What does YOUR book genre say about you?
Created By: Kristin Neperud Merz
Are you fiction or non-fiction? Comedy or tragedy? Real to life or into the magical realm? In the world of genres and sub-genres of books there is something for everyone.
But what does your genre say about you?? Perhaps more then you can imagine... The Self Help/Psychology-genre-loving part of myself, loves going to people's houses and snooping through their bookshelves. I honestly feel that there is no better way to get to know someone then to look at their books. Their books reveal their true interests and the personalities traits that might be hiding behind their public personas.
One of my neighbors, Leslie*, works as a police investigator. She deals with the big time baddies of the area. She's tough, and you do not want to piss her off. But look at her book shelf - nothing but romances! Romances! Can you believe it? My whole perception of her changed in an instant after seeing that. This kick-butt lady is actually a big softie.
So if I am perusing your bookshelf and see some kind of theme going on, you can bet I am going to make some deductions about you! Right deduction or wrong, I have found that a little insight into people's personalities can be advantageous.
So let's take a peak at the genres and see what we can deduce. (P.S. Click here to check out our forum discussion on genre personalities and share your opinion on what the genres tell you.)
Bestsellers - You are up on the trends and in the know! The PERFECT party conversationalist, as you are never short of interesting tidbits!
Biography/Memoir - You are very knowledgeable, and are secretly waiting for the opportunity to play trivial pursuit, so you can anialate all your friends with your collected knowledge. I pick you for my team.
Business & Finance - Practical and forward thinking, you always want to be ahead of the curve. Blazing trails and picking up business cards, you are a determined individual with your eyes on success.
Children’s Books - If you have kids and have a lot of children's books, you are going to be good peeps. Anyone encouraging children to read gets high points in my book. If you don't have kids, you are in touch with your inner child. Of course, who doesn't like Harry Potter?
Classics - Your a bit on the serious side... and are either 1. Not actually a big reader as you have no new books, as these are all of the books they made you read in school, or 2. you just love the classic prose and simpler life. Click here to see our list of some great classic books.
Cook Books - A foodie!! I definitely want to buddy up to you so I can get invited to your dinner parties. Yummy! Or, I bet you know which are the good restaurants in town too. Any recommendations?
Fantasy - Just think of the possibilities - you like to! Actually the possibilities and more! With a creative open imagination like yours the world can truly be transformed.
Fiction - Living life through the eyes of someone else for awhile can be soo insightful, relaxing and INTERESTING! There is no end to where you can travel with fiction. You are open to others opinions and like getting to know people.
Gay/Lesbian - You are probably gay or lesbian, or are open minded enough to try to get a better understanding of your gay or lesbian friend. And if you were a guy I was thinking about dating, I better get to the bottom of this one!
Health - Not content to sit back and let life happen to you, you are gonna take charge and deal with things as needed.
Historical Fiction - You like to learn, but want to be entertained while you are getting all that knowledge. Like a good mullet, you are business in the front, party in the back!
History - You want to be prepared! You want all that knowledge so if by-chance you are ever in an even remotely similar situation you are prepared and ready to act and be your natural leader self.
Horror - Bit of a dark side, eh? You like to explore the fringes of personalities, possibilities, and morality. I'd love to play a game of "Scruples" with you! If any of the horror books are dog eared, you REALLY have a love of gore.... or I need to high tail it out of your home ASAP as you may decide to try out a few things on me!
Mystery - A naturally curious person, you are probably a good problem solver. A bit of an adrenalin junkie, you have an incline towards either 1. adventure or 2. paranoia... need to look at supplemental books outside of Mystery genre to determine.
Poetry - You are a beauty finder. You have a flair for transforming the most mundane things into something amazing.
Romance - You like getting appreciated and pampered. (of course, who doesn't?) And you probably have a very happy husband. Because for how much those books bring out your soft side, they can get the steamy side going to! Just be careful reading these in public. You don't want to overheat. ;)
Science Fiction - Oh, yeah, the truth is out there! You know that there is so much to anything then meets the eye. You are open to learning from all angles, and from various sources. You are probably a tad unconventional (in a good way) with a positive outlook on life's possibilities.
Self Help.Psych. - You have a genuine interest in what makes people tick and how they can learn and grow. Not one to sit on their laurels, you are constantly striving to be the best person you can be.
Short Stories - Variety is the spice of life! You like to check out everything, but may be a little reluctant to commit to things.
Travel - Ahhh, the you are the adventurous one! Always up for some exploring.
Religious/Spiritual - You run deep with an inner calm and peace. Not one to take things at face value, you seek a deeper understanding of the mysteries of life.
No books, just magazines - "It's for the articles. I swear. Not the pictures."... Yeah, right! Ok, following that further clarification.... you like to be on the go! Fact and fast oriented you like to keep things moving in all areas of your life.
multi-genre/constantly-changing-genre type - (We are all probably a bit of that, now aren't we?) You follow your book lovin bliss! What could be better?
Oooh, don't you just love a good investigation into your friends, perspective boy/girl-friends, neighbors, and co-workers through their bookshelves?
(Oh, wait, perhaps this is my Mystery-loving genre personality coming out?)
I think I am going to embrace my "multi-genre" self and pick up one of the four different books I have started. ... not sure what the 4 books thing says, but perhaps I'll pick up the psychology oriented one and find out.
What genre are you? And what is your "to die for" book in that genre? Click here to go to our genre and personality discussion forum and put in your two sense about what each genre says about the reader.