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The One Ring Forums: Off Topic: The Pollantir:
Readers, how many literary worlds do you reside in at once?
Poll: Readers, how many literary worlds do you reside in at once?
No, Iím a one-thing-at-a-time kind of reader
Yes, but no more than 2 things at once
Yes, 3 to 5 things
Yes, and Iíve lost count how many
No, donít need my various titles to be different in type
Yes, I prefer to keep my current reading material dissimilar in type
View Results (39 votes)

The Grey Elf
Grey Havens

Oct 21 2017, 5:51pm

Post #1 of 11 (3993 views)
Readers, how many literary worlds do you reside in at once? Can't Post

Most avid wordworms will agree that there is not time enough for all the things we want to be reading and that our TR list is ever growing. One could argue that by reading more than one story at once, you are doing the material a disservice by splitting your attention. Or not.

So Iím curious how many people read more than one thing at a time, not counting what you may be obligated to read for school or occupation. If you do read more than one thing at a time, how many? And does it need to be a particular mix? And do you have a book open beside you whilst you are scanning this? Wink

I tend to read no more than 3 things at once. My enjoyment suffers if I donít keep them different species; I currently have bookmarks in a novel, a book of poetry and will seque into a short story if I come across something that intrigues me. And you?

Vote and enlighten us all!


Oct 21 2017, 6:33pm

Post #2 of 11 (3949 views)
Several [In reply to] Can't Post

I overloaded on lit classes in school, so I don't mind having to jump between different worlds (I'm sure my sleep schedule would have said otherwise).

Right now I'm actively in 3 books, which all happen to be quite different. One is a novel, the other is a book about two books on film, and the last is a collection of interviews with a film director. I hit the pause button on two other books over the summer, as well as some poetry and diaries I still have bookmarked from earlier in the year.


Oct 21 2017, 7:37pm

Post #3 of 11 (3939 views)
currently [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm in Fillory, in WWII-era France, and on Dragaera.


Oct 21 2017, 10:46pm

Post #4 of 11 (3912 views)
1 or 2 [In reply to] Can't Post

Usually, I'm only reading one or two things at a time, but there have been exceptions.

Tol Eressea

Oct 22 2017, 3:05pm

Post #5 of 11 (3836 views)
Right now, I'm several places [In reply to] Can't Post

Egypt after Cleopatra's suicide; England during the Wars of the Roses; France during the Revolution; Israel during the Yom Kippor war; and again in the south of England just a couple of decades ago. I go back and forth between them all, depending on the length of time I have to dip into reading, and also depending on what kind of mood I'm in at the time. I have no trouble shifting back and forth.

The Grey Elf
Grey Havens

Oct 22 2017, 3:32pm

Post #6 of 11 (3830 views)
Just curious, Elbereth [In reply to] Can't Post

You do not say whether you are reading fiction or non-. If it were all the latter, I would find it easy to navigate between these because they all fall within documented history. Not so if itís fiction thatís fantasy.

This is one of the ways this genre is so different a reading experience. Because of the world-building in SF/F, learning your way around a contrived reality can be fun. But depending upon the amount of detail and how much they differ from one another, straddling more than one non-real world could deprive me of fully existing in any one. At least in my head it would.Crazy

Tol Eressea

Oct 23 2017, 1:47pm

Post #7 of 11 (3732 views)
3 fiction, 2 non-fiction [In reply to] Can't Post

And no fantasy at this time, because I usually devour any SF/F as soon as I get them, therefore they don't make the long list! I'm waiting for a couple to make it into paperback because hardback is uncomfortable for me to read. I haven't graduated to an e-reader and may never.


Oct 23 2017, 8:35pm

Post #8 of 11 (3698 views)
Normally one at a time [In reply to] Can't Post

Right now I'm trying to read 3 books (2 fiction & 1 non-fic/how-to), and I'm failing miserably!Blush Really, only one is getting sufficient attention to actually be read, and that is "The Two Towers." I might have finished it by now, if only I wasn't working for a living & trying to write a 2nd novel, LOL!


Nov 30 2017, 9:52am

Post #9 of 11 (2848 views)
The best thing about ereaders is being able to read multiple books simultaneously [In reply to] Can't Post

- Roald Dahl: A Biography
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- The Guns of August
- Aubrey/Maturin series (currently on Treasonís Harbour)
- WW I alternative history
- Enderís Shadow series
- Betty Zane
- Paul Andersonís Psychotechnic League
- Kimagure Orange Road manga

Reading more than one at a time certainly slows my progress through each but Iím catching bits as the mood for each strikes me and for some of these, itís a reread so speed isnít exactly important. There would be a History of Middle-Earth edition in the list too but I like to read things in order of publication and Iím missing a volume. (Yes, I know, sad and kind of OCD.)


Dec 13 2017, 2:06am

Post #10 of 11 (2436 views)
Somewhat depends on what the material is [In reply to] Can't Post

I read a lot of fan fiction, and there I usually read one or two tales at a time; if it's two I alternate between them because one has more tension/drama than I can handle at a time - and the other is usually pretty light-hearted.
I'll often have a physical book on the go as well. I don't usually read more than one physical book at a time, and these will vary from pretty near any kind of fiction to essays to biography to theology/philosophy. I'm currently in the middle of a theological book.
I also dabble in reading manga; this is usually one story at a time.

Tol Eressea

Jan 24 2018, 2:35pm

Post #11 of 11 (2200 views)
eh, waht? [In reply to] Can't Post

I have a pile of reading on my table, though much of it now is non-fiction nature/environment based.

I usually read one book at a time.

...but inhabit many worlds: there are the couple of TV series (usually BBC/PBS things like SHerlock or Dr. Who or Poldark or Victoria) so I am usually going "eh, what century is this now?"

Also movies (and I only do the most significant ones) so it's like "ah, Thor, no, the guy with the whale, no wait, Snow White?" And I forget if Batman should hang out with Black Panther or Wonder Woman...

and why is Kili so taaaaaaaaalll...


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