If you’ve ever taken a psychology class, or maybe if you’re just the kind of person to take a bunch of online quizzes, than you’ve probably heard of the Myers Briggs personality test. The test functions on placing you under four basic traits:
- Introverted vs. Extroverted
- Intuitive vs. Observant
- Thinking vs. Feeling
- Judging vs. Perceiving
All of these combined will give you four letters (Ex. ENFP or ISFJ) that make up your personality type! Each has a distinctive set of traits, world views, and way of thinking.
Beyond taking the test just for fun, I’ve found it to be a great resource for me over the years. I’m the type of person to take quizzes like this at random, and this has been the only one with unwavering results. Along with better understanding yourself, it can be a helpful tool for writers as well. I’ve found myself taking the test from the perspectives of my characters, and this helps with understanding their type. This has deepened my connection to these characters and put me in the center of their world view.
If you haven’t taken the test but would like to, you can click this link. Once you’ve identified your type, come back here to be matched with a novel!
As a preface to breaking down all of the types, I want to just mention how difficult it is to perfectly align each with just one book. There were so many options, many of them being interconnected between a few different types. That being said, these choices are the result of nearly two weeks of breaking down recent favorite reads with the strengths and weaknesses of each personality type.
16Personalities actually did a study on the different types and their reading styles! One of the most interesting finds from this was that of those who took their test and identified as an introvert, 66.33% of them said they were also avid readers and 54.25% of extroverts agreed with the statement. So, as it is expected that reading is more of an introverted activity, the disparity actually isn’t that far off. You can check the breakdown of their analysis here.
Now that you’ve got a personality type match, check out which book is the right fit for you! Let us know how you feel about the choices and what other books you’ve seen yourself in.
INTJ – The Architect – The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
One of the rarest personality types, the Architect may better be named “the analyst” for their continual interpreting and analyzing of the world. They’re rational thinkers but can also be dreamers, taking that ability of understanding the world to make their way to the top. They’re not the typical intellect you’d expect from someone so hungry for knowledge; they’re often creative, curious, and skeptical, always open to knew challenges and breaking down new ideas.
Not just because the novel focuses on an actual architect, an INTJ is a great match for The Fountainhead, a novel from the 1940’s that presents character challenges that are just as relevant today. The book is highly philosophical, breaking down different choices and aspects of life that are both rational and creative. The Architect will not only see themselves in this book, but will likely enjoy considering all of Rand’s philosophies for themselves.
INTP – The Logician – Recursion by Blake Crouch
The Logician personality type is anything but ordinary. INTP’s are likely people who want to explore the world, not backing down until their objective is reached. They’re typically prideful on intellect and focus on answering even the unanswerable questions (and they’re willing to take some unorthodox routes to get there). Though this may sound like someone who is intent on factual elements, the Logician is also imaginative, exploring the ideas that are the least likely to have clear endings.
Recursion focuses on two protagonists—Helena, a researcher working on a chair that may be able to reanimate memories in Alzheimer’s patients, and Barry, a cop trying to investigate False Memory Syndrome, a new issue that drives people to madness as they suddenly remember an entire life that they hadn’t lived. The book moves faster than most others I have read, constantly turning and overlapping in unexpected ways. Logician’s will love the way this story unfolds as they’re able to try and understand the science alongside the mystery of the plot and this new disorder.
ENTJ – The Commander – The Aurora Cycle series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The Commander personality falls into the stereotypical character trope of a natural born leader. They have that charisma that followers envy, and yet are happy to follow. They gain happiness from achievements and furthering their team toward a goal. They’re energetic, confident, and strong planners—although at times, this can make them out of touch with their emotions. Still, they take pride in getting their team to succeed, not just themselves, and they make the best of leaders.
This personality matches well with Tyler Jones, the head of the ragtag crew from Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristof’s series, The Aurora Cycle. Tyler has been waiting to be a leader his whole life, knowing from the beginning of his training at the Aurora Academy that he was meant to be at the head of a crew. Unfortunately for him, he gets left with a crew of misfits, putting his skills, knowledge, and diplomacy to the test. Though this book is young adult, reading about this group of unlikely heroes- as they move through the troubles of a space infested with an unknown enemy will thrill any Commander- will benefit all readers regardless of age.
ENTP – The Debater – The Silent Patient by Alex Michaeledes
The Debater personality type is extroverted to an almost detective like extent, wanting to look at a situation from all angles and fighting to find the truth. They won’t accept one answer without first seeing the larger picture. They’re a true devil’s advocate, arguing even on the side of something in which they disagree just to gain an understanding. They find fun in the chase.
This type pairs well with Alex Michaeledes’s debut novel, The Silent Patient. The book centers on Theo Faber, a psychotherapist who transfers to a facility housing Alicia Berenson, a woman who killed her husband and never spoke again. Determined to help Alicia in passions that can be confused between self-serving and true compassion, the book follows his journey trying to understand this woman and her silence.
INFJ – The Advocate – The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Advocate is the most uncommon personality type in the Myers-Briggs realm, but certainly not forgettable. Advocates are the type of personality who work tirelessly toward bettering society, and are often found supporting a movement they belive in no matter how big or small the support. They have momentous emotional insight and they use this to propel them toward making lasting change.
This personality type may find some connection to Ursula K. Le Guin’s sci-fi classic The Dispossessed. In the novel, Shevek, while connected to his home, is caught in a moment trying to create a bond between the novel’s two planets. The book is filled with themes of connection, philosophy, and social justice. Unlike most novels dealing with massive change and conflicting worlds, The Dispossessed relies heavily on Shevek’s ability to connect with people and understand their beliefs. In doing this alone, he is able to understand the divide between the two worlds. This tie to people and understanding in order to make change should resonate with The Advocate.
INFP – The Mediator – Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
The Mediator is a common personality in novels; imagine the quiet character who often feels misunderstood, and yet their imagination is one to behold. The Mediator is quite the empath, being in deep connection with their own feelings as well as trying to understand those of others. This empathetic quality is a strong one as far as making deep, meaningful connections, but can also be harmful as they may take on others’ problems as their own. Still, INFPs are a strong personality, one that focuses on progress and imagination to make the world around them better.
INFPs pair with Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle. After an injury, Sean Phillips’ adolescence isolates him, and he begins crafting the elaborate imaginary world of the Trace Italian, which he eventually markets as a mail-in roleplaying game for strangers to explore. When the game spells disaster in real life, Sean recalls and confronts the game’s genesis and the story reverses to moment of his injury. Mediators will appreciate this novel’s simultaneous exploration of isolation and will likely connect to Sean and his rich inner world.
ENFJ – The Protagonist – Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
The Protagonist is one of the ultimate extrovert types, making connections with all people in any way possible (whether through creative or logic rationale, they’ll do anything to understand people and deepen their relationships). They love improving their life and the life of others, looking out for those around them sometimes to a fault. Any small victory is a big one for protagonists, whether it’s something that improves the conversation or the community.
The Protagonist will enjoy all of the movement, characters, and interconnectedness that comes from Illuminae. Written entirely through files and communication transcripts, Illuminae focuses on an ever broadening world of characters and explorations as they try to fight off both a plague and an enemy warship. Though the plot itself is a nail-biter, ENFJs will enjoy this web of characters the most. As they fight for a common goal, each person develops into someone new and slightly built from what they’ve learned from each other, even if they started as enemies. The series just gets stronger as it goes on, giving Protagonists lots of material and time to get connected to these new faces!
ENFP – The Campaigner – Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
Campaigners are extroverted, “life of the party” personalities. But, interestingly enough, while they’re certainly adventurous, energetic, and curious, they get most of their energy from the people in the room rather than the actual event. They analyze much of their life, however they do so through their heart, focusing on the emotion and connection of an idea rather than logic. They’ll explore much of this part of their personality, trying to learn more about themselves through relationships with other people and the rest of the world.
Though I’m a Campaigner myself, I found it difficult to match ENFP with a book that keeps up with their free spirit and drive for connection. However, I landed on a novel focused on family and identity: Far From the Tree by Robin Benway. Though the characters in the novel, at times, are far from extroverted and sociable, their evolving bonds will pull at the heartstrings of any Campaigner. This book is full of heart and finding where you belong—something at the core of every Campaigner.
ISTJ – The Logistician – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Though this personality type is another popular one, it is certainly an integral one. The Logistician is exactly as they sound: a practical human, one that loves tradition, order, and responsibility. They are very self-sufficient, and they often believe that if the company is not of quality, they’d rather be alone. And yet, when a Logistician makes a meaningful connection, especially in their family, they can be one of the most dedicated of all the personality types.
This personality type exactly matches that of Ove in Fredrik Backman’s novel, A Man Called Ove. The narrator of the book, while in the third person, upholds Ove’s values of order, work, and integrity. He is respectable, but beware if you get on his bad side by breaking a rule or challenging him with a silly way of doing things. And just as the ISTJ Ove, at his core, is a sentimental family man, the Logistician will love the way Ove’s personality takes their Myers-Briggs type to the extreme, pushing his morals on everyone around him.
ISFJ – The Defender- Idle Hands by Cassondra Windwalker
Though the Defender makes up about 13% of the population, they’re anything but ordinary. Defenders are dependable, charitable, and often downplay how much good they bring to the people and communities they love. They’re not comfortable being put in the spotlight for their accomplishments, but they are certainly admirable and benefit from their passion by doing the act rather than receiving the credit.
The Defender would likely connect with Perdie, the mother from Cassondra Windwalker’s Idle Hands. The novel is narrated by the devil, coining herself Ella, who often meditates on life, fate, and general philosophies of our choices. This is all intertwined with Perdie’s story of living with two children while facing intense domestic violence. Do our choices change the outcome? Do we actually get to decide? The Defender will likely find thoughtfulness in this book. (Although, content warnings for death and domestic violence apply, so please tread with caution.)
ESTJ – The Executive – Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
The Executive type is the one to like things in their right place and in the right order, following the process. This can be helpful in even the most difficult of situations, as they’re happy to step up and be a leader in finding a way back to normalcy. They’re loyal and excellent organizers, although this can often make it difficult for them to relax. They hate laziness and are great at keeping people together, especially in the context of family, where they are the most dedicated.
Though this may seem like an odd fit, the Executive would enjoy Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. From the protagonist’s will to get his family back together, and through learning about the processes and sciences that make this book possible, the Executive will be on the edge of their seat. The book will also force them on a journey through paths they’d be unlikely to take… but all of it is out of dedication and strong will to get back to life and family.
ESFJ – The Consul – Remember Me? By Sophie Kinsella
Consuls are the popular type, the naturally loved ones who get energy from their sociality and being the center of attention. They love organizing gatherings of friends and making sure everyone is enjoying themselves—anything that will bring them together. Consuls are a very charitable type, loving to give their time in response for appreciation and time with friends. They’re averse to conflict and all around love social harmony. Though they can be needy, their loyalty and sensitivity toward others makes them one of the best kinds of people to have as a friend or family member.
The ESFJ would love Sophie Kinsella’s Remember Me? It is a novel where the main character has three years of amnesia but, in her new body, her life is much different than she remembered. In a story about status, relationships, friends, and secrets, the Consul will enjoy learning about the new characters in her life and reading along as Lexi figures out how she feels about who she’s become.
ISTP – The Virtuoso – Slay by Brittney Morris
Virtuoso is described on 16Personalities as a type to “get their hands dirty,” but this doesn’t necessarily mean in a manual labor capacity. Virtuosos are simply the personality type that like to build things, experiencing the world through ideas and concepts they can touch, feel, make, and take apart again. They’re practical and smart thinkers, working diligently and rationally in all of their efforts to get the best result. ISTPs are also a very “go with the flow” personality, staying relaxed and taking life one step at a time.
The Virtuoso will likely identify well with Kiera, the main character from Brittney Morrison’s novel Slay. The novel is based around a game developer, one who’s created a platform known as Slay. The game becomes a nationwide platform for Black gamers to battle and play together, Kiera keeping her identity as the developer unknown, even to her family and friends. When a murder comes because of the game, Slay, as well as its anonymous developer, are labeled racist and threatened to be sued. The Virtuoso will be biting their nails alongside Kiera to see what happens to her platform, connecting as her long work on the project is dismantled.
(Side note, Brittney Morris herself agrees with this pairing! Thanks, Brittney!)
ISFP – The Adventurer – The Firebird Series by Clauda Gray
The Adventurer, while introverted, is a person very focused on discovery and adverse to boundaries. They’re inspired and explorative people, often intrigued by new connections or ideas. All of this might make you think the type is extroverted, but this personality type is rather introspective. They take their time away from their life of spontaneity to truly process and understand the world around them and the experiences they’ve had.
ISFP’s would likely enjoy Claudia Gray’s novel, A Thousand Pieces of You, and its following series. The main character, Marguerite, is thrown into an unexpected world when her father (a talented physicist) is murdered. The twist? The murderer uses her father’s invention that allows for inter-dimensional travel to escape. In this trilogy, Marguerite will meet a plethora of people and learn brand new worlds to get her father back. Adventurers not only will love the exploration aspect of this series, but they will likely find themselves connecting to the artistic and spontaneous Marguerite.
ESTP – The Entrepreneur – Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The entrepreneur is a personality type known for their spontaneity and liveliness. They aren’t too interested in nonfiction or the tiny details of life; they’re big picture people. Like 16Personalities says, “rules are meant to be broken.” They don’t fit into a normal, routine based environment. They’re spunky, and yet, they are observant. They notice small changes, especially in people.
This personality type matches perfectly with Daisy Jones and the Six. Written in the style of an interview, the novel follows the life of a band, and specifically its singer, Daisy Jones. She’s a crazy, fun, exciting character—someone you’re always watching just to see what they do next. She’s the center of attention and acts on impulse. And just like the entrepreneur, despite all of this, she is able to read the people around her well. Entrepreneurs will likely connect well with Daisy and her story.
ESFP – The Entertainer – Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The Entertainer personality is a different one to connect a book to out of their sheer liveliness. ESFPs are excitable, energetic, and irresistible. They love a good time, but they also are very cognizant of those around them and in reading a room. Entertainers have a great sense of style and personality, building their aesthetic to perfectly match themselves with a boldness that is undeniable. Their extrovertedness comes out as they love to meet new faces, and never tire from talking to people for hours and laughing at new situations.
The ESFP is likely to enjoy the ride that is Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. While they’re likely to relate to the character of Harry (who is extroverted in his ways of talking to many but introverted in his deep connections), they will likely just enjoy the energy that comes with the novel. There’s never a dull moment, from the building of relationships to the larger story of the politics, ESFPs will find this story irresistible—just like them!
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