Sep 12 2012 8:04am

What Type of Reader are You: Sponge, Sand-glass, Strain-bag, Mogul Diamond?

Sam ClaflinSamuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), a poet and critic in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, had an interesting theory about readers.

Read his thoughts, and weigh in on if you agree.

Readers may be divided into four classes:
1. Sponges, who absorb all that they read and return it in nearly the same state, only a little dirtied.
2. Sand-glasses, who retain nothing and are content to get through a book for the sake of getting through the time.
3. Strain-bags, who retain merely the dregs of what they read.
4. Mogul diamonds, equally rare and valuable, who profit by what they read, and enable others to profit by it also.

What kind of reader are you?

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Megan Frampton
1. MFrampton
While of course I'd want to be a mogul diamond, I think in reality I am a sponge. My husband calls me the woodchipper, because of the way I go through books.
2. AnimeJune
Depends on the book. I would say mostly I'm a sponge, but in reading THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP where I'm half sandglass (I just want to get through the damn thing already) and half strainbag (There are still little useful bits in the book).
Lana Baker
3. lanalucy
Totally depends on the book. I read voraciously, so in general I'm a sponge. I might retain a visual of the cover (back when I did most of my reading in print) and maybe the blurb from the back of the book. If I read a couple of pages, I can usually tell if I've read the book before. Some books, though, just stick with me, either the characters, or the concept, or the plot, or just a general feeling of WOW. So for the vast majority of books I read, I could probably tell you if I've read them, but not much else without refreshing my memory.
4. EvangelineHolland
I'm a mogul diamond, lol. Everything I read usually goes into my vast memory bank, and I can pull things out at the drop of a hat to tell someone or give advice. :-D
Lege Artis
5. LegeArtis
Oh, I'm blessed(?) with elephant memory... I remember quotes, names, details... Even if I don't like it. I'm a sponge, a sandglass, a mogul diamond... depends.
This reminds me of that old which caracter from Sex&City are you? And everybody says: Well, I'm Carrie, but I'm Charlotte when it comes to love...or some other combo.
6. fire_dragon31
I think it depends entirely on the book im reading but generally im am a cross between a Sponge & a Strain-bag. I tend to read alot of books but depending on the book ill go back and forth between the two
Rae Alley
7. rszalley
I'm terrible, it varies by book. There are some things that I remember perfectly (like the gagging sensation at the end line of a perfectly fun trilogy that was just so saccharine sweet it almost ruined the entire series) while there are other things that I vaguely recall. I read through some series so that I can be aware of them in current cultural context (Twilight, 50 shades, LotR, etc.) in the same way I watched certain tv series or football games. Some I start to like, even, despite myself (Big Bang Theory).

So all four? Maybe?
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