What Kind Of Reader Are You?
Reading is one of the few things in life you can adapt to virtually any mood or situation. You can read to learn about other worlds, either real or imagined, and read to learn about different people and their experiences. You can read at your own pace. You can read just about anywhere and anytime. You can read alone, be part of a book club, or read to a loved one. While all readers share the love of reading, we are also very different from one another – we all have our own reading styles, likes and dislikes.
Following are a series of questions about your reading practices and tastes. For each question, make note of the answer that is most appropriate for you, and that best describes your relationship with the written word. I hope you have fun.
1. You are most likely to keep track of where you are in a book by:
a) folding the pages
b) using a piece of paper, which may also be serving to keep your notes during the read
c) using anything on hand
d) using a bookmark and only a bookmark
2. When you don’t have a book on the go, which statement best describes you?
a) I highjack the closest plane, train or automobile to the nearest bookstore or library
b) I am never without a book, so I can’t even answer this question
c) I find myself reading anything I can get my hands on, including the back of my cereal box
d) I reread one of my old tried and true titles
3. Which of the following best describes your reading schedule?
a) I read whenever I can find a little quiet time
b) I read daily to keep informed
c) “No, supper’s not ready, but you won’t believe what happened in chapter 3.”
d) I make reading a part of my daily schedule and I have set times for reading
4. You are most likely to store your books
a) in piles, or among the dust-bunnies under your bed
b) in bookcases
c) I’m not sure, but they’re around here somewhere
d) in an alphabetically-ordered library
5. Which are you most likely to do
a) go directly to the last page of a book to find out what happens
b) give up on a book you haven’t finished because it is so bad you just can’t continue
c) snatch a book out of someone else’s hands while s/he is reading it
d) read only a few pages per sitting because you just don’t want the book to end
6. You ________________ assume the persona of a character when you read a book.
7. When you travel,
a) your suitcase contains more books than clothes
b) you read everything you can find about your destination
c) you seek out books written by local authors
d) you make visiting bookstores and literary landmarks a part of your itinerary
8. Which of the following best describes your ‘literary lavatory’ habits?
a) in my washroom there is a special place for books and magazines
b) it’s too awkward to read in the bathroom
c) I carry reading materials with me into the bathroom
d) I never read in the washroom
9. Where are you most likely to be found with a book?
a) anywhere at home is fine, as long as I am left alone and can have a little peace and quiet
b) ideally, you’ll find me either in my study or at the library
c) I could be anywhere: on the bus, in bed, at my desk during lunch, in a waiting room, etc…
d) in my special reading place, perhaps a comfy chair or sofa
10. You ________________ attemtp to reinvent the outcome of a book.
11. Which style of book is most appealing to you?
a) a good work of contemporary fiction
b) nonfiction, such as biographies or essay collections
c) it doesn’t really matter, as long as it’s good
d) a literary classic
12. When you finish a book, you
a) add it to the garage sale or giveaway pile
b) add it back to your library
c) give it to a friend
d) lend it to a friend
13. You ________________ make notes in your books.
14. When you receive a book as a gift,
a) you immediately and profusely thank the person who has given it to you
b) read it first, then offer your thanks
c) people don’t give me books
d) rearrange your reading schedule to fit in your newest read
15. What do you think about book clubs?
a) “I really like these brownies and this wine, please pass me another book.”
b) I have belonged to them in the past and quite enjoyed them
c) is there a club for ‘readers’ anonymous’?
d) they don’t interest me; I think reading is a solitary activity
Now it’s time to score your results:
If the majority of your answers were A: THE ESCAPE ARTIST
While you are reading, you will often remark that you have lost track of time. Frequently, you are transported into a story and become one of the characters. For you, a good book is almost as good as a vacation because it gives you a chance to travel to other worlds, and to meet new people.
Recommended ‘A’ books:
If the majority of your answers were B: THE DETECTIVE
Give me the facts, and only the facts! Fiction is okay for some people but, for the most part, you think that the best stories are true stories. You’re happier when you have a good biography or historical account in front of you. You read the newspaper daily, as well as magazines that contain essays on a myriad of topics. You probably approach reading the way a scientist approaches a research question. You become interested in a subject and read all you can find out about it. You are the type of person people want on their Trivial Pursuit team.
Recommended ‘B’ books:
- The Emperor of All Maladies, by Siddhartha Mukherjee
- The Empathy Exams, by Leslie Jamison
- Empty Mansions, by Bill Dedman
If the majority of your answers were C: THE INFIDEL
Books are your not-so-guilty pleasure. When you have a good book in your grasp, you will cheat on your friends, your boss, and even your partner to find our what happens next. You’ve been known to cancel appointments and outings with friends and loved ones when in the middle of a particularly intense relationship with a book. While you are reading a good book, you may or may not be cheating on it with other books; your type has been known to have several books on the go at the same time. When one book is finished, it’s not long before you are on to the next one. You’ve left a trail of broken bindings wherever you’ve been.
Recommended ‘C’ books:
- Hunting and Gathering, by Anna Gavalda
- A Case of Exploding Mangoes, by Mohammed Hanif
- All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
If the majority of your answers were D: THE RELIGIOUS READER
For you, books are temples. Everything about books is sacred; they are to be revered, worshipped and treasured. You probably display your books in a special place for all to see. When you’re together with friends, you almost always manage to steer the conversation around to include the latest book you are reading. You would never consider getting rid of a good book, though you would almost certainly lend a good book with the aim of converting non-readers. You have strict commandments about books: Thou shalt not fold a page. Though shalt never damage the cover of a book. Thou shalt remove the dust jacket of a hardcover book lest it tear. Thou shalt always covet a good book. You read just about every day and have a special time set aside every week to pay proper homage to a book in progress. The best lessons you have learned in life have come from books. You hope that if there is an afterlife, it includes a huge library.
Recommended ‘D’ books:
If you counted a wide variety of answers and didn’t strongly fit one category: READER FOR ALL REASONS
Your reading habits vary according to your needs and your mood at the moment. There is not necessarily any rhyme or reason to your reading habits. Sometimes you have to read for school or work, and other times you read for pleasure. At times, you hit a string of good books and at other times you are not so lucky. In one way or another, reading is an integral part of your life. For most of us, the truth is that our personal libraries are a mixture of classics, nonfiction, contemporary fiction, and – even if we don’t like to admit it – ‘guilty pleasures’.
Recommended ‘All Reasons’ books:
- The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick deWitt
- We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler
- My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante
Which answer did you receive? Please let us know what type of reader you are in the comments below – it will be so interesting to find out your reading habits, and if this quiz closely mirrored your inclinations. I hope you enjoyed taking little break in your day to take this bookish quiz.
(I wish I knew to whom to give credit for this quiz? As you probably noticed, e-reading doesn’t really make a specific appearance in this quiz. I found an old book journal (from the mid-90s), and this was part of its contents. Unfortunately, there is nothing to indicate its source, else I would certainly give appropriate credit.)