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You can be an avid reader of a particular genre or writer irrespective of the literary quality of the books. In fact literary quality doesn't come in to it - you will read that book you have been looking forwards to ever since you heard mention of it in preference to a higher quality book.
2. keenly desirous; eager; greedy (often fol. by for or of): avid for pleasure; avid of power.
...thats dictionary.com`s definition of AVID.....
I consider myself an avid reader...because I read often I have a passion for books and authors...
Maybe the term avid is used too often I have heard/ read it used for sports... collectors...ect...I often see that word pop up in obituarys...
Insatiable...IMO is a much better term.....
The reason for reading or the genre cannot have anything to do with whether someone is an avid rader or not. But you do need a preference for books - if you usually prefer the film you are no avid reader.
Or in my case, apathetic, indifferent or blase.
What I want to know is when can you call someone "well-read?"
random reader : one who can quite happily read cereal packets and the safety instructions on toothpick boxes
rapacious reader : someone who will steal books if necessary to get their fix
rascally reader : one who borrows books, but does not return them
ravenous reader : rapacious reader currently without a book and obliged to resort to cereal packets
ridiculous reader : one who is prepared to read a book with an embarrassing cover in public
ringing reader : one who reads while telephoning
riotous reader : the person opposite you in the train, who is reading a very funny book and laughing aloud at all the jokes
rugged reader : one who returns books bent out of shape with muddy pawprints all over them
I think a person can consider themselves well read when many life time situations bring some part of some book to mind. When what has been read becomes part of one's thought and decision making processes. Just my humble opinion.
Thank you. I think I do not agree, but the notion is provocative. I suspect 'well-read' has to do with some kind of canon, but to consider that one's choices' coming from one's reading makes one well-read is a good idea.
An avid reader loves to read, no matter what the genre. They read, not because they have to, but because it's a need. It's necessary to their well-being!LOL (ever try interrupting one in the midst of a great book? Be prepared for war!).
An avid reader devours books like candy, always wanting more, never being satisfied. It's like a great, big gaping hole inside, a black hole, a gigantic beast that is never satiated by only one or two or three books. An avid reader is compelled to continue reading until the day they die. They get this itch, this urge, this...helpless desire to READ and it never ends! =)
So what makes an avid reader? I honestly don't know, I can't imagine some people never reading for pleasure, or like verbafacio said in post #13, only read "one book per year" (ack!! Shameful!!!).
When I saw your phrase "red light reader," I thought of someone who only reads erotica or books about the sex trade/industry.
I've always taken "well-read," on the other hand, to mean having read a lot of classics. (So I'm an avid reader, but not necessarily well-read.)
An avid reader is someone who reads as much as they can, whenever and wherever they can. I'd say you're not really an avid reader unless you have at least three books on the go at any one time.
I think this also means having tried a fair amount of the classics, so you can say "oh, I could not finish Anna Karenina, I just could not get interested in the characters" when that book comes up, instead of always having to say "I'm planning to read it, soon, really". And not just fiction - you cannot call yourself well-read if you haven't read something substantial on evolution, or on the history of your own country, or ...
And I do read cereal packets and I do have some trouble not reading more than two or three books at the time, so I still qualify as avid. Hurray!
I want to learn about things I am curious about (I am VERY curious about a LOT of things) I want to be able to escape, or to get entertained without having another person in the room, infact, don't bother me when I am lost in a book I am *bow my head in superficial shame* a cranky person if you do so.
I am a woman, and I like all the things women like i.e. clothes, make-up, gossiping with girlfriends etc. BUT, I am also perfectly happy (excited!!) to find a new bookstore or to browse in one for HOURS!!
I like the way books feel, smell, even the sound they make when you turn the pages!....I could never read an E-book, yuck.
I don't look for bestsellers or only one genre, I read what ever I like about a hundred subjects. If it is interesting to me I read it.
And finally..I might not always take a man to bed, but I ALWAYS take a book to bed!! Now, if this makes me an Avid reader, than so be it. If not who cares? Surely not me........
The thing that unites us is our common interest in books.......
And I give hereby "cyber cake" too all......Have a happy and "Well-read" 2008 Everybody............