Jun 26, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Definition

What, in your opinion, is the definition of a “reader.” A person who indiscriminately reads everything in sight? A person who reads BOOKS? A person who reads, period, no matter what it is? … Or, more specific? Like the specific person who’s reading something you wrote?

Interesting question. To me, a reader is someone who thoroughly enjoys reading in general. When I think of a 'reader', I picture someone who enjoys learning from reading, whether it be from novels, non-fiction, magazines, blogs etc. Even if you're reading a novel, I believe you learn from that story. You learn about the theme of the book, its locale, and many other aspects. Lately I've enjoyed many non-fiction books and I come away with so much insight into things I wouldn't ordinarily become familiar with. Reading = Learning.

On the other hand, I don't consider someone who only reads the local newspaper every day to be a 'reader'. There are a lot of people who read the paper daily who don't care to sit and read a book.

So in answer to this question, I would say I believe a reader to be someone who chooses to read and enjoyes learning from reading no matter what the format.

I'd also like to mention that there are still a few days left to enter my book giveaway. I'm giving away my ARC of THE RICHEST SEASON by Maryann McFadden. Simply leave a comment here by 6/28/08 at 9:00 pm to enter. Good Luck!


  1. Reading = Learning.

    Very good point. You have to be engaged in what your reading to learn from it.

  2. I'm confused. You first state that the reader must be someone reading a book, but in the next paragraph, state, "I believe a reader to be someone who chooses to read and enjoys learning from reading no matter what the format."

  3. I'm sorry if I confused you. Let me clarify. Early in my post I mentioned not only reading books, but magazines, blogs etc. I didn't mean to imply that if you were't reading a book, you aren't a 'reader'. In my last paragraph I meant to say that a reader, in my opinion, is someone who chooses to read, whether it be books, blogs, magazines and enjoys it on a regular basis. I'm sorry for the confustion.

  4. Hey Lisa!! Please throw my name in the hat for you giveaway. I posted my BTT READER definition over at Planet Books earlier too.


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