What and How We Read | Questionnaire (I need your help!)

I’ve mentioned here and on social media that I have gone back to university. Being well into my 30s I’ve found it a bit of struggle but it is something that is important to me and to furthering my career so I decided it was well past time to finish my degree.

But I need your help.

The class I’ve used as a jumping off point requires interviews as part of research. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m still social distancing to the best of my ability. I have a child that is not yet eligible for the vaccine and keeping those dreaded germs away from her is my highest priority. To say the least, it makes face to face interactions and observing social spaces a little bit difficult.

Thats where you come in.

I need you to, please, answer some interview questions! Could this be considered a bookish tag? Absolutely, but I’m not very good with creating graphics so it is what it is (for now). Just for some background information, this is a class that studies literacies. I will not be using real names or handles when presenting my research and these answers will be used in an academic setting.

I appreciate you all so very much for your help.🖤

📚How long do you think that you read per day on average?

📚What genres do you read most from? Are there any genres you want to read more often?

📚When writing a blog post how long would you say it takes you on average?

📚What initially got you into reading? Were you a child or an adult when the reading bug bit you?

📚If you are multi-lingual do you find yourself reading more in your home language (if it is not English) or do you pick up books more often in English? Is that because of preference or ease of finding reading material?

📚What category do you think that you read from the most (middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult being the most common)? Would you say that is a personal preference or a learned habit?

📚What is your preferred medium of reading (physical, ebook, audio)? Is there a reason why?

📚How does your love of reading fiction affect your day to day life?

📚How do you get most of your reading material? Do you purchase physical copies, library loans, Audible, Kindle Unlimited, Scribd?

📚Do you request ARCs? If you do, how often would you say that you are approved for them?

📚Is there anything else you’d like to tell me about your personal reading journey?

If you would be so kind as to reply to the questions in the comments I’d be very grateful. Or, if you prefer, you can always email me at literaryweaponry@yahoo.com. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your help.

A friend also suggested that some folks may want to use this as a tag post on their own blog so please, by all means, go right ahead!

14 thoughts on “What and How We Read | Questionnaire (I need your help!)

  1. 📚How long do you think that you read per day on average?
    At least two hours between physically reading and audiobooks when I can!

    📚What genres do you read most from? Are there any genres you want to read more often?
    Fantasy, contemporary, romance, and literary fiction. I would love to read more horror and memoirs, both genres I love but don’t prioritize enough these days.

    📚When writing a blog post how long would you say it takes you on average?
    About an hour, depending on what it is.

    📚What initially got you into reading? Were you a child or an adult when the reading bug bit you?
    I was probably about eleven years old. Walked into a bookstore and the owner recommended me The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and I was hooked! That is when I fell in love with reading outside of school.

    📚If you are multi-lingual do you find yourself reading more in your home language (if it is not English) or do you pick up books more often in English? Is that because of preference or ease of finding reading material?
    N/A

    📚What category do you think that you read from the most (middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult being the most common)? Would you say that is a personal preference or a learned habit?
    Adult but with a good mix of YA. I think it is a mix of personal preference and influence from the bookish community.

    📚What is your preferred medium of reading (physical, ebook, audio)? Is there a reason why?
    Honestly, these days it is audio. It allows me to read while doing mundane things and I do think I am an auditory learner, so I take in info best that way.

    📚How does your love of reading fiction affect your day to day life?
    So much of what I do centers around reading! I am a freelance copy editor, book blogger, bookstagrammer, and started a BookTube channel. It is a lot, but I wouldn’t change it!

    📚How do you get most of your reading material? Do you purchase physical copies, library loans, Audible, Kindle Unlimited, Scribd?
    Physical copies and ARCs, Libro.fm, and Scribd mostly

    📚Do you request ARCs? If you do, how often would you say that you are approved for them?
    I am part of a few influencer programs here in Canada, so I don’t often request ARCs on my own, I just fill out the forms when they send them to me. I also get ALCs from Libro.fm every month. I am getting more into Netgalley and would say I get approve 75% of the time.

    📚Is there anything else you’d like to tell me about your personal reading journey?
    I think my reading journey has really ebbed and flowed. I read a lot as a preteen and then fell out of the habit in high school and university. I started my blog four years ago and am now reading more than ever!

    I hope this helps!!!

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  2. 1. 2 hours
    2. Contemporary Romance. I should read more thrillers because I also love them.
    3. Maybe 15 to 20 minutes for a review. Sometimes longer for a tag or other topic.
    4. I read a lot as a child. My mom was a teacher, so that might be why. As an adult, I started reading more to combat boredom.
    5. I just read in English.
    6. Adult and New Adult. I do add in some YA at times. Personal preference.
    7. Ebook because it’s easier on my hands and neck. I also like to make the font bigger. I also like audiobooks so I can listen while I multitask.
    8. Keeps me from being bored, makes me happy.
    9. Kindle Unlimited, library’s Overdrive, NetGalley, requested ARCs.
    10. Yes, but only if I truly want to read the book or it an author I love. I would say it’s about 75% of the time from NetGalley and 95% from other sources.

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  3. 1. Maybe an hour during the university semester and about four hours when I’m on break? 😂
    2. I definitely read the most fantasy, but I do feel like I also have a good balance of other genres in there. I’ve never felt I’m missing out; I just grab whatever I’m in the mood for!
    3. That very much depends on what it is. My shorter posts, maybe 1-2 hours. But my the posts I’m most proud of all had at least five hours worth of work put into them. I guess there’s a reason I only post on Fridays 🤣
    4. I can’t remember ever not having been a reader. My parents started reading to me pretty much the minute I was born, and our reading time was always my favorite part of the day. Eventually, I learned to read by myself, but I never stopped loving it!
    5. My native language is German, but I read way more in English than in German. Part of the reason for that is that I spent part of my childhood in the US, and reading in English is my way of staying in contact with a language that is an integral part of my life but not really spoken much around me. And yes, the other reason is that there are way more English books to choose from, and I tend to avoid translations whenever I can! I also read in French and Russian sometimes, but my language skills are kind of mediocre, which means it takes me forever to get through a book 😅 Ergo, I read most in English, second-most in German, third-most in French, and fourth-most in Russian 😁
    6. I think I read a pretty good mix of things. I used to read mostly middle grade, then mostly YA, but now I’d say my reading is split fairly evenly between YA and adult, with some NA and middle grade thrown in. It works well for me, so I guess it’s due to preference? I honestly don’t pay too much attention to age categories when choosing books – if the synopsis sounds interesting and I’ve heard good things, I’ll read it no matter whom it’s targeted at!
    7. Physical books will always be my favorite. I do like audiobooks for commutes or longer walks, but reading them takes FOREVER and I can’t imagine characters’ voices and how they say things myself. Plus, it’s harder to randomly open them and reread my favorite scenes 😁 Also, I already stare at screens too much as it is, so I don’t like ebooks much. I still end up reading a lot of them, though, because Scribd is a savior for any booknerd’s wallet 🤣
    8. Reading helps me relax and is one of my favorite hobbies, I have my blog, I have a bookclub with some friends, and I minored in English so that I can indoctrinate my future students with my love for reading 😁
    9. English books, I mostly buy and get from Scribd, and sometimes I’ll also buy a kindle edition. German books, I borrow almost exclusively from the library.
    10. No – I already have way too much I want to read as it is! 😂 I could see myself doing it in the future, though, once I graduate from university and the additional pressure of having to read something by a certain time won’t bother me as much anymore.

    Anyway, I hope this helps, and good luck with your class! It sounds super interesting, so if you want to keep us updated, I certainly wouldn’t mind!

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  4. How long do you think that you read per day on average? 2 – 3 hours, more if I can get away with it.

    What genres do you read most from? Are there any genres you want to read more often? Mysteries, family dramas/sagas, just about anything really except post-apocalyptic, sci-fi, and pure romance. I’d just like to read more.

    When writing a blog post how long would you say it takes you on average? About an hour, give or take.

    What initially got you into reading? Were you a child or an adult when the reading bug bit you? I can’t remember a time when I didn’t read. Even as a small child I was surrounded by books.

    📚If you are multi-lingual do you find yourself reading more in your home language (if it is not English) or do you pick up books more often in English? Is that because of preference or ease of finding reading material? I’m not multilingual.

    What category do you think that you read from the most (middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult being the most common)? Would you say that is a personal preference or a learned habit? I read a little bit of everything, but mostly adult.

    What is your preferred medium of reading (physical, ebook, audio)? Is there a reason why? I usually have one of each on the go. I have a physical book to read while my Kindle is charging, and I have an audiobook for while I’m doing housework, gardening, etc.

    How does your love of reading fiction affect your day to day life? I prefer books to most people. I have been known to be late for work because I wanted to finish my book.

    How do you get most of your reading material? Do you purchase physical copies, library loans, Audible, Kindle Unlimited, Scribd? I purchase physical copies of my favourite authors, I use my local library, and I get book ebook and audio ARCs from Netgalley.

    Do you request ARCs? If you do, how often would you say that you are approved for them? Yes. And probably far too often, judging by the size of my TBR pile.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell me about your personal reading journey? I am planning on retiring in the next 12 months, and then I intend to start writing.

    Good luck!

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  5. How long do you think that you read per day on average? — around 4 hours when I can find time but if my kid and other things keeps me busy I can only read 1 or 2 hours

    What genres do you read most from? Are there any genres you want to read more often? — I prefer Fantasy and romcom. I want to read more historical romance and sci-fi books.

    When writing a blog post how long would you say it takes you on average? — around 1 hour max writing draft, other editing and all I do later when I sit to publish it.

    What initially got you into reading? Were you a child or an adult when the reading bug bit you? — A friend lend me his book NEXT by Michael Crichton and I was hooked to reading and then I had to quit job because of minor stroke. reading helped me with change in life and it stayed with me even after recovery.

    If you are multi-lingual do you find yourself reading more in your home language (if it is not English) or do you pick up books more often in English? Is that because of preference or ease of finding reading material? — English is my third language and I still prefer to read more in English than my regional or native tongue.

    What category do you think that you read from the most (middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult being the most common)? Would you say that is a personal preference or a learned habit? — I don’t have preference here but I enjoy more MG and YA than adult.

    What is your preferred medium of reading (physical, ebook, audio)? Is there a reason why? — I prefer physical book as I can read faster with them and I love to have feel of book in hand but I don’t mind e-books as I get them more.

    How does your love of reading fiction affect your day to day life? — I love getting lost in story, taking me away from reality with so many possibilities and imaginations and it still have realistic elements or day to day life issues. It helped me understanding other people’s perspective. It has broaden my mind and view.

    How do you get most of your reading material? Do you purchase physical copies, library loans, Audible, Kindle Unlimited, Scribd? — physical from Amazon and e-books from authors, publisher and NetGalley

    Do you request ARCs? If you do, how often would you say that you are approved for them? — I don’t request ARCs anymore as I get widgets from publishers and it take me more time finish them.

    Is there anything else you’d like to tell me about your personal reading journey? — I guess all these questions covered it all. One thing, I’m not going to stop reading ever in this life.

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  6. 📚How long do you think that you read per day on average?
    Maybe 2-3 hours per day but it varies widely. Some days I don’t read at all and others I’ll spend most of the day reading

    📚What genres do you read most from? Are there any genres you want to read more often?
    At the moment I’m mostly reading romance/contemporary and crime/thrillers. I’d like to read more sci fi and fantasy but finding it difficult to focus on them at the moment

    📚When writing a blog post how long would you say it takes you on average?
    Much, much longer than it should. It depends on the post. Book reviews take around an hour or so (it’s generally a copy and paste from Goodreads) but list type or discussion posts can be three hours or more

    📚What initially got you into reading? Were you a child or an adult when the reading bug bit you?
    I’ve always been a reader. My mum always read to us as children and I think it probably comes from that

    📚What category do you think that you read from the most (middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult being the most common)? Would you say that is a personal preference or a learned habit?
    I mostly read adult fiction. Up until a couple of years ago I would have said YA but my reading tastes have changed. Definitely a personal preference

    📚What is your preferred medium of reading (physical, ebook, audio)? Is there a reason why?
    Probably ebook, then physical, then audio. I like ebooks because I can highlight quotes, search inside etc. I don’t always have the patience for audiobooks, it can take me a week or two to finish a book I could read in an afternoon.

    📚How does your love of reading fiction affect your day to day life?
    I have been known to stay up way too late reading or try to sneak a few chapters in here or there which does sometimes leave me tired or distracted at work. I also probably talk far too much about books. However I think it does let you understand different perspectives and give you an insight into different issues. I think it also helps with my writing and communication.

    📚How do you get most of your reading material? Do you purchase physical copies, library loans, Audible, Kindle Unlimited, Scribd?
    All of the above 😀 The majority are probably bought on kindle although I also borrow a lot of ebooks from the library

    📚Do you request ARCs? If you do, how often would you say that you are approved for them?
    I do request ARCs. I’m trying to keep my requests to a minimum so only books I really want to read. I get approved for maybe 4 out of 5

    📚Is there anything else you’d like to tell me about your personal reading journey?
    Nope I think that covers everything

    I hope this helps.

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  7. 📚How long do you think that you read per day on average?
    Now that I’ve finally kicked my reading slump, I’d say 2-ish hours per day.

    📚What genres do you read most from? Are there any genres you want to read more often?
    I read horror and romance most, but I would really like to start reading more fantasy books and thrillers.

    📚When writing a blog post how long would you say it takes you on average?
    It depends on the type of post, but probably between 25 and 45 minutes.

    📚What initially got you into reading? Were you a child or an adult when the reading bug bit you?
    I was a very small child and naturally took to it – I genuinely don’t remember a time in my life before loving to read!

    📚If you are multi-lingual do you find yourself reading more in your home language (if it is not English) or do you pick up books more often in English? Is that because of preference or ease of finding reading material?
    N/A

    📚What category do you think that you read from the most (middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult being the most common)? Would you say that is a personal preference or a learned habit?
    Definitely adult, probably because I read horror and romance books the most and I prefer those in the adult age range typically (as adult horror is often ‘darker’, and adult romance is much easier for me to relate to than younger romances).

    📚What is your preferred medium of reading (physical, ebook, audio)? Is there a reason why?
    It depends on my mood, but I vary a lot between physical and ebook. Sometimes I can’t get immersed in ebooks, and then have to read physical books. I never prefer audiobooks because I have a hard time focusing on them!

    📚How does your love of reading fiction affect your day to day life?
    I set aside time for reading every day, which means taking time away from other hobbies. It affects my friendships a lot, because most of my friendships were in some way formed by bonding over books. (Sorry if this isn’t the sort of answer you’re looking for, or if you specifically meant reading fiction instead of reading in general!)

    📚How do you get most of your reading material? Do you purchase physical copies, library loans, Audible, Kindle Unlimited, Scribd?
    I would say most of my books are purchased, review copies (usually from Netgalley), or Kindle Unlimited loans. I do read library loans sometimes, but not as often lately, since I don’t do physical library loans anymore (due to current events).

    📚Do you request ARCs? If you do, how often would you say that you are approved for them?
    Yes. To be honest, after the length of time I’ve spent reviewing books and the number of publishers I’ve built up relationships with, on time of having librarian privileges, I rarely am turned down for ARCs. Before I had librarian privileges, I would still estimate I was approved for 80% or more of the ARCs I requested. (NOTE: I almost exclusively request e-ARCs – it’s a very different story with print copies!)

    📚Is there anything else you’d like to tell me about your personal reading journey?
    Reading has been my greatest “escape” and favorite hobby my entire life through, and has shaped a great deal of how I view myself and the people and world around me. I’ve had ups and downs with slumps, my tastes have changed, etc., but I have never tired of reading and am forever grateful for the existence of beautiful stories in my life and on my shelves!

    I hope these helped. ♥ Good luck!

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