Thursday, July 9, 2015

What Kind of Book Reader Are you?

I was looking for information about what you as a reader look for when you decide to buy a book. I found this interesting, fun article on types of book readers in The New Yorker’s Page-Turner blog. (See link at the bottom of the page) I thought I’d share it with you. Do you see yourself in any of them?

The Hate Reader: you complain the author can't put two sentences together properly or that the book is dragging hopelessly in the middle and what kind of plot twist is that, even? An elephant in Act 3? These characters are so poorly drawn as to be comical! You call that a conclusion? you will finish each hate read down to its very last word, and you may well close the covers and toss the volume across the room, but you will do it with a great, secret frisson of satisfaction
The Chronological Reader: You buy a book, you read it. You buy another, you read it. Perhaps you borrow a book at the library. You read it, and then you return it, and you get another, which you will read.

The Book Buster: Is your home strewn with books scattered about, this way and that, their pages turned, their covers folded over, their backs broken and their limbs splayed out on either side? You are a destroyer of books, but you love them so.
Delayed Onset Reader #1: You are without a doubt a book lover, and when you walk into a bookstore or any place books are available, you can't help yourself, you buy one or many. When you get home you put them aside, often reverently, as if they were art, displaying them on a bookshelf or propping them up on your bedside table, pages ready to meet your eyes as soon as you have the moment, maybe months later.

Delayed Onset Reader #2: You are not a book lover. You buy books so you can show them off. If you are wealthy, you may have a mahogany-paneled library for expressly this purpose.

The Bookophile: More than reading, you just love books. Old ones, the way they smell, the crinkles and yellowing of the pages; new ones, the way they smell, too, the crispness, running your hands over a stack of them at the bookstore.
The Anti-Reader: You never read books, because you find them too long.

The Cross-Under:  You are a grown-up who reads Y.A. or kids books, or a kid who reads adult books.
The Sleepy Bedtime Reader: You tote your book into bed with you and it's so very comfortable and the book is so deliciously good, but you cannot keep your eyes open and end up waking up with a book on your face and your light still on at 3 a.m.?
The Book Snob: You are hard to impress, Little Miss or Mister. You only read books that are well reviewed by critics that you have determined to be of the highest caliber.

The Hopelessly Devoted: You stick to the authors you like, and you read them, pretty much exclusively, whatever they write, good or bad, regardless of reviews or the opinions of your friends or family.

The Book Swagger: You're the one wandering around book conventions with that acquisitive gleam in your eye and a pile of ARCs in your tote bag. If it's free, you'll take it, and even if it's not, you'll try to get it for free. Whether you read all this swag or not is really of little consequence.
The Re-Reader: You know what you like, and instead of branching out and possibly finding something new that you don't like, you focus on what you do. You read the same books over and over again, returning to them as if they're old friends, which, pretty much, they are.

The Cat: You creep around the house all day and sneak peeks at all those large, paper things that your owner leaves lying about. Sometimes, if you're lucky, your owner has left one open, and you lie on top of it and let its smooth pages touch your whiskers. It is oddly comfortable, and deeply satisfying, particularly if it's in a spot in the sun, where you enjoy whiling away a whimsical afternoon. Your owner fancies that you're actually reading the pages, but you're not. You're just lying on them. Humans are so weird.


  1. Didn't see "Fanatical Reader" in the list. I love to read (and write) books that deal with the paranormal, but I also love History especially those on war (various reasons for what caused it as well as how it was fought). I've read more than a few Romance books (steamy is good) as well!

  2. So we need to add a category for you. Fanatical reader - addicted to books and must read 18 hours a day. :)
    Thanks for taking a break from reading and dropping by.

  3. I don't think that only one of those categories apply to me. I have to select more than one!

    1. Yeah, I kind of fit a bit in a few of them - but we're still readers. :)

  4. Beverly, good topic. I guess I'm mostly a chronological reader. If I pick up a book, I usually read has to be really bad for me to move on to another one. I read about a book a week, free or downloaded, on my Kindle. Even as I write books, I read about a book a week!

    1. To me, reading a book a week is excellent. I strive for that, but don't always make it.