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What kind of reader are you? Take our quiz to find out

Depending on what you like reading, there are different activities you might like at the National Book Festival on Aug. 30., and we share with you our recommendations depending on your answers. You might be more that only one reader type, so feel free to take this quiz several times, in case you have to capture your multiple interests. Be honest, have fun, and don’t forget to check out our agenda for the complete schedule.

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Paul Auster will participate in the National Book Festival on Aug. 30 in Washington D.C. (Lotte Hansen/Picador USA)

You’ve read the works of Paul Auster, Billy Collins and Mona Simpson. You appreciate brevity, and you know what the website Poetry 180 is all about.

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The cover of the book Someone by AliceMcDermott (FSG).

You love being taken into a new world, discovering characters you can relate to and don’t mind dedicating time and energy to reading a book. Alice McDermott’s "Someone" and E.L. Doctorow’s Andrew’s "Brain" are on your reading list.

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This book cover image released by Simon & Schuster shows "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism," by Doris Kearns Goodwin. (Simon & Schuster/AP)

You enjoy reading literary accounts of actual events, like presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s "The Bully Pulpit", and discovering more about the lives of real people.

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The Washington Post building (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

You think that facts are sacred and love going deeper into the who, what, when, where and why of an event -- reading about what actually happened and learning from it.

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Elijah Wood in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the Kings (New Line Cinema/Everett Collection).

You compare and contrast the descriptions of your favorite literary characters to the movie stars who portray them on screen. You know which scenes from the books were omitted from The Lord of the Rings films. Also, you’ve read the sequel so you can spoil any movie ending, but still can’t wait for the next installment’s release date.

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An illustration from Jules Feiffer's "Kill My Mother" (credit: “Reprinted from Kill My Mother: A Graphic Novel by Jules Feiffer. Copyright © 2014 by B. Mergendeiler Corp. Published by Liveright Publishing Corporation. All rights reserved.)

You think that an image is worth a thousand words. You like graphic novels, photography and illustrations. Also, you can easily identify the artist of this illustration: this picture as one of award-winning cartoonist, Jules Feiffer. 

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Richard Rodriguez (Dominic Martello).

You might not speak Spanish, but you like reading books translated from that language. You wish Richard Rodriguez’s 1992 book, “Days of Obligation: An Argument with my Mexican Father,” would have had won the Pulitzer Prize.

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Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño (Julian Martin, EFE via AP)

You have always wondered how works be of authors like Roberto Bolaño are translated. You wish you could read his work and others in their original language, but still appreciate the work done by professional translators. You like discovering a different place through books from other countries. 

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Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in a file photo taken on Sept. 17, 2005 (Matt York/AP).

You hate the classics. You would rather choose a book that deals with the world we currently live in than a piece set centuries ago. You admire people like Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

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10

Francisco Goldman (credit: Mélanie Morand).

You like reading what decision-makers have to say in their own words. You also like checking out books by Rep. James Clyburn, Francisco Goldman or John Lewis. Reading politicians' reflections makes you feel like you are involved with shaping the biggest decisions of our time. 

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