Like many bibliophiles, beginning every New Year, I set ambitious goals to complete reading a certain number of books by the end of the year. And like many other resolutions, this goal too mostly stays an unaccomplished one. I must confess here, that this could be attributed to my sheer in-consistence in reading pattern. It of course could well be argued that reading requires no specific pattern. Or, for that matter even a goal. Reading must be purely for the joy of it.
However, this truly does not hold good for a self-proclaimed book lover such as me. I am often left feeling guilty, at the sight of a pile of unread books. There are days when I am a promiscuous reader, and yet there are days when I just keep juggling between 2-3 books at the same time. I pick up one book, read it for a while and put it down in favor of another. It’s this sort of indiscipline that seems to hamper the reading habit!
This weekend sitting in complete guilt, I decided to do something about this pattern of inconsistency. Considering the era that we live in, I approached the World Wide Web for a probable solution. Not really sure if I found one, but I did stumble upon some interesting results. There exist various sorts of reading patterns amongst people. Here is a summary of my understanding of this pattern existing among readers.
What Kind of Reader Are You?
The goody two shoes reader
Are you the disciplined one? The reader who does it all chronologically? Then you are the goody two shoes reader. You read slowly and steadily, buy a book carefully only after finishing the book that you currently have.
The juggler in the ring
As a juggler you could conveniently, juggle between four or five books at a time. You are capable of switching between books depending on your mood (or the weather), and are able to keep track of the narratives. You are a multi-tasker and never mix up the plots, despite having many books to read at a time.
The sleep induced reader
A book for you is like a sleeping pill. You need those few pages every night, irrespective of what the story line is, to rock you to sleep. It doesn’t really matter how the book is, and it doesn’t matter how long you have been stuck with that single book.
The enthu-cutlet reader
If you grab anything which has words, text books, boring classics, Shakespeare etc…, then you truly are classified as the most enthusiastic reader. You could literally be called a book eater, as you spare nothing.
The picky one
As the picky reader you pick a read only on the basis of a suggestion or, after considerable research. The only books that grace your bookshelf are from authors you’ve read before or those that have been gifted to you. Your choice of books is more habitual.
The trend reader
You don’t really go searching for books, but would definitely pick those that seem to be setting a trend. After all, you love to be in sync with what’s happening.
The side-tracked or distracted reader
Oh well! So here is the category I fall under. Easily distracted, switching between books and piling up a whole lot of unread ones. The TBR list is longer than one can read in a life time.
The ambitious reader
You read books to review them, and have a complete schedule in place. You know what you are going to read next. Your reviews are almost always up on your blog; you’re almost done with your TBR and your looming deadlines.
Just as there are a number of variants in human behavior reading patterns too are numerous in number. Thus, this surely isn’t an exhaustible list.
Do you have an interesting reading pattern to share?
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