1. What is your age (ranges okay) and gender?
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.”
25% Nonfiction, 75% Fiction
3. How many books do you read per month?
Used to be a few, 4 perhaps, now it’s one play and a fragment. It’s so chaotic here, I have a kind of ADHD thing going on.
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, print books, print 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”).
General list of classics that resides in my head, my book club, NPR
6. Please list three words that most describe why you read (e.g. “comfort, education, escapism”).
Inspiration, knowledge, stimulation
7. Do you buy or borrow most of your reading material?
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)?
A lot less. As I’ve mentioned above, I’ve moved to a very hectic, ADHD inducing culture. There’s a frantic pace and a constant noise from the construction. I just can’t concentrate.
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.
Classic fiction – Pride and Prejudice tied with The Adventures of Augie March, philosophy – The Enchiridion, humor – Anne Lamott‘s work, travel writing – anthologies, spiritual – currently Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard
10. What was the best book you read in 2011? The worst? (READ in 2011; not necessarily published in 2011.)
Worst – Peer Gynt, I generally put down a book I really don’t like
Best – Hmmm, Brideshead Revisited
And I think we’ll stop there. There’s so much more I want to ask but I’ll wait until next year.
- Kirkus Reviews Announces the Best Fiction of 2011 (prweb.com)
- 2011 National Book Award Winners on Audio (rbk12blog.com)
- Teaching Nonfiction to Elementary Students (schoolmarmohio.com)
- What authors can learn from the bestseller lists (alanrinzler.com)
- Dear Book Lover: Fiction that Reads Like Nonfiction (online.wsj.com)
- Apples to Apples, Please: Narrative Nonfiction and Empathy (brevity.wordpress.com)