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Is Mr. Darcy in your bag? Does Jane Austen make it to your bedside table more often than not? Do the sisters Bronte adorn your bookshelf? It’s not difficult to decipher from your pretty paisley bed sheets and your preference for candlelight and bonbons that you might be a romantic. You rarely leave the nineteenth century but when you do it better be to read books like The Time Traveler’s Wife or The Notebook. If anyone is looking for you, you’ll be reading Jane Eyre with a cup of tea and your favorite blanket. In fact, scratch that, you’d rather not be disturbed, at all.
Do the writings of J. R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis grab you? If your favorite authors have initials for first names and Science Fiction and Fantasy are your game you’re likely a clever bird. It takes skill and patience to read through a series with intricately woven plots and more characters than an entire season of Game of Thrones. You’re likely a problem solver and a puzzle crusher. You cannot always convince all your friends to sit through the five hour movie version of your favorite books but when you find someone else that appreciates their genius you bond like a couple of hobbits over a pint.
Do the literary musings of James Joyce or the great Homer tickle your fancy? Do you love to tell people you’ve just finished Finnigan’s wake, again? You’re likely a professor of Irish literature or a liar. Okay, maybe that is too harsh. Maybe, I am just jealous because I couldn’t get past the first page. Bravo, for reading and adoring what might be considered the most difficult read of all time.
Do the literary stylings of a few modern day authors get your attention? Your favorite authors don’t have to be dead to be appreciated. Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief should be in everyone’s library. Maybe you prefer the perpetually best-selling mysteries of James Patterson or the addicting prose of Dan Brown. If your tastes run to things you might see on the best seller list, don’t feel bad, it just means you have great taste like so many other voracious readers.
Lastly, the genre that has been dominating our generation: Children’s Literature. From the literary triumph that is Harry Potter to the addicting series The Hunger Games, these young adult novels are ubiquitous among our culture and rightly so. If you know what the sorting hat is, and you relish in the sweet sound of the mockingjay you might be a fan of today’s best young adult lit. You are young at heart and while you’d rather spend your time rereading your favorites from these series’ you’re also quick to appreciate books like The Day the Crayons Quit and really anything by Oliver Jeffers. You’re a kid a heart and we like your style.
Maybe you’re reading tastes travel across these categories and many more. Regardless, here’s hoping you find some quiet time to enjoy your favorites books this holiday season.