Are You Book Monogamous?
First of all, thank you to the girls at Oh, The Books! for having me on their blog!
I have a bit of a dilemma that I’d like to share, and I’m so curious to know what everyone else’s habits and opinions are! This topic can really divide readers, it can even be touchy for some, and there’s usually no sitting on the fence…
I’d like to talk about Book Monogamy.
Book Monogamy is the practice of reading only one book at a time, staying loyal and faithful to one text until the bitter end. This can be because someone is a dedicated and true reader, who likes to become fully immersed in the story. Or, if you’re like me, it’s because you simply can’t cope with reading more than one story in any given time-frame without causing a mass of confusion and becoming a serial cheater. Let me explain:
Readers generally fall into two categories, there are those who enjoy reading multiple books at the same time, across a variety of genres. These individuals can pick-up and put-down books as often as they like, and still manage to remember the multiple characters, plots and story-lines associated with each read. Then there are the readers (like me) who prefer to stick to one book until it’s finished before moving on to the next great read. I’d heard that some readers are just natural book cheaters, that they don’t try to read more than one book at a time, it just happens and they’re perfectly fine with it. I had also heard that some people were converted from being book monogamous, to serial readers, and so after conducting some (entirely non-scientific research) I discovered that there are actual articles out there that offer advice to cure the book-monogamy-condition that plagues so many of us. Where better to seek advice than from WikiHow?
WikiHow has a step-by-step guide on how to cheat on your books! So, obviously I decided to give it a go…
Step 1: Make Time To Read
Okaaay. I’m pretty sure as book bloggers/addicts (delete as appropriate) we have to do this all the time anyway. In fact, we probably need to make time to work, eat and clean as opposed to read. I’m good at this one, I’ve got this one down!
Step 2: Select Several Books According To Your Interests And Your Reasons For Reading Them
For this experiment, I chose Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas, Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak. Throne of Glass had just arrived in the post and was the winner of one of my Top Ten Tuesday polls, Lean In is a book that fascinated me, and The Book Thief is highly recommended and has been on my TBR forever. Sorted.
Step 3: Sample Each Book
I read a couple of chapters of each when I felt like it. So far, so good.
Step 4: Start Reading Each Book While Your Attention For It Is Fresh
What now?! I want to read for fun. This is taking the fun out of it. You want me to “ladder” my reading. I just want to read! OK, fine. I’ll try to read each one when I feel “fresh” for it.
Step 5: Scatter Books Around
Huh?! So, now I have to leave myself a treasure trail of books? This is getting ridiculous. The Book Thief has started getting a little heavy, I feel like I need to dedicate myself to it to really get it. Everyone wants to borrow Lean In after me so there’s pressure to read it quickly, but I feel like I should focus on it and make notes – this book could be career/life changing! As for Throne of Glass, it’s been a slow burner, but it’s starting to pick-up and now I don’t want to put it down!
Step 6: Mix Books Of Different Types and Formats
This really should have been discussed at the start of the how-to guide…
This went on for a further 8 steps. By the end, I was practically exhausted, and the result?? I stopped reading The Book Thief and Lean In, but I completed and LOVED Throne of Glass. Alas, my book monogamy has not been cured…
I’ve tried cheating on my books a few times now. I really have given it my best shot. But I just don’t have it in me. I end up sucked in to one of the stories and just can’t put it down to continue on with any of the others. Or, even worse, I end up in a reading slump because I feel so jumbled and spent. I find my severe book monogamy to be really interesting because I am such a HUGE multi-tasker in pretty much every other area of my life. Some people believe reading multiple books at the same time means that you get through more books overall, but because I struggle with it so much, I really think the opposite would be true for me.