Reading is awesome. There’s no doubt about it.

Aside from countless benefits, the act of reading is itself magical. And it’s made all the more so with the millions upon millions of partakers who, besides a shared love of reading, are as diverse as they come. 

From multilingual and multi-genre readers to physical book die-hards and those who swear by their Kindle, there are many types of readers.

Which one are you?

1. The Emotional Reader

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“Asfhjgdskjhkdhakdhhka.”

They’re in all the fandoms. They feel all the feels. They ship all the ships. They’re the ones live-tweeting their emotional reactions because it’s too hard to keep it in. They’re happy when their characters are happy but you better come armed with tissues if one of their beloved characters dies.

And just because a series ended, doesn’t mean that the characters are gone. They’ll live on in fanfiction.

2. The Bookstagrammer

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“What cover options does this book have?”

Head over to any one of their feeds and you’ll find the definition of aesthetic: warm hues, organized messes, minimalistic, pops of colors. Bookstagrammers read, review, and photograph books on the regular, and inspire reading in others as well.

You’ll often find them teetering above a carefully-curated design space, making creative use of various knick-knacks and snapping tons of photos for the perfect shot.

3. The Fad Reader

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“What is its Goodreads rating?”

If it’s been featured on a hot list, it’s in their hands. These types of readers often source their next read via bestseller/prize-winner lists or through Goodreads recommendations.

It’s perhaps the most common type of reader, and why not? If a book’s being mass-read, then it definitely sounds like it’s worth a read.

4. The Audiobook Listener

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“Is there an audiobook version?”

Before you @ me – yes, they’re not technically a reader; however, they’re still book-consumers. Whether they’re someone who prefers listening over reading or only consumes audiobooks, these “readers” often don’t draw attention to themselves for fear of retaliation for daring to say they’ve read an audiobook.

They’re great at multitasking, though, and, clearly, great listeners too!

5. A Writer That Reads

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“That is such a lazy description. Here’s how I would have written it…”

If you’re a writer, then any piece of writing you come across is subject to your critique. One of the biggest disagreements writers have with other works is at a compositional level – ie, “that isn’t how I would write it.”

It’s a great exercise for those honing their writing, but it has a tendency of getting in the way of enjoying others’ words. 

6. The Hoarder

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“I need a new shelf… shelves.”

Piles of TBRs + refusing to get rid of any book ever + an inability to not buy a book on the regular = a seriously crowded shelf. Fret not though, even if you never get around to reading certain titles, being surrounded by books is good for you!

It’s a reminder of everything you don’t know and keeps the hunger for more knowledge burning. 

7. The Snobby Reader

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[Image description: A cartoon yellow sponge is driving a car one-handed with only two fingers on the wheel. In his other hand is a white handkerchief. He’s in a gray suit, a red-rimmed black top hat, and a monocle. His expression is one of snobbery.] Via Tenor

“Can one even call themselves literate if they haven’t read Proust or Tolstoy?”

You know them.

They’re the ones who make it known that they only read the works of “great literary authors.”

They snub works from the likes of James Patterson, Nora Roberts, and J.K. Rowling. They also turn their noses up at e-readers and Instagram poetry and take joy in knowing the works and biographies of obscure European authors. 

8. The One-Sit Wonder

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“Just one more chapter.”

Once they have a book in hand, you might as well forget they exist for the next few hours because they’ve certainly forgotten you.

These readers might not read regularly but when they do, they binge – hard. You’ll find them in odd, contortionist positions over the course of the next few hours. 

9. The Book Juggler

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“Reading status: it’s complicated.”

At any given time, these readers have 3+ books open. They hop between stories – keeping all plot lines straight, mind you – and might even have dedicated times for specific books. One might be for whenever they’re waiting in line, one might be for before bedtime, and another might be during the commute – only they can keep it straight.

 

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Sana Panjwani

By Sana Panjwani

Senior Now+ BEYOND Editor // Assistant Pop Culture Editor