I have a very special taste for reading. I like new writers, new ideas, new genres, innovative writing that expands my mind, my creativity. I enjoy reading books to which I can go back again and again. I love pictures in books and I want the books that I read to make me become more creative, to inspire me, to bring me joy, but at the same time to also bring me some fruit of intelligence. So when I choose books, I like to select from critics, from reliable minds and writers, but I also read part of the synopsis or review to make sure I would enjoy it. So, I decide based on all of the above from the best books that I believe are wonderful, ingenious, different, new. Like me :)) I am Aquarius, after all.
I have discovered a couple of years ago a quiz on my favorite books review blog that I am subscribed too, Flavorwire, and I discovered a test named A classic book for every Myers-Briggs personality type. I took the test, found out what book I should read next, bought it and indeed, I loved it. I would like to invite you to take several tests (or maybe a quiz or 2) to find out what books should you read based on your personality type which will definitely make you love your readings. Or maybe even get you into reading!
Let’s start with the notorious one, the one that convinced me I love Elizabeth Gilbert. This was a quiz for 8 unique type readers, created by flavorwire author I suppose, and again I could relate to 2 types. First CUP, which means books chosen by critics, uplifting and to be an inventive prose. On this category, I will need to read is The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz. For CUP, I am being told, that as a reader I am an unusual bird, wanting both a soaring ride and the kind of writing that contains phrases I will never forget. True. So true.
Second option, is AUP, which stands for books chosen by audiences (recommended), uplifting and again to be an inventive prose. This is when The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert got into my shelf. Based on AUP, I am confirmed that I enjoy remarkable writing and love an unforgettable narrative voice, in a surprise filled story that follows the life of a brilliant family of botanists. I enjoyed this book so much. I have some blog posts containing my favorite beautiful writings of it here and here.
So the second test, is the Myers-Briggs personality test, which you can find here (and the quiz to find out which type are you, here). Based on that, I am introvert, intuitive, thinker/feeler (as when I make decisions, I sometimes use both or one of them based on the circumstances, therefore I could not decide myself – anyway, more books for me) and finally Judging. Based on INTJ the book to read is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Because the INTJ is fiercely independent like a true Austen heroine and skeptical like the novel’s creator. Which I can relate to.
Based on INFJ, the book recommended is Ulysses by James Joyce. Like an INFJ, the classic by Joyce is hard to get into and definitely intimidating but once you discover its world, you find it warm, humanistic and even a little bit silly. Spot on!
I found this test here that helps you understand what types of books you enjoy most reading. I, for one, am the Eclectic Reader, reading for entertainment but also to expand my mind. I am open to new ideas and new writers and do not belong to a specific genre or limited range of authors. Reading about yourself, is so positive, uplifting and motivational. You need to do this, too. 🙂
Here, I found a quiz called What book should you read now? based on your mood. It is very fun. You can actually take this on multiple occasions, depending on your mood. For the day I did the quiz, I ended up with the recommendation of … The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. Very unexpected. Not sure, if I will go ahead with it, though. I enjoyed the movies. Have you read it? Let me know and maybe I will give it a go!
Another test, is this quiz of what to read this summer, and I was suggested to read Go the F**K to sleep by Adam Mansbach, (which I did way before it was recommended, and I loved it), then, The story of Charlotte’s Web: E.B. White’s Eccentric Life in Nature and the birth of an American classic by Michael Sims and The Cardboard Valise by Ken Katchor. I have never heard of the last 2 titles, but since I did enjoyed the first recommendation, I will have those on my reading list as well.
Well, Buzzfeed, made a quiz also, which new book should you read?, and based on that, I would like All the bright places by Jennifer Niven. Which I believe I have heard of. It seems like the main character is fascinated by death and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good happens and it stops him. Another character lives for the future and she is counting her days until graduation to escape her town and her sister’s death. I think I would enjoy reading this. So, well done, Buzzfeed :))
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