Today I write to you to defend my polygamous reading ways. I know, I know, I used to be a stickler for monogamous reading, and I’m sure you appreciated that kind of devotion very much. However, things changed as I grew up, and as you know, I’ve been a polygamous reader for a few years now.
When I was younger, I had a lot of time to spare. I would sit down one afternoon with a stack of you, easily working my way through seven; surely, one after the other. That’s no longer an option for me today. Firstly, you have so many more pages for me today than you did back in those days. Secondly, I don’t have that luxury of time anymore.
Hold on! you cry, just start with one of us, then read to the end, before you pick another! Easier said than done. You’re all so wonderful, and picking one at the expense of another is such a difficult decision for me to make.
Besides, I’m a mood reader, so if I’m in the mood to laugh, would I really want to read a tragic book? It would certainly make it more difficult to appreciate the stories you keep for me if I wasn’t in the mood for them. Were I still a monogamous reader, that might mean taking a break of days that I could fill reading stories that appeal better to my current mood.
At least I do consider your feelings. I pick a non-fiction book or two on very different topics, and a couple of fiction books from different genres. That way I don’t confuse any of you, and I can give you my full attention because I am fully invested in reading you.
See, being a polygamous reader doesn’t mean I love you any less. In fact, I think it proves that I love you all the more because I simply cannot abandon books. I must have one of you with me at any given time, even if I swap you around.
So please, try to see it my way, and I accept me the way I am.
a polygamous reader
PS: These sentiments only apply to books and not to my relationships with significant others. I wholeheartedly believe in monogamy but that’s just my personal stand.
Do you read multiple books at once, like me, or do you prefer to stick to one book at a time? Sound off in the comments below!