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Definition – Booking Through Thursday

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This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:

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?

I think this is an interesting question because I’ve read a couple of different places that the internet has made people read more, but they read differently now. People are reading quicker, to get more information, but they’re not necessarily reading better. That’s all I remember about that.

I define a reader as someone who, if asked what they enjoy doing, would answer with, “I like to read books.” Because it’s those people who read “everything in sight.”

Obviously we could define a “reader” as anyone who’s literate, but I don’t think that’s the point.

I define a reader as someone who would define themselves as a reader. They’re the ones who’re doing the most reading, anyway.

I mean, do you get excited if someone says, I read an article in the paper today….or do you get excited when someone says, I read this great book…. Who would you define as a reader?

What do you think?

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21 Responses to “Definition – Booking Through Thursday”

  1. Kat

    My definition is bit more wider and different hehe. I think I even went off topic for a bit. Happy Thursday! 😀

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  2. Nithin

    “…someone who would define themselves as a reader…” I think that’s a great definition you’ve given there. 🙂 My answer is very similar to yours.

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  3. Sam

    Interesting thoughts – I like the idea of someone who would define themselves as a reader, after all, my Dad would not call himself a reader although he tries to read, but just can’t seem to settle into it!

    As for myself…I get very very twitchy if I haven’t got something to read, so I would definitely call myself a reader!

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  4. thekoolaidmom

    I think I’d call myself a book junkie. 😀

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  5. Sally

    Great definition: “people who read “’everything in sight.’”

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  6. Barbara H.

    I used to be disappointed that my sons weren’t readers because they rarely read books for pleasure, but my oldest reads tons of things on the Internet: he’s constantly sharing something he finds interesting with the rest of us. So I realized he probably reads more than I do — just different venues and different topics.

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  7. Bluestocking

    your answer is a lot more charitable than mine. LOL!

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  8. Jill

    This is a little bit off topic, but it reminds me how shocked I am when someone declares, “I don’t read.” First, why would you admit that, with any sort of pride? Second, you don’t read…anything? Not that I think that someone who reads the newspaper, and newspaper alone, can be classified as a “reader”…but I still want to clarify this with these non-readers. You don’t read magazines? You don’t read books to your kids? You don’t read the back of the cereal box? You can just say across the board that you “don’t read”? That’s amazing to me…and I don’t trust those people. 🙂

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  9. Lezlie

    I so agree with you!

    Have a great day, Trish!
    Lezlie

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  10. Jill

    Okay, Trish, I actually got so fired up writing that comment that I decided to participate in the BTT question on my blog. I need to rant a little bit more about this! Thanks for turning me on to this weekly event!

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  11. Swapna

    I like the “anyone who would define themselves as a reader” – very creative!

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  12. bethany canfield

    i agree with you, great BTT!!!

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  13. Florinda

    I haven’t written my BTT answer yet, but my thoughts are along the lines of yours.

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  14. curlywurlygurly

    i just wanted to say HI! and hope your wedding was wonderful. i missed you but enjoyed your posts and guest posts. 🙂

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  15. Chris@bookarama

    This was a difficult question to answer, I think.

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  16. K

    Good question. I think anyone who does extensive reading is a reader. I wouldn’t call some who reads the comics a reader, but if you’re reading the entire paper along with the comics, then you are a reader.

    I like it when people tell me that they read BOOKS. I don’t know why except that book readers know this special secret about books that the others don’t seem to get–that books are worlds we get to experience outside of ourselves and that’s just so magical and wonderful. I’ve spent a lifetime tryint to instill a love of reading in my children and my youngest has always fought me on this–telling me that books are BORING and WORK to read. Then she found a book she loved and suddenly she knew what I meant. I think books are great.

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  17. softdrink

    It’s good to see you back at the top of the BTT posters! I read your post right after I read the question, then I couldn’t think of anything to say. I almost just posted a link over here. 😀

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  18. Melody

    Great answers, Trish!
    I read books for pleasure, definitely! 😀

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  19. Jennifer

    A true reader is never not reading a book (magazine, paper, or cereal box also applies). I hate the “I don’t have time” excuse for not reading!

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  20. Carrie K

    A reader LOVES books…sometimes in an unhealthy way…lol

    I connect it to someone that can be talked into reading anything even if its “not their genre”

    someone who has stacks (literally) of TBR books…but still wanders into bookstores…to browse

    someone who finds it hard to part with even the cheapest paperback…

    someone who cannot understand people who “dont read” (seriously…its a foreign concept that i dont know how to process…i dont even know what that would feel like)

    someone who always has a bunch of recommends and is willing to hand over their copies to spread the love among friends

    someone who has to make a list of what they read…and gets alot of joy reading make through the list…

    ok…im going to stop now though i could go on and on…lol

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  21. lovelylissie

    Very interesting question. I think being a reader is about more than just reading whether it’s the newpaper or books or magazines. A reader is someone who not only reads but loves reading and words. A reader is a person who cannot imagine their life with shelves of books. It is someone who craves getting know the characters and who loves traveling the world through the written word. Another sign of a true reader the to-be-read stack. A true lover of reading and books will always buy books and have a stack of things not yet read, but soon to be read.

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