Thursday, June 26, 2008

What is a Reader? (Booking Through Thursday)

What, in your opinion, is the definition of a “reader.” A person who indiscriminately reads everything in sight? A person who reads BOOKS? A person who reads, period, no matter what it is? … Or, more specific? Like the specific person who’s reading something you wrote?

In general, I think a reader is someone who can't live without reading. Reading is a natural part of their life. They don't have to read as much as I do (I understand that not everyone has as much time), but reading books is something they do regularly, and they don't have to force themeselves to do it. When asked what their hobbies or interests are they will list reading. (by the way, this reminds me of that scene in the movie Zodiac when the Robert Downey Jr. character asks the Jake Gyllenhall character what his interests are and he says, "I like reading" "I enjoy books" and RDJ cuts him off, "Those are the same things." For some reason that really makes me laugh. Probably because that's totally me) When you read a lot, you naturally take in a lot of information. Even reading commercial fiction expands your world. What happens is that when you are having conversations, you find you know about a lot of things. This can often be explained as (or has been in my case) as.."oh she's a reader."

Now, of course, if you are a reader of this blog, I think of you as one my readers. And I thank you and appreciate you.

How about you all? What do you think of as a reader?


SmilingSally said...

Thank you; it's nice to be appreciated. Check out my post.

Tarasview said...

yep, I agree with you- a reader is someone that can't go without reading for very long! Someone who can lose their self in a book!

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