I’m asking, readers, because a few days ago I had a surprising revelation: what does a person’s favorite book, or favorite genre, say about them? Does it even say anything at all, or is this just a stupid question? I’m not one to read very deeply into things normally, but the possibilities of this intrigue me.
For example, my favorite genre (or, rather, subgenre) right now is of the post-apocalyptic/dystopian strain. Don’t even ask me about my favorite book, because I honestly could not tell you. Anyway, does my current affinity for this genre mean that I’m generally depressed about the direction humanity as a whole is taking? Or is it that I’m hopeful that no matter how bad things are, there will be someone to stand up for the little guys? Or maybe this means something entirely different- perhaps it indicates that I’m a bit of a crowd follower, what with the popularity of this subgenre these days. As with most types of personal interpretation, it can mean just about anything. Which is why I have to be a bit careful when broaching this subject, especially since I’m not sure any of those possible answers quite fit me.
I do think that a favorite novel can say a lot about a person, though. After all, the individual who adores Gone With the Wind is going to be a tad different than he who will swear by Ender’s Game. Someone who likes the action genre may be a bit more outgoing than someone who is more into tech novels.
There are some Web sources that explore this topic in various ways, but I want your opinions, readers. Which is why, for the first time ever on Novel Journeys, I’m putting a poll in the post, just asking whether you think there’s anything to this personality stuff. You can always leave a comment if you would like to elaborate on the topic, but in general I think this will be a good way of determining what stock my subscribers (or casual passersby) put in this question of mine.
In other news, I’ve been thinking lately about starting a Goodreads account. It seems like a good way to get recommendations for new books to read, as well as a way to easily keep track of what I’ve read and what I still want to read, if and when the To-Be-Read pile is eliminated at last. I’ve been there more than once to see the pages for certain books I’ve received over the holidays, and from what I’ve seen I like the layout of the site.
And so here is my second (and third) question to those of you who use Goodreads or a similar site (like Shelfari): how useful is it in reviewing and finding books? Are there any good books you found through those sites that you wouldn’t have come across otherwise?
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have an English paper on Walt Whitman to finish (the research for which is the reason I had that quote from the preface to Leaves of Grass on my About page for a few days).
UPDATE: Here’s the link to a site where the author outlines all of the major genres and what they might say about their readers. Enjoy!