In case you’re not familiar with it, here’s some info on Myers Briggs (and the test, if you want to try it out yourself). I’ve taken this test a few times in the past, and I always come out very borderline between INFP and ENFP. This time was no exception, though I think when I was younger I skewed more toward Extrovert and nowadays I lean toward Introvert, and I actually think that’s pretty accurate. Anyway, I’m going with INFP. (Click the image to see it at its source: PersonalityCentral.com.)
And now… let’s move on to the tag!
You can be outgoing, but need to recharge with some calming solitude, Where is your favorite place to read & unwind? Why is this little oasis where you choose to go?
I prefer reading in bed, even during the day, if I can get away with it. I guess that just confirms my introvert status. I want to be hidden away from the world while I read.
Some books are meant to be understood and others are meant to be explored. What book or character stands for an idea that is deeply meaningful to you?
I love all of Shusterman’s books because they make me think so deeply, and he never tries to give a “correct” answer to all the moral questions he proposes. In the Unwind series, Shusterman explores the value of life (and, yes, it even touches on pro-life vs. pro-choice ideals, but it’s more about what happens when we value our ideals over the very people those ideals are supposed to stand for). The book is nuanced and complicated, and it’s almost impossible to read it without examining how you value the people around you and how you treat them because of that.
Not everything needs to be realistic, where is the fun in a world with limits? Which fantasy world do you find so atmospheric you slip inside and never want to leave? (Put simply a book with good vibes)
The first book that popped into my mind for this one was Furthermore. It’s set in a fantastical world full of vibrant color and magic, and I would love to see it for myself!
TBRs are fun to construct and meant to be destroyed. Do you stick to the list or mix it up every now and then? What’s a book you’ve put down that you want to pick back up, but just haven’t been in the mood for?
I’ve never been good at sticking to checklists or strategic plans, and TBRs are no different. If I didn’t have specific books I have to read for review purposes, my reading would be completely unplanned all the time (and probably more sporadic because I’d mean to get around to reading and I wouldn’t). I can’t think of a specific book I’ve put down that I still want to read, though. I know I have done this in the past (put down a book I just wasn’t feeling in the moment), but usually I get back to it within a reasonable(ish) timeframe.
INFP: The Idealist
Even when conflict runs high you can be the advocate for either side. What is a book that was not well received but you were able to find its good qualities?
Oh, this totally describes me. I don’t write negative (or even neutral) reviews anymore, but even when I did, I always found good things to say about a book I didn’t like. I can almost always at least imagine why someone else might like a book even if I don’t.
As far as a specific example of a book I liked, even though most people didn’t …
I actually really loved the ending to Allegiant, and I could understand why Roth made the choices she did. I know lots of people thought that the series was ruined because of the ending, but I wasn’t one of those people. (Of course, being an INFP, I can see both sides, and I certainly understand why lots of people were frustrated.)
So, have you taken the Meyers-Briggs? What’s your personality type? At the very least, tell me if you’re an introvert or an extrovert. I want to know!