The 10 Types of Book Readers

January 11, 2018
Julie Jarema
Riveted Editorial Board

We’re all big readers here. So it’s no surprise that we not only read different kinds of books, but we also read in vastly different ways. Did you know that ancient readers probably primarily read aloud and silent reading was uncommon? Obviously, there are all kinds of ways to read today, and we all have our own unique preferences.

Let us know in the comments what type of reader you are!


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The Pristine Page Turner

The books on your shelf look like they’ve never been opened, but not because you haven’t enjoyed them—you’re just highly protective of your favorite stories and characters. The pages are spotless and the jackets are crisp, all arranged neatly on your shelf. Your series are in perfect order because you had to buy the matching editions; you can’t resist those spines that line up to make a picture. And, of course, you never forget to use a bookmark.

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The Dog-earer

You take your books everywhere with you—crammed into backpacks, stuffed into pockets, thoroughly flipped through. You’ve got stashes ready to take along to read in the car, on the train, at the beach, at the dinner table. You’re not afraid of a little wear and tear, and it’s clear that you’ve loved your books with their cracked spines and taped pages. You can find all your favorite parts when you reread from all the dog-eared pages. Plus you’re not afraid to lend your books to others.


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The Reading Rainbow

You like making your mark on your reading material, whether with sticky note tabs or highlighters. You’re able to quickly find patterns in your notes, from favorite characters to meaningful quotes. You’ve got pages underlined to go back to the best parts and notes scribbled in the margins to look back on during your next reread.

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Team Paperback

You like to travel light and not have too much weighing you down (or you like to cram you bookshelves to maximum capacity). You know that stories not only transport you, but also that paperbacks are also pretty easily transportable. Paperbacks are lighter, cheaper, foldable, and you don’t have to feel too precious about them. They’re pretty low maintenance and are ideal for reading on the go. They’re also simpler to let go, either to send to a friend or leave at the airport for someone else to pick up for their next adventure.


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Team Hardcover

You like to go all out with the shiny covers and smell of fresh ink. You like a little weight to your books. Plus it’s not like they’re completely dead weight—they make excellent chairs, trays, tripods, doorstops, and stepstools in a pinch. When they’re not being used for reading time or utility, they make your bookshelves feel like a library.

Digital books

Team Ebook

You’re all for convenience and ease, and you love that you can have your entire library in your pocket at all times. When you’re in the mood for a certain book, you’ve got it right at your fingertips. You like the sleek speed of seeing your progress as you swipe through pages. You know you don’t have to sacrifice your reading time to keep living the minimalist lifestyle.

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The Library Bandit

You like to browse up and down the rows surrounded by other readers. You can appreciate that crinkling noise of the plastic around the book jacket and the knowledge that this book carries the life of its many readers in its pages. You’ve also been known to scramble fast to pick up your holds quickly, you recognize the importance of sharing stories and community, but you’ve also bookwormed your way out of fines by avoiding the library entirely.

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The Book Juggler

One story is not enough. You make choose-your-own adventures by starting at least two books at a time. You’ve got to have one for reading while you wait in line and another for bedtime. Or maybe you’ve got a whole pile of books to read for school, so you’ve got to catch up on your dystopian nightmares and swoony romances on the side. In any case, you like to be many places at once, and somehow you manage to keep it all straight.

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The Multitasker

Even though you’re a bookworm, the last place you’ll be is sitting quietly in the library. You’re glued to your book as you get dressed, brush your teeth, walk your dog. Doing the dishes one handed is no problem because you’re too invested in the plotlines of fictional characters to put the book down now. You’ve been known to perhaps “procrastinate” by putting off homework or showering so you could get in just a few more chapters.

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The Librocubicularist

You love a good bedtime story. It helps you drift off to sleep peacefully and fill your dreams with adventures. And when you wake up, the first thing you do is reach for your book to ease you into the day. You know that living with your head in the clouds is pretty dreamy.

9 Responses to The 10 Types of Book Readers

  1. alyssayuri says:

    Lol! I’m pretty much a little bitcof everything! 😂

    It only matters that I read, right!?

  2. dhammelef says:

    I love hardcovers best, always read at night to relax, often raid my library’s new YA section, NEVER write in or dogear pages, and never eat while reading for fear of smudging the precious books.

  3. saidahgilbert says:

    I would love to be Team Pristine but everybody in my family reads to some extent so I have to share my books. Also, I still live at home so my books have to share space with the rest of the family’s odds, ends and books. So now I have books in boxes which of course gather dust. However, I do not condone dogears and advocate strongly in the use of bookmarks to the extent that my family just borrows from my collection of bookmarks whenever they read my books.

  4. Rainbow Reader over here! I highlight, underline, make notes, and use sticky notes. Even though I write in my books, I do not and cannot abide dog-earring a book.

  5. NeleV says:

    I’m a combination of The Multitasker (reading everywhere) and Team Paperback, while adding the Book Juggler from time to time.
    Can I go read now?

  6. Foyinsi says:

    Everyone is so against dog-earing and oops here I am….

    It just makes it so much quicker to get to where I need to be in the book and I can never keep track of bookmarks. I tend to avoid writing in books though. This is likely because I’m so used to borrowing and returning them. I love love love reading but funnily enough, I HATE owning books.

    I’m also Team Paperback (hardcovers tend to hurt my hands) and prefer physical books to ebooks because then each story has its own unique feel and smell.

    Definitely a multitasker as well. I legitimately used to walk through hallways (and sometimes cross streets!) while reading and my books definitely follow me everywhere.

    I can’t imagine reading more than one book at a time though because I get fully immersed and invested in whatever book I happen to be reading in the moment. My head would scramble if I tried to read multiple at one time. I tend to be like that with tv series too but only if it’s one I decide to binge-watch from the very beginning.

    Thank you for this post!

  7. Megan says:

    I’m the book juggler! I love that gif for it too 😀
    I usually have at least the following in my “currently reading”:
    1 audiobook
    1 ebook on my phone, kindle app
    1 ebook on my phone, google books app
    1 ebook on my iPad, kindle app
    1 ebook on my iPad, Adobe digital editions
    1 Stephen King novel (I’m trying to read them all in publication order)
    1 nonfiction for fun
    1 book related to work
    1 fiction for fun
    1 giant book that I make plans/spreadsheets of how to read it in small chunks
    1 book I’m reading out loud with my partner

    And that doesn’t count when there’s a Riveted read or if I get distracted or if I’m participating in a book challenge! My goal is to get my currently reading list down to 10 at the end of this year (it’s over 30 right now!)

  8. Ainsley says:

    The Pristine Page Turner, Team Paperback and The Book Juggler combined.

  9. clrecosana says:

    I’m a book juggler. It’s just that sometimes I don’t have my paperback (also team paperback ’cause it’s cheaper! 😂) with me and I’m waiting on a line or commuting for an hour or two, so I start a new one either on my kindle app or aldiko ebook reader or a rivetedlit free read! (Just discovered about this amazing website that offer free reads! Reading Enchantment of Ravens as of the moment! 😍)

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