We all love books. Otherwise you wouldn’t be here reading my blog, would you? But have you have ever given thought to HOW you love books? Have you ever considered what sort of reader you are?
The Atlantic Wire published this awesome article on book lovers and non-booklovers alike, and I couldn’t help but let you all know about it.
After going through their list of types of book readers, I have to say that I’m a proud “Delayed Onset Reader #1″ and “Bookophile.” As you know, I love all books — from the old, rare and over-used novels hidden in the corners of second-hand and antique bookstores to the fresh-faced, clean and crisp pages of the new books displayed proudly on the shelves at Chapters. But even with my passionate love affair with novels of all shapes and sizes, I have a tendency to finish reading them in a timely manner. I will constantly go to bookstores, see a book I like, buy it, put it on my “to read” shelf at home and leave it there for months (heck, even years) on end until I have the time to carefully ingest each and every one of them. Funnily enough, the books the Wire recommended for me are all novels I’ve been meaning to read but haven’t yet (minus the first novel of Anne of Green Gables).
So tell me, what sort of reader are you? Do you think it’s fair to classify readers in certain types? And what novels are prime examples of your type?
This slideshow from Huffington Post made me chuckle. I, for one, must say they’re completely right: I am afraid of wood, forests and trees thanks to Winnie the Pooh and fish thanks to Dr. Seuss.
But I am curious about whether or not books can actually increase (or start) someone’s fear of something. What do you think? Can books really have that power?