What Kind of Book Reader Are You?


In honor of the Decatur Book Festival today and tomorrow, I’m linking to this piece, which deconstructs types book-readers. I’m a Book-Buster. Here’s the description (and the reason I have a Kindle):

The Book-Buster. Is your home strewn with books scattered about, this way and that, their pages turned, their covers folded over, their backs broken and their limbs splayed out on either side? You are a destroyer of books, but you love them so. Your spirit book character is Lennie of Of Mice and Men. You just want to hug the books, squeeze them tighter and tighter, you adore them so much, you really don’t know you’re hurting them. And then you’ve got a paperback with a huge chunk pulled out of it, or a first edition that’s suddenly waterlogged from bath water. You take your books out into the sun and their pages bleach away to nothing, but you keep them anyway, because they are books and you love books. Suggested book-buster reads: Whatever you like, but buy a Kindle.

After a fantastic Writers Conference yesterday at SCAD (my favorite session was the one on social media run by Joshilyn Jackson), I’m heading to the DBF this afternoon to see Soniah Kamal’s Madonna and Me talk, as well as many of my other favorite authors.

Whatever your Labor Day brings, I wish you a weekend full of books!

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7 thoughts on “What Kind of Book Reader Are You?

  1. Hahaha, I do believe I’m a bookophile cross-under with a touch of delayed-onset reader #1! LOL! Enjoy your Labor Day weekend, Anjali, it sounds fantastic! And I need to get back to Jennifer Eaton’s collaborative short story – and more packing! :D

  2. I am definitely a book lover, but I don’t think I can pick just one type. I always have a stack of books from the library. I have a Nook. I also use it to borrow books from the library and especially to buy new books. Moving books is hard to do. And every time we have moved, I would part with once loved books, as well as some that I would never miss. An e-reader is a book lovers dream. My husband likes it, too. Now he doesn’t have to deal with my piles and piles of books. There were never enough shelves.

    It sounds like you are having a great weekend!

  3. I agree, Robin– my house became neater when I got my Kindle. There are still library books everywhere, but the piles aren’t so bad!

    Hope you’re having a great weekend, too!

  4. Love your multiple book personality, Julie! I didn’t realize you “knew” Jennifer Eaton… I love her blog!

  5. I love her blog too, Anjali … yes, Jennifer and Jenny Keller Ford will be “co-guests” for my December Muse-Sings Feature (I guess cat’s out of the bag now, lol!) This month I’m featuring my nephew, Dan Scruton, who is a singer/songwriter. :)

  6. I guess I’m old school (maybe because I’m old!) but I love books just for the sake of books. I love the way they feel under my fingers as I turn the pages, I love the way they sound as I flip through (I played “school” as a child and delighted in flipping the pages of my mother’s teacher’s editions.) I love the way they look on my shelves – I might think of a topic and I’ll quickly scan to see if I can find a particular book. I freaking LOVE the way new books smell!!!!! I read pop fiction, science fiction, young adult fiction, all kinds of non fiction, and I love picture books on all kinds of topics. So……. NO Kindle or Nook for me, thank you very much.

  7. I love that you love picture books, Barbara! I confess, when I go to the library and check out picture books, I get the books I want to read, not what I think the kids will like. A good picture book is just as good of a story for us adults as it is for the kids!

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