This is a periodic discussion feature here at Snuggly Oranges about the many problems one can run into as a book nerd.
#25. I’m Cheating On My Book.. With More Books!
Now, I’m not saying that either book monogamy or book polygamy (if you will) is wrong. It’s whatever works for you. Previously, I was a book monogamist, mostly because of my reading speed. I’m not the fastest reader ever, and when I have a schedule that I try to keep up with, it’s just much easier to keep track of how long it’ll take me to finish a book if I’m only reading one at a time. That book’s 350 pages? Should take me 2-3 days. If you’re reading two books (or more) at a time, it’s harder. It’ll take you longer – but then you will finish two books around the same time (probably) – and in the end you’re still reading the same amount, just in parallel instead of in sequence.
I also feared that if I started reading multiple books at a time, it would be hard for me to keep track of what was happening in both books. Would I mix the two stories up? I’ve found that definitely not the case – but it does help when the two books I’m reading are of vastly different genres (i.e. fantasy vs. contemporary).
But on a slightly different note, my previous fear was also that by reading two books at the same time, I wouldn’t be as engaged in either story. You know, when you’re just sucked in, living and breathing that world. The thing is, I think I was waiting for every book to have that effect on me – but not every book does. Sometimes it’s easy to slip back in and out of a story – actually more often than not that’s the case. When I’m really engaged and sucked into a world, I’ll want to binge read the rest of the story, and then I’ll just do that. But sometimes the book is just not that great, and you actually need a break from it to recharge. (But okay, I do feel a tiny bit guilty about that.)
But honestly, it does kind of feel like I’m cheating on my book. They can sense these things! Can’t they? I can just picture that book lying on my coffee table, seeing me with another book and thinking they weren’t good enough. They weren’t enough for me. THE SHAME. THE SHAME. I’M SO SORRY. I STILL LOVE YOU. I SWEAR. (UNLESS I REALLY DON’T. IN WHICH CASE. AWKWARD.)
My Switch To “Polygamy”
Most of the review books have also been the dense fantasy kind, which you’ll probably know doesn’t work too well for me, because I need light and fluffy reads on a regular basis – and now in particular, my need for fluffy is at an all time high (life is less than optimal atm). I realized that I was less and less enthused about these fantasy review books, and pushing through them wasn’t doing them any favors with regards to my opinions + ratings.
So I realized I could use my fluffy reads as a reward system. Okay, I started reading Miranda Kenneally‘s books (which are so fucking fantastic I can’t even) but it was threatening me getting behind on my review schedule because – so addictive CAN’T STOP WON’T STOP READING. So I finally thought – why not read them at the same time? For 100 pages of my review book, I can read 50 or so of my own fluffy read. (Some self-control required.) And it’s working magically! Even if my review book is boring, I’m managing to push through them so I can get to my fluffy fun reads, and overall it’s helped me shake off a looming reading slump. HOORAY!
What I’m “Currently Reading”
For the foreseeable future, I’ll most likely be reading three books at a time: a review book, a fun book, and an audiobook (for chores, groceries, multitasking). After October, review copies will slow down and I dunno, I might have just fun books I choose for myself to read, so I might change again. But for now I’m excited to be getting to more of my fluffy reads which were otherwise on my humongous TBR for two weeks past never. Up soon: