Skills You Think You Have Because You Read

A few weeks ago I wrote about the skills I think I have because I read sci-fi and fantasy.

This post was inspired by an incident with a horse. (Abridged version: a neighbor’s pony escaped. I decided that reading about horses=experience with horses. Spoiler: It does not.)

At the end of the post I asked you to tell me what skill you believe you have, thanks to your love of certain genres.

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Same, Dionne. Same.

 

Guys, you did not disappoint. Apparently we all think we have the skills we read about, from nonfiction readers (athletics!) to children’s books (taming backyard creatures!) to mystery lovers (how did this body get here?) to thrillers (lock-picking!).

I was, for example, glad to hear that other readers had also come away from reading books of various genres convinced of their innate horsemanship:

Skills readers think they have 2

 

 

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And speaking of survivalism:

Skills readers think they have 3

 

 

 

This also counts as a survival skill in some genres:
skills readers think they have 12

Several other fantasy readers were also certain of their abilities as archers (thank you Legolas and Katniss):

skills readers think they have 11

But only one reader admitted to actually making functioning bows (and then getting in a lot of trouble for it):

skills readers think they have 14

 

Over on Facebook, more than one reader was convinced of their sleuthing skills, thanks to old-school YA mysteries:

skills readers think they have 16

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This mystery reader could either become Sherlock Holmes or Moriarty:

skills readers think they have 7

 

 

 

Lock up your valuables around this reader (although locking them up may not do any good):

Skills readers think they have 4

 

 

 

This reader was inspired by nonfiction:

skills readers think they have 10

Children’s lit is responsible for this child’s new skillset:

Skills Readers Think they have 1

And my personal favorite, from a reader of literary fiction:

skills readers think they have 13

 

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