How long are the books that you read?
Do you read mostly full-length books? novellas? novelettes? short stories? short or long nonfiction books?
The first 4 questions are for fiction; the last 2 are for nonfiction.
The 2 questions about short stories and novelettes exclude children’s, so that we don’t get illustrated children’s picture books mixed up with short stories, for examples. (See my other surveys—there is a link below the surveys—if you’re curious about children’s books.)
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Interesting. Though the monthly thing is a tough thing to factor in. What about people who are slow readers or don’t have enough time to finish reading a book in a month?
That’s a good question. I always seem to leave out a possibility.
Eh, a lot of people do that. It could be that you’ll get more voracious than casual readers anyway.
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The more people who do this poll, the more informative it becomes 😀
Thank you for helping to recruit more participants. 🙂
Welcome Chris 😀
I think 350-450 is ideal, but that length can be an eternity if not carefully edited–just as it can feel like a premature ending when the story in enrapturing. It really depends upon the heart of the story. The older I get, the more I prefer tightly made stories.
Thank you for sharing your reading experience and perspective. 🙂
Hmmmm, this would need to be a pre & post blogging questionaire for me as my reading habits have changed since I started reading everyone and their brother’s blogs!
Blogs do make for great reading, and take a lot of my time, too. 🙂
I’ll be excited to see the results after I take the survey!
Hopefully, the results will grow a lot in the next few days, too. Thank you for taking the survey. 🙂
You’re welcome. My pleasure.
May be a little scewed. I counted blog post stories I read under 7500, but they aren’t short stories I pay for.
I hadn’t thought about blog posts, but there are some good stories here at WordPress. Thank you for taking part. 🙂
Chris. Unfortunately, the books don’t have word counts, ( I don’t bother to count the words!) but they are usually 400/500 pages.
I only meant the word count as a general guide, for those who happen to be familiar with them. Those are definitely full-length books.
I think how they are read would also be interesting, I still tend to read full length novels in print but I read a lot of novella’s and short stories on my kindle on route to work and back and on breaks because it is easier to carry and they are easier to dip in and out of, also where do audiobooks and podcasts feature I listen to several short story podcasts such as Clarkesworld and Pseudopod do they count if I listen to the story rather than going online and reading it, while whey will not effect the novel answers they can effect the questions about short stories and flash fiction.
That would be interesting. I’ve asked about print versus e-book, but hadn’t thought about combining the format (plus audio) with length.
Sorry Chris but the non-fiction questions are slightly skewed because many of us read non-fiction /articles/ and wikis rather than ‘books’. I read a lot of non-fiction but it is rarely in book form.
Articles. Yeah, I suppose I was more interested in articles and short nonfiction purchased through Kindle, rather than other kinds, but it’s a bit late for this survey. Thank you for the feedback.
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Rake the Survey! Interesting.
Thank you for sharing. 🙂
Great poll. I wish I could read more books per month but work and family make that hard. As far as length goes, I prefer shorter novels anymore (70-90k words). Those 100k plus fantasy novels are just too overwhelming.
Thank you for sharing your feedback. 🙂