I am always reading a few books at any given time.
I just outline a reading plan for the books, so many chapters a day, etc.
That way, I can get through the books in time to incorporate the content in meaningful ways into my assignments.
I am constantly using all the ink up in highlighters and needing new ones.
I'm almost always reading related articles or books, too.
It's not uncommon to be quoting from multiple sources in one same assignment and to have to have them all open and strewn everywhere.
I live in the midst of stacks now.
I can't remove the stacks, either.
I am bound to need the book I put back on the shelf soon enough to regret cleaning up.
Almost as soon as a new concept is learned, it has to be applied to some assignment, so my brain is always at work processing and applying even in the shower.
Sometimes it's as much as I can do to just engage wholeheartedly in the singular, next task set before me without reflecting on what is actually happening or what I am retaining.
But there are moments when I realize that I am learning so many new things and even truly mastering topics.
I am sometimes weary, sometimes overwhelmed, but always grateful.