2016 Reader Survey

2016 Reader Survey

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Every year or so, we do this little reader survey to take the temperature of the blog. I love reading your responses every year, and can’t believe it’s time for Annual Survey #5!

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The first few questions are easy-breezy, check-the-box demographic questions that will bore you, but only for about 6 seconds. I’m asking because anybody who wants to know anything about this blog wants to know who’s reading it, and you are the ones who can best answer that question.

After that, I ask you questions that I’m straight-up curious about, and questions that will help me make sure the site is easy for you to use.

The whole thing should take 5 minutes or less.

Thanks so much for your input! I appreciate it–and you!–so much.

(If the embedded survey gives you any trouble, please answer it here.)

40 comments | Comment


  1. Susan says:

    What does it say about my personality that I love filling out surveys? Can’t wait to see the results!

    • Amy says:

      That amused me quite a bit. I think we could have done with a 40+ box, and a 60+ box, and probably a 100+ box, too;)

        • Gerry says:

          Several years ago, I read Louis L’Amour’s autobiography and discovered that he kept a running list of what he read each year (some of it was rather impressive), so I started to do the same, and it has been a fun thing to do.

          • Anna says:

            I started doing that this year because one of my older sisters does. I thought it would probably be a good idea so I know how many worthwhile books I’m reading (and how many…unworthwhile ones as well!).

  2. Laura J says:

    I agree with the other commenters, boxes of 50+ books and 100+ should be there! 25 is January and February. My husband and I are having a FaceTime book discussion with my son tonight on a book he had us all read. I’m excited!

  3. Nikki says:

    Agreed re a 50 or 100 box. I routinely read close to or over 100 each year. And I too love filling out surveys. How does that fit into a Gretchen Rubin or Myers-Briggs tendency? Lol

  4. Jules says:

    I’m imtrigued at the discussion around numbers of books read, both here and in other places, such as Instagram. I guess people will be competitive no matter what the topic! I am a voracious reader with more time than most but I find numbers of books read a poor yardstick. I am interested in the types of books read, I can whip through many modern novels really quickly. However, if I am reading classics or older fiction, say 50+ years-old the total drops as I find them more demanding.

    • Nikki says:

      Very true. I read a mix of what you described, and prize winners or classics always take longer. But I figure my overall monthly reading averages out. I only started tracking in Goodreads a few years ago, yet have memories of childhood summers and weekends where I read all day. So my numbers were likely always high. When Anne listed 5 as a yearly total, I laughed. Aren’t all her subscribers big readers? ?

      • Jules says:

        I guess that’s why Anne runs the survey, to find out rather than make assumptions? Maybe there are some people who love books but their circumstances are such that reading is a luxurious use of time they cannot manage at this point? Personally I can’t imagine reading that few books a year but I do know of people with enormous work/family/study workloads for whom recreational reading is currently a fond memory!!

    • Jess says:

      Totally agree. I can whip through Austen but Trollope takes much longer, and not just due to the fact his books are longer.

      • Jules says:

        Yes, that’s what I mean! I can blast through many current, popular novels very quickly but there are others I choose to savor for their delicious language and imagery. They are not all classical either. Geraldine Brooks and Kazuo Ishiguro spring to mind as modems authors whose books I deliberately Iinger over. I am a little sad when I see speed and volume, and in some cases how many different editors of a single book one owns, trumping the real reason we read, which for me will always to live in the world of that book for as long as it lasts. However, I accept that we all have different motivations and values. That’s what makes reading and contributing to comments interesting!

  5. Nancy Willard says:

    I have enjoyed listening to your podcast since its inception. The guests all seem to be closer to my childrens’ ages than mine, yet I am constantly amazed at how “spot on” they are with my thoughts about some of the book choices! I’ve come to the conclusion that feelings about a good book are most often not limited by age and life experience. I am curious to learn from these survey results if there are many other seniors who follow MMD.
    Thank you!

  6. Christina says:

    I seriously just thought earlier this week, “I wonder when MMD will be running her annual survey!” Lol! Thanks for caring what we think! 🙂

  7. Christie says:

    Yes I love these surveys too. Can’t wait to hear the results. Curious if I’m the only one who mentions that I love your laugh. (Is that weird?!)

  8. Lisa says:

    I LOVE to read, but I honestly can’t justify much time spent reading for relaxation right now. I’m sure in the future I’ll be able to indulge in more reading time!

  9. Melodee says:

    I’m bummed I missed filling this out! Saw it on Friday, hit “save for later,” went camping for the weekend and just got back to it today. Oops!

  10. Vicki says:

    Hi Anne, I was on vacation when I got your survey in my email. I did not have time to do and saved it so I could do it when I got home. It doesn’t open now, have you closed the survey? If not I would like to participate. Thank you! By the way I just love your blog and your podcast. Thanks for doing such a great job!!

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