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Last night, I was caught up in a intense conversation with my friend, where I went on and on about a book I had recently finished, until she stopped me mid- way and dropped the bomb as to how she is reading three books at the same time. I was aghast at her revelation. I felt disgusted (Too dramatic? Okay, okay!)
Anyway, She is like many of you out there: a book- adulterer. You people never stick to one book. It is not your fault. My friend boldly accepts as to how she starts reading a book and likes it. Then her eyes land on an attractive cover of another book and she ruthlessly leaves the first one. This process goes on and on until she is satisfied with the amount of stories cluttering her head. Well, there is a category for people, like her: Book Fornicators!
1. The Haters: So you read the book and you hated it so much that it encouraged you to go further. These are the readers who love reading as much as they hate it. They have a complicated relationship with some books, if we put it mildly. They will read each and every word, silently close the covers and toss the book around the room. Their nose will flair and temper will run high at the slightest mention of the book; they hate it so much that they will read till the end.
2. The Haters (Part II): They are very special readers. They hate almost everything. They have a comment and an opinion about almost everything. They are the self- righteous people who think it is their duty to save the humanity from its own doom. The best part is they do not have a definitive response to why they hate something? These are the ones, who will hate books like the Haters part I but without even reading them.
3. The Disciplined Readers: I have this friend who buys books one at a time. Well guess what? He is a chronological reader. This type is all about sequence. They will wake up one day and finish the book at hand because they just can’t bear to see them lying unopened in front of them. Then after finishing it, will head towards the bookstore for another one but just ONE. They are the ‘slow and steady wins the race’ kind of creatures.
4. The Abusers: Beware of this kind. Their home is filled with the sight of pages turned, book covers separated from the book, the backs broken and splayed on either sides. You’d find the books marred with random scribbles in the margin, and multiple markings around their favorite parts.They probably love reading, but not as much as caring for the books they are reading. The Lovers kind hates them. (Coming Next!)
5. The Lovers: They walk into a bookstore and their face lights up instantly. They are the one who are irrevocably and unconditionally in love with books. They love every book, the old ones, the new ones, the crinkling ones… They are often seen admiring the books from every angle; smelling the pages multiple times and often tracing the spine with utmost delicacy.
6. The Flaunters: They are in love with the idea of books. They will claim their love by aggressively sharing and boasting of their said love on social networking platforms. They have liked almost every page on Facebook that fills their feed with remarkable literature, and have carefully categorized their books into lists on GoodReads.
7. Haters (Part III): Considered the most horrible people by the book lovers; they hate the very act of reading. Everything is much better than reading to them. They distaste even the mere sight of book lovers. They cannot comprehend the act of sitting with a book when there is so much out there waiting for them to be explored.
8. The Bedtime Readers: Their love awakes as the sunlight disappears and night starts to lull us to sleep. They will take a book with them to the bed. Rejoice and cry with them. Make love with the words and before they realize fall into a deep slumber with the books resting by their side. They have discovered truth, been to many places, lived many lives, without ever getting out of their bed.