Are You A Supreme Reading Wizard?

They say reading is magical. Do you agree? If you do, do you know your magical reading rank? No? Keep reading. Test your knowledge of bookish vocabulary, then rate yourself and find out if you are a supreme reading wizard.

Image of a Harry Potter look-alike standing front of a bookcase filled with books. He's wearing his robe and a COVID mask and pointing his wand at you asking if you are a reading wizard.

Bookish Vocabulary

Hopefully, you’ve not had an encounter with a bilbliokleptomaniac, one who has an uncontrollable impulse to steal books.

You are a book lover, so you are probably familiar with the word bibliophile.

It’s possible you are bibliocentric (place great or central importance on printed text.)

If you are a dealer who specializes in rare or curious books, you are a bibliopole.

Do you have a comprehensive knowledge of books and bibliography? Then you are a bibliognost.

A bibliomaniac is a person with an extreme preoccupation with collecting books. You may not have read them, but you have to walk around them.

Are you a librocubicultarist? It’s not a word, but it should be. They form the word from the Latin words for “book” and “sleeping chamber” so it’s a term for people who read in bed. Or it will be. Someday.

If your goal is to be an omnilegent, “reading or having read everything,” you have a very worthy goal and a big job ahead of you.

Image of a female reading wizard or sorceress sitting in the forest. Her head is raised to the sky as if she's laughing and she has a book in one hand and flaming sticks in the other.

What Level of Reading Wizard Are You?

Give yourself one point for each activity you have done. Add up your total points and discover your reading wizard rank below.

You Have

  1. Refused to be friends with someone who doesn’t like your favorite book.
  2. More books in your home than you can read in your lifetime.
  3. Several versions of the same book.
  4. Not enough bookshelf space for all your books.
  5. Enjoyed sniffing books.
  6. Never cracked the spine of a book.
  7. Spent hours in a bookstore.
  8. Missed a conversation/question because of reading.
  9. Hoarded bookmarks that won’t mark your book.
  10. Kept a spreadsheet of every book you own sortable by author, copyright date, print run, and condition.
  11. Recorded the names of people who borrow your books.
  12. Never allowed anyone to borrow your books.
  13. Worn gloves to protect your books.
  14. Held a book funeral for an often read, much loved book that is falling apart.
  15. Stayed up too late/all night to finish a book.
  16. Spent more money on books than food or clothes.
  17. A dedicated room (library) for all the books.
  18. Read more than one book at a time.
  19. Talked about fictional characters as if they were real.
  20. Refused to watch the movie adaptation of the book.
  21. Watched movie adaptations of a book and listed all the ways the movie got it wrong.
  22. Cursed people who write in book margins.
  23. Canceled a planned outing because you hadn’t finished a book.
  24. Had at least one book on your TBR list for more than a dozen years.
  25. Go nowhere without at least one book.
  26. A sleepless night if you don’t read in bed first.
  27. A stack of books you must walk around to move from one place to another in your home.
  28. At least one box of books in your car because you ran out of shelf space.
  29. Carefully peeled price labels off of any physical book you bought.
  30. Written an author to ask when the next book is coming out.
  31. Written more than 3 book reviews.
  32. Reached the end of your TBR list/pile.
  33. Only read physical books.
  34. Read more than a book a week.
  35. A habit of reading both fiction and nonfiction.
  36. Read 4,000 pages (1 million words) this year.

How Did You Rank?

1-6 points Apprentice Reading Wizard

7-12 points Journeyman Reading Wizard

13-19 points Great Reading Wizard

20-26 points Master Reading Wizard

27-30 points Grand Reading Wizard

31-36 points Supreme Reading Wizard

So, how obsessed with reading are you? What’s your reading wizard rank? Did you reach Supreme Reading Wizard? If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy “Score Your Reading Super Powers.”

Do You Know Frosty Like I Know Frosty

While I honor and respect all the national and religious celebrations during this month, my holiday is Christmas. It’s been a bit difficult getting in the mood for all the pandemic and political and problems we face these days. So I thought I’d have a little Christmas fun. Today, Frosty the Snowman answers some questions from the personality test I use in character reveals. So, do you know Frosty like I know Frosty?

Frosty’s Life

Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson wrote the song “Frosty the Snowman” in 1950. Written to capitalize on the success of Gene Autry’s “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” it never reached that level of success. But the story persisted. Frosty lives on in the song, a Little Golden Book, Dell Comics, several animation television shows, and in a parade in Armonk, New York.

image of a snowman with blue eyes, a snow hat, and carrot nose. Do you know Frosty like I know frosty

Frosty’s Q&A

1. Who is your role model?

What’s a role model? Is it something you eat? Snowmen don’t eat.

2. Who knows you the best?

Why the children, of course. Especially Karen.

3. What would your friends say about you?

That I’m a jolly, happy soul. Though their parents often say I’m a fairytale.

4. What is the question people ask you most often?

What was that magic in that old silk hat?

Image of fake snowman with black hat red scarf and blue vest--do you know frosty like i know frosty

5. What is the thing you’d never say to another person?

I would never say anything sad or mean to anyone.

6. What is your greatest achievement?

That I’m as alive as I can be and I can laugh and play.

7. What is your greatest failure?

What’s failure? 

It’s when you try something, and it doesn’t work out.

Hm, that sounds very sad. I don’t do sad. But maybe I had a failure when I paused only a moment when I heard the traffic cop holler, “Stop!”

8. What did you learn from your greatest failure?

That traffic cops holler stop really loud.

9. What is the thing you are most proud of?

That I help children run and have fun before I melt away.

10. What would you like to change about yourself?

It would be wonderful if I never melted, but don’t cry. I’ll be back again someday.

a melting snowman with stick arms --do you know frosty like i know frosty

Do You Know Frosty?

I hope you enjoyed this interview with Frosty the Snowman. And now, you know Frosty like I know Frosty. Which character that we know from December holidays would you like me to interview next Monday?

Will You Make It Fun?

Recently, I read a post about how constructive criticism can be destructive. In my experience, I know this to be true. I’m sure you’ve had the same experience. So why do you (I’m including me in this) continue to be your own worst enemies? Why are you your harshest judge? To fight your way free of the mental blocks (writer’s block for those doing nanowrimo). You know the ones that say housework is drudgery or the day job is soul sucking. Or something many of us are saying, 2020 is the worst year ever. It is, but… By telling yourselves over and over and over how bad things are, you reinforce the feelings that only bad things happen. For your sanity, you have to get past that. How? By having fun? What’s that you say? How can you make it fun when things are so bad? 

Nurses make it fun at work

If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.

Katharine Hepburn

Unstructured Play

Ms. Hepburn may have been talking about rules of acting or laws or life. But here, we’re talking about having fun, unstructured play. A playful attitude and a little bending of the rules that allows all sides to have fun is great for reducing stress. It also enhances your relationships. 

You probably know that unstructured play or free play is vital to a child’s development. But it’s good for adults, too. In fact, unstructured play may help reduce the chances of Alzheimer’s or other dementias.

Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it.

Eileen Caddy

Read the transcript or watch this TED talk by Stuart Brown about how important play is. He discusses how lack of play is significant in the lives of murderers and other maladjusted people. But strikingly, he talks about how a husky at play causes an altered state in a wild, aggressive polar bear searing for food.

I think that success is having fun.

Bruno Mars

Fun Makes Your Brain Work Better

Follow your dreams. Just make sure to have fun too.

Chris Brown

Play lifts your mood. An enhanced mood increases dopamine. Dopamine is associated with reward, satisfaction, and motivation. Thus you pay more attention to what you’re learning or doing. 

Play for a Sense of Wellbeing

silhouettes of people playing basketball. They make it fun.

You just do what you can and you have as much fun as possible.

Frank Ocean

Play also increases serotonin. Serotonin is the key hormones that stabilizes our mood and our sense of wellbeing. It not only makes you feel better, it blocks sad thoughts and feelings. 

Even simply remembering a happy or fun event will increase your serotonin levels.

Make it Fun

At the end of the day, if I can say I had fun, it was a good day.

Simone Biles

So what do you want to say and feel at the end of the day? Try putting aside the woes and worries you have. Set aside time for play at least once a week. Every day would be better. It’s your choice. Will you make it fun? 

Are We Having Fun?

It’s been an exhausting month so far (and Thanksgiving is yet to come!) I’ve been elbows to @$$holes with plumbing issues and caregiving and buying a wheelchair van AND continuing to write. It’s 6:30 pm CST Thursday and I don’t have a blog post for Friday morning. I have to ask myself, “Are we having fun?”

Plumbing issues

You can read a bit about my plumbing issues in my post, Life is Like Plumbing. Do I enjoy plumbing problems or fixing plumbing problems? Hmm. Not really. And yet…

As long as you’re having fun, that’s the key. The moment it becomes a grind, it’s over.

Barry Gibb

Learning Tons

Buying a wheelchair van has been stressful. I did a lot of research. Who knew there were different conversions? Different ways to enter the van? Not to mention the different vans with installed conversions. Do the tie downs come with the van? Is it ADA compliant? Is that important? So many things to learn, an overwhelming amount. And a lot of fear. We’re retired, on a limited income, how can we afford it? Can we qualify for a loan? And yet…

Background of mountains silhouetted against pink orange blue and purple sunset with Silhouette of girl jumping for joy and quote When you go to work, you want to have fun, because when you’re having fun, 
you’re not really working.  Xavier Woods

Missed Goals

My word count has suffered. I haven’t met my goals most days this month. I was feeling down. And yet…

I think that success is having fun.

Bruno Mars

Are We Having Fun?

I watched a video of a presentation at a writer’s conference I couldn’t attend. The speaker, an author, spoke about attitude. He spoke about nine points. All were good. The second point he mentioned was: Is it fun? If it isn’t, why do it, he asked.

So I asked myself, are we having fun? 

And the Answer Is…

Yes. A resounding yes. 

I’m doing exactly what I want to do, and I’m having fun doing it. David Johansen

I don’t always get to do exactly do what I want to do, but you know what? 

The joy I felt working with my son on the plumbing was real. And every day I turn on the faucet and have great water pressure and flow? Pure joy and gratefulness. 

The challenge of researching and learning about wheelchair vans nearly beat me. But I persevered. And when the right vehicle came along, I knew it was the right vehicle. And when the bank and the dealership had questions, I knew how to answer. Pride. Joy. And oh my gosh, this vehicle will make life a lot easier.

And when I stepped back and thought about the writing. Do I enjoy it? Heck, yeah! I get a great deal of joy and satisfaction out of writing. I’m so very grateful that I can do it. And you know what? When I looked at my word count, I’ve exceeded last month’s word counts and the word count for November 2018. Not too shabby.

Why Do We Care?

Why am I sharing this? Because we all get caught up in the shoulds and the could haves. But when we do, we’re focusing on the wrong thing. Focus on having fun.

Need Help To Find the Fun?

Are we having fun? This little girl is blowing bubbles, when's the last time you had fun?

Here are a few posts that might help:

Why You Need More Fun in Your Life

8 Ways to Make Your Life More Fun

How to Have More Fun In Life: Keep Your Thoughts from Pulling You Down 

Ask Yourself

Do you ask yourself, “Are we having fun?” Are there times when your answer is no? What did you do to turn it around? 

Are You a Bad-Ass Reader?

Are you a Bad-Ass Reader? You are if you can answer the thirty trivia questions below correctly. I had fun putting this list together. Enjoy!

You’re on your honor—get a pen and paper and answer to the best of your knowledge. Scroll down the page to find the answers. Don’t cheat and look the answer up.  

Image of a pile of question marks-for the trivia game Are you a Bad-Ass Reader

Questions

  1. In J.M. Barrie’s novel, where did the Lost Boys live? 
  2. Which famous novel featured Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March? 
  3. Who wrote the poem “Paradise Lost?”
  4. Name this stringless fictional character created by Carlo Collodi over one hundred years ago.
  5. Who wrote the “Harry Potter” series?
  6. Name the French novelist and poet, born in 1802, who was exiled to Jersey and who wrote about a hunchback. 
  7. Who is Winnie the Pooh’s gloomy donkey friend?
  8. What Shakespeare play features a brooding Danish prince and his girlfriend Ophelia?
  9. Who wrote The Scarlet Letter?
  10. What was the name of the land where Gulliver met the Little People?
  11. Who wrote “The Pit and the Pendulum”?
  12. In Shakespeare’s “Othello”, who is the female lead?
  13. Who pricked her finger on a spinning wheel and slept for 100 years?
  14. Name the historical prince whose name was used by Bram Stoker in his famous novel. 
  15. Who was the tallest of Robin Hood’s Men?
  16. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle brought us which master detective?
  17. Who wrote The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Great Renown in Nottinghamshire? Bonus Question: When was it published?
  18. Who wrote A Christmas Carol?
  19. Which book featured the eloi and the morlocks? 
  20. Who wrote a series of novels about orcs, hobbits, goblins and elves? 
  21. Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales — what was his first name?
  22. Which fictional character was also known as Lord Greystoke? 
  23. Who wrote the novel David Copperfield
  24. What sort of creature did St George allegedly slay?
  25. Who wrote the Nancy Drew book series? 
  26. What sort of animals feature in the children’s book, Watership Down
  27. Who is the best-selling novelist of all time? Bonus Question: How many novels is this novelist best know for?
  28. What is the best selling novel of all time?
  29. Who wrote Thumbelina?
  30. In 1934, what author wrote the Thin Man ?

Final Bonus Question

What was the first published dystopian novel?  

Answers

  1. Never Never Land
  2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  3. John Milton
  4. Pinocchio
  5. J.K. Rowling
  6. Victor Hugo
  7. Eeyore
  8. Hamlet
  9. Nathaniel Hawthorne
  10. Lilliput
  11. Edgar Allan Poe
  12. Desdemona
  13. Cinderella
  14. Dracula.
  15. Little John
  16. Sherlock Holmes
  17. Howard Pyle wrote it in 1883
  18. Charles Dickens
  19. The Time Machine
  20. J.R. Tolkien
  21. Geoffrey
  22. Tarzan
  23. Charles Dickens
  24. A dragon
  25. Thirteen ghostwriters wrote various books in the series, all under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. Mildred Wirt Benson wrote 23 of the original 30 books and is credited as the series’ primary writer under than pen name.
  26. Rabbits
  27. Dame Agatha Christie is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Bestselling Author. Her books have sold over 2 billion copies in 44 languages. Royalties are about $4 million per year. She wrote at least 72 books but is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, as well as the world’s longest-running play – The Mousetrap.(J. K. Rowling has certainly set records of her own. She’s Great Britain’s richest woman in the entertainment industry. She has sold 500 million books.)
  28. With over 500 million copies sold, Don Quixote is the best selling novel of all time. The first book in J.K. Rowling’s series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, has sold in excess of 120 million copies, making it one of the best-selling books of all time.
  29. Hans Christian Anderson
  30. Dashiell Hammett

Answer to Final Bonus Question

 Written between 1920–1921 by the Russian writer Yevgeny Zamyatin, We was the first dystopian novel.

Thomas More’s Utopia, published in 1516 was the first utopian novel. The book was originally published in Latin, under the title Libellus vere aureus, nec minus salutaris quam festivus, de optimo rei publicae statu deque nova insula Utopia. 

Are You a Bad-Ass Reader?

How’d you do? Are you a bad-ass reader and got all 30 answers? Are you a super bad-ass reader and answered all the bonus questions correctly, too? Whether you answered one correctly or all of them correctly, I hope you had fun. If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy my series of reader interviews or my book reviews. In the comments, tell us what book(s) you are reading this week.