Recently I’ve read or heard several conversations about reading styles – whether you read one book at a time, or several. Our own Amanda is a professed advocate of book monogamy, but that just seems strange to me. This last weekend, I put my son to bed on Friday night, and when I went to go settle down on the couch, I realized that I had left my book at work. What is a book monogamist going to do in that situation? Watch bad TV? Surf the internet? But luckily, I am a polylibrous (I totally just made that up – is that correct Latin for a lover of multiple books at the same time?) reader. I always have multiple books going at the same time. Not only to avoid the dreaded book left at the office scenario, but there are so many other potential horrors I don’t have to face this way.
- Book left at office.
- Book stolen – aka borrowed – by sibling.
- Or parent.
- Or spouse.
- Book dropped in bathtub and now must wait for the pages to dry. (This is why I will never get an e-book reader.)
- You are downstairs and your book is upstairs.
- Or vice versa.
- You left your book in the bathroom and now your brother is in there and won’t hurry up so you can get your book back.
- Your brother is reading your book that he stole in the bathroom because that’s the only room with a lock so you can’t steal it back from him.
- Baby is sleeping on your chest and book is not in arm’s reach.
- You aren’t in the mood for that book.
- Or that one.
- Or that one, either.
See? Doesn’t a polylibrous lifestyle make your life so much easier? While we all may not have the skills to keep 17 separate books going like my sister – who really was just in stages 7, 8, and 9 above for seventeen straight books – we all have the ability to read more than one book at the same time. Try it, you’ll like it. :D
Or, explain to me why book monogamy is so much better.
Tell me, dear readers: Can you share your heart with multiple books at one time? Or are you a traditionalist and engage in serial monogamy? And is there a better term than polylibrous to describe us multiple book readers? Reader of ill repute just doesn’t roll off the tongue.
Let us know in the comments and we’ll draw a winner from among all the commenters to choose a book from our ever-increasing stacks.