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Filipino ReaderCon 2013 – Filipino Friday 1: Hello, Reader!

Filipino Friday

Filipino Friday

Filipino Friday is back! This is a meme that surfaces every time the Filipino Reader Conference activities are commenced. Okay, I actually copied that first sentence from last year’s post. Too lazy to think of something to open this post. Meh.

Let’s get straight to this week’s topic, shall we?

Hello, Reader! Let’s get to know you, and more importantly, what kind of reader are you? Laura E. Kelly released an infographic about Reader species — under what Domain/Class/Family/Genus/Species do you fall under? Give examples, and feel free to talk about why you belong to that species. Who knows, you may find readers in your own genus. ;)

Let’s do a sudden death for every reader species, shall we? I’ll immediately strike out the species once the description starts to undescribe the kind of reader that I am.

Compulsive: Books as Love Objects – Cherished

The OCD Reader – You never loan books…
The Book Preserver – Like books to look as though they’re untouched by human hand. No bending back pages…
The Book Worshipper – Treat books like trophies, displaying them proudly on shelves to admire for years, showcasing your beautiful collection of literature.
The Hoarder – Love books so much that you collect them by the dozens…
The Chronological Reader – Go through each book methodically, no skipping ahead; always finish. Feel compelled to read every book…
Compulsive Book Buyer – Feel strong desire to visit bookstores or Amazon nearly every day…
The Immersiver Reader – Obsessively believe in one-sitting…
The Library Lover – Always get books out from the library…

Compulsive: Books as Love Objects – Abused

The Book-Buster – you dog-ear…
The Underliner & Scribbler – Love to annotate…
The Re-Reader – Know what you like, so read the same books over…
The Book Rescuer – Have 24 book boxes…
The Promiscuous Reader – A book cheater. Can’t help abandoning the current beloved book in pursuit of the next latest and greatest new book…
The Multitasker – Might start the day out with a few pages from one novelist, then read something entirely different on the subway, and another…
The Book Thief – Love books so much that you just don’t give them…
The Book Borrower – Hate choosing your own books…

Situational

The Omnireader – You’ll read anything…
App Happy – Whenever there’s crumb of time, or just if you’re bored, will download…
The Spoiler – Have to know what’s going to happen…
The Comfort Reader – Have a small collection…
The Book Swagger – Love getting your hands on books before anybody…
The Kindle Convert – You say you still love the smell and feel of paper books but…
The Travelling Reader – Preferred reading venues are airports…
The Audiobook Listener – Car owners…
The Sleepy Bedtime Reader – Cannot keep your eyes open…
The Bathroom Reader – A peson, often a man, who will stay in the bathroom…

Social

The Sharer Screamer – You love to share your recent reading experience–loudly…
The (Sometimes Way Too Dogmatic) Evangelist – Love a book so much you buy…
The Book Clubber – Favorite social event is the monthly book club get together. Look forward to more than just discussions of books.
The Easily Influenced Reader – Listen to everyone…

Free-Range

The All Timer – Doesn’t matter what the book…
The Eclectic – You read Haruki Murakami…
The Cross-Under – A grown-up who reads Y.A….
The “It’s Complicated” Reader – You are a combination of many of these things and yet completely different, too. You refuse to be defined or categorized. Beg, borrow, steal…

Prestige

The Book Snob – You never stoop to read something sold in a discount…
The Critic – More often hate…
The Show Off – Pretend to have read Remembrance of Things Past…
The Anachronist – Actively or subconsciously reject modern technology…
Reader the Obscure – Reads books you’ve never heard of…
The Self-Conscious Reader – Say you read things like Woolf and Hemingway but secretly hanker to get home and read about ripped bodices…
The Conscientious Reader – Only read nonfiction…
The Professional Reader – Read because need to write…
The Career Reader – Say you read for pleasure but…

Conflicted

Delayed Onset Reader – Buy one or many books but months may go before starting them. When you do you are amazed that you waited so long.
The Slow-Starter – Takes you 6 months to read the first half of a book, and 6 hours…
The Reluctant Reader – Find quite suddenly, after a number of years of enforced reading…
No-Time-to-Read Reader – Between kids…

Haters

The Censorship Reader – Borrow books only to go through them with a permanent marker…
The “I Love to Hate It” Reader – May close the cover and toss a volume across the room, but will do it with a great, secret frisson…
The Anti-Reader – Never read…

So I am a combination of the following:

  1. The Book Worshipper
  2. The Book Clubber
  3. Delayed Onset Reader – I resent that this is under the class of Other Readers.

If this were not sudden death, I might have called myself The “It’s Complicated” Reader but the stealing part does not fit me (yes, I took everything literally because if I don’t, I’d be The “Too Complicated” Reader). So I guess I am not that complicated after all. I love staring at books, I love my book club, and I love stalling taking my time before I start reading a book. And I vehemently insist that that doesn’t necessarily  make one an Other Reader. There are just so many books that I want to read that I get so confused and end up staring at my books.

The 3rd Filipino ReaderCon 2013

The 3rd Filipino ReaderCon 2013

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