Portia: To me, a real reader is one who reads with an open mind and has the ability to lose him- or herself in a story. (Of course, the chance of the latter happening is dependent on how well the writer tells the story.) I digress. Real readers reside within the pages. They love or hate certain characters, picture their houses, feel their emotions, and hear their voices. They invest in the story.
Even if the story isn’t quite what they thought it would be, a real reader can put his or her expectations aside and still accept the story for what it is. I’ve read a few books that didn’t go in the directions I thought they would, but I still had favorite characters, chuckled when I read witty dialogue, and paused to reflect after reading words that were enliprofound. I was still able to appreciate their execution of the craft. I wouldn’t say that you have to read all genres to be a real reader, though others may argue differently. Some people like what they like. BUT I do feel readers shouldn’t rob themselves of opportunities to be exposed to new authors, writing styles, and subject matter.
Formalities aside, a Real Reader…
.....is rarely ever seen without a Nook, Kindle, or hardcopy book.
…can’t wait to post about their favorite books on their social networks of choice.
…threatens you if you dare touch one of their favorite books or borrow it without their permission. Lord help you if it’s a signed copy.
…falls asleep with a good book in their hand.
…tells a friend (or twenty) about the great books they’ve read.
…has about five large Rubbermaid bins full of books they’ve read at least twice.
…has a couple bookshelves full of more books.
…has been told by their spouse or significant other that they aren’t allowed to buy any more books because there is no room for them.
…can’t resist buying more anyway because the author is right in front of them and they want their book signed.
…leaves honest reviews that don’t contain spoilers and aren’t laced with malice.
…couldn’t stop reading if they tried.
…is LOL’ing because at least three of these pertain to them.