The trick to reading fiction is imagining yourself in the protagonist's shoes. What would you do if placed in the position of that main character and faced his or her dilemmas and decisions? It's the kind of exercise that makes better readers—and more empathetic people.
But sometimes it pays to step back from the books and reflect on who we are as individuals. With which fictional characters do we actually identify? That's the question being asked by the Scottish Book Trust, which has put out a survey
that helps readers identify the book characters most like them. Check it out.