A super big thank you to everyone who filled in my ‘how do you read’ survey. I had 75 responses. Which, wow!
Some of the information was what I expected, and some was not. I’m sharing a quick synopsis and the big list of excellent book recommendations.
How We Read
Only 9% of responses said they read exclusively digitally. The most popular option, with 61%, is reading some paper books and some digital books. The remaining 30% read only paper books. I was surprised that the analogue lovers were such a big group.
Where We Find Digital Books
As a library lover, I was thrilled that the library was the most popular place for sourcing digital books. Following at a very close second was the Almighty Amazon. Kobo had a good representation. Direct from author and iBooks had a very small percentage. Other mentions included: Nook, Google Play, and Audible.
How We Read Digitally
The most popular option for reading digitally is on a tablet or phone. I didn’t include a phone in the survey as a reading option but it earned a lot of comments. A Kindle device was the next most popular option, followed by a Kobo device. A few people mentioned reading on their laptop or desktop computer.
Where We Find Paper Books
Again, the library was the most popular option. Shopping at local bookstores was a very close second. Coming in third was buying from an online retailer. Many readers borrow from friends and family. Shopping for books at thrift stores came up many times in the comments, and I felt it deserved a mention.
The BIG Book List
I did my best to link to the author’s website so that Amazon wouldn’t chase you around the internet with ads. But, it turns out that not all authors have a website. Even authors who have won the Giller or Booker prize didn’t have websites that I could find. In those cases, I linked to the publisher or Amazon.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (two votes)
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (two votes)
Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon (two votes)
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (two votes)
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (two votes)
Young Adult and Middle-Grade Titles
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott (two votes)
Triskelia Series By Carrie Mac (a particular favourite of mine!)