The results are in! Here’s what you say about your reading preferences!

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Hey readers – let’s talk about your reading preferences! Thanks to everyone who answered last week’s five-question poll. I had an average of 60 responses per question. Take a look at the results.


What’s your favorite reading genre?

Many responders had a hard time choosing just one. I’m the same way. I often jump around between many types of fiction and nonfiction. Check out the “Other” category which includes several other genres. I also forgot to list “Thriller/Suspense” as a genre, so thank you for adding that.


What’s your favorite book format?

It’s a tight race between trade paperbacks and eBooks. And hard covers are close behind. I read all three, although most of the hard covers are from the library. I wasn’t surprised at the low number for books on CD. Although people like listening in their cars, many new cars don’t even have CD players and I think books on CD are on their way out.


What’s your favorite time to read?

Wow, hands-down it’s before bed! That’s not me, though. I’m so tired by then, I’d never get through a page before falling asleep. My best time is early morning. Take a look at the detailed “Other” responses – a couple of them made me laugh!


Where is your favorite place to read?

I’m like the rest of you – I like to read inside in a comfy chair or on my couch. And also another mistake on my part – I forgot to include “bed” as an answer, but you all corrected me in the “Other” responses! After reading that so many of you like to read before bed, it’s no surprise that your favorite spot to read is actually in bed!


What’s your favorite reading beverage?

Tea and water are the big winners here, but some of you don’t require a drink while you read. My favorite reading drink is iced tea with a splash of lemonade. It’s a must-have for me, especially because I’m an early-morning reader!


I had a lot of fun collecting and tallying your answers so thanks for taking part. Were you surprised by any of the results? What’s obvious to me is that we all have our styles and preferences and we take them seriously!

Thanks for visiting – come back soon!         

44 thoughts on “The results are in! Here’s what you say about your reading preferences!

    1. Thanks, Norah. I had to give myself a quick tutorial in Excel, so the novice part of me probably shows! I had fun doing the survey and I’m glad you enjoyed taking part 🙂

  1. Fascinating. I once drove down Park Lane at a crawl in a traffic jam. I was constantly being flashed by the car behind. I was on my way to a meeting. One of those present asked me if I got the crossword finished. She had followed me down the road, and knew exactly what I would have been doing during the many pauses.

    1. I know, me too, Jill. I think there will always be print books, mostly because everyone likes a tangible book. I do like eBooks for some situations, but I much prefer reading from paper pages. Some may say that’s an older generation thing, but I think younger people also like print books. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Jill. Hope you’re having a nice weekend 🙂

  2. Wow, this is really interesting. I hear (no pun intended) so much that EVERYONE is going to audiobooks and no one reads ebooks anymore, but it looks like that’s not the case – at least with your readers. And it’s great to see historical fiction (my favorite, and the one I want to write in someday) knocking the socks off the other genres.

    1. Hi Tammie. Yes I was also surprised that audiobooks don’t take up a bigger portion of the pie. I’m listening to one right now – great for taking walks. My commute is only 10 minutes so I don’t listen then. I also enjoy historical fiction. It’s a great way to add perspective to all those history classes I took. You’re next! Thanks for the visit 🙂

  3. This is terrific! I think my big takeaway from all this is that people are passionate about reading, and we all have our favorite spots, methods, times… but for all of us, our favorites matter! Great poll, and great post. Thanks!

  4. Quite the comprehensive survey! I see a couple of my odd responses there. 🙂
    AS much as I love paperbacks, I love when you can look up a word definition on Kindle. I’m reading The Age of Innocence right now and used the built-in dictionary a few times.

    1. Hi Jennifer – yes that’s a great feature on the Kindle. I also like doing searches of characters and places I need to look up again. (Who was that guy? Where were they?) The only thing I don’t like about my Kindle is not being able to flip back and forth easily between pages.

      I read The Age of Innocence last year and thought it was great. Hope you are enjoying it too! Thanks for the visit 🙂

      1. Hi Barbara, I finished it yesterday. Love her prose but I really thought he was going to end up with the Countess. Ah well!
        Just had a Kindle delivered for hubby’s birthday later this month. Now he won’t be borrowing mine anymore. 😊

  5. Interesting. I missed the original post so didn’t participate but I’m surprised that historical fiction beat literary fiction, but it would seem that if the “classics” and “contemporary women’s fiction” were rolled into literary fiction, it would be neck and neck. Good post.

  6. Book Club Mom this is so so interesting! It’s really fascinating to see into people’s different reading habits. I try and read before bed but sometimes I am defeated. 😴

    1. Same here, Books and Bakes! I can read about 2 pages before I fall asleep, so I usually don’t even try. Early mornings are my best reading times. Thanks for the visit – hope you are having a great week. Are your students finishing up school?

      1. I’m struggling to read at the moment because I am exam marking which is very time consuming. I’ve got 300 papers to get through. So, currently I feel exactly the same as you.
        We’ve got two weeks left until we break up. Being as tomorrow is Friday, technically this week is done!

  7. Surveys are fun and informative when they are done well, and you did yours well! Often the “other” responses are the best because you never know what people will come up with 🙂

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