My Reading Personality (according to Oprah)

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Below are your individual scores for each personality type. The category with the highest score is your reading personality. Scroll down to read more about your reading personality.

 Philosopher: 2
Judge: 1
 Lionizer: 3
 Romantic: 1
 Aesthete: 2
 Endurance Reader: 0
 Pundit: 1
 Mirror: 0
The Philosopher
You may have finished school long ago, but you’ve never lost your hunger for increasing your knowledge. You likely prefer nonfiction and “think” books, but you can enjoy a novel if it teaches you something. Homer’s The Odyssey will captivate you with its tips on raft building, while Barbara Kingsolver’s The Lacuna will satisfy with recipes for empanadas dulces and vivid descriptions of Diego Rivera’s Mexico. Seeking to make sense of societal trends—past, present and future—you’ll read books like The Sixth Extinction and Freakonomics. Other books on your bedside table over the years have been Guns, Germs, and Steel; Outliers; The Happiness Project; Thinking, Fast and Slow; and—lately—Lean In and Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century. You hold the deep conviction that, although the world may work in mysterious ways, you can decode those ways if you apply yourself. For you, the best books are ones that help you solve the puzzle of human existence.
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The Judge
You are a person with a strong sense of right and wrong and a firm sense of self. You expect to see bad actions punished and good actions rewarded. Books that don’t fulfill those expectations can dismay you, and books about people whose conduct violates your own moral code can get your back up—whether it’s Flaubert’s philandering Madame Bovary, Marlon James’ brutal gang leaders in A Brief History of Seven Killings, or Piper Kerman’s memoir of serving prison time for money laundering, Orange Is the New Black. Chances are that you have a penchant for nonfiction books that highlight effort, tenacity and achievement, and fiction that makes redemptive moral points. Dickens’ David Copperfield and Jeannette Walls’The Glass Castle will satisfy you with their stories of personal triumph over hardship, injustice and poor parenting. You may be fond of crime and detective novels, too—exulting when the baddies are brought to justice.
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The Lionizer
You bring an element of fiction to the way you see the world and the way you see yourself. To you, life is an adventurous novel that you create and change, day by day, taking inspiration for your own path from the actions and journeys of brave, determined people you know, or read about. The Goldfinch will intrigue you as much as A House for Mister Biswas; and for you, the slums of Behind the Beautiful Forevers or a biography of Thomas Jefferson will hold as much allure as the towers of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series. For you, a book is a passport to another place and time. Whether you travel much in your real life, you like books that transport you to terra incognita, like Land of Love and Drowning or Absurdistan. In your dreams Cloud Atlas is your diary. Nonfiction books hold your interest when they describe personalities and situations that demonstrate the mutability and drama you crave. You likely harbor a passion for classic children’s literature, too—that’s the Lionizer’s wading pool.   
Keep reading: 17 Books That Will Transport Lionizers to Another World
The Starry-Eyed Romantic
Remember all those summer childhood afternoons you spent sprawled under the forsythia bushes in the garden, reading Love Story, Little Women and Jane Eyre (and maybe Judy Blume’s Forever) over and over? We won’t tell your parents. Romantic readers crave sexy encounters, fantastical happenings and storybook endings, whether those endings be (mostly) joyful (Pride and Prejudice, Twilight, How Stella Got Her Groove Back) or tragic (Romeo and Juliet, Me Before You, One Day). So…bring on true love and vampires, heartbreak and dragons and Earl Grey tea. Romantics relish a good cry or epic drama—which partially explains their embrace of A Game of Thrones. Romantics have a soft spot for YA fiction, as it suits their taste for efficient plotting and satisfying outcomes.
Keep reading: The 22 Greatest Love Stories for Starry-Eyed Romantics
The Aesthete
You’ve read many works by classic authors—from Virgil and Shakespeare to Tolstoy, Stendhal, Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf, Ralph Ellison, Pablo Neruda and F. Scott Fitzgerald—and you savor books by award-winning contemporary authors, from Salvage the Bones and A Visit from the Goon Squad, to The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, On Beauty, Gilead or What Is the What. Plot and pacing are less important to you than the originality of the author’s imagination and use of language. You revere writers whose words can exalt everyday experience into a sharable sublimeness. “Home was an idea, and like Arcadia it was lost in the past,” Kate Atkinson writes in Life After Life. Discovering fresh perceptions like this is the reason you read. You’re not put off if a sentence is as long as a paragraph, or if a paragraph fills a whole page, as long as the power of the author’s voice continues unbroken. Nor do you mind if the book’s characters are wicked, if the hero is unlucky; or if the settings are alien or hostile. The Aesthete can love Land of Love and Drowning without supporting witchcraft or adultery, and can adore The Way We Live Now without rooting for pyramid schemes. This sort of reader doesn’t need a happy ending, or a neat Aesopian resolution. This sort of reader wants to immerse herself in the author’s language and raptly take it all in.  What compels you above all is the sense of the author’s sustained gift of expression, whether it be lyrical, understated or sonorous.
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The Endurance Reader
Like a long-distance runner, you have powers of endurance and you don’t mind tackling epics or long sagas that cover varied terrain and multiple generations. Covering so much ground appeals to you because you enjoy the sensation of slowly compassing the distance you cross, enfolding the landscape into yourself. Others may despair of finishing Karl Ove Knausgaard’s epic My Struggle series, but you relish every moment. If you had three months to spend on a reading holiday, you would take Moby Dick, or Anthony Powell’s four-volume A Dance to the Music of Time, or Tolstoy’s War and Peace, Thomas Mann’s Buddenbrooks, George Eliot’s Middlemarch, Philipp Meyer’s The Son or all of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. You derive satisfaction from the achievement of completing the journey.
Keep reading: Books That Endurance Readers Will Never Want to End
The Pundit
You like a book to be a springboard to future conversations, whether it’s a best-selling novel, the biography of a political figure or celebrity or a think book that gives you fresh subjects to bring up at a dinner table or at the office water cooler. You pay attention to reviews, and when friends on social media praise The Flamethrowers, My Brilliant Friend or Not That Sort of Girl, or commentators on television programs lavish attention on a new nonfiction book, like War Hospital or Elizabeth Warren’s A Fighting Chance, it increases the likelihood that you will read it. Whatever your guiding style of reading may be, if you have a Pundit element as well, you are strongly tempted to read books that people in your circle are reading, too, so your private experience of reading will acquire a social dimension.
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The Mirror
In the prolonged moment when the responsibility of parenthood and raising children overtakes your life, and your neighborhood and community enclose you more confiningly than they formerly did, you may find yourself becoming a Mirror reader. (The style may not stay with you once the kids grow older.) Mirror readers are drawn to books, happy or sad, that reflect their current experience, centering on family life. If you are supporting a family, or being supported yourself as you raise kids, you may find validation—as well as cause for concern—in a novel like Tom Perrotta’s Little Children, which shows the tensions that strain teeter-totter marriages. Meg Wolitzer’s The Ten-Year Nap specifically resonates with women like her protagonist—who leaned out, not in, when she had children…then wondered, as her kids neared middle-school age, how she could rejoin the work force. There is perhaps no better American writer than Anne Tyler at showing how the tangles and ties of family connection persist, even after the kids are grown. And in England, Margaret Drabble’s The Needle’s Eye or Tessa Hadley’s Sunstroke and Other Stories provide a similarly inclusive backdrop. The books a Mirror reader looks for provide a combination of catharsis and cautionary tale, reassuring the reader that her experiences are shared and familiar and that they are a part of her life—an important part—but a chapter, not the whole story. Nonfiction books like All Joy and No Fun provide fodder for commiseration, venting and rueful bonding among Mirror readers at playdates, coffee breaks and neighborhood potlucks. There will be time later on to return to reading experimental novels about freewheeling dreamers, or brainteasing nonfiction books about war and the cosmos, if you want to. You can’t read all things at once.
Keep reading: Family Fiction for Mirror Readers

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