Here at BLI, we often ask how one can differentiate between a Book Lover and mere Reader. It turns out we were thinking to small. Laura E. Kelley realized there is an entire taxonomy of Readers and Book Lovers out there, and set out to identify and distinguish each individual species.
As you do.
Today we acknowledge that our International Book Congress requires more than simple geographic and genre diversity to be fully representative of the needs of Book Lovers. We may need to bulk up our ranks. Diversity hires, if you will.
And so, without further ado we present The Linnaean Hierarchy of Readers.* (Seriously, we did not create this. It is amazing, but also requires a scientific devotion to detail and organization that we can only aspire towards.)
Take your time to properly classify yourself. The Book Lovers will self-identify below.
Jackie: I think I fit into a bunch of the beginning categories, lol.
Marlene: I’m a few of them too. Mostly the Omni, the Hoarder and the Compulsive. The Omni-Compulsive-Hoarder?
Alisha: Definitely the Chronological Library Lover who Re-reads for Comfort after a Delayed Onset. Yeah, that one for sure.
Wish it weren’t so with the chronological reading part…but indeed, if I don’t read a series chronologically, I feel like I’m breaking the law.
Cass: Hah! You and my mom. She also can’t stop a series once she starts it. Even if she hates it. She’s been dutifully plowing her way through all of the In Death books, despite not really enjoying it since Book 10 or so. I have managed to shield her from the continued publication of Anita Blake series, but it’s only a matter of time.
However, I appear to be jumping class. Is it even possible for creatures from different classes to cross-breed? I’m more than a hybrid – I’m a Book Schizophrenic!
Amanda: I’m an OCD, Compulsive Buyer and Hoarder who is also a Traveling, Chronological, Omni, Comfort Reader who chucks in Spoilers for fun amongst my Rereading and all the while Worshiping every book I have.
Stella: I’m an OCD and Immersive Reader, Book Preserver and Hoarder of course (what book lover/blogger/bookaholic isn’t??) and a die hard re-reader. I have some favourite comfort books I have been re-reading since childhood and that always make me feel great So a Re-Reader and Comfort Reader. Besides those I’m also an Omni-Reader, Spoiler Lover, Kindle Convert and…..I’ll stop.
I recognize myself in too many. Except the Abuser. I take care of My Precious Ones, no dog earing or scribbling in my books!
Marlene: After giving the categories a thorough read (of course), I’ve decided settled on…. It’s Very Complicated. Well d’uh.
Like I said, “It’s Complicated”!
Cass: Damnit Stella, why did you have to discover this? Now I am having a Bookish Identity Crisis. Am I simply an extremely rare hybrid? Or suffering from a Bookish Mental Health disorder?
Okay, I am definitely an Immersive Book Worshipping Preserver. But also a Thieving, Multi-Tasking, Re-Reader (I justify the stealing because I know they were only going to read it once. Which is just a waste).
I am most assuredly an App Happy Kindle (iPad) Convert – largely due to their ability to facilitate Spoilers and Swagger. Hell, my paper-book collection is slowing converting into my Comfort, Delayed Onset, and Professional Reads.
And who here is not fully aware that I am absolutely a Love to Hate It Reader when the mood strikes?
How about you Book Lovers? Where do you fall? Hybrids? Is it just Too Complicated? Or are you on my Bookish Mental Health Disorder bandwagon?
*Visit Laura-e-Kelly.com for more about how this Classification Came To Be. She is still discovering New Species. Such as Cover Lovers. And has plans to make this graphic a poster to be displayed at a Library Near You.