If you already are interested in personality tests and analyzing personality then you will love Reading People by Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy fame.
I was initially drawn to this book because of the cover (yes, I do judge a book by its cover. Sorry, I can’t help it!). I was also drawn to it because it is by Anne Bogel. Although I haven’t read a lot on Modern Mrs. Darcy, the blog about all things books and reading, I have really liked what I have read. She is intelligent and treats her readers so. She has developed a book club community that is so different than any other blog out there. Her website design is so classy, too.
I love her What Should I Read Next? Podcast. Her guests are interesting because they are real people who are well-read and well-spoken. She has her guest share three books they love, one book they hate, and what they are reading currently. Based on those lists, Anne suggests titles for their next read. What a clever premise and when I’m listening I fill up my Goodreads want-to-read list. All that to say, I wanted to read Reading People because it was by Anne Bogel, not because it was about personality types.
That must have also been the downfall of the book to me. I am just not interested enough in personality types to have loved the book.
When I was younger (in my early 20s) I liked to think about analyzing what makes me who I am. At that time I read The Five Love Languages and The Birth Order Book and books about differences between men and women. But I feel like I have moved on. Now I am more interested in reading and thinking about my character which I can change instead of my personality type which I cannot. I am more interested in reading about what I can do rather than what I am made of. That’s just my stage of life at the moment. Right now I am not convinced of the value of studying personality.
That’s the other reason I didn’t love the book. The tagline is “how seeing the world through the lens of personality changes everything.” I don’t think Anne delivered on that point. Other than a few quippy stories here and there, a reader like me who wasn’t already gung-ho about personality was left wondering why all this personality stuff matters anyway.
So, it pains me to say, but I give Reading People a 3 out of 5 stars.
Despite that, please, if you are a reader who has not checked out Modern Mrs. Darcy or What Should I Read Next? do yourself a favor and check those out. They are incredible and worth your time. Some of my favorites posts are:
(I got one of my favorite books I read this year from this list. It’s called What Alice Forgot.)
Grown-Ups Shouldn’t Finish Books They’re Not Enjoying (This one is freeing. I used to think I had to finish a book if I started it.)