From Sara, Grace’s reading teacher who is tutoring her over the summer:
Read one book at a time.
From Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet, who published a fascinating and enjoyable article, “The Writing Community: A New Model for the Creative Writing Classroom,” in the Spring 2008 issue of Pedagogy:
… To write like a professional, the writer will craft two works simultaneously (319).
These practices are an inversion of what I normally do: read two or three books at a time, and write one piece at a time.
Interestingly, I am having an easier time sticking to Blythe and Sweet’s advice than I am to Sara’s. I agree with Grace: it’s hard to finish one book when you’re dying to read another.