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1. What is your age (ranges okay) and gender? 24, Female

2. Please estimate the percentage of both fiction and nonfiction you read, totalling 100% : I'd say about 40% non fic and 60% fic, though it does occasionally switch to t'other way round.

3. How many books do you read per month? On average, 20 to 30.

4. Name three formats in which you read, from greatest to least (e.g. "print books, audio books, e-books," where the format you read most often is print books). Print books and then audio books. I don't read e-books.

5. Name the three primary ways, in any order, in which you find reading materials. You may speak broadly ("blogs" or "personal recommendations") or specifically ("Bookslut blog" or "my sister's suggestions"). Blogs, Nancy Pearl's booklust series (love!!), book reviews in the newspaper and magazines that I read.

6. Please list three words that most describe why you read (e.g. "comfort, education, escapism"). Because I must.

7. Do you buy or borrow most of your reading material? I borrow. The library is my greatest friend!

8. Would you say you have less time, more time, or about the same amount of time to read as you have had in the past? If less or more, why (briefly)? I have more time to read, due to no longer being a fulltime student.

9. Please list your five favorite "genres," (nonfiction included) using whatever names you call them by. Please also list your favorite title in each genre. Religious memoirs (such as FatherMotherGod by Lucia Greenhouse), "I'm going to do something and then write a book about it" memoirs, (such as The Year of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs), historical fiction (such as the Dear Canada series), fantasy (such as the Hobbit) and books about books (such as Book Lust).

10. What was the best book you read in 2011? The worst? (READ in 2011; not necessarily published in 2011.) It's a tie between Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whitall and 84 Charing Cross by Helene Hanff.

Sarah:
I have to ask--in question 10, are the two books tied for best books or worst books? Thanks!

1. What is your age (ranges okay) and gender?
27 year old female

2. Please estimate the percentage of both fiction and nonfiction you read, totalling 100% (e.g., "10% fiction and 90% nonfiction," or "100% fiction, 0% nonfiction"). If the only nonfiction books you read are purely reference works like cookbooks and how-tos, please indicate 100% fiction, but add "and reference NF."
95% Fiction and 5% NonFiction

3. How many books do you read per month?
5-10

4. Name three formats in which you read, from greatest to least (e.g. "print books, audio books, e-books," where the format you read most often is print books).
e-books, print books, audio books

5. Name the three primary ways, in any order, in which you find reading materials. You may speak broadly ("blogs" or "personal recommendations") or specifically ("Bookslut blog" or "my sister's suggestions").
book reviews, word of mouth, NoveList

6. Please list three words that most describe why you read (e.g. "comfort, education, escapism").
fun, interest, escape

7. Do you buy or borrow most of your reading material?
borrow

8. Would you say you have less time, more time, or about the same amount of time to read as you have had in the past? If less or more, why (briefly)?
same

9. Please list your five favorite "genres," (nonfiction included) using whatever names you call them by. Please also list your favorite title in each genre.
urban fantasy, mystery, narrative nonfiction
I can't pick a favorite. It would be like picking a favorite child!

10. What was the best book you read in 2011? The worst? (READ in 2011; not necessarily published in 2011.)
Best: Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
Worst: Secret Diary of a Call Girl by Belle de Jour
I thought there was going to be some kind of redeeming quality to this book--maybe some kind of feminist angle. Nope. Just raunchy sex stories.

1. 31 F

2. 60% nonfiction 30% Fiction (the other 10% is online--so is that NF or a separate category? reassign as needed)

3. 4 +/-

4. ebooks, audio, print

5. my sister, my class assignments (MLIS candidate for 7 years), classics

6. escapism, education, try-something-new

7. borrow

8. More through audiobooks and the portability of mp3 players catching more small moments. I also make more time for reading (e or print)

9. YA dystopia, Classics (dystopia), Sci-Fi, Fantasy (and they are separate), Nonfiction

10. Working the Pond (best); worst: The pH Miracle

1. 58 F

2. in 2011 about 80% fiction; 20% nonfiction. Most years nf is higher

3. in 2011 I've read 103 so far; this is abnormally high. Usually about 7 per month.

4. print 90%, kindle 8%, audio 2%

5. I read a lot of series, so once I find a good one I'll read through the whole thing. Other than that, reviews, word-of-mouth, class assignments.

6. education, escapism, relaxation

7. I work in a library so I borrow a lot. To my husband's chagrin I buy a lot too. About 75% borrow.

8. More...kids are grown, soon the nest will be empty. Fortunately my husband reads nearly as much as I do.

9. Mystery: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Christie), Gaudy Night (Sayers)
History: The Civil War (Foote)
Classics/Great Books: The Brothers Karamazov (Dostoevsky)
Biography: anything about Abraham Lincoln
Historical Fiction: Gone With the Wind (Mitchell)

10. Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers followed closely by The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas are the best. The worst: American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee by Karen Abbott

1. What is your age (ranges okay) and gender?

49 m

2. Please estimate the percentage of both fiction and nonfiction you read, totalling 100% (e.g., "10% fiction and 90% nonfiction," or "100% fiction, 0% nonfiction"). If the only nonfiction books you read are purely reference works like cookbooks and how-tos, please indicate 100% fiction, but add "and reference NF."

65% non-fiction, 35% fiction

3. How many books do you read per month?

4ish

4. Name three formats in which you read, from greatest to least (e.g. "print books, audio books, e-books," where the format you read most often is print books).

Print, print, print

5. Name the three primary ways, in any order, in which you find reading materials. You may speak broadly ("blogs" or "personal recommendations") or specifically ("Bookslut blog" or "my sister's suggestions").

Journals, blog posts, recs from friends

6. Please list three words that most describe why you read (e.g. "comfort, education, escapism").

enjoyment, interest, relaxation

7. Do you buy or borrow most of your reading material?

borrow

8. Would you say you have less time, more time, or about the same amount of time to read as you have had in the past? If less or more, why (briefly)?

about the same

9. Please list your five favorite "genres," (nonfiction included) using whatever names you call them by. Please also list your favorite title in each genre.

History: The Temple Bombing, Melissa Fae Greene/anything by Bernd Heinrich
Weird Books about Books/writing: Ella Minnow Pea, Mark Dunn (Jasper Fforde books count too)
Carl Hiaasen (prolific enough to be his own genre)
Quirky memoirs: Truck, a Love Story, Michael Perry
History of X weird thing: Mark Kurlansky/Salt or John McPhee/Founding Fish

10. What was the best book you read in 2011? The worst? (READ in 2011; not necessarily published in 2011.)

Best - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver
Worst - Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

1. 30ish, female

2. 75% fiction, 25% nonfiction

3. 5-8 books a month

4. Only print (don't like the others)

5. Browsing bookstore/library shelves, book reviews, friend recommendations

6. entertainment, learning, personal improvement

7. I buy and borrow about equally

8. About the same

9. historical fiction, mysteries, books about books/authors, biographies/memoirs, chick lit

10. Best: "The Weird Sisters" by Eleanor Brown
Worst: "Mr. Toppit" by Charles Elton

1. What is your age (ranges okay) and gender? 26, female

2. Please estimate the percentage of both fiction and nonfiction you read, totalling 100%.
95% fiction, 5% nonfiction

3. How many books do you read per month?
4-8

4. Name three formats in which you read, from greatest to least.
Print, ebook, audio. To be fair, I'd read more in ebook format if they were as readily available (and followed the same borrowing structure) as print books are in the library.

5. Name the three primary ways, in any order, in which you find reading materials.
Goodreads, Entertainment Weekly, and friends'/family recommendations.

6. Please list three words that most describe why you read.
Escapism, curiosity, for my job.

7. Do you buy or borrow most of your reading material?
Borrow

8. Would you say you have less time, more time, or about the same amount of time to read as you have had in the past? If less or more, why (briefly)?
More, now that I am no longer taking graduate classes.

9. Please list your five favorite "genres," (nonfiction included) using whatever names you call them by. Please also list your favorite title in each genre.
1) Books about writers/books: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
2) Dystopian fiction: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
3) Satire/Humor: Boomsday by Christopher Buckley
4) Speculative graphic novels: Locke and Key by Joe Hill
5) Quirky children's books: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

10. What was the best book you read in 2011? The worst?
Best: The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan and Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick; both made me a little emotional
Worst: Dominance by Will Lavender

1. What is your age (ranges okay) and gender? 57 - Female

2. Please estimate the percentage of both fiction and nonfiction you read, totalling 100% 95% fiction, 5% nonfiction

3. How many books do you read per month? 8-10

4. Name three formats in which you read, from greatest to least. Print books.

5. Name the three primary ways, in any order, in which you find reading materials. Online readers groups, social networks, books sent to me for review.

6. Please list three words that most describe why you read. Enlightenment, delight, obsession.

7. Do you buy or borrow most of your reading material? Borrow, but I also buy.

8. Would you say you have less time, more time, or about the same amount of time to read as you have had in the past? If less or more, why (briefly)? Same.

9. Please list your five favorite "genres," Crime fiction x 5. Recent favorites are Boy in the Suitcase by Kaaberbol and Friis, Until Thy Wrath be Past by Asa Larsson and Death in Oslo by Anne Holt.

10. What was the best book you read in 2011? The worst? Maybe Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson; no worst - I stop reading things I don't enjoy.

1. 33 - female

2. 90% fiction, 10% nonfiction

3. 3-10 (including graphic novels and/or children's books)

4. Print, audio, ebooks

5. blogs, coworker recommendations, book groups (participate in three monthly)

6. escapism, enjoyment, companionship (in book discussions)

7. Borrow (from my library)

8. Less - my daughter's schooling has become more demanding, requiring more help on my part

9. dystopian fiction - The Hunger Games; apocalyptic fiction - World War Z; supernatural/humor - Hold Me Closer, Necromancer; supernatural/mystery - Harry Dresden series by Butcher; historical fiction - Pillar of the Earth

10. Best Books: Five Flavors of Dumb by John & Mastiff by Pierce; best series: Codex Alera by Butcher; worst: Masked by Midnight by Gideon

BTW, if you have a Google account, there's a great free forms feature in their Google Docs spreadsheet - captures survey results nicely, and people don't need a Google account or anything. Free (other than Google's world domination :)

Just Me-
Thank you for the Google Docs/forms tips; I know someone else suggested it too. This survey came up too fast for me to play with it/learn it (and at least part of this exercise is my desire to learn a bit about Excel) but I'll have to look into it next year, perhaps.

Although I hate Google with the heat of a thousand suns, and actually do fear their world domination and am sick of handing them any type of personal/research info for free. I know there's no beating them so you might as well join them, but as Mr. CR could tell you at great length, I am a "difficult" person and joining that sort of thing tends to stick in my craw.

But I still appreciate the suggestion, and the time you took to make it.

1. What is your age (ranges okay) and gender?
30, female

2. Please estimate the percentage of both fiction and nonfiction you read, totalling 100% (e.g., "10% fiction and 90% nonfiction," or "100% fiction, 0% nonfiction"). If the only nonfiction books you read are purely reference works like cookbooks and how-tos, please indicate 100% fiction, but add "and reference NF."
95% fiction, 5% nf, some NF reference (love cookbooks)

3. How many books do you read per month?
at least 15

4. Name three formats in which you read, from greatest to least (e.g. "print books, audio books, e-books," where the format you read most often is print books).
ebooks - first choice every time, print - only when i can't get it in e which is too often the case for review books, audiobooks - digital only, no more CDs for me

5. Name the three primary ways, in any order, in which you find reading materials. You may speak broadly ("blogs" or "personal recommendations") or specifically ("Bookslut blog" or "my sister's suggestions").
Authors I like who have new books out, assignments for reviewing, interesting titles I see in Booklist or genre review sites

6. Please list three words that most describe why you read (e.g. "comfort, education, escapism").
education - for my RA classes, relaxation, work - book reviewing

7. Do you buy or borrow most of your reading material?
Neither. I get at least half of my books every year direct from publishers as ARCs (print or digital)or assigned to me for reviewing. The rest I buy.

8. Would you say you have less time, more time, or about the same amount of time to read as you have had in the past? If less or more, why (briefly)?
About the same, read around 200 books a year for the last several years.

9. Please list your five favorite "genres," (nonfiction included) using whatever names you call them by. Please also list your favorite title in each genre.
This is hard!
SF, Old Man's War
Space opera - right now I'd say Agent of Change
fantasy, traditional - Poison Study
Urban fantasy - Dead Witch Walking
international police mysteries - Dogs of Riga

10. What was the best book you read in 2011? The worst? (READ in 2011; not necessarily published in 2011.)
This is really hard! Maybe The Leopard by Jo Nesbo, it certainly kept me up!

I don't have a worst - I stop reading anything that is really awful and forget about it

1. 30, F
2. 90% fiction & reference nonfiction, 10% nonfiction
3. 20
4. Audiobooks, print books, ebooks
5. Reviews in professional journals (such as BookList and Publishers Weekly), recommendations from co-workers, general browsing in libraries and bookstores.
6. Work (I am a librarian and write book discussion guides), entertainment, education.
7. Borrow
8. A little less than in the past--I'm newly engaged and planning a wedding!
9. Realistic YA Fiction (The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky); Dystopian YA Fiction (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins); Women's Fiction (The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh); Eating Disorders Fiction (Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson); Simply Blissful Poetry (Red Bird by Mary Oliver)
10. The best: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray.
The worst: Bumped by Megan McCafferty

I'm the same Tracie A. who just commented above. Math was never my strong suit, and apparently counting isn't either. In looking through my GoodReads postings, I probably actually only read 4-10 books per month. Sorry for the error!

1. 32, female
2. 60% fiction, 40% nonfiction
3. about 5
4. print books, audio books, e-books
5. library journals, repeat authors, seeing them in the library
6. learning, storytelling, escapism
7. borrow
8. less - life changes (and holidays)
9. Humor (Bossypants by Tina Fey), Western Americana (C.J. Box and Craig Johnson), YA fiction (Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins), Memoir/Biography (Claiming Ground by Laura Bell), Classics (Main Street by Sinclair Lewis)
10. best - The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. worst - Greyhound by Staffan Piper

1. 25; Female

2. 85% Fiction(& Ref. Nonfiction)& 15% Nonfiction

3. 5-7

4. Print Books; Audiobooks; E-books

5. recommendations, Library Journal, Shelf Awareness

6. Knowledge; pleasure; entertainment

7. about 50-50

8. Less- marriage, work, and life in general make it harder to find the time I used to have to read when I was younger.

9. Mystery (Sister- Rosamund Lupton); Magical Realism (The Night Circus- Erin Morgenstern); Historical Fiction (The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb); YA Fiction (The Hunger Games Trilogy); Children's Fiction (Harry Potter series)

10. The Night Circus- Erin Morgernstern (Best); The Returning- Christine Hinwood (Worst)

1. Female, 36

2. 70% fiction, 30% nonfic

3. 30

4. Print, e-books

5. Reviews from journals, Amazon, NYT, earlyword, shelf awareness

6. escapism, work.

7. Borrow

8. Less - new baby

9. Lit fic - When She Woke, Hillary Jordan Mystery - Wicked Autumn, G.M. Malliet - YA - The Daughter of Smoke and Bone

10. What was the best book you read in 2011? When She Woke, Hillary Jordan
The worst? Gossip: The Untrivial Pursuit, by Joseph Epstein

1. 35-40, F

2. 25% fiction and 75% nonfiction

3. 5-10

4. print books, e-books, audio books

5. At library, goodreads, blogs

6. curiosity, relaxation, learning

7. Borrow

8. More-not in school, no kids

9. Science Nonfiction-Uncle Tungsten, Oliver Sacks
Biography/Story about a person-
NF Graphic Novels-Stitches, David Small
Fiction that reads like nonfiction Graphic Novels- Asterios Polyp, David Mazzucchelli
Children's Literature-The Quiet Book, Deborah Underwood or Lord of the Rings

10. Best-Just Kids, Patti Smith
Worst-Twilight, Stephanie Meyers

1. 25-30, Female

2. 40% fiction, 60% nonfiction

3. 5-8

4. print books, audio books, very small amount of e-books that are actually published by a publishing house (I read a lot of 'self-published' stuff online)

5. Whatever comes across my desk (I'm a processing clerk @ a library), bibs in the back of other books I've read, RL and online friend's recommendations

6. autodidactism, entertainment, improved critical thinking skills

7. borrow (perk of the job - no overdue fines)

8. less time because I have a smartphone that is too enthralling

9. Humorous Fiction - Lamb by Christopher Moore
Atheism/Humanism/Skepticism - God's Debris by Scott Adams
Self Help (that is actually helpful) - The Nerdist Way by Chris Hardwick
Pop Science - Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku
YA - An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

10. Best - The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman or A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (I can never pick just one!) Worst - There are too many books to force myself to read bad ones so I never finish those I dislike. But just to put something down - The narrator for the new Rick Riordan audiobook Son of Neptune was so awful and a bad fit for the main character that I couldn't even make it 10 minutes into the recording.

SurveyMonkey is another non-Google option.

1. 31F

2. 60% NF; 40% F

3. 2-3 (low these days)

4. print almost exclusively; only on Kindle if I can't easily find something in my country's library, which happens occasionally with lesser known things.

5. chasing authors I know I like; your blog; things that jump out at me at the library (i.e. the covers); friends' suggestions

6. escapism, comfort, to learn

7. borrow

8. less; more freelance work

9. (not in order and examples, not "best")junk mysteries like Agatha Christie escapism; first person journalism/history like Joseph Mitchell; true crime like the Legs Murder Scandal or In Cold Blood or Devil in the White City; travel writing like Bill Bryson, Rory Maclean, Paul Theroux; Southern fiction like Faulkner (things with a strong sense of place)

10. I didn't LOVE anything I read this year. But Rory Maclean's Under the Dragon will stay with me. No real "worst".

I need to change my answer to #4, because of the book list I made from other people's answers only ONE is in the library catalog. Ugh.

ack, I never responded to your question! Those were tied for best book I read in 2011! For worst book, I'd have to go with any book by Michael Slade *other* than Swastika. I tried to read a number of his books this year after enjoying that one, but they were all pretty awful.

1. 78-female
2. Probably 80 percent non-fiction and 20 percent fiction
3. Hard to say as I read pieces of several books. I seldom have time to read one all through unless I am on a trip and have down time in airports. Maybe, 1 through 6. I read daily but parts of books. I probably have at least 150 never-read books on shelves at home. I have an addiction to reading.
4. print books only. Can't hear well enough for audio. Never touch e-books.
5. in two quite different book discussion groups; title or book jacket captures my fancy; occasionally, a friend's recommendation.
6. spirituality first and foremost; relaxation; knowledge
7. buy (often give away after I have read). I find current fiction very forgettable.
8. reading time is a luxury. I really have little of it, never as much as I would like. Probably always had that problem.
9. spiritual reflection and information; historical novels; biography; history; -no favorites
10. I have been enjoying several books by Pope Benedict VI this year; I have learned the types I don't like-excessive sex and sexually related comments which certainly spoiled for me City of Thieves by David Benioff and other relatively recently published fiction. Many of today's authors fill their work with sex to sell their work.

1. What is your age (ranges okay) and gender? 55/Female

2. Please estimate the percentage of both fiction and nonfiction you read, totalling 100% (e.g., "10% fiction and 90% nonfiction," or "100% fiction, 0% nonfiction"). If the only nonfiction books you read are purely reference works like cookbooks and how-tos, please indicate 100% fiction, but add "and reference NF." 60% NF and 40% Fiction

3. How many books do you read per month? 12-15

4. Name three formats in which you read, from greatest to least (e.g. "print books, audio books, e-books," where the format you read most often is print books). Print, then e-books, then audio.

5. Name the three primary ways, in any order, in which you find reading materials. You may speak broadly ("blogs" or "personal recommendations") or specifically ("Bookslut blog" or "my sister's suggestions"). NYTimes Bestseller list, amazon.com recommends; colleagues

6. Please list three words that most describe why you read (e.g. "comfort, education, escapism"). Pleasure, Information, education

7. Do you buy or borrow most of your reading material? Equal borrow and buy

8. Would you say you have less time, more time, or about the same amount of time to read as you have had in the past? If less or more, why (briefly)? More time...because I carved it out of the rest of life (I sleep less so I can read more, the kid is raised and gone.. and the husband retired and can get his own (#*$(# dinner, bless his heart. Leave me alone, I am READING.)

9. Please list your five favorite "genres," (nonfiction included) using whatever names you call them by. Please also list your favorite title in each genre. All Biographies, especially Victorian and Edwardian era, cookbooks/cooking; behind the scenes expose (Hollywood to Royals); classics, humor.

10. What was the best book you read in 2011? The worst? (READ in 2011; not necessarily published in 2011.) Best - The Help Worst - Modoc.

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