How many books do you read at once?
Me? One at a time. I read quickly, but I read one book, finish it and go onto the next one. The man, no, he reads a lot of books at once, at least three of them on the go at any given moment. Also, he doesn't read as quickly as I do (and remembers much more of what he reads. Ho hum.)
Right now though I'm reading seven (7!!) at the same time. I'm not really sure why. I think a slight dissatisfaction with all of them, so I get irritated and then read something else. One of them was really good to start with, but has faded. Another is a weird premise and rather grim, but well written, another not very well written, but part of a series I'm somewhat invested in, so I persist. Another is great, but a little violent for late at night. Yet another is a series of essays, fascinating, but not meant for steady reading through, more like snacking. One looked really promising, but is turning out to be too deeply in the (frankly uniteresting) weeds, and on and on and on.
I'm finding it uncomfortable. I wish I could find one to settle on and see it through.