Over on RebeccaRosenblum.com, Becky has posted a survey on book reading habits. I thought it might be an interesting exercise in addition to being perfect blog content. Enjoy!
When do you read books?
On public transit, mostly. Also at the breakfast table and at night before I go to bed (but usually I'm very sleepy when I get into bed so this is not the best time to read anything mentally taxing).
How do you decide what to read?
Reviews from friends on Goodreads. The Books section of Entertainment Weekly magazine. Browsing the Kindle store (particularly the books on sale for 1.99 or 2.99, i know, i know...). Browsing at the English language bookstore at the train station in Geneva. Cover art is a depressingly important factor in my reading decisions.
Where do you get the books you read?
Since I left the English-speaking world, the Kindle store on Amazon is my primary source of books. I also download audiobooks on Audible (do they count as books for the purposes of this survey?) I also sometimes buy books at the English language bookstores in Geneva, but only rarely as everything is stupidly expensive.
See above. Yes, absolutely. There is a kind of wonder in deciding you want to read a book one moment and then owning that book in the very next moment. Plus, there are a number of situations in our modern world where pulling out a novel and beginning to read might seem inappropriate but looking at your phone intently is considered fine (boring meetings at work, for example).
How much do you read?
2 to 3 recreational books a month. I read more books for work but they don't count.
Do you log what you read at all? How?
I try to log all the books I read in Goodreads, but I forget often.
As I mentioned earlier, I find the book reviews in Entertainment Weekly magazine will often push me to buy a book. I will also read the book reviews in the New York Times Book Review, but rarely do they push me to actually purchase a book. That said, if I read a particularly harsh Michiko Kakutani review in the regular paper, then that might push me to purchase the book.