She Says, He Says – Insights from Readers

Readers and writers – a symbiotic relationship. Ideas spark writers to create stories and build worlds and characters for readers’ consumption. Readers add imagination and thought to interpret those stories, deriving meaning and enjoyment in the process. A story is incomplete without both reader and writer.

As in other aspects of life, the Mars-Venus divide is evident in the reading habits of men and women. How different? A 2018 survey of over 2400 people from around the world offers a few answers.

  • Women read more than men– 60% of women and 29% of men read more than 30 books a year
  • ……

The rest of this article can be found at the Washington Independent Review of Books, a great place to discover information and news about books, writing, authors, book clubs, and other insights on reading.

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union. Mary’s other novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.

Readers on reading

I’ve dug into responses from readers on the topic of why they are reading more or less than in the past. A little over 1000 people chose to comment on the topic. So here’s the original chart and a new chart showing reasons.

Are you reading more or fewer books than in the past:

Reasons for a change in reading habits:

By way of explanation (start at the top of chart and work clockwise):

  • Book Club – a number of readers said they are reading more because they’ve joined a book club.
  • E-books are easier – many readers are reading more because of e-readers AND audio books.  A number of readers say they love audio books because they can read while doing something else.
  • Fewer good books – some read less because they find fewer good books to choose from
  • Life changes – sadly, some of these are readers are experiencing health problems that prevent them from reading as much as they did in the past.
  • More social media – these are readers who are spending time on social media instead of reading books.
  • More time/Retirement – relatively self explanatory except to say that many readers have more time because their children are getting older 🙂
  • Other options – these are readers who mentioned doing other activities that have displaced reading in the way they spend their time.
  • Review books – a number of readers are reviewing books and/or have started their own book blog and hence are reading more.
  • SM gives ideas – some readers mentioned social media facilitates reading as a source of book related information and recommendations
  • Too busy – many readers cite jobs and young children as a reason their reading is less than in the past

I don’t think there are too many surprises here although it’s interesting to see them categorized.

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union. Mary’s other novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.

 

Book blogs galore

WOW – this year’s reader survey asked participants if they had a “reading related blog or website.” Of 2418 responses, 294 provided the names of their sites. What does this tell you about the reading ecosystem and readers’ desire to share their thoughts?

As promised, here’s the list.

https://booktastrophe.wordpress.com
https://kelseygietl.com
KaysBlog
http://www.FindingNapoleon.com
https://laughandbemeri.wordpress.com/
http://www.englishstudens.wordpress.com
Regency Retro Reads
https://jrlindermuth.blogspot.com/
http://books-reading-vice.blogspot.com/
https://cannonballread.com/
Faintingviolet.wordpress.com
amarriageofconvenience.wordpress.com
cannonballread.com
https://kingmagu.blogspot.com/
http://www.lovemandreadem.com
http://romanticanorosa.blogspot.com/
Caz’s Reading Room http://www.bookish29.wordpress.com
tedwitham.wordpress.com
http://www.ruadhbutler.com
All About Romance
http://www.sueingallsfinan.com
http://www.anaveragelife.org
http://www.lucilleturner.com
AngeliqueCongerAuthor.com
https://beforethesecondsleep.wordpress.com
Www.cassiedate.com
http://www.amybooksy.blogspot.com
Destination: Fiction
Heidenkind.blogspot.com
Zenaparks.com
https://rokinrevreview.godaddysites.com/
http://www.clareobeara.ie
Www.ellentiernan.com
http://www.JanetsWritingBlog.com
Thebrokenspine.net
https://readinggivesmewings.wordpress.com/
http://www.janasbrownwrites.com
https://www.instagram.com/a_bookish_affair/?hl=en
NewLDSFiction.com
Https://Cozynookbks.wordpress.com
Grayson Books.com
Www.wayneturmel.com
https://pastpresentreads.blogspot.com/
http://tremblingleaves.wordpress.com/
http://www.kimberlyfish.com
https://artania7.wordpress.com/
http://fallingletters.ca
http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com
http://www.westmetromommyreads.com
http://pussreboots.com
martinejaneroberts.com
Burtonbookreview.com
http://www.mayliang.blog
Louby’s Lush Reads
http://www.facebook.com/writerjl
Www.simonsmusings.com
http://boomerhighway.org
http://devilwinds.blogspot.com/
HistoricalBritainBlog.com
http://www.kathryngauci.com/blog/
Tomes and Tequila Blog
http://www.donwhunter.com
https://www.megandimaria.com/
http://graceinourmoments.blogspot.com
Brandnewbooksmell on YouTube
shoalhavenreadersandwritersfestival.wordpress.com
https://joynealkidney.com/category/books-authors/
http://www.hillsboropublishing.com
What Cathy Read Next https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com
http://www.dansstories.com
http://www.reviews-redpillows.com
http://www.byrhtnoth.com
http://www.jturney.com
http://stevewiegenstein.wordpress.com
rosannedingli.com
Miss Darcy’s Library
Just One More Chapter
http://www.lindamariezupancic.com
Book Date    https://bookdate.blogspot.com/
https://wcs53new.wordpress.com
http://www.stabenow.com
https://b-m.facebook.com/ajuvchacko1970/
www Kitaab.org
https://greetingsfrommiddleearth.blogspot.com
@whatrachelread
Www.dnsmedia.co.uk
http://www.elinorflorence.com
http://www.sydyoung.com
http://www.damyantiwrites.com
Www.thebibliovert.com
http://cpa-booksandmoviesreviews.com
https://dearreader915.wordpress.com
http://susan-thebookbag.blogspot.com/
https://readershightea.wordpress.com
http://www.thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca
amheathblog.wordpress.com
http://rosannelortz.com
http://Whatmeread.wordpress.com
karenlcole.wordpress.com
https://fictionfanblog.wordpress.com
https://sallyfromoz.wordpress.com
http://www.leonierogers.me
https://omnivourousreaderbookreviews.wordpress.com/
https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogspot.com
fishlovesbooks.blogspot.com
Infinitejests.blogspot.com
https://bookwormex.com/ , https://quick-book-review.blogspot.com/
http://www.bookertalk.com
Anne.Pisacano.com
http://samsmithbooks.weebly.com
http://www.ann-otto.com
Mbkzakanj.wordpress.com
http://elisefrancesmiller.com/blog
http://abookishaffair.blogspot.com
CarolynHughesAuthor.com
https://readerbuzz.blogspot.com
FB Nose in book
melgough.com
renageorge.com
https://zoeburton.com/
Brayton’s Book Buzz
Healthy people learn.wordpress.com
Writers Who Kill, The Stiletto Gang
http://aliteraryvacation.blogspot.com
http://www.killercharacters.com
TheStillettoGang.com
http://www.cindyvallar.com/reads.html & http://www.cindyvallar.com/bookaneer.html
https://rwranniewhitehead.blogspot.com/
http://www.bragmedallion.com
ymnelson.com
https://callmemadam.livejournal.com/
https://felcherman.wordpress.com/
https://medium.com/@ScottStavrou
https://halfmanhalfbook.blogspot.com
http://www.tripfiction.com
http://www.helensusanswift.com
Www.facebook.com/katerock.litchick
Nicolefeller.com
Books Etc.
http://www.kaycrabbe.com  (author website)
Www.dorothysasso.com
https://silvatrend8553.blog/
clarerhoden.com
Rebecca’s Book Reviews
I Love Books (Facebook)
Http://cheekypeereadsandreviews.blogspot.co.uk/
noveldieas.ca
https://shop.indianahistory.org/Products/TheKimberlinsGoToWar.aspx?skuid=1012641
https://michelle-abbott.weebly.com/blog
https://www.nicolawardley.com
https://rokinrevreview.godaddysites.com/ and goodreads.com/AndreaStoeckel
http://www.facebook.com/mybookreviewsforyou
writeonsister.net
https://www.writeradvice.com
randyattwood.blogspot.com
JulzReads.com
booksasfood.blogspot.com
http://www.novelgossip.com
http://www.readervoracious.wordpress.com
https://omnireader.blogspot.com/
A Novel Bee
http://www.journojohnson.blogspot.com
You can find me on Wattpad under user name ivy475.
I don’t have one, but thank you.
http://www.happiestwhenreadingblog.wordpress.com
Nut Press (https://nutpress.co.uk)
http://www.donmassenzio.com
http://www.instagram.com/basicbsguide
http://www.alayland.uk; member of @theprimewriters
https://thecaptivereader.com/
Thelifelongreader
http://www.thehawaiiproject.com
http://www.elisabethstorrs.com/blog/
http://www.mcpigpearls.blogspot.com
http://www.triciacopeland.com/index.html
Sue’s Booking Agency
http://www.writersideoflife.com
Www.karenrbrooks.com
http://mastoreyauthor.blogspot.com/
StuckinaBook.com
http://booksiesblog.blogspot.com
http://www.cornflowerbooks.co.uk
read-and-be-merry.tumblr.com
Readingladies.com
cassmorriswrites.com
http://www.lovintoread.blogspot.com
http://www.booksbywomen.org
http://montanamade.weebly.com/tell-tale-book-reviews
http://www.madcaphat.com
My Cozy Chaos
Instagram account under @Crypticartisan
https://homesweethouser.wordpress.com
https://tasmanianbibliophileatlarge.wordpress.com/
Www.marytateengels.com
Instagram: _magicbookdom_
BOLOBooks.com
Www.lostforwords-corrine.blogspot.com
readingontheedge.tumblr.com
https://cozyupwithkathy.blogspot.com/
http://www.hergraceslibrary.com
Www.ashleyrichauthor.com
http://www.SusanMcDuffie.net
http://www.maxovertonauthor.com
https://sweetteaandcritiques.blogspot.com
Http://vicklea.com
jorielovesastory.com (thank you!)
https://betweenlifeanddreaming.blogspot.com/
Book Natter
Svetlana’s reads and views
http://www.instagram.com/tina_readsbooks
https://booksaremagic.blogspot.com/
discoveringdiamonds.blogspot.co.uk
http://www.elizabethjstjohn.com
Elle Thinks (https://ellethinks.wordpress.com/)
https://www.facebook.com/TripleRICofF
Http://cupofsensibility.blogspot.com
http://www.alyssalinnpalmer.com
http://lucindaeclarkeauthor.com
http://www.elisemccune.com
Pamsloveofbooks
I am in process of starting one
http://www.SuzanneAdair.net/blog/
White Pine Cozy Mysteries
https://benjaminlclark.com/blog/
http://keirasoleore.blgospot.com
capricornanonymous.blogspot.com
Reader Report Cards group on FB
Bitty’s Buried in Books
Dacebook Page: Sean Kevin Gabhann
http://www.stevebartholomew.com
https://alibacon.com
Sally E. Johnson facebook page
http://www.daniebotha.com
https://drchazan.blogspot.com/
http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot.com/?m=1
elizabethcaulfieldfelt.com
https://www.jane-davis.co.uk
http://www.josbookjourney.wordpress.com
http://www.dougboren.com
WordPress.booksandmargaritas
starlitebooknook.wordpress.com
Discovering Diamonds : https://discoveringdiamonds.blogspot.co.uk/
namiesbooks.wordpress.com
Musings of a Bookish Kitty (https://lieraryfeline.com)
SuanneSchaferAuthor.com
Caz’s Reading Room
JudithStarkston.com
elizabethhopkinson.uk
http://www.stevenspen.com
http://www.facebook.com/groups/bookwormsanonymous15
Rakes and Rascals
http://bescott32.wix.com/the-five
Book Blog https://www.ajsefton.com/blog-1
http://www.stephaniechurchillauthor.com/
Seamus O’Griffin
Passages to the Past (http://passagestothepast.com
Charles Ray’s Ramblings (http://charlieray45.wordpress.com
http://www.facebook.com/groups/ReadingisMyPassion
https://forwinternights.wordpress.com/
Greyowl.wordpress.com
http://www.goodbooksgoodfriends.weebly.com
https://histfict.fr (French language blog on historical fiction)
outofthebex.com
https://adrianadvorska.wordpress.com/
https://www.tumblr.com/blog/kcthedreamer
jeffreykwalker.com
suneethaspeaks.wordpress.com
In Literary Love
https://Karavansara.live
https://www.instagram.com/camilledimaio__author/
LillianMarek.com
Www.exurbanis.com
https://sanjivpurba.wordpress.com/
The Queens Quill Review
girl-who-reads
http://www.patwahler.com
http://www.sallykoslow.com
http://wordsandpeace.com
http://www.maryannheinsman.com
Http://silversolara.blogspot.com
http://www.laelbraday.com
http://www.karenwills.com and Montana Women Writers
The Owl Lady Blog
http://www.jean-lombard.com
http://www.pruebatten.com
Http://pebbleinthestillwaters.com
http://www.spiritblog.net
thetbrpile.com
https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/
shereadsnovels.com
https://tonyriches.blogspot.com/
Suzy Approved Book Reviews
Where Genres Collide
https://bookslifeandeverythingnice.wordpress.com/

Thanks to all who shared their information and their love of reading.

FOR MORE ON READING & WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION FOLLOW A WRITER OF HISTORY (using the widget on the left sidebar)

M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union. Mary’s other novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.