Because I read a fair amount of non-fiction (how-to books, history books, marriage/parenting books, biblical commentary books, books about running, time management/productivity books, etc.), I always have a super tall, tottering pile on the little table beside my couch. I don't want to shelve the books because I am in the middle of reading them. All of them. Shelves are for books that I have yet to read, or have already read. My handsome husband finds my piles
irritating adorably quirky, and we've had hotly-whispered-secret-fights Special-Mommy-and-Daddy Talks about our different approaches to home organization with some degree of regularity.
Right now, I'm reading 1.) a biblical commentary on heaven, 2.) a book about productivity in the workplace, 3.) a book that summarizes world history from the fall of Rome to the beginning of the Renaissance, 4.) The Fellowship of the Ring by Tolkien, 5.) an Anne Tyler novel, 6.) a memoir.
What about you? Do you read several books at once? Do you leave book piles around your house?