May 18, 2019

The Enneagram Book Tag

One of the BookTubers I follow, Maureen Keavey, came up with this book tag related to the Enneagram. The Enneagram is a personality type theory based on motivations. I am pretty solidly a Type 5. If you don't know what your type is, and would like to, here is a free test. It's probably not terribly accurate, but hey, it's free.

Type 1: The Performer: Name a book that helped made you a better person. - The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. This book helped me get up the courage to go back to the dentist after 10 years not going. It's about making yourself happier overall by making yourself do those things you know you need to do, but really don't want to.

Type 2: The Helper: Name a book that was there right when you needed it. - The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs. Whenever I get in a really bad reading slump, I pick up this book and it makes it all better. Not only is it easy to read and short, making it a quick read, it reminds me to just chill out and read what I want, when I want.

Type 3: The Achiever: Name a character whose ambition you admire. - I am not a terribly ambitious person, so this is hard for me, but I'm going to go with Liesl from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Now, it's been a minute since I read this (like 11 years), so my memory may be bad, but I think Liesl stole books so she could read them. Her ambition was to read the books. That's an ambition I can get behind.

Type 4: The Individualist: Name a book that makes you feel sentimental. - The Dirt by Motley Crue. This book makes me feel sentimental for my rock n roll teen years. I still love that music. Since you can't really read heavy metal music, this is the next best thing.

Type 5: The Investigator: Name a book that made you want to learn more about something. - The Swans of 5th Avenue by Melanie Benjamin. After I read this, I dug up everything I could find about the people in the book. They were fascinating.

Type 6: The Loyalist: Name a character you will remain loyal to no matter what. - Abby Normal from You Suck and Bite Me by Christopher Moore. She's hilarious, smart assy, intelligent, and weird. I love her.

Type 7: The Enthusiast: Name a book that added something to your bucket list. - Running the Books by Avi Steinberg. This is when I first realized that prisons have libraries and therefore need a librarian. This is when I ralized I wanted to be a prison librarian. Maybe.

Type 8: The Challenger: Name a character who is not afraid to tell it like it is. - Harper, from A Curse So Dark and Loneley by Brigid Kimmerer. She know Prince Rhen needs her to fall in love with him to break the curse, but she isn't going to play along just to soothe his ego. She will help him save his country and support him when he's feeling wrung out. And she will tell him straight out, I'm not falling in love with you.

Type 9: The Peacemaker: Name a genre that you turn to when you want to relax. - That would be a cozy mystery. I'm pretty particular about my cozy mysteries, tho. I need it to be pretty well-written. I'm thinking Louise Penny, here. Not one with a punny name and a cat on the cover.

What's your type? And what are some of your answers to these questions?