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:
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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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Thanks for reading.
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