Reader Survey

2019 Sarah’s Book Shelves Reader Survey Results

June 20, 2019 Sarah Dickinson Group

To begin with, a huge thanks to the 346 (more than double the responses I acquired final yr!) of you who took the time to complete the 2nd Annual Sarah’s Book Shelves Reader Survey! It wasn’t the shortest survey on the planet and I recognize you taking the time to tell me about yourselves and supply feedback concerning the weblog and particularly about my new podcast. And due to y’all, we now know all types of fun stuff about who reads this weblog and who listens to the podcast!

Second, I’m so sorry these outcomes are coming so late! I was underwater with keeping up with the podcast this winter/spring and didn’t have time to complete getting by way of the results.

I had so much enjoyable studying the outcomes and getting to know you higher. I hope you take pleasure in attending to know each other as a lot as I’ve…

Getting to Know You

  • Virtually all (97%) of you’re ladies (similar as last yr).
  • My viewers has gotten younger since final yr. Virtually half of you’re between 35 and 54 years previous and one other virtually 40% are over 55 years previous, whereas the most important half of last yr’s viewers was between 45 and 64 years previous.
  • Just over 86% of you don’t have your personal blogs (up from 70% last yr). So, all you “regular readers” on the market, you’re in good firm right here!
  • Virtually 75% of you should not have youngsters at residence (both because you don’t have youngsters at all or have grown youngsters). This is down slightly from last yr and doesn’t shock me ONLY as a result of it shocked the daylights out of me last yr! I mistakenly assumed that, because I’ve elementary faculty aged youngsters, that a lot of my audience was like me. You realize what they are saying about assuming…

Your Basic Reading Habits

  • You’re keen on utilizing your local library (virtually 75% of you). And, over 60% of you buy books from Amazon (slightly up from last yr). And, virtually 25% of you’re members of a bookish subscription service (ex: Book of the Month).
  • Your favourite genres are (humorous that the highest 2 genres are ones I’ve finicky relationships with!):
    • Mysteries / Thrillers (71%)
    • Historical Fiction (69%)
    • Critical Literary Fiction (61%)
    • Lighter Fiction (58%)
  • 84% of you get your greatest guide recommendations from guide blogs, followed associates (51%). Podcasts weren’t high on this record (solely 3%).
  • Most of you (65%) monitor your reading on Goodreads, followed by 24% in a paper journal and 17% in a spreadsheet (when you’re one among these readers, take a look at my “Rock Your Reading” Tracker!). Personally, I exploit Goodreads and the “Rock Your Reading” Tracker (because it provides you far more stats than Goodreads does).
  • About 85% of you wish to read onerous copy books (hardcover or paperback). This is WAY up from last yr (just over 50%). I’m wondering if it’s because I’ve acquired some younger readers, who hang out on #bookstagram the place arduous copy books are queen?

Favourite Books You Learn in 2018

  • I beloved the first two books and The place the Crawdads Sing made my Greatest Books of 2018 listing.
  • The Coronary heart’s Invisible Furies was additionally my favourite e-book of 2017 by far! It was a bit late catching on with readers because it’s writer inexplicably revealed it in August (a publishing lifeless zone) with virtually no fanfare, so I’m glad to see it’s still going robust with readers!
  • I DNF’d The Great Alone (obviously, I’m within the minority here!).
  • I used to be a bit stunned to see Pachinko on this record because it came out in early 2017, however it appears to have staying power. Because of y’all, I’m going so as to add it to my backlist TBR!

Least Favourite Books You Read in 2018

What you’d wish to see on the weblog…

  • You’d wish to see MORE…guide evaluations (Wow! Full size guide evaluations are my least seen posts, however I’m glad to hear y’all like them and can search for extra books that lend themselves to them!), e-book suggestions (which suggests I have to read extra!), ebook lists, better search functionality (hopefully coming in a blog redesign in the next few months), and writer interviews (these can now be found on the podcast).
  • You’d wish to see LESS…podcast dialogue (By means of this survey, I noticed there’s less overlap between my blog readers and podcast listeners than I assumed. I have to noodle on this for a bit.), studying stats (I’ll still do an end of the yr studying stats submit, however will try to reduce stats dialogue throughout the year), and Mind Sweet (negated by the number of people who stated they favored the mind sweet and needed to see more mild fiction).
  • You don’t want me to vary…Book of the Month posts, e-book evaluations, and guide lists.

What you’d wish to see on the podcast…

  • You’d wish to see MORE…authors (I’ve been having extra authors on these days and will proceed doing that!), upcoming releases (We share one upcoming launch on each episode and do quarterly upcoming launch previews. Tell me within the comments if you’d like greater than that!), common readers (I’m engaged on an concept to convey on extra), backlist (We talk about a minimum of 2 backlist books on each episode and I’ll look for alternatives to share extra backlist).
  • You’d wish to see LESS…banter (Truthful enough! Will try to be aware of this!).
  • You don’t want me to vary…Format, Price It Recreation, Tone / Fashion, and Backlist Books.
  • Visitors you’d wish to see…Extra Authors – including Celeste Ng, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Emily Giffin, Ann Patchett, Anna Quindlen, Tara Westover, Gretchen Rubin, and Lauren Groff.
    Book Bloggers – Anne Bogel (Trendy Mrs. Darcy), Hunter @Shelf by Shelf, Born and Read in Chicago, Allison @ Thoughts Joggle (Ep. 18)
    Books Podcasters – Annie Jones (I’m scheduled to document together with her later this summer time!)
    Basic Internet Folks that additionally Read – Becca and Grace from Dangerous on Paper Podcast (Ep. 24 – will air July 10!), Laura Tremaine, Knox and Jamie from The Popcast, John and Sherry from Young Home Love.

Your Largest Reading Issues

  • Time
    Overwhelmingly everybody’s largest studying drawback…and mine too! I wrote a publish about how to fit in more reading time and one about kinds of books that work nicely once you’re super busy. Cheers to hoping all of us get more reading time!
  • Finding Individuals to Speak Books With
    That is one in every of my favourite issues about blogging about books and I really like the web group I’ve found. Lots of you talked about having hassle discovering individuals in your real life to speak books with. I found that once I put myself out there as a ebook individual, so many individuals that I didn’t even understand have been readers began speaking books with me on a regular basis! So make your self referred to as a ebook individual in your on a regular basis life. You may discover some kindred spirits.
  • Discovering the Proper Books for Your Taste
    I wrestle with this one too! It’s arduous to get an excellent sense of your reading style, but in addition remain open to new varieties of books. I’ve lately been focusing less on the e-book choices themselves and more on who the advice comes from (my “Rock Your Reading Tracker” is helping me hold monitor of my greatest suggestion sources!) and it’s serving to!
  • Concentrating When Studying
    Lots of you mentioned social media and know-how typically contributing to this concern. I’ve heard of people setting their telephone’s timer to assist them learn for sure durations of time. The Offtime app filters and blocks distracting communications. Personally, I don’t use social media notifications…and I typically put my telephone on airplane mode.

Your Questions and Feedback

How do I discover the e-book suggestions from the podcast so I don’t have to put in writing them down whereas I am walking?

  • Every podcast episode has a corresponding weblog publish that comes out Wednesday mornings (this is referred to as the “Show Notes”) and consists of every ebook we speak about with buy hyperlinks and time stamps for each e-book. Instance from a current episode.
  • It’s also possible to scroll down within the episode’s podcast display to see “Episode Notes” which incorporates the identical record you’ll discover in the weblog submit.

You have been speaking to someone a few new mystery and also you referred to Gone Woman as a touchstone for nice mysteries. I so disagree. I feel you want somebody who can speak to the really nice mysteries and the various sub genres in mysteries-thriller, police procedural, cozy, slasher, British, the origins of the mystery.

  • Thanks for the suggestions! I stand by my opinion of Gone Woman…as everyone has their own reading style. As to the genre itself, though I do sometimes read mysteries / thrillers, they don’t seem to be my main genre of selection. I’ll look to get a podcast guest on who specializes more on this area.

Love what you’re doing and also you’re inspiring me to start out a weblog myself. I’d love to listen to more from you on the way you started that and what your running a blog experience has been (perhaps a podcast episode? 🙂

  • So glad to hear this! I’m considering of doing an “ask me anything” podcast episode either later this yr or early subsequent, so I’ll converse extra to this query on that episode!

Shorter podcast episodes…

  • I’m toying with an concept for this Fall and also you could be getting your wish…no less than for episodes airing every different week!

Might you ever do an event where your fellow ebook readers meet someplace? Perhaps a studying retreat or something? I feel that might be fun!

  • This might be fun, however a TON of labor and I’m a one lady present. So, this in all probability gained’t occur in the near future, however you never know down the line!

Do you interview prime line authors on the podcast?

  • It depends upon who you think about prime line, however I feel so! Up to now, I’ve had Georgia Hunter (We Have been the Fortunate Ones), Mary Laura Philpott (I Miss You Once I Blink), Angie Kim (Miracle Creek), and Lindsay J. Palmer (Otherwise Engaged) on the podcast and sit up for more sooner or later.

Bit amused that feedback appear to be mainly between bloggers.

  • I agree that’s the case…and I wish it wasn’t! All I can say is that, before I began my very own blog, I by no means commented on individuals’s blog posts. I simply didn’t feel snug. To all my readers who aren’t bloggers, please know that I’d LOVE to listen to from you!

Please add a search bar on your website so we will discover evaluations shortly.

  • There’s one (on the proper aspect under the advert), nevertheless it’s admittedly somewhat buried because I’m required to put the ad within the prime half of the page. However, I’m engaged on an updated blog look that may put the search bar in a extra outstanding place!

What do you consider all these superior weblog readers and podcast listeners? Are you stunned by something?

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