1. You’ve got an hour to spend in the bookstore/library, where do you start?
A. Chat with the bookstore staff to find out what they recommend.
B. An hour in the bookstore – in my dreams!
C. Check out my favorite authors to see if there’s anything new.
D. Bounce around from section to section browsing whatever looks good.
2. What do you look for when choosing a book?
A. A book by one of my favorite authors.
B. I usually choose books that have been recommended to me by friends.
C. The next book on my ‘to read’ list.
D. Something a bit different/unusual.
3. You’re in your local bookstore and you see that an author signing is scheduled for the following day. What do you do?
A. If I happen to be passing at that time I’ll probably drop in to see what’s going on.
B. It looks interesting, but the chances are I just won’t have the time to go.
C. Put it on my calendar. I love to go to these things even if I’m not familiar with the author.
D. Check to see if it’s one of my favorite authors – if so, I’ll definitely try to go; otherwise probably not.
4. Which of these quotes appeals to you most?
A. “When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.” – Erasmus.
B. “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” — Aristotle
C. “Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.” – Henry David Thoreau.
D. “Choose an author as you would a friend.” – Wentworth Dillon
5. You’ve heard about a book that looks like it maybe good, what do you do?
A. I’ll probably spend some time asking friends/visiting websites to find out what others think of it – because half the fun of reading a good book is finding it in the first place!
B. I don’t have a lot of spare time so most of my information comes from a handful of reliable sources. If one of them says it’s good and it looks interesting I’ll probably buy/borrow it based on their advice.
C. If it’s an author I’ve enjoyed in the past I’ll probably just buy/borrow it without anymore research as I know I like the author.
D. I’ll check it out online and try to read an excerpt and some more reviews, as too often books don’t live up to the hype.
6. You’ve finished your last book, what do you do?
A. Call up a friend and see if they’ve got any books they can recommend/or can lend me.
B. Look up the list of books that I’ve been wanting to read and order one.
C. Reread my favorites until I find a new book to enjoy.
D. Check around house, there’s sure to be something interesting that I haven’t read yet.
7. Your friend’s having a birthday party, and you’ve decided to give him/her a book; what do you get?
A. A book that’s part of a series that I enjoy.
B. A book by a new author I’ve just discovered (and maybe I can borrow it later!)
C. A current bestseller that I think will suit him/her.
D. A book that’s a bit out of the ordinary, but I think he/she’ll enjoy.
The Exacting Reader
The expression ‘so many books, so little time!’ sums up your life. You love books but you rarely have as much time to read as you’d like - so you’re very particular about the books you choose.
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