Tell Us About Yourself and We'll Match You to a British Author

By: Zoe Samuel

Tell Us About Yourself and We'll Match You to a British Author
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About This Quiz

As any parent knows, there is no better way to turn a person off reading than to foist reading materials on them that simply aren't a match for how and what they love to read. There are indeed times in your life when you will have to read books you don't like, but it's a lot easier to make a bookworm of someone — including yourself — if you also have access to the work of writers who are on your wavelength.

You deserve books that tickle your funnybone, tantalise your sense of adventure, or keep you turning the page until the small hours because you simply need to know how it's going to turn out. If you can find a person's matching author, then just about anyone can fall in love with reading — and if you yourself have felt like you're simply not reading as much as you'd like to be, then discovering a new writer is the best way to reawaken your passion for the written word.

That's why we've put together this quiz! Tell us about yourself, and we'll find an author in the British literary canon who will entrance you once more. It's time to get started!

14 Mysterious How mysterious do you like to be?
Very
Not a bit
Not very
Quite a lot

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That Laugh What word might describe your sense of humour?
Droll
Satirical
Dirty
Sparing

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Improve Which genre do you absolutely never read?
Horror
Biography
Romance
Comedy

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alien Do you love stories set in very different worlds, or in the real world?
Lots of parts of our world
Our world, but a certain part of it
Our world, but before now
Other worlds for me — mostly!

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Speech Bubble How modern is your speech pattern?
Slightly old-fashioned
Old-fashioned and posh
Positively ancient
Pre-Victorian

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Getting Ready for Work1 What is the best thing to wear while reading?
A three-piece suit
A silk dressing gown
Nothing
A nightie

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Left on read How much can you read in a single sitting?
Not much
Only a small chunk
A good amount unless it is very dense
A great deal

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Q19 Books If you discover a writer you like, what is the minimum number of books they'd need to have written for you to not be disappointed?
Over 20
At least three
Five to 10
Just one

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Reading Where do you like to read?
In my little reading nook
By a roaring fire
Bath
Bed

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Which ’80s TV Show Are You? What sort of fanfiction are you most likely to write?
Mystery
Comedy
Poetry
Horror

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J.K. Rowling How important is a name-brand author who everyone has heard of?
It's very important!
I like reading things where people know the work, not the author.
I prefer someone who only smart people know!
It's fairly important.

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Are You Ruled by Your Ego or Your Soul Do you mind being called pretentious?
I do mind, yes!
A little
No, I love it!
I don't mind either way.

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Beowulf Have you read "Beowulf"?
What is a Beowulf?
I've heard of it, but no.
Yes, in the original
Yes, in translation

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19 How much do you need a laugh right now?
A little
Desperately
I could certainly go for a laugh!
I hate to laugh!

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Handmaid If everyone says there's a really great TV adaptation of a book, how important is it to read the book first?
I can do either.
I'm happy to see the show first.
I always read the book first.
I do prefer to read the book first.

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Can You Answer All of These Questions About Foreign Etiquette1 Which segment of society interests you the most?
Upper middle class and/or rural
Posh people
All of it
Intelligentsia

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Amazon Kindle Physical books or digital readers — who has your loyalty?
I love them all!
I prefer books.
I only like books.
I prefer e-readers.

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High School Books How many bad books by a beloved author would cause you to lose faith in them?
I can tolerate a couple of stinkers.
One might do it.
I only need one or two good ones.
I would lose faith after a bad chapter.

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Bookcase How many new books is too many to fit in your shelf?
I have a lot of space to fill.
I'd like to fit a couple of nice fat ones.
I could fit a few.
I have mental and physical space for just one more.

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Do You Know Enough to Crush This Basic Knowledge Quiz? Other than your teachers, who taught you to read?
My sibling
My nanny
My grandfather
My mother

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Mom and Kids Read If your reading is interrupted, how long does it take you to get back into it?
A couple of minutes
No time at all
A very long time
A long time

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Music Can you listen to music while you read?
Only if it is appropriate
Only if it is played live by a string quartet
I prefer not to!
No, I need to hear the elements outside.

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Voltaire Which non-British author do you love?
Patterson
Wharton
Voltaire
Lovecraft

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Surprise Do you like guessing the ending or do you want to be totally surprised?
I want to try to figure it out!
I don't mind either way.
I just enjoy the journey.
Surprise me!

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Relaxed If you start reading a book, what are the odds you'll finish it?
50%
70%
95%
85%

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bookish man What is your reading speed?
Very fast
Fast
I like to go slow and really take it in.
Average

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Reading to Kid in Russian At what age did you start reading for fun?
4
Birth
College
12

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An open book with tiny lightning above it Can you deal with an entire book full of genuinely unlikeable characters?
Nope
I'd rather like at least some of them.
Sure, as long as it is entertaining.
As long as it has a good message!

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Indigo Books & Music You're going on holiday for a week. How many books are in the bag?
10
One but it is an omnibus collection
Three, all different genres
One because I have other things to do

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detective Other than reading, what is your favorite hobby?
Solving crimes
Parties
Working out
Writing

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