PolyReading : The Verdict

It’s been a month since I threw caution and sense out of the library window and embraced polyreading. My plan was to read Dickens’ ‘David Copperfield’, Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’; Herman Melville’s ‘Moby-Dick’; Flora Thompson’s ‘Lark Rise’; P.G. Wodehouse’s ‘Hot Water’ and my next book group book – ‘The Circle’ by Dave Eggers simultaneously. So, how did I get on?

It was a total car crash. I spent more time faffing about deciding what to read than actually reading. Admittedly, that was an ambitious stack of books to try and time-manage, and I didn’t even make a start on ‘Moby-Dick’. The biggest frustration was that characters and plot would bleed between books and I’d forget where I’d got up to in each story. The whole thing was a mess.

When I’m pondering what posts to write, I spend a lot of time mulling over the ideas that arise from what I’ve been reading. The chaos of polyreading froze that process and left me with nothing. I may have had more books on the go, but overall I got less reading done what I did manage felt shallow and less satisfying.

Despite the failure of the experiment, I won’t be abandoning the system entirely. While jumping from one book to another is not going to work for me, I found I could manage two books just fine as long as one was site-specific. I can have one main book, plus another one specifically confined to the bath.

books in the bath

You can tell which of my books have been bath read as most display the tell tale expansion of having received a dunking followed by radiator restoration