Questions for Readers

I think it’s fascinating how different people’s tastes in books and other reading materials can be.  I love some books that other people find boring, and I hate some books other people dote upon.  As someone who reads a lot and also writes, I’m interested in your thoughts on reading.  I’m not going to do any serious research with the results, I’m just interested in what makes people tick as readers.  If you care to, I’d love it if you answer whichever questions you’d like in the comments!

  1. What is your favorite genre to read (literary fiction, YA, mystery, non-fiction, history, etc)?
  2. What genre will you NEVER read?
  3. What makes you decide to read a given book?
  4. What makes you put a book down and stop reading it?
  5. If you don’t read fiction, why not?
  6. If you don’t read non-fiction, why not?
  7. What book (or books – not including the Bible because that goes without saying) is your absolute favorite, that you could read over and over and never get tired of it?  What is it you like about that book?
  8. What magazines do you read?  Why?
  9. What newspapers do you read?  Why?
  10. What topic or topics do you wish someone would write about?

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

12 thoughts on “Questions for Readers

  1. alrighty! here I go…

    1. What is your favorite genre to read (literary fiction, YA, mystery, non-fiction, history, etc)? Literary fiction, Christian fiction, non-fiction. I can’t pick just one.
    2. What genre will you NEVER read? Romance
    3. What makes you decide to read a given book? a recommendation from a friend, a review, a book club pick…
    4. What makes you put a book down and stop reading it? unnecessary inappropriate content, sheer boredom…
    5. If you don’t read fiction, why not?
    6. If you don’t read non-fiction, why not?
    7. What book (or books – not including the Bible because that goes without saying) is your absolute favorite, that you could read over and over and never get tired of it? What is it you like about that book? Les Miserables…. the detail and the scope of the book are fabulous – I catch something new each time I read it. Same things for Jane Austin’s books and the Bronte sisters… love everything they’ve written.
    8. What magazines do you read? Why? Better Homes and Gardens, Family Fun, Everyday Food… I love getting ideas from those magazines.
    9. What newspapers do you read? Why? no newspapers… I don’t have a subscription to any at this time…
    10. What topic or topics do you wish someone would write about? I don’t know! I’m not very creative and I can’t think things up off the top of my head…

  2. 1. What is your favorite genre to read (literary fiction, YA, mystery, non-fiction, history, etc)? Hmm, historical fiction and Christian fiction are probably my favorites.

    2. What genre will you NEVER read? Does Vampire-trash count as a genre?;) Romance novels make me very uncomfortable.

    3. What makes you decide to read a given book? Reviews that I’ve read (sometimes even a bad review will make me want to see what was so bad!), friends’ and family suggestions, an interesting title or cover art, or just that it’s an author I’ve loved:)

    4. What makes you put a book down and stop reading it? Hmm, I’m not sure that’s ever happened. Once I start reading a book, I feel compelled to finish it just to see if it gets any better. Just ask Joe about the week I spent reading Angela’s Ashes:)

    5. If you don’t read fiction, why not? NA

    6. If you don’t read non-fiction, why not? NA

    7. What book (or books – not including the Bible because that goes without saying) is your absolute favorite, that you could read over and over and never get tired of it? What is it you like about that book? I have many favorites but I would say my all-time favorite book is Gone with the Wind (and no, I’ve never seen the movie. I refuse to watch it because it will never live up to the book IMO). I read it first in the 6th grade, mainly because it was a huge book that no on thought I’d finish. I was just so captivated by the story and by the characters. I also think it was the first thing I had ever read that showed more of the slave owners’ point of view…it really made me think in ways that I hadn’t before and I appreciated that.

    8. What magazines do you read? Why? None really, I’m not a big magazine fan
    9. What newspapers do you read? Why? Just the Indy Star and the Crawfordsville Journal Review (both online)
    10. What topic or topics do you wish someone would write about?

  3. 1. What is your favorite genre to read-(Fiction)
    2. What genre will you NEVER read? (Horror)
    3. What makes you decide to read a given book? (If the first page grabs my attention, the recommendation of others).
    4. What makes you put a book down and stop reading it? (Inappropriate content)
    5. If you don’t read fiction, why not?
    6. If you don’t read non-fiction, why not?- (Not as interesting)
    7. What book (or books – not including the Bible because that goes without saying) is your absolute favorite, that you could read over and over and never get tired of it? What is it you like about that book?-(Pride and Prejudice, I always get excited to see Darcy and Lizzie get together at the end! Mrs. Bennett is a hoot).
    8. What magazines do you read? Why? (Real Simple, free subscription)
    9. What newspapers do you read? Why? (Local paper, i buy it for the coupons)
    10. What topic or topics do you wish someone would write about? (hmm, i’d have to think about that one!)

  4. All about Amy 🙂 :

    1.What is your favorite genre to read (literary fiction, YA, mystery, non-fiction, history, etc)? A tough one. . . probably upper grade JF or YA . . . or maybe literary fiction . . . depends on the day 😉
    2.What genre will you NEVER read? “lust in the dust” romance (as my 9th grade history teacher called it)
    3.What makes you decide to read a given book? a good review, an interesting back cover copy, an interesting title, author name recognition
    4.What makes you put a book down and stop reading it? too much graphic/gratuitous s*x or violence; boredom; too convoluted
    5.If you don’t read fiction, why not?
    6.If you don’t read non-fiction, why not?
    7.What book (or books – not including the Bible because that goes without saying) is your absolute favorite, that you could read over and over and never get tired of it? L.M. Montgomery’s works–because they’re so entertaining, with all their little vignettes What is it you like about that book? (see above)
    8.What magazines do you read? Why? Southern Living for the recipes and everything else (home decor, travel, etc,)–but mainly the recipes; Family Fun for kid ideas and recipes; other cooking magazines; homeschooling magazines
    9.What newspapers do you read? Why? the local papers; others if we’re traveling
    10.What topic or topics do you wish someone would write about? Hmmm. . . I’m always interested in reading about parenting and home education. I also love travel and a peek into others’ cultures.

  5. Very interesting topic.

    1. What is your favorite genre to read (literary fiction, YA, mystery, non-fiction, history, etc)? I love reading fiction but I’m much more moved by non-fiction. (and I really only like realistic fiction)

    2. What genre will you NEVER read? Sci-fi, vampires, horror. (I’m too much of a realist.)

    3. What makes you decide to read a given book? It looks interesting at the library. A link of a link of a link at Amazon. Reviews. I rarely find book recs from other people helpful. I don’t know why.

    4. What makes you put a book down and stop reading it? Boredom, unrealistic (don’t like what’s going on)

    5. If you don’t read fiction, why not? N/A
    6. If you don’t read non-fiction, why not? N/A

    7. What book (or books – not including the Bible because that goes without saying) is your absolute favorite, that you could read over and over and never get tired of it? What is it you like about that book? I don’t tend to reread books. I’ve re-read a few that I read when I was a kid just to remember them. Actually, I read “The Magic of Ordinary Days” several times I think. I just enjoy it, I guess.

    8. What magazines do you read? Why? I read World (biblical worldview of the news), Real Simple (Have always liked it), Dwell (I like modern architecture), Runner’s World (I like to pretend I’m a runner), Outside (I’m not sure, except it’s very different from what my life is really like and I find it interesting?) Other home decor magazines at the library (I like to get ideas for decorating), occasionally something like Vogue or Lucky for wardrobe inspiration. (I enjoy the quickness of magazines)

    9. What newspapers do you read? Why? no newspapers. If I had them I’d read them (I do at the car repair shop) but generally get my news from the internet and talk radio.

    10. What topic or topics do you wish someone would write about? I read a huge variety of topics, anything from the history of Chocolate to books about exercise, or the history of fashion. The history of birth in America to books about real people (usually called “memoirs”). It is very random for me. I also “read” a lot of cookbooks. I guess my very favorite things to read are about people who had/have very different lives than my own. Whether they grew up in a different country or a different time or with a completely different ideology, I find it all fascinating. (Also why I enjoy a wide variety of blogs. I find people in general fascinating.)

  6. 1. What is your favorite genre to read (literary fiction, YA, mystery, non-fiction, history, etc)? suspense, sci-fi, some YA
    2. What genre will you NEVER read? romance
    3. What makes you decide to read a given book? recommendations from friends, reading synopsis that include a plot / situation / place I have never read about before, sticking with an author that I like (When I enjoy one book by an author I tend to quickly go through the rest they’ve written. I also discover new authors I like when they have co-authored a book with another author I enjoy.)
    4. What makes you put a book down and stop reading it? if everything is working out too perfect / no sacrifices (though often it’s already the end of the book when that happens), a lot of fowl language, and premarital sex or affairs shown as positive experiences
    5. If you don’t read fiction, why not? n/a
    6. If you don’t read non-fiction, why not? The only fiction I have enjoyed reading are about educational topics that interest me (recent examples: birthing, breastfeeding, child development) or familiar topics from a new perspective (recent example: an old Polish history book covering WWII – translated to English).
    7. What book (or books – not including the Bible because that goes without saying) is your absolute favorite, that you could read over and over and never get tired of it? What is it you like about that book? It is very rare that I will read a book more than twice. I enjoy The Voyage of the “Dawn Treader” from Chron. of Narnia because read it first in 3rd grade and feel like I relate to different characters and different parts of the story through each new stage.
    8. What magazines do you read? Why? mostly special interest magazines for short periods of time to get ideas (garden magazines as I get a garden started, home improvement as we remodel our house, etc.)
    9. What newspapers do you read? Why? I read NYTimes online because I can generally read educated and well written articles from a completely different perspective than I hear from friends and family (even if I still disagree with them).
    10. What topic or topics do you wish someone would write about? I love random topics! An example is Michael Crichton’s Airframe – fast, entertaining plot, but I feel like I learned a ton about airplanes.

  7. 1. What is your favorite genre to read (literary fiction, YA, mystery, non-fiction, history, etc)? I mainly read inspirational/Christian fiction these days, because I enjoy it and because it doesn’t take a lot of time or mental energy, two qualities I lack at this stage in my life. I do enjoy nonfiction, although with nonfiction books, I tend to be a “skimmer,” and just read the chapters or sections that seem the most interesting. I also like personal narrative/essay writing for its introspective nature.
    2. What genre will you NEVER read? horror
    3. What makes you decide to read a given book? Usually I just find books on the shelf at the library and give them a try, but I also browse reviews on Amazon and blogs to get ideas, and I’m pretty likely to search out a book if someone I know in real life highly recommends it.
    4. What makes you put a book down and stop reading it? pace too slow, too much violence, plot too trite and predictable
    5. If you don’t read fiction, why not?
    6. If you don’t read non-fiction, why not?
    7. What book (or books – not including the Bible because that goes without saying) is your absolute favorite, that you could read over and over and never get tired of it? What is it you like about that book? Pretty much anything by Jane Austen or L.M. Montgomery, because of the witty and clever dialogue.
    8. What magazines do you read? Why? Mothering (because I’m interested in natural birth, vaccination information, and gentle parenting methods); Weight Watchers (because I need to lose weight after having 3 babies in 4 years); Above Rubies (I definitely don’t agree with everything in there, but I read it for encouragement as a wife and mom); various random magazines that I find free subscriptions to
    9. What newspapers do you read? Why? I don’t read any; I have limited reading time, and I’d rather read a book than the newspaper. Besides, I’m not really interested in current events.
    10. What topic or topics do you wish someone would write about? I like books with really deep, extensive characterization. If I feel like I really know and understand and can identify with the characters, that’s more satisfying to me than a riveting plot.

  8. I would much rather read Christian fiction than anything else, although I really enjoy reading well written (in other words, keeps me interested) biographies about people who I am interested in learning more about or who have lived through some amazing circumstances. As far as Christian fiction goes, I love historical novels and also mystery and suspense. Terri Blackstock is one of my favorite authors and I think I’ve read almost all of her books. I enjoy some of Ted Dekker’s books, though there are some that I don’t ever plan to pick up as they seem too ‘fantastically scary’ and I don’t want to put forth the time spent on them. I also read encouraging type books if they seem to flow well for me like The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie O’Martian does. I also enjoyed Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth and Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin because they helped me as I was pregnant and planning a homebirth.
    I don’t want to read anything with explicit bedroom details or excessive profanity. I don’t want to be dragged down with that while I’m trying to enjoy a story. Not to mention, it’s really not necessary. And if a book doesn’t immediately pick up my interest and draw me in, I really have to lay it down and walk away. With that said, I really enjoy a book that has a good sense of humor and is witty. I don’t have as much time for reading as I used to now that I have a 7 month old, so I picked up The Help by Kathryn Stockett on CD and it was hilarious as well as thought provoking! I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was the only book on CD that I have ever been able to make it through because it flowed so well.
    I find most books by browsing the library shelves or through a recommendation on a blog or bookstore advertisement. I don’t read magazines or newspapers just because I don’t choose to and wouldn’t have the time anyway. I also prefer to use my library because I don’t need to keep most books after I read them.
    I don’t ever read horror or graphic novels and I am always ready to read more of the types of books that I love now.

  9. Oh, fun!

    1) NON-FICTION
    2) Serial paperbacks, smut, grocery store “best sellers”
    3) Honestly, I am very drawn by the cover — if a book is beautiful, all the better.
    4) Poorly written, not worth the drudgery, boredom, an over-the-top “wow factor”, a self-exultant writer
    5) I don’t tend to read fiction, not because it doesn’t interest me, but because I just don’t have time. There is too much else to explore. I see the irony in the fact that a lot of great fiction IS exploration, but I am too caught up in non-fiction to give much anything else a chance. I also have this big hang-up that I want to read all the Classics before I dig into anything new, as they have withstood the test of time and I don’t have to waste my time on something that is merely struggling to attain the “wow factor”.
    6) N/A
    7) That being said, I adore Jane Eyre. It might be at the tippity-top of my list (though I think the last third of the story should have been chopped). I love the atmosphere, the drama, the tension, the mystery, etc. My other #1 is Please Understand Me II by David Keirsey — I become re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-obsessed with that book on an almost yearly basis and discover something new about myself, my husband, our marriage, friendships, family relationships, etc. every. single. time. It blows my mind.
    8) Mags: NONE
    9) Newspapers: Only our local one, mostly to check in on the Friends of the Library column I coordinate and to see what the townspeople are up to. I used to read two newspapers when I worked — the Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune and the New York Times.
    10) A really broad-spectrum examination of birth order (I’ve been dissatisfied with most of what I’ve found on this topic).

  10. 1. What is your favorite genre to read (literary fiction, YA, mystery, non-fiction, history, etc)? I love a good mystery, drama, and well-written sci-fis, even. but I will read almost anything a trusted friend has raved about.
    2. What genre will you NEVER read? trashy romance
    3. What makes you decide to read a given book? recommendations from friends, authors I enjoy
    4. What makes you put a book down and stop reading it? usually, it is if the characters fall flat or the writing is painful.
    5. If you don’t read fiction, why not? n/a
    6. If you don’t read non-fiction, why not? n/a
    7. What book (or books – not including the Bible because that goes without saying) is your absolute favorite, that you could read over and over and never get tired of it? What is it you like about that book? I love The Lord of the Rings and read them every few years.
    8. What magazines do you read? Why? not many, except Health, which my father sends me and whichever business mags I have somehow arranged for my husband to receive for free
    9. What newspapers do you read? Why? the charleston Post and Courier…not the best paper ever, but I like to stay on top of local news, and it covers national news well enough.
    10. What topic or topics do you wish someone would write about? .

  11. Very late, but these aren’t really time-specific answers. 😉

    1. What is your favorite genre to read (literary fiction, YA, mystery, non-fiction, history, etc)?
    I can’t really pick a favorite – I love mysteries, YA/kids books, fantasy, non-fiction, memoir/biography.

    2. What genre will you NEVER read?
    Horror. I have occasionally in the past and it just sticks with me in a bad way. I don’t need the nightmares.

    3. What makes you decide to read a given book?
    Trusted author, interested in the subject, a good review from a trusted source, or a recommendation from someone I trust.

    4. What makes you put a book down and stop reading it?
    Gruesome details, or too bored to continue. Honestly though, it’s rare that I don’t finish a book. I’m trying to get better at not finishing ones I don’t enjoy.

    5. If you don’t read fiction, why not?
    N/A – I love some sorts of fiction! Don’t really like literary fiction because I tend to find it dull, and I also almost never read romance (too predictable, but I will make an exception if a couple of friends of mine tell me I should for a particular book).

    6. If you don’t read non-fiction, why not?
    Love non-fiction too, so again, n/a.

    7. What book (or books – not including the Bible because that goes without saying) is your absolute favorite, that you could read over and over and never get tired of it? What is it you like about that book?
    I don’t know that I have one book that I’d read over and over. I can’t think of the last book I reread even once actually. That’s why I get most of my books from the library – I read too much and don’t reread so no reason to own them.

    8. What magazines do you read? Why?
    World Magazine – Christian perspective on the news. Family Circle because I like some of the ideas in it.

    9. What newspapers do you read? Why?
    None. I get my news online.

    10. What topic or topics do you wish someone would write about?
    I know in the past I’ve looked for books on certain topics and been disappointed not to find any, but I don’t remember now what those topics were.

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