What Kind of Reader Are You?

Readers come in many stripes; some of us place more importance on our reading than others, and some of us are a lot more literate than others. But are you really more literate than average, or just more of a snob about your reading?

This quiz will tell you how you rank compared to other readers - are you more obsessive than the rest, or are you just faking it? Or maybe you're only just able to read well enough to take this quiz??

Created by: Kate
1. What is your age?
Under 18 Years Old
18 to 24 Years Old
25 to 30 Years Old
31 to 40 Years Old
41 to 50 Years Old
51 to 60 Years Old
Over 60 Years Old
2. What is your gender?
3. How often did you consult Cliff Notes[tm] or other summaries of classic literature when you were in school?
NEVER. Those things are crap.
Only once or twice when I had run out of time on an assignment.
Occasionally, but I usually at least skimmed the book, too.
That's how I got through school.
4. When you hear about a new huge best-seller, what do you do?
Decide that whatever you do, you'll never read that book. Too plebian.
You look up the review in the TLS to see if it's really any good or not.
You run out to your nearest Barnes & Noble or Borders to buy it.
You pretend you already read it when people are talking about it at a party.
You wait for the movie version.
5. How many books are you currently reading?
I only read one at a time, so I can give it all my attention.
I've lost track.
I'm in the middle of a few non-fiction books, a novel, and one of those classics I've always meant to get to.
How can you be reading more than one book at a time?
I'm reading mostly periodicals right now, as I don't have time to get into a novel.
6. Which set of books have you read ALL of?
Bridges of Madison Country, The Da Vinci Code, The Name of the Rose, and at least two Harry Potter books
Moby Dick, Huckleberry Finn, Wuthering Heights, Great Expectations, The Great Gatsby
War and Peace, Silas Marner, Madame Bovary, The Age of Innocence, To the Lighthouse
Carrie, The Stand, and a couple other books in high school that I don't remember.
7. What do you currently read the most?
Non-fiction - the kind that can be found in a Barnes & Noble
Scholarly non-fiction - the kind that's mostly out of print
Novels of all kinds - it's the quality of the story that draws me
A particular kind of genre fiction, almost to the exclusion of other books (romances, SF, detective/mystery, or any other recognized genre)
I can't remember what book I read last
8. What do you do when you're waiting in line at the post office?
Grumble and swear
Feel grateful for the extra "free time" to read a little more of your book
Automatically pull out one of the several books you've put in your bag for this and all similar occasions
Wish you had remembered to bring something to read
9. When the huge blockbuster film version of your favorite book comes to theaters, what do you do?
Boycott it because you read online that they did horrible, horrible things to the sacred text
Go see it with mixed feelings, knowing it can't possibly measure up but looking forward to seeing some of the best moments on a big screen
Throw a theme party before the show, and go to the movie in costume with all your similarly obsessed friends
Look forward to seeing what it's all about, so you can stop having to change the subject when people ask you about your favorite book (which you never actually got around to reading)
I don't have a favorite book
My favorite book is NEVER going to be made into a movie
10. When you arrive at your vacation destination and the airline tells you they lost your luggage, you think:
What does this question have to do with reading?
Why, why, WHY did I put my book in my check-in luggage? I've already read everything in the airport shop on the way here!
Thank God I packed several extra books in my carry-on.
11. How many books do you have in your to-read pile?
I have no such pile.
1 to 3
4 to 10
I can't count them because they're spread out all over the place.
My whole library is kind of my to-read pile.
12. What would a visitor learn about you from looking at your bookshelves?
That you don't own bookshelves
That you keep only cookbooks and directories around the house
That you only read novels
That you have broad, diverse tastes and are very well-informed
That your floor is sagging from the weight

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