What kind of reader are you? With different demands on our time and energy, not to mention different tastes, we all vary in how we choose books to read and how we tell others about books we’ve loved. Are you a loyal reader or an adventurous one? A word-of-mouth, grassroots cultivator, or a megaphone enthusiast? A vibrant reading community has all kinds, and this quiz will highlight your style and some of the benefits that come with it!
Track your points as you go through the questions. The total number of points isn’t good or bad; it only helps determine your individual style. This is a two-part quiz. Total your points separately for your reading style and your sharing style, then combine your answers for your overall style.
Your Reading Style
When picking where to read, I usually:
- Go to my favorite reading spot – 1 pt
- Pick from a few spots where I like to read – 5 pts
- I’ll read anywhere—in line, at home, in waiting rooms, at games, etc – 10 pts
When choosing a book, I usually:
- Choose the same genre – 1 pt
- Pick from one or two favorite genres – 5 pts
- Don’t pay much attention to genre, it’s more about what I’ve seen or heard about the book – 10 pts
When choosing which author’s work to read, I:
- Often read through an author’s entire body of work before moving on to the next – 1 pt
- Have a few favorites that are auto-buys for me, and around those I mix in the occasional new-to-me author – 5 pts
- Concentrate on the story itself more than the author – 10 pts
My favorite book settings are (add up points for all that apply):
- Small towns – 1 pt
- Mountains – 1 pt
- Something by water (oceans, lakes, rivers) – 1 pt
- Overseas – 3 pt
- Hard to pick, I like a few – 5 pts
- Someplace I’ve never been before – 5 pts
I have __________ favorite authors.
(1 point for each)
Guide to Reading Style Points
1 – 15 points – Loyalist – You know what you like, and you’re loyal to it. Authors appreciate your continued support, and because you know all the ins and outs of the type of fiction you love, you have the makings of a fantastic a beta reader. When other readers are looking for a specific niche inside your favorite genre, your expert level knowledge allows you to point them in the right direction. You also don’t run out of suggestions when someone says they’ve read all the _(insert your favorite kind here)_ books out there, because your dedication to your favorite genre means you read beyond the best-known titles and authors to those books that could use the word-of-mouth love.
16 – 34 points – Eclectic – You read outside the box, switching it up when the mood strikes. Your willingness to read something new and different is a get-out-of-the-dreaded-reading-slump free card. You keep a pulse on new books and authors while continuing to return to your favorites. Because you’ve branched out of your favorite genre at least a little, you’re a helpful resource for a loyalist looking to do the same while still reading books with some of their favorite elements. The variety broadens your perspective, making you an asset in book discussions.
35 + points – Adventurer – Blind date with a book? Yes, please! Your literary tastes defy definition. You crave the new and different, and have traveled the world—not to mention met all kinds of people!—through fiction. Your broad reading habits make you a great resource when your friends want a recommendation that suits their tastes because, chances are, you’ve read something they’d enjoy too. And if someone’s looking to branch out and try something different, look out, because you’ve got sooo many great ideas.
Your Sharing Style
For this section, add up points for all that apply.
To promote a book I love, I usually:
- Tell my in-person friends – 3 pts
- Recommend my library add it to their collection – 5 pts
- Mention it when someone asks for a recommendation, even years after the fact – 5 pts
- Post reviews on a few sites – 5 pts
- Recommend it to my book club – 5 pts
- Rave about it in multiple social media posts – 10 pts
If I love a book, my next steps are:
- To write a review – 3 pts
- To post on social media – 3 pts
- To buy another book by the author – 5 pts
- To connect with the author on social media – 3 pts
- To email/message the author and gush – 10 pts
- To volunteer for the author’s next launch team – 10 pts
So far this year, I have read and loved __________ books.
(2 points for each book)
Guide to Sharing Style Points
1-15 points = Grassroots Cultivator. You look out for your friends and make sure they don’t miss out on a great read. Because you’re selective in sharing, your opinions carry extra weight with your reading friends, and that makes you a great friend (and fan!) to have.
16-35 points = Buzz Builder. You go the extra mile to promote for books you love, supporting them in ways that help introduce them to new readers—potentially long after the book releases.
40+ points = Megaphone Enthusiast. When you love a book, the whole world is going to know about it! Your books raves may be just a little bit internet famous, and other readers know they can turn to you to help them out of a reading slump.
Personally, I’m an eclectic buzz builder. I generally read contemporary romance, but I’ve also been known to enjoy historical romance, split time, women’s fiction, and contemporary fiction. When I love a book, I will usually review and post about it a few times, recommend it a few different places, and keep an eye out for future books from the author.
Since you’re reading this blog, I’m guessing that whether you’re a loyal reader or an adventurous one, you’re interested in contemporary romance. If so, you might be interested in the 99¢ sale I have on two books in the Rhythms of Redemption Romances—An Awestruck Christmas Medley (1.5 in the series) and To Belong Together (book 2).
Also, wherever you fall on the scale, if you enjoy my books and would be willing to review the 4th book in the series, the To Believe In You launch and advance reader teams are open. Apply here.