What kind of reader are you?

Two great articles were floating around on social media sites last week about what kind of readers people are.

An article in the New Yorker was written by a reader who will begin a book and then set it aside when he sees another that interests him — and often he doesn’t get back to finishing the first book.

Stemming off that, The Atlantic wrote an article about the different types of readers out there.

The one amazing thing about the Internet and books is how much it connects the different publishers and news outlets — they all feed off one another with different spins on ideas and book habits, but I digress …

For me, I’m a mix of readers. I definitely a bit of the “promiscuous reader”/”multi-tasker.” For example, right now I am juggling “The Fault in Our Stars,” “The Color Purple” and “Life of Pi.” Sometimes, such as with “The Color Purple,” I’ll start a book, put it down to read another and leave it sitting half read on my nightstand. But I almost always get around to finishing it … eventually.

I’m also the “Cross-Under” reader, where I love, love, love YA fiction and fantasy. I got stuck in the teen section at B&N yesterday and walked out with two YA novels. I almost succumbed to getting three, but then I had that awkward moment where I couldn’t remember if I already owned one of the books. I’ll have to check for it when I next go home.

What kind of reader are you? What are you currently reading?


5 thoughts on “What kind of reader are you?”

  1. I can only read 1 book at a time, I like to immerse myself completely in what I am reading. Often after finishing a book I will wait a few days before starting another as I still need to disconnect. Errr right now I’m reading the infamous trilogy which has tongues wagging …. just to form an opinion of course 🙂

  2. According to my Goodreads, I’m currently reading 17 books hahaha. Which kind of says everything. Although, in reality, I’m only ever juggling 2 to 3 books – those others I haven’t picked up in a long time and should revert them to “want to read” as I will need to restart many of them anyway 😛

      1. Lately I’ve just finished reading The Hobbit, my attention has now returned to finishing off The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and I’m also reading The Man Who Forgot His Wife by John O’Farrell, Shadow by K.J.Parker, and Mussolini: His Part In My Downfall, Part 4 of Spike Milligan’s war memoirs. 🙂 Which, interestingly, means I am reading several quite different novels and genres. I think my NaNoWriMo novel this year is going to be very strange, considering some of the influences on it… 😛

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