The Dukes of Literary-shire : “I only read serious books” types
There was a guy in one of my old workplaces. One day at lunch we were discussing what we have read and he turned to me and said those exact words: I ONLY READ SERIOUS BOOKS.
That made me think. I’ve heard this many times in Turkish: one very close friend of mine was thinking I was reading a load of crap books. These aristocratic tendencies in book liking makes my toes wiggle with unease. I don’t accept the definition of ‘serious book’.
These type of readers have a bit of royalty. They despise some type of books and kind of pity whomever read these…
Guys, no writer sits down to write ‘unseriously’. Every books is serious matter within it’s own genre. Dukes don’t see Sci-Fi, Epic Fantasy, Graphic Novels or Crime as ‘serious’ fiction. I disagree. I revolt!
So those genres might be not good enough for these readers but I love reading different genres. I was actually very happy to see Booker Prize list holding a thriller and a graphic novel this year so maybe the Dukes can give it a bit ease!
The 5-star shooters
Some of my real life friends are 5-star shooters. They constantly express their disapproval of me 1-starring some very popular books!
Every book they read, They LOVE. Every book is a favourite!
A 5 star shooter could easily be recognised from their GoodReads rating. They’ll be like : avg rating : 4.8
It’s very easy for shooters to like a book and they can easily become a fan. I wish we could all enjoy like they did, in every book. Literally!
The Constant Re-readers
These type of readers are constantly reading a book they’ve read in the past.
They LOVE re-reading. I can not relate to this but I deeply respect them!
They love repeating the past, but as the saying goes : You can never bath twice in the same river, you’re a different human, the river is a different river. The book is the same book I guess but we humans change so maybe they’re up to something!
A celebrity re-reader is Susan Hill, as in one of her talks she said she loved reading The Pursuit of Love in different times throughout her life.
I don’t re-read guys, there are SO many books to read yet. They keep coming!
The Selfish Hoarders with hundreds of unread books
Well…I confess. I am in this category!
I can’t share my books. Can’t lend anything in my library.
Sometimes people come to my house and ask: What do you do with these many books??
I suppress the urge to say: Oh, I use their pages to wrap sandwiches. I simply don’t invite them back. But honestly- I can’t stop buying books!!!! I know I will read them one day. And I do.. It’s just you need to feel like it’s the right time to read a book, and until then it needs to wait for you. And no, I don’t share my books. Never!
I used to be a normal human being. One day I started collecting signed books and things turned nasty. I am addicted to hoarding books…Well it could have been worse!
The Genre Clingers
You will recognise these types.
I only read Genre X! X mostly can be Romance, Sci-fi, YA, Non-Fiction or Crime…
This is an addiction – but a pretty good one! These people are generally the experts in their genre and the go-to person for a good book recommendation in that genre.
Don’t we all love them? (Although when we recommend them a really really nice book outside their genre, they might get funny :p )
The Speedy Gonzales
The name says it all…
How do some people read, like 20 books a week? Sometimes I see some people’s annual reading challenges and they say they read more books than the days in a year!
What’s your secret guys? How do you do it? Do you read when you sleep- or no sleep at all? OR do you get paid for reading books?
TELL US!!! We all want to know the secret to reading like, 400 books a year!
Are you any of these types? Do you know anyone like these :))
Hope you enjoyed reading! Happy Mondays! X