I’ve seen the Briggs Book Tag go around on Booktube, and immediately know I wanted to do it as well. Honestly, it’s one of the most interesting tags I’ve ever seen. I’ve always been intrigued by the Myers-Briggs personality types. In the past few years, I’ve done the test multiple times and always ended up on the same type: INFJ. In case you want more information on INFJs, or the other personality types, you can read all about it here. The tag provides you with a different question per aspect of your personality type, as well as an overarching question for your type in particular.
The tag was created by Jaded Reader.
INTROVERT – I
You can be outgoing, but need to recharge with some calming solitude. Where is your favorite place to read and unwind, and why?
Most definitely my couch. Most of the time, I’m reading while sitting on my couch underneath a blanket. Either that, or I read in bed. I really want to be warm and comfortable while reading, and preferably have something to drink at hand too. Usually that’s my big water bottle so I can take a sip every once in a while. When I read on the couch or in bed, I can zone out for ages and keep reading because there are no distractions. If I really want to set the reading mood, I’ll also put on a soundtrack playlist.
When I took the train to and back from work every day, I also read during my train rides. They were around 50 minutes each so it did provide me with some dedicated reading time every day. I no longer do that, however.
INTUITION – N
Some books are meant to be understood, others are meant to be explored. What book or character stands for an idea that is deeply meaningful to you?
I couldn’t pick between The Secret History by Donna Tartt and If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio for this question because they both explore similar themes. Both books tackle the idea of every human being capable of violence, on how far we would go to protect the people we love. I find that endlessly fascinating. I think we’re all capable of more cruelty than we believe ourselves to be, especially when it comes to protecting loved ones. When I read these books, I put myself in the position of the characters and find myself wondering whether I would make the same decisions.
FEELING – F
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?
Such an easy question to answer for me: Middle Earth. I fell in love with it when I first watched The Lord of the Rings movies as an early teen. I think I was around 12 when I first watched them. I fell in love with Hobbiton, Rivendell, Lothórien, Rohan, and more. Reading the books only added to my love for Middle Earth. If there was one world I wish I could travel to, it would definitely be this one.
JUDGING – J
All work and no play leads to chaotic disorder and anarchy. How do you balance your reading, BookTube/book blog, and personal life?
Honestly, I’m not very good at this. I’ve simply found that something always has to give, and I cannot do everything I want to do. For the past 1.5 years I was working full-time. I still read quite a bit, not as much as I did during university, but I didn’t blog as much. There were quite a few months where I barely posted anything. I’m not working now (however, I am looking for work) which means that I have more time to blog. I also wanted to keep my BookTube channel, but I honestly don’t have enough time for it.
I am currently prioritizing looking for work, my family and friends, yoga, reading, healthy eating, watching Youtube videos and TV shows, and reading blog posts. If I want to add creating videos to this, I’d have to let a lot of the previously mentioned ones go. To tell you the truth, balancing these things just means understanding that I can’t do everything, and deciding which I want to prioritize and what is most important to me.
Yes, we’re a bit odd but we’re also filled with intuition and empathy. What is a book you would recommend to a friend who is having a hard time?
This depends on the friend, and the situation they are in. If I look back at myself during university, I had a lot of trouble figuring out where I belonged. Especially within my friend group. I didn’t really understand myself, and that’s where a lot of my sadness came from. For people going through the same, Quiet by Susan Cain might be an interesting read. It truly made me feel validated and understood, as an introvert in a friend group of extroverts.
Or it could be that this person just needs to see themselves in happy situations, and know that a good things can happen for them too. In that case, I would recommend books like Running With Lions, The Upside of Unrequited, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Leah on the Offbeat, When Dimple Met Rishi, Radio Silence and so forth.
It’s also possible that this person just wants to escape within books. For that, I’d recommend re-reading some of your favorite books. Or simple reading some fantasy like Nevermoor, Red Sister, The Bone Witch, Written in Red, the Farseer trilogy, Children of Blood and Bone or The Inheritance trilogy.
That’s it, my answers to the Briggs book tag! Did you learn anything about me? Have you read any of these books? What is your Myers-Briggs personality type?