A Myers-Briggs Test for Readers…What’s Your Bookish “Type”? (Novel Newcomers: Alex @ Scribbles & Stories)

Y’all should get some paper and a pen ready (or your phone) so you can answer the questions as you read to find out your bookish type! Today for Novel Newcomers, Alex is on the blog with this awesome guest post.

You can find Alex’s social links at the end and be sure to let us know your bookish type in the comments!

What’s Novel Newcomers?

The idea of debut authors being featured across the blogosphere, but with book bloggers instead. But there were so many features already focusing on debut authors at the time, why not focus on newer bloggers in the bookish community as well?

In 2016, Nori from ReadWriteLove28 and Sophia from Bookwyrming Thoughts joined forces to feature some of the newest additions in the book blogging world. In 2017, Sophia started it… but dropped off the face of the planet due to other commitments and put the feature on a hiatus for 2018.

Now Novel Newcomers is back for 2019! With me, Clo, as Soph’s co-host. Are you ready for this years fun, as we shine a light on newbie book bloggers who started in either 2017 OR 2018?

When I first joined the bookish community, way back in 2017 (*nostalgic ripple effect*), I immediately noticed how popular the Myers-Briggs test was with my fellow readers.

It seemed like everyone I followed in those early days had their telltale four-letter code included somewhere in their Twitter bio. INFP, ENFP, ISTJ… you get the point. I thought it was fascinating! Sure, I’d heard of the test before, and even taken it a time or two myself, but I could never remember my results, and it never came up in my day-to-day life enough for me to have to. But suddenly, I was part of an online community where these 16 personality types had a much bigger presence than I was used to. It was completely informal, of course (it’s not like you HAD to put your type in your bio), but it sparked my curiosity. So I took the test myself. Turns out I’m an INFJ — who woulda thought.

Now, after being part of book Twitter for two years and seeing pretty much nothing change in terms of this Myers-Briggs trend, I’ve come to an obvious conclusion: readers like taking tests that allow us to classify ourselves! And why wouldn’t they? After all, it’s pretty fun to see what arbitrary categories different people fall into. I’ve always loved how diverse the bookish community is — no two readers have exactly the same habits, after all — and the Myers-Briggs results are an especially interesting metric of that diversity.

So, in the spirit of classifying people, I present to you the Myers-Briggs test: Reader’s Edition! Last year, I did a post over on my own blog about a similar test for writers, and it was so much fun that I just knew I’d have to make a sequel someday. Today is that day! 

The test is divided into four sections with five questions each. For each question, pick the answer that seems to fit you the most. Keep track of how many A’s and B’s you get in each section to determine your four-letter writer’s type, and compare it to mine as you go! 😀

Disclaimer: my version of the test obviously has fewer questions and a more simplified structure than an actual Myers-Briggs test would, so feel free to be flexible with your results and categorize yourself however you see fit.

Section 1

  1. Do you take notes while reading?
    • A: Yes, most of the time!
    • B: No, not really
  2. How often do you find yourself skimming through the more boring parts of what you’re reading?
    • A: Not that often
    • B: A lot — oops 
  3. Suppose you read a book for the first time a few months ago. How well do you remember the specifics of the book, like character names and plot points, now?
    • A: Pretty well
    • B: There was a plot? 
  4. Do you often stick it out through a book that you don’t like?
    • A: Yup, I power through
    • B: No! Life’s too short 
  5. Are you adept at recognizing plot twists before they happen?
    • A: Most of the time, yeah
    • B: No, I’m surprised a lot

 

If you picked mostly A’s, you are more focused on Scrutinizing (S). You pay close attention to the finer details of the books that you read, and you tend to pick up on small things that others might miss, like a problematic line of dialogue or brief reference to another work. You also tend to approach reading more critically, almost as if you were going to be reviewing the book in question… and maybe you are. 😀

If you picked mostly B’s, you are more focused on Enjoying (E). You’re more of a big-picture kind of person, and you tend to read more casually, with a focus on enjoying your book rather than analyzing it. Breaking down the plot structure and characterization of a novel just doesn’t come as naturally to you unless you choose to focus on it, and you’d rather not… after all, this isn’t a high school English class!

 

Personally, I think I fall more into the Enjoying category, and I’m mostly saying that because I’m really, really bad at remembering the smaller details of books that I read only a few months ago. I’m definitely a big-picture person when it comes to reading, and there have been several times where I’ve read a book purely for enjoyment and not picked up on ANY of the things the rest of the book community is discussing. (Last of Her Name comes to mind — I had literally no idea that it was based on Russian folklore until I read a bunch of Goodreads reviews about it. Oops?) The more reviews I write, though, the better my Scrutinizing skills are getting… so who knows, this part of my reader’s type might change soon!

Section 2

  1. When you buy (or borrow) new books, how soon do you read them?
    • A: Right away!
    • B: As soon as I can… so probably like in the next year or so? 
  2. Do you prefer to read several books at once, or just one?
    • A: Just one — gotta keep it simple
    • B: As many as I can handle! 
  3. Do you have a scheduled reading time or do you just pick up a book whenever you feel like it?
    • A: I stick to a schedule
    • B: Self-proclaimed mood reader here! 
  4. How easy is it for you stick to a pre-planned TBR?
    • A: Pretty easy
    • B: I’ve tried, but I always end up abandoning it 😦 
  5. When a new book in a series comes out, do you reread/review all of the earlier books before reading the new one, or do you dive in to the newest instalment immediately?
    • A: I have to read all the others first, duh!
    • B: I dive right in! Why wait?

If you picked mostly A’s, you are more Methodical (M). Your reading habits tend to be built around routines and plans, whether that means crafting monthly TBRs or simply maintaining a designated “reading time” every day. This allows you to be impressively productive and get a lot of reading done each month! You’re a responsible reader, and it shows.

If you picked mostly B’s, you are more Chaotic (C). In other words — you’re a mood reader. You pick up a book when you feel like it, and you have no qualms about ~accidentally~ abandoning it and having to start all over again the next time you have enough free time to read. It’s a wonder that you get anything at all read, sometimes… but you still manage it, in your own chaotic way. 😀

 

I’m definitely in the Chaotic category on this one. I try to read as much as I can, but between school and work and all of the personal projects I’m working on, I often don’t have time during the week to even think about reading. I’ll be so tired that all I want to do is take a nap or scroll through some bookish memes on Instagram, and I’ll forget all about the book that I was so excited to read just days before. When I DO have the time and energy, however, watch out — I’ll go on a reading binge, working my way through five books (or sometimes more) in three days. (And then my eyes will feel like someone rubbed sandpaper all over them, but ya know how it is… sometimes sacrifices have to be made.)

Section 3

  1. Which is more your go-to: fiction or nonfiction?
    • A: Nonfiction for sure; gimme the facts
    • B: Fiction, all the way! 
  2. Do you prefer books that handle small-scale, personal conflicts, or larger, overthrowing-the-government type conflicts?
    • A: I like the slice-of-life stories
    • B: Overthrowing the government! The more sweeping, the better! 
  3. Are you more of a literary fiction fan or a genre fiction fan?
    • A: Literary fiction
    • B: Genre fiction 
  4. Do you often read books that were inspired by true stories?
    • A: Yeah, now that you mention it
    • B: Not really… 
  5. Would you rather read a contemporary or an SFF book?
    • A: Probably a contemporary 
    • B: I’d take the SFF any day

 

If you picked mostly A’s, you are more Realistic (R). You prefer reading books that are set in the real world, with characters that have to deal with real-life problems, over the fancy settings and complex magic systems of SFF books. Chances are, your favorite genre is YA or NA contemporary. You might even primarily read nonfiction books!

If you picked mostly B’s, you are more Fantastical (F). You love everything from magic and dragons to spaceships and Mars colonies in your books. While you may still have specific genre preferences (like preferring fantasy to sci-fi), your primary concern when looking for a book to read is whether or not it’ll sweep you away to an entirely new world when you read it. 

 

This probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s even glanced at my blog, but I land squarely in the Fantastical category. The magical world of the Harry Potter series was what first got me hooked on reading as a kid, and my preferences haven’t changed much since. I love sci-fi and fantasy with all my heart, and while I don’t mind a good contemporary novel every now and then, I read SFF almost exclusively. I’m even working on a sci-fi novel of my own that’ll hopefully see the light of a bookstore shelf display someday! (Hey, a girl can dream, right?)

Section 4

  1. Do you stick to one format or do you like to branch out? (Format meaning audiobooks vs. ebooks vs. print books, for example.)
    • A: I’ll read any format you put in front of me!
    • B: I don’t mind different formats, but I definitely have a favorite that I stick with 
  2. How quick are you to DNF a book?
    • A: I’ll stick it out most of the time… maybe it’ll get better
    • B: If I don’t like it, it’s gone just like that! 
  3. If you had some free reading time, would you rather reread a favorite or move on to something new?
    • A: I’d check out something new
    • B: I’d revisit an old favorite 
  4. If you were gifted a book that didn’t fit your usual interests, would you read it or return it? (Assume the gift receipt is included, so you don’t have to awkwardly ask whoever gave it to you to return it!)
    • A: Read it… why not?
    • B: Return it. I’d rather exchange it for something I know I’ll like 
  5. Do you have any “bookish deal-breakers” that make you put down a book immediately if you see them mentioned in the synopsis?
    • A: Not really, I have a few tropes I dislike but I’ll give the book a chance if the rest of it sounds good
    • B: Yeah… I can’t stand anything with [insert deal-breaker, like “vampires,” here], no matter how good it sounds

 

If you picked mostly A’s, you are more Adventurous (A). You’ll read almost anything, in any format, because you just like reading that much! You’ve really taken the whole “never judge a book by it’s cover” thing to heart — even if you know a book is out of your normal genre zone, you’ll probably give it a try anyway, because why not? It could be your new favorite book; you won’t know till you try!

If you picked mostly B’s, you are more Traditional (T). You know what you like in a book, and you generally stick with it when it comes to your reading habits. If you hate books with werewolves, and a synopsis mentions werewolves, you’re gonna steer wellllll clear. You’re also not afraid to DNF at the first sign of a book’s shortcomings — you’d much rather spend your time reading a book that you actually like! 

 

For this category, I’m going to have to say that I’m more Traditional. I have a list of pretty specific bookish deal-breakers, ranging from werewolves and vampires (like the examples I used above) to anything involving the word “Fae.” I’m not really sure where these pet peeves of mine came from — traumatic reading experiences when I was younger, probably — but I stick with them, and they’ve been working so far to keep me away from books I wouldn’t enjoy! I do need to start being more Adventurous with formats, though. My Kindle doesn’t get nearly as much use as it should, and that’s a shame.

Putting It All Together

Based on my results from all four categories, my reader’s type is ECFT. This means that I read mostly for enjoyment in a chaotic and unscheduled manner, tending towards fantastical works and staying with my traditional favorites when it comes to genre. I think that’s pretty accurate as of right now! My type will probably change as I head off to university in a few weeks and settle into a more independent lifestyle, but that’s okay — the point of the test is to be flexible, after all. It’ll be interesting to see how my results change over time! 

In the meantime, I want to hear all about your results from the quiz. How does your reader’s type compare to mine? Do you think my mini-Myers-Briggs is accurate? Where there any sections or questions that I could have added to the quiz to make it encompass all of the different types of readers more easily? Let me know down below — I’ll be popping in throughout the day to respond to comments. Huge thanks to Clo for hosting me! 😀

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7 thoughts on “A Myers-Briggs Test for Readers…What’s Your Bookish “Type”? (Novel Newcomers: Alex @ Scribbles & Stories)

  1. this was soooooo much fun! we literally ended up with the same personality type, which honestly, speaks to me a lot. i am 100% someone who reads for fun and enjoyment, and that likes to be comfortable, so i hardly ever pick up something out of my comfort zone. so i completely agree with the “traditional” and “enjoyment”. i was surprised i ended up with fantastical though, since i mostly read contemporaries, but i think it is understandable, as i hardly ever read non-fiction or literary fiction anyway, while have had my fair share of YA fantasies.
    thank you so much for putting this test together, alex! it was so much fun!

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  2. SCFT!
    The funny thing is that we off by only one letter here, and as well for Myers-Briggs: I’m an INTJ.
    I’ve considered doing recommended reads based on Myers-Briggs types before, but it’s a lot of work! This was a fun quiz – great idea.

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