I wanted to put together a discussion on what makes a “great reader” – is it someone who is well read (whatever definition you place on that), is it someone who is well versed in classics, or is it someone who reads 100 books a year? When trying to piece together my thoughts I ended up with the following post, and decided to run with it, just as it is. To all the great readers – from one Book Geek to another –
A great reader is someone who understands the unrelenting need to read the written word.
A great reader is someone who doesn’t judge or criticise others based on genre, style or author.
A great reader is empathetic, accepting and understanding – their reading life has taught them that there are many, many characters in this world, and that there is room for all of them.
A great reader encourages others to read, in whatever way may suit them… perhaps being slightly over-enthusiastic in their encouragement…
A great reader never gives up trying to find that next great story, the one that whisks them up and takes them away on a great adventure.
A great reader reads classics, and contemporary, fact and fiction. Maybe all of them at the same time. Maybe only one.
A great reader will judge a book based on its cover, obsess over book-boyfriends and fictional heroes, and will feel a rush of excitement like no other at the mention of “a sequel”.
A great reader has the ability to pick-up on the mention of “a book” from a long distance – their eyes glazing over with nostalgia, remembering the books that made them fall in love with reading.
A great reader will always appreciate the smell of a book store, because it almost smells like home.
What would you add? Tell me your thoughts on what makes a great reader.