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Types of Readers: Which One Are You?

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I just recently finished reading Paulo Coelho's "The Alchemist" last week. The message was so clear and it was easy to understand. It talks about self-discovery and taking the risk for your ultimate dream even if you thought it will be a ladder filled with uncertainty.

A little background about the author

Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian author who took a long way to get his masterpieces rose to fame. His books are so easy to understand because it is a translated English version from Paulo's native language which is Portuguese.

It was not an easy road for him to get recognition. The turning point of getting known to the public was when Bill Clinton, a U.S President was photographed leaving a copy of his book in the White House.

From then on, Madonna and other Hollywood stars were spotted buying a copy of the Vanity Fair. Even Will Smith shared his thoughts about it.

The Alchemist's Synopsis

This tells the story of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago, who dreams to travel to the Pyramids for a treasure. His dream led him to a lot of circumstances that measured his faith, perseverance, and decision-making skills. Along the journey, he met few people who became instruments of reaching that dream.


So I thought about writing an article about what type of reader a person can be. However, don't expect this to be a literary-like article.

Here are some:

Finishes Too Soon

This type of reader reads a book as if there's no tomorrow. They read the book with so much engagement that they almost forgot to socialize with the people around them. Once they lay their eyes on the book, there's no way for you to distract them.

I know a reader who finishes too soon. She's someone so close to my heart. It's my mom. Yes, she's an intense version of a bookworm. She can finish a book in just one sitting, depends on how thick the book is. She always has that rhythm where her focus stays on the book as she creates her own world in that sphere.

Mom likes to read books a lot. Even during her younger days, her way of freeing herself from stress is through reading novels. Her siblings also like to read books. A family of bookworms, I should say.

The Book Collector

This type of reader, or should I say collector loves to collect books. The title defines itself already. These people do not care if they have read the books already as long as they came from their favorite authors or they just wanna join the hype.

Usually, trilogies and series are some of the bestsellers people always love to collect. Divergent, Twilight, The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, and Narnia are some to mention.

The Borrower But Never Returns

This is self-explanatory. These readers like to borrow a book from you and never return it. They could return it but it takes forever for you to be reunited with your book. However, expect that it will never have the same aesthetic look you had once after receiving it.

Personally, I avoid these types of readers because it shows how careless they are to something. When you take care of something that is not yours, it also reflects the personality of the person as if you take care of the owner itself.

Takes Forever To Choose A Book

Are you also a type of this reader? One factor why someone takes forever to choose a book is because they may have collected or bought too much already and their (to read) list goes longer than they ever thought.

I am quite guilty of this. I may have bought too many books so I can't choose which one to read first. I bought many books at one time because it's on sale. Why would you waste the golden opportunity?

The Bookworm (Reads 24/7)

This type of reader has their eyes glued to a book 24/7. This is an exaggeration but that is the best word to describe for that activity suits them well. They devote themselves to reading books and never miss a minute of not reading.

The pages just keep turning and usually, they get anxious when they reach the ending part. Separation anxiety to the highest level.

I know someone who reads books close to 24/7. The only time she would not read a book is when she's taking a shower, sleeping, or cooking. Gly is a good friend of mine and she's a certified bookworm. She would lose all connections to the outside world because she's absorbing the world she is reading.

Buys Only For The Pretty Cover

There are types of readers whose intention of buying the book is the cover. Books with elegant visuals, hardcovers, and aesthetic designs add up a major factor in getting them sold.

I am also a type of reader who likes to check the book's cover as well. Especially if it's the limited edition of the book and hard-covered with a signature of the author. Although those are the expensive ones.

Lives in the Book Shop/Library

If you are the first type of reader, then you can live in the book shop or library. Finishing a book in one sitting is a major advantage especially if you are just there to read the book and not buy it.

I can stay in the bookshop or library for an hour but my eyes and brain couldn't handle the needed focus and attention to read a certain book. That is why I make it a habit of searching the synopsis first and read reviews online or recommendations from friends when I buy one.


As for me, I'm a little bit of everything except for the first type and the bookworm (24/7). I read books but it takes weeks or months for me to finish one because my attention is divided so usually, I tend to lose focus.

I would say, I am a MOODY READER. I read whenever I feel like it.

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So which one are you?

Thanks for reading.

Keep safe everyone! ❤

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I am the type of bookworm and a book borrower at the same time. ha ha ha But after I became familiar with the internet, I never borrowed books again, I can download pdf files if I can't afford them. haha

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1 month ago

Hehe. I admire those people who can read books online. I can't stand staring on the screen for hours reading. 😬 that's why I prefer the hard copy ones.

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1 month ago

Ohhh your sisters loved that book. She was suggesting it to me before Lol I'm the first reader. Then I have that empty feeling after I finish reading cuz I know I read too fast again

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Do you also have that feeling when you are 10 pages away from the ending? Separation anxiety. Haha

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I feel that on the last chapter and I have double thoughts on if I should save it for later or if I should keep reading but I keep reading anyways 🤣🤣

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1 month ago

Haha. Always the same dilemma every time. 😆

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Book collector especially if I am on booksale😂👌👌👌 takes forever to choose when my fave author have this limited edition self-pub, reprint and yeah budget matter as well😌

Meron din akong hiniram na book pero swap kami ni @immaryandmerry hahahaha one year na yata sakin si Nicholas Sparks pero in good condition pa din naman☺️😍

Dati talaga 24/7 sa mga ebooks pero now wala na masiyadong time haha kaya nagiging moody reader na din ako😁

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1 month ago

Hehehe. So you belonged to the majority of these types din pala. 😅 I admire those people who take good care of books talaga eh. Napaka soft lang 🥺❤

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1 month ago

I'm a moody reader din ma'am.😁 Nagbabasa lang ako ng books kapag nasa mood. Pero nung buntis ako, pag magkaaway kami ng partner, my way of turning down my anger is reading books. Nadidivert kasi isip ko pag nagbabasa ako. At thankful na din ako kasi lumabas sa exam yung mga nabasa ko.😁

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Yay. That's a good avenue of calming the waves. 😁 Your kid must be intelligent because his/her mom used to read books for him/her.b❤

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1 month ago

Ako din a lil bit of everything. I have more books than my clothes... Hahahah... But I have read more books that what I owned...ngayon I don't have much time read na kase... But I divulge myself with books jusmi walang makakausap sakin... Minsan nga di ko alam kung nabasa ko ba Yung libre o napanuod ko... For me kase reading and watching is just the same... I can make out vivid imagery kase out of my books...

Have you enjoyed paulo coehlo? Anong genre favorite mo?

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Hehe. Need din kase ng active thinking when you read a book eh and that's something some people are struggling with.

Yeah, I enjoyed Paulo Coehlo. I have read his book "Brida" too. It's about wizardry. Nice din. 😁

Usually, fiction talaga bet ko and Romance. 😅

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1 month ago

If you would consider a dumysteopian novel. "Delirium." And "Sever" but if more with the tone of Paulo you might like Anne Rice or the author of fightclub

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1 month ago

Oh my God. I have read that. Love makes you sick diba? May Pandemonium nga sunod nyan diba? Di ko makita ang book online or sa book store 🥺

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1 month ago

Meron ako hard copy wahahhaha... Meron sya sa piratebay hahhaha.... Yes pandemonium tas requiem

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Gusto ko kase yung hard copy talaga eh. Di ko feel ang ebook. San mo nabili? Hehe

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1 month ago

Sa national lang...

If you like delirium I know you'd like Lauren Desteffano books tooo... Yung book ni Lauren Oliver na Before is a cry for.... May movie na rin nun

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Tagal ko na hinahanap ang Pandemonium. May part 3 pa pala? I'll check these authors you recommended to me. 😁

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Yeahhh... Matagal na sya actly kase college pa ako nung nabasa ko sya hahha

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1 month ago

I can be all of the above except for the firat type hehe. And di ako masyado mahilig sa english novels.

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Hehe. Bakit naman madam?

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Ewan ko ba, hahaha.. Pero may nabasa ako na english novels dati, pinahiram sa akin ng friend ko. Suspense crime sya. Nakalimutan ko yun author pero sikat sya sa ganung genre..

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Me? I want to finish a book as soon as possible. Haha. Specially when I am at the national bookstore. 😳

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I'm not sure if it was you who shared it on noise.cash about finishing a book in the book store? I'm astounded. Haha

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I am the type who read everything as long as I can to finish it, to know the story ending hahaha

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So first type of reader ka eyb? Hehe

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1 month ago

Oo haha gusto ko human dayon 🤣

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1 month ago

I am none of them 🤦‍♂️. I do not like to read book.

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Hehe. That's okay 😅

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😎

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I am guilty of reading the book and not buying it hahaha. Hello there, National Bookstore. But I do buy those books from my favorite authors for my collection.

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Who are your fav authors?

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Anne Rice, Neil Gaiman, Terry Brooks and last but not the least, J.K. Rowling 😊

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Stardust! Harry Potter. ❤

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And also The Sandman. I've been waiting for it in Netflix. Oh, kaytagal, next year pa mare-release.

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1 month ago

I think i am not one of them because i dont read books. Lol But i cant realize how your mother can finish a book in just one sitting? 🤣

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She's a speedy reader. No kidding. 😬 that's why I'm so amazed every time I recommend her a book to read, she finishes too soon.

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1 month ago

Wala ako sa nabanggit, Ateeeee. Promise, di talaga ako fan ng books na may ganitong reading. Mana pa kung books galing sa school. Haha

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1 month ago

Hehe. Okay lang yan. May iba iba nman tayong hobbies eh.

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1 month ago

Nung wla png cellphone, elementary days I just love reading books my sister took home which she borrowed from her classmates or friends. Dun aq naadict sa mga english english novels and poetry pro ngaun,I can say Im less of a reader except n lng ata dto sa platform.. too preoccupied with other things😁

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Same here. Natatabunan na ang notifications sa dami ng articles. 😅

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  1. Finishes too soon! Once I got hooked, I won't stop till I finish it. Lol. But sometimes, I'm torn between to finishing it as fast as I can or to delay it for a little while since I don't want to let go of the characater yet. Lol

  2. The book collector I don't have that much books though but I do buy from time to time when I have few sum to spare. Or sometimes, budol from favorite authors. Haha

  3. The bookworm (reads 24/7) Haha. So me. Result? Poor eyesight. Coz it's just ebook back in the days haha.

I really can relate with this! I must say that i'm a moody reader too. Once hooked, I can't be stopped but once I stopped, I can't continue reading anymore. Katamaran. Lol. Also, really, it depends on my mood.

Yung swap book namin ni @carisdayem2 hindi ko pa din nabasa hahaha. Pero safe pa din ang book syempre haha

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Hehe. Mukhang ng enjoy ka sa article co-oc ah. 😁 It's nice to see my friends here share the same hobbies as mine. ❤

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Hindi naman halatang naenjoy ko haha. I really did enjoyed it. Kaya nga, kaya din talaga magkakasundo tayo e haha

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1 month ago

Oo nga noh? Swak na swak talaga personality natin. I wonder if ma chika ka in person? Di kase ako ma chika eh, medyo reserved pa. 😅

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Oh. Depends. Mahiyain kasi ako, I won't speak unless someone talk to me first. Tapos at first, reserved din. Pero once na I got comfortable na, ayan ready na sa daldalan. Haha

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Same talaga tayo ng personality ay 🙈🙌

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hala ganon ka din? hahaha. kaya talaga ata magkasundo tayo e haha

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Sis wala aki jan. Di talaga ko reader.haha

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Hehe. Di ka pala hilig mag basa madam. 😅

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Oo hindi talaga madam hehe

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1 month ago

Pocketbook lang binabasa ko madams, taglish. Ayaw ko ng purong engols masakit sa ulo huehue. Mahilig ako sa pocketbook so collector ako - nag stop lang nong nauso ang ebook, Finishes too soon - diko ibaba ang isang book hanggat di ko natatapos lalo na maganda ang kwento, at nagtatago ako lago pag nagbabasa if ayaw ko ng isturbo haha.

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Hehehem marami rin ako classmates nong high school madam, babad sa pocketbooks. Around 2010 yun. 😅

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I'm the finishes too soon type of reader. Once I love a certain book, I won't stop reading until I finish it. And when someone bothers me while I'm reading it will be "WW4" lol. And you are also right that I can live on the library. When I was a student, I used to spend all my free time in the libarary and National Bookstore is my favorite shop at the mall. But that was years ago, I'm no longer drawn to books like before. Well, people change.

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1 month ago

Yeah, I understand. Things change the way our priorities change too. Avid reader ka din pala before madam. Hehe

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Sadly, I have no interest in books kaya siguro I'm not a good writer coz I never really knew what a good story is. Sad. Parang ako yung borrower na nanghiram at di na sinoli because I'm still hoping that I will have the courage to read it after three years with it 😅

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Hehehe. May iba iba naman kase tayo ng way of expressing ourselves madam eh. Reading may not be your forte but for sure there are certain things you're good at. ❤

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