Okay, I got your attention. It’s not to make you uncomfortable, but I’ve been wondering that about myself. We all have favorite genres and tend to read more of those types of books than others. I definitely do. I like classic literature, literary fiction and historical fiction. That sounds kind of snobby! I also like thrillers and mysteries. I don’t think that’s snobby. In addition, I like nonfiction, especially narratives and biographies, but I don’t like celebrity memoirs (does that make me snobby?). I don’t read much women’s fiction, science fiction, fantasy, romance or horror, but have read some excellent books from these genres. Am I off the hook for occasionally trying these?
So that leads to the next question. What’s the purpose of all this reading? Entertainment? Knowledge? Enlightenment? Escape? Different for each of us, right? Should we push to read things we don’t think we’ll like? I’m often pleasantly surprised when I try something new, but just as often I prefer to stick with what I like.
Do you like a lot of genres? Do you force yourself to read new ones? Leave a comment!
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!
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