I used to think that the stack of books on my nightstand, all bookmarked in various places, was a bad habit.
Shouldn’t I be able to finish one book before starting the next? I obviously cannot answer that. But I certainly don’t feel compelled to break my multiple-book-reading habit when I come across something in one book that feels eerily similar to a passage in another book.
Having a pile of books that you are in the middle of is like having coffee with a few good friends, instead of just one. The conversation often benefits. And one person’s ideas inspire a similar thought from someone else–and the ideas keep building.
Books, of course, cannot hear each other speak. So when two quotes from two different books overlap so beautifully, it seems almost magical.
So I won’t break my habit. Not as long as my books are able to maintain a civil conversation.