What Makes a Perfect Reader?

A post at Book Riot, “The 42 Traits of the Perfect Reader,” has been making the rounds on the internet. It’s intended as a satire of snooty readers, but may also generate whimpers of sympathy for some of its points, especially from those who are feeling a bit beleaguered by the continued diminution of highbrow culture.

The 42 points would make a good icebreaker or game to start your next book group meeting. Who in your group fits the most of the traits? Who disagrees with the most? Which traits are you secretly afraid that other readers expect from you? Which traits deserve real support? Here’s a great chance to bring all those shadowy suppositions about what make a “serious” reader out into the light.



About the Author:

Neil Hollands is an Adult Services Librarian at Williamsburg Regional Library in Virginia, where he specializes in readers’ advisory and collection development. He is the author of Read On . . . Fantasy Fiction (2007) and Fellowship in a Ring: a Guide for Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Groups (2009).

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