Popular Posts from 2014

Continuing to feature popular posts year by year – here’s a look at 2014. A number of these posts derive from an examination of the 2013 reader survey results.

Favourite Historical Fiction Authors from the 2013 survey  This post contains a list of favourite authors based on tabulating write-in responses from over 2000 participants in the 2013 reader survey. You can see the top 10, 20 and 30 authors.

Highlights from the 2013 reader survey of over 2000 participants plus a link to the full report. This was the second reader survey I conducted. There are surveys from 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2018 as well as a survey of WWI reading conducted in 2017.

In this post, readers tell us what detracts from their enjoyment of historical fiction.

Having written three novels featuring WWI, I assembled 10 facts about WWI trenches. The post has been a perennial favourite and thousands have stopped by for a read.

The gender gap exists in reading. Not surprisingly, women and men have different reading habits and preferences. This post looks at these differences. A second post compares the favourite authors of men and women.

Comments from readers on what they love about historical fiction.

It turns out that reading preferences vary by country, which you can read about in part 1 and part 2.

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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.

Another sneak peek at survey results

The 2018 reader survey continues to attract responses – thanks to all who have helped with publicity. Here’s a sneak peek at male/female responses to the question: How many books do you read each year? As you can see, it’s not a small difference.

Only 12% of participants are male. Does this imply more women than men on social media? More women than men willing to take surveys? More women than men interested in reading? More women than men on the particular sites that gave publicity to the survey? Don’t hesitate to weigh in with your thoughts!

The survey will remain open for another two weeks or so. If you haven’t already taken it or shared it, please do! All help is much appreciated. Here’s the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/68HL6F2 .

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.

Why do people read fiction?

The 2018 Reader Survey asked participants why they read fiction. Several answers were proposed along with an invitation to comment. With well over 1800 responses, the results below show the percentages of those who chose ‘always’ or ‘frequently’ for each given option.

And below are a sampling of the comments people added:

I don’t like the term ‘escapism’ when referring to reading – to me it cheapens the experience on behalf of the reader. To an extent, I like to be entertained especially if I’m reading something lighter in context but I never read to simply ‘pass the time’. I like getting caught inside the shoes and heart of the characters, feeling captured by the timescape and exiting feeling as if I had ‘lived the life’ I had just read.

I just want to highlight “understand the circumstances of others.” Reading has let me be the fly on the wall in places I would never be able to go. It has exposed me to different cultures, lands, and time periods.

I love to read fiction because it’s what I enjoy. It’s something that I can get lost in and forget for awhile.

Reading is never a way to pass the time; it’s a way I spend my time. If I’m bored, it’s because I don’t have a good book to read.

Reading forms part of my life: I cannot imagine a day without a book.

I think reading is like breathing to me….not a choice….it’s a necessity.

I read to do reality checks on official narratives. How things really work versus institutional reporting. Reading widely is a kind of reality check.

Reading about other cultures helps us to understand ourselves better, and fosters deeper empathy.

To experience situations and lifestyles that are different from my own life.

To be transported to other times, places, politics, and selves. To be ‘other’.

To broaden my horizons and perspectives. To broaden my vocabulary and thus communication skills. To enhance my imagination.

If you haven’t taken the survey, here’s the link. And please share the link on your favourite social media https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/68HL6F2 .

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.