I’m Turning Into a Poly Reader

I’ve always been a one book at a time gal. Spend my time reading one book at a time and immersing myself in that book so fully that other books can just wait. However, it seems more and more I want to read from my mood. I want to have some fun stuff while I’m still in the middle of a book. So I decided to try and read multiple books at once or be a poly reader.

A poly reader is someone who has several books going at once. Depending on your mood, you can jump from a romance to a science fiction to a non-fiction on audio. When you read from multiple books, then you have multiple choices and depending on the situation or mood, you can make a choice to read one over another.

Then I realized something, we have been poly reading our entire lives. If you were like me and majored/minored in something that required a lot of reading, you were probably reading multiple texts at once and we’ve been trained to do this with the level of school and classwork we’re assigned to do. But it didn’t occur to me that I could do this with my leisure reading.

Keeping track is what I’m most concerned about. I’m worried I’ll write a review for one book and somehow mix it up with my other book and then confuse everyone and myself on what I wrote. But we shall cross that bridge when we get to it. Here’s some tips on how to make yourself a poly reader:

Reading different genres

This is the biggest piece of advice I received; read from different genres. It’s a good thing I do like books from a bunch of different genres, so I can easily pair a romance novel with a fantasy book or a sci-fi with a literary fiction. What people mentioned is that reading from different genres allows you to compartmentalize the information. The space story is in one part of your head while the historical romance with the rake is in another part. It could get dicey if I ever find a historical romance that takes place in space (free idea for a book if anyone wants it). But if you keep your genres separate, then you should be able to better keep track of what you’re reading. I already started with a romance and a fantasy that are entirely different from each other and have no problems keeping those stories separate.

Reading on different media

Now that our worlds are filled with enough technology that it keeps us awake at night, we can use different media to read our books. I was thinking about how I was younger and we didn’t have computers in our pockets and had to get all of our books from the library. The option to poly read on different devices didn’t exist, so I wonder how those folks did back in the day? Perhaps they did a trade paperback and a hardcover. Or a mass market with a hardcover.

But I’m glad we live in a world with more technology because changing up the medium is a great way to read multiple books. I also like using my ereader to be in-between a bunch of stories because then I can just switch between one book or another without having to get up and find the book.

Assigning books to certain times of the day

Some folks read one book in the morning and one book at night. But I think this is a valid way of reading multiple books at once. I think the time spent away from one story and then picking up another is good too. Sometimes I get confused if I start tooo early on a new book after finishing the last one. I also like trying to finish a book and then give myself a few hours to write my review and work on some other things before picking up another. It’s enough time to clear what you’ve just read and start a new book.

The most important; reading for your mood

If you’re not feeling up for anything too challenging, pick up something light. If you want to get deep into a fantasy world, pick up a heavy hitter. The point being is the ability to poly read means that you can pick up a book when you feel like it. Also, if one book is catching your attention more than another, allow yourself to read that book for a bit longer. The whole idea of poly reading is a choice; you choose what feels good at that point and you can read it or read something else.

I think the only thing I’m worried about is that I’ll start a book, put it off to read something else, and never pick it back up. I guess if that does happen, I can just chalk it up to me not liking the story and officially DNFing the story. I need to keep an eye out for that because I can already tell there will be books I put down and never pick back up.

I hope this post helps you! What are some other ways you use to keep on top of your poly reads?

8 thoughts on “I’m Turning Into a Poly Reader

  1. I used to love reading multiple books when I was younger and really found it easy to do but as I’ve got older, I mainly only read one book at a time. I don’t exactly know why but it probably comes from a want to finish a book before starting a new one (just to have it all tied off neatly). These are some great tips though as I do want to try and start reading multiple books at the same time! 🙂

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  2. I’ve always done this but I didn’t know a term for it exists! I agree, reading books with different genre definitely helps compartmentalize the information and caters to every mood I have, hence I’m able to read faster as I just need to switch books that I’m in the mood in at that time 😀

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  3. I’ve been reading more books at once lately as well. Sometimes I’m just not in the mood for one, so I’ll start/continue another. It’s definitely easier when reading on different formats/devices or different genres!

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  4. I’ve become quite the poly reader since trying an audiobook for the first time! Now, I’m usually listening to a nonfiction on audio and reading a fiction book physically. Sometimes I’ll throw in a physical nonfiction on top of that, but as you said depends on my mood and all that.
    Great post! 🙂

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  5. I almost always poly read, though I’ve definitely been slowing down a little lately, and I’ve been finding myself reading one at a time. One of my favorite things to do, though, is to read a short story collection or a middle grade at the same time as a fantasy tome. Sometimes, they just get too heavy emotionally, and it’s nice to be able to switch to something a little chiller. But I do definitely employ different genres when I’m poly reading these days. It’s such an easy way not to get lost between books!

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