Those of us who’ve been reading long enough (or hanging around readers) have likely run across one or more of these stereotypical readers. Whether in a book group, library meeting, or even among online reading communities, we brush shoulders with all sorts of readers!
1. Speed Reader:
This is the reader who posts that cheerful comment on Twitter about how she’s met her 1000 book reading goal for the year and who adds a dozen books to her “Read” shelf on Goodreads every other day.
2. Can’t-get-past-the-first-chapter Reader:
This reader rarely makes it past the first chapter of a book before moving on to the next book. She’s the channel surfer, always moving from one book to the next and back again.
3. Know-it-all Reader:
This reader is that one person in the group who always seems to know about every book ever written by every author in every genre. Every time you ask a question about a book or need suggestions, she is right there chiming in with a hundred recommendations.
4. Binge Reader:
This reader is an all or nothing kind of person, feast or famine. She reads voraciously for several months, gobbling up every book by her favorite authors, but then stops reading because she “can’t find anything else to read.”
5. Snobby Reader:
This is the scholarly reader who only values literary fiction or classics like Homer or Shakespeare or Jane Austen. She turns up her nose at those drivel mainstream novels, especially romance books which she considers to be simply garbage.
6. Dilly-dally Reader:
This is also known as the snail reader. She reads a sentence a day and takes two years to finish a book. Of course, she claims to love the book and thinks it’s the best book ever written, but somehow can’t find enough time to read it.
7. Ending-first Reader:
This reader loves to read the “spoiler alerts” in book reviews, wants to know right away what happens to the characters, and only gets a chapter or two into the book before turning to the last page and reading it.
8. Book-before-bedtime Reader:
This reader waits until she’s sitting in bed under the covers before cracking open her book. It’s her way of relaxing and getting sleepy. She says, “I’ll only read for thirty minutes” and then three hours later finally puts down her book.
9. Picky Reader:
This reader will only read books that have cover models with blonde hair and blue eyes or heroes who are cowboys. Or perhaps she’ll only read books set in medieval Spain during the Inquisition. She has her favorite type of book and won’t be swayed to try anything else.
10. Can’t-put-book down Reader:
This is the reader whose book is glued to her hand. When she’s not reading, she’s rushing through her chores and feeding her kids frozen pizza again so that she can return as quickly as possible to her book.
Which stereotypes best fit YOU? Can you think of any other reader stereotypes to add to my list?
Latest posts by Jody Hedlund (see all)
- 10 Reader Stereotypes (Which one are you?) - January 5, 2018
- Making Books a Part of Your Holiday Traditions - December 15, 2017
- How Can an Insanely Busy Person Make Time for Reading? - December 1, 2017