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What Your Reading Style Says About You. Take the Quiz!!

January 13, 2014
The following quiz won't tell you what kind of lover you are, or how you rate as a companion. This quiz is serious!

The quiz below is proof that my wife and daughters have brought way too many women’s and girl’s magazines into our house.

Reading habits can explain a lot about your personality.  Take the quiz below, keep track of the points as you go, and see what kind of reader (and human being) you really are!

A.  A friend declares that a book he/she has just read is “THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!”  What do you do?

  1. Trust your friend’s judgment and try reading the book.
  2. Tell your friend that you’ll read the book but then never get around to it.
  3. Calmly tell your friend that you know he/she has not read every book ever written so he/she is in no position to judge whether or not a book is the best ever.
  4. Tell your friend about another book that you think is “THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!” just so he or she knows how it feels.


B.  When you see a copy of Moby Dick, your first reaction is

  1. To feel a smug satisfaction, knowing that you’ve already read it and understand all the symbolism and themes of the novel.
  2. To feel that your life is a little empty since you haven’t read it, but you’ll get to it.
  3. Turn away in disgust, knowing that you’ll never read it and you’re proud that you’ll never read it.
  4. Moby Dick.  Ha ha ha ha!  Dick.  Ha ha ha!


C.  You find out that a book that you truly love is about to be made into a movie.  What is your reaction?

  1. Obsessively watch for news about the casting and release dates of the movie.
  2. Make a mental note to be on the look-out for it, but you don’t put much thought into it.
  3. Watch the movie and intentionally catalogue every flaw in it.
  4. You know it’ll suck because every movie based on a book sucks.


D.  A famous author is having a book signing while you’re there.  What do you do?

  1. Grab a copy of the new book, stand in line, and gush when the author signs it.
  2. Find a beat up copy of an old book and hope that the author doesn’t call you a cheap skate.
  3. Stand in line without a book so you can at least brag that you’ve met the author.
  4. Who cares?  All authors do is write books.  Anybody can write books.


E.  An acquaintance recommends a book from a genre you don’t care for (maybe sci-fi/fantasy, a trashy romance, or literary fiction).  You automatically think…

  1. I’ll have to give that book a try.
  2. Maybe it’s a good book, but it’s probably not for me.
  3. Oh, it’s one of “those” books.
  4. There’s a good reason why this person is only an acquaintance.


F.  How long does it take you to decide whether or not you’ll finish reading a book?

  1. You’ll finish reading a book no matter what.
  2. You’ll read at least half of it and give it an honest chance.
  3. If it doesn’t grab you within the first few pages, you’re done with it.
  4. If it doesn’t have a cool cover, forget it.


G.  When a teacher at school assigns (or assigned) a novel, what is your initial response?

  1. If this book is in the school curriculum, it must be very interesting.
  2. I’m already reading a good book, but I guess I’ll juggle both.
  3. If this book is in the school curriculum, it must really suck.
  4. Flippin’ school!  You’re not gonna tell me what to read!


H.  A book that you really want to read comes out in hardback and is very expensive.  What will you do?

  1. You shell out the $30.00+ because you’ll read this no matter what.
  2. Check the book’s availability at the library and then maybe buy it for $12.99 on your Kindle.
  3. Wait for the paperback and hope that it’s not one of those $15.00 paperbacks.  $15.00 for a paperback?  That’s ridiculous!
  4. No book is worth putting that much effort into.  You’ll read whatever you want whenever you feel like it.


I.  You’re reading an intensely sad scene from a book while in a public place and are about to cry.  How do you respond?

  1. You openly weep because you’re completely wrapped up in the book and don’t care what anybody thinks.
  2. You read the book in short increments so that you don’t cry in public.
  3. You stop reading the sad book and do something else.
  4. You never read in public because you’re afraid you’ll get conked on the head.


J.  You’re reading a really good book in a public place when you notice a person who needs assistance in an emergency situation.  What do you do?

  1. Put the book down immediately and help out.
  2. See if somebody else is around to help before you stop reading.
  3. Finish the page/chapter/book that you’re on before you help.
  4. Stop reading immediately and record the emergency situation with your phone.



10-15 Points- You are an open-minded reader and are sensitive about others’ feelings.

16-25 Points- You are independent-minded but willing to try new experiences occasionally.

26-35 Points- You are fiercely loyal to the books you love but are sometimes called inflexible and stubborn by people who just don’t understand you.

36-40 Points- You don’t read (or play) well with others.


BONUS QUESTION- This one doesn’t count!

After finishing a reading style quiz, what do you immediately do?

  1. Leave a comment that announces your score and gives feedback.
  2. Add up your score but keep it to yourself.
  3. Ignore the score and move on to another article.
  4. Click the “Like” button without having even read the quiz.


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  1. 17 points. Pretty accurate. Just curious, what was your score?

  2. My score is 20, I think. Or, 15. 🙂

    • Ha! I think people who read blogs will probably score within the same 10 point range. I’d like to see how people who don’t read blogs would score, but then people who don’t read blogs would have to read this blog, and that might be difficult to arrange.

  3. The 4th answer to the Moby Dick question made me laugh. That’s exactly how I always react. Twenty-two, great quiz 😉

  4. blinksan permalink

    I got a 17. I think that fits me perfectly. ^^

  5. blinksan permalink

    Reblogged this on Word Disorder and commented:
    Really interesting! Take the Reading Style Quiz! Mine was spot-on!

  6. 21. Sounds like everyone (at least among those who answered “1” for bonus question) is falling into the same 15-25 range so far.

  7. Call Me Dani permalink

    Reblogged this on Just a Little Innocent and commented:
    I got 24…check it out!

  8. I’m missing some options: B – toss it once you reach the halfway-mark because nothing’s happened yet; G – read the entire thing that same afternoon even though the teacher asked you not to read ahead.

    Great quiz. 21

    • Yeah, if nothing’s happened by the halfway point, the book deserves whatever you do to it? Why would a teacher NOT want you to read ahead? That’s funny (unless the answer makes sense).

      • Most people in SA don’t speak English as first language and my teacher used to explain the story as we read. If you read ahead, you get bored by the slow progress in class. Not that I think it mattered. I’m probably the only one in class who did read ahead (or at all for that matter) and I adored my English teacher, so I enjoyed the second reading in class as much as the first reading at home. (In fact, I always made sure to read the book a third time before exams came along. Yeah. I was an English-nerd.)

  9. Add up my score and share it with the writer. 17

  10. My score’s 19…looks like you have uncovered a very important and statistically significant correlation between reading style and the propensity to comment on blogs.

    And Question D should have had an option saying ‘Give the author a Vulcan salute from the back of the crowd (enunciating the words clearly and loudly, of course) and carousel out of the room holding your e-reader aloft’ 😀

  11. Great quiz! Score:22. I’m a bit more stubborn than I realised….

  12. Anonymous permalink

    like most similar quizzes my reaction to most of the quesitons was either “none of the above” or “iy depends on circumstances” eg Q 1 how much I value my friend’s opinion on books and the one about reading in public – depends where in public. I don’t walk down the street reading a book but I might read on a bus or train.

    • I thought about that, but I wasn’t sure how to score “None of the above.” Some of the quizzes in those girl’s and women’s magazines can be kind of inflexible. Maybe next time I’ll add more choices and figure out a better scoring system.

  13. Fun to do 🙂

  14. A 17. Hmmm, interesting. 🙂

  15. 21 points and this is dead on! Who would’ve thought!

  16. Ha ha, 20. (I like your bonus question, which prompted me to comment.)

  17. searlait2013 permalink

    Love this! LOL! Pretty accurate for me. (Oh, and I did like it, though not because of number 4 on the bonus question)… 😉

  18. 21 points, very accurate, well done!

  19. You expect your readers to tally their own score? How many are cheating? There is more than one possible answer to each question, so I figure my score is higher than I can count.

    • The girl’s and women’s magazines that inspired me expect their readers to tally their own score, so I decided to give it a try. If I find out there’s been cheating, I’ll revise the grading procedures on the next quiz.

  20. 19 – But if I saw a famous author was there, I would probably run in the other direction. Not because I didn’t respect him/her but I am constitutionally incapable of standing in line long enough to actually meet the person.

  21. 27. Am I jerk or what…

    • I think 27 is the highest score so far. I’m just glad somebody has gotten up that far. Jerk? No. But you might get annoyed easily. I mean, you do write about people who are annoying, so…

  22. 21 points! Fun quiz 🙂

  23. defensordelaverdad permalink

    Reblogged this on Fabián.

  24. I got a 25. Fun quiz

  25. Also got a 25. I guess I am a cheapskate, but I do all my book shopping at Half Price Books on the clearance shelf, so I don’t pay more than $3 for most books these days. Before this recession, I would pay good money, but now I’ve got stacks and stacks of cheap books waiting for me.

  26. I love the works of Kurt. His Breakfast of Champions, Slaughterhouse Five were two of my favorites. “There is no why, the just is.”

  27. 34. I am intolerable. I am mean, I suck and well. a know it all, I think.

    • 34? According to my non-scientific, almost arbitrary scoring system, you ALMOST don’t read or play well with others. You have the highest score so far. I wish I had a prize for you.

      • I am not sure if that is a good thing. A few I could have gone with a lower tally but to be abjectly honest I tallied higher totals. That’s my story and I am going to stick with it.

  28. Reblogged this on MedicateInk and commented:
    17. 17’s alright. How would you fare?

  29. I forwarded your quiz to my husband and daughter (18) – the only blogs they read are ones I send them. He got a 23 and she got a 27. I didn’t bother with my 17-year-old son – he’s planning to be a literature professor and reads anything he finds or someone recommends.

    • Thanks for forwarding it and reporting the scores. I’m going to see if I can get a couple non-blog readers that I know to take it this weekend and see if their scores are similar to the ones you received. Of course, they might tell me what I can do with my reading survey and refuse.

  30. 18 points. It was all 1 and 2, except I won’t shell out for hard-covers and anything they choose for high school literature class probably sucks.

  31. Reblogged this on lulubellaloveslife and commented:
    Haha! Loved The Emergency Situation Question…Almost Made One Rethink Their Ethical Stance! I Got 21….Take The Quiz!

  32. I scored 21 points – independent-minded but willing to try new experiences occasionally.

    I suppose that’s a fair assessment but I’ve actually been “called inflexible and stubborn by people who just don’t understand you.”

    Maybe I’m not the best judge of my own reading habits? Nah, that can’t be it. They must be wrong.

  33. Reblogged this on Dysfunctional Literacy and commented:

    Quizzes aren’t so bad if there are no repercussions for wrong answers. It’s even better when there are no wrong answers at all!

  34. I scored lower than I thought. I really thought I would have been in the 36-40 range, but alas I scored a whopping 26. I will say that that range is pretty spot on too. Thanks for posting this. It was fun.

  35. Reblogged this on The Broken Spine and commented:
    Not all quizzes are bad. Trust me!

  36. Like many others I found myself saying none of the above to the questions

  37. 2. Did you write the quiz because I found the situations hilarious.

  38. This was fun. I’m a number 2 in the bonus question 😉

  39. 17. Good quiz.

  40. Sharon Dear permalink

    12. No answer for 4 questions.

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