What Makes a Reader | Book Discussion

Hello, book lovers! 💕

What makes a reader? Is it based on how many books you read? Or the type of books you read? Or how you read? This seems like something that is self-explanatory, but it’s something that’s been on my mind lately. Mainly because my reading habits have changed drastically as I’ve gotten older and gotten into different hobbies.

I think I’ve mentioned this many times on my blog, but I haven’t been reading like I used to. I used to be constantly reading in my free time. I’d finish an 800 page book in less than a week. I’d only read physical books (and sometimes ebooks).

But lately I’ve been reading a lot less. And that got me thinking about what makes you a reader. I know that most people will say that as long as you’re reading, you’re a reader. And I’d agree with that.

Even if that’s not how I’ve been feeling with my own reading.

I feel like I’m letting my past self down because I’m not reading like I used to. I’m not as obsessed with books and reading as I was 5 or 10 years ago.

That’s not to say I don’t love reading still. Because I do. I’ve just been reading lot less. And it makes me feel like less of a reader because I’m not reading a million books a month (that might be an exaggeration). I know I shouldn’t compare myself to other people, but I keep seeing people on here and on YouTube reading 8-10 books a month or even more, and I’m over here only reading 3 or 4 most months.

I know that that’s still better than not reading anything. And I get that I shouldn’t be so hard on myself or put so much pressure on myself to read all the time. And I try really hard not to. But it’s still at the back of my mind every so often when I choose to play video games or draw rather than read.

Which is why I love audiobooks so much. I feel like I’m being productive because I can play a video game or draw while also read.

But it still doesn’t feel like I’m reading. It kind of feels like I’m cheating, even though I know I’m not. It’s still reading. It’s just a different form of reading. You’re just having it read to you rather than actually reading the words on a page. And sometimes that’s better because the narrators do different voice acting and stuff to make it entertaining.

The same goes for comics or graphic novels. Just because there are pictures along with the text doesn’t mean you’re not reading (I have a whole post on comics/manga and if they should be considered as books read like on Goodreads). But the pictures/illustrations add to the story as a whole because you can visualize what’s going on.

Anyway, I kind of feel like this post is all over the place. But that’s basically how I’ve been feeling with my reading lately. I don’t feel as much of a reader as I used to when I was younger, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Like people, hobbies and interests evolve over time. And if my reading tastes didn’t change as I got older, then there’d be a problem because I would probably still be reading YA fiction. I wouldn’t be experiencing the new books that I’ve been loving.

Because that’s the thing. Even though I haven’t been reading as much as I used to, I’m still reading. Whether that’s a physical book, an ebook or an audiobook. I’m still consuming stories and worlds and characters. I’m still reading, even if it’s not as much. I’m still loving books even if I don’t read as many as others each month.

So there you have it. Those are my thoughts on what makes you a reader. Which is just reading books, no matter what kind they are or how you consume them.

What are your thoughts on what makes a reader? I’d love to chat about it in the comments below!

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I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary. I also love to play video games and draw and watch movies and TV shows. And this is my safe space where I can gush about everything I love.

7 thoughts on “What Makes a Reader | Book Discussion

  1. I loved reading your thoughts on this, especially as this topic has been at the back of my mind for a few weeks now. 3 or 4 books a month is still a huge deal!! This year, I’ve only been getting in 2-3 books per month so far (I blame school), and while I know that quantity isn’t really that important, it still makes me feel a bit discouraged when I see all these wrap-up posts with like dozens of books finished. It’s definitely important to keep in mind that what makes a reader is your enjoyment of reading — the specifics beyond that don’t matter that much.

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    1. Exactly! As long as you’re reading, it doesn’t matter how you’re reading or how much. That’s something I have to remind myself daily, especially on days when I don’t feel like reading or decide to pick up an audiobook.

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  2. I do think that as long as you’re reading, you can be called a reader. Reading should be something fun and enjoyable and if you put too much pressure on yourself to read a certain number of books or certain genre, then it becomes a chore. As long as you’re reading and you enjoy it, then you’re a reader in my eyes 🙂

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  3. For me if you pick up a book and it takes you a year to finish it you are still a reader! As long as you are reading and having fun it doesn’t matter when or how much 🙂 Awesome post!

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