 adult book, usually nonfiction (Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson)
1 French book to keep up my language skills (Le Miroir D’Ambre, literally “The Amber Mirror”–French translation of Philip Pullman’s The Amber Spyglass)
I like alternating between the books, though the really good ones I read much more quickly (Le Miroir D’Ambre has been languishing for months, but it’s my fault for reading slowly in French, not the book’s content!)
What about you? Are you a fan of reading one book at a time, or starting simultaneously on multiple books?