What kind of reader are YOU?

Hey everyone! Thanks to an awesome former professor of mine, I learned of this fun infographic by Laura E. Kelly, which discusses the various classifications of book lovers.

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What Species of Reader Are You?--Infographic

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Of course, us bookworms can fit into many of these categories! As for me, these are the ones that I relate to the best:

The Book Worshipper: One of the biggest turn-offs about e-readers to me is the lack of presence. I want to see my books accumulate and proudly display them on my shelves. Sure, tablets would be great for textbooks or those self-help tomes that you’d rather not advertise, but I’ve always wanted my own library with floor-to-ceiling built-in shelving and plenty of comfy spots to read. Talk about paradise!

The Chronological Reader: I’d like to think I’m a pretty loyal person, and when it comes to reading, there’s no exception. I feel compelled to finish a novel or series, even when it’s obvious that my time would be better spent elsewhere. Much like a long-term relationship, reading is an investment to me, and I hate giving up early. But just like you shouldn’t stay with Mr. or Ms. Wrong for the sake of staying, sometimes I need to learn when to walk away from a crappy book.

The Comfort Reader: I’ve already discussed my most beloved books of all time, which I do like returning to every now and then. I’m not the typical Re-Reader, but sometimes you just need to open up an old favorite for a pick-me-up, you know? Most of the time, I don’t bother with the whole story and just turn to my fav parts. (Also applies to reading manga!)

The Cross-Under: I’d imagine a bunch of readers fall under this term! With Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games–among many, many other series–there’s a ton of adults falling in love with young-adult fiction. YA is no different than other fiction: a lot of it sucks or is plain mediocre, but there’s also some amazing works of literature out there! So don’t judge people for reading something not traditionally targeted toward their demographic!

So what type of reader are YOU? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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A Dystopian Timeline

I ran across this awesome infographic on Goodreads and wanted to share it with you. It shows the various trends and popularity in dystopian literature from the Great Depression to today. While I personally feel that romance has weakened the power of the genre, I will support any book like The Hunger Games that can get people interested in classics like 1984 or Brave New World. In fact, if a student of mine is a fan of Katniss and Peeta, I immediately steer her in the direction of Bernard and Lenina.

Teachers should use young adult fiction as an opportunity to broaden teens’ reading habits. Love Twilight? Read Wuthering Heights. Obsessed with Percy Jackson? Try Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. I admit that I can be a literary elitist at times, and these teaching moments will not only encourage kids to keep reading, it will get them to read better books, in my opinion. You shouldn’t talk about Harry Potter on the SAT essay, but why not discuss witchcraft in Macbeth?

Anyway, what are your thoughts of this dystopian uprising? How do you think the genre will change in the decades to come? Let me know!

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