Wednesday 21 January 2015

Reading Thoughts

The other day, I saw this on the Dymocks Twitter stream:
And it got me thinking...
As soon as I looked at the chart I labelled myself a MONOGAMIST READER because I love to grab one book and totally lose myself in it until I reach The End. And while it's true in most cases, I realised that I'm not always just this type of reader.

Sometimes, when a book isn't working for me, I'll put it aside and start a different one. Which definitely puts me in the POLYGAMIST READER label. And I usually stay that way until I decide that the first book isn't working for me, or wind up devouring the second book and sneaking in a chapter or two of the one I'm not so into. BTW, this also counts with my own writing. I often find myself editing/revising my book during the day, while rewarding myself with another at night.

In essence, that still means I'm reading more than one book at a time.
Then there's the EXTROVERT & INTROVERT READER. Okay, this is where things get a little weird. Although I love to read in a variety of genres, and I'm certainly not afraid to give a new story style a go, I'm also very much attracted to certain genres. I'm a HUGE urban fantasy and mystery fan. I can't go past a new book/series in these two genres and definitely analyse and ponder what I'm reading. But I'm also always on the lookout for new/different stuff.
And I'm definitely an ALTRUIST READER. When I love a book I rave on about it on my blog, Twitter and Goodreads. I tell my daughter all about it and because she's such a big reader she winds up getting stuck into it as well.
As far as the NEUROTIC READER... yep, this happens too. And it's usually when I'm either having a really bad run with books that I just can't get into, OR when I want to read SO MANY books at the same time that my mind can't stick with one story. :/
Well, there you have it. Depending on the book or my mood, I can be just about any kind of reader and fit into all six categories above.
What about you? What kind of reader are you?

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