How long are the books that you read? (SURVEY)

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How long are the books that you read?

Do you read mostly full-length books? novellas? novelettes? short stories? short or long nonfiction books?

The first 4 questions are for fiction; the last 2 are for nonfiction.

The 2 questions about short stories and novelettes exclude children’s, so that we don’t get illustrated children’s picture books mixed up with short stories, for examples. (See my other surveys—there is a link below the surveys—if you’re curious about children’s books.)

View the results after you take the survey.

You can take each survey more than once, if, for example, you have multiple family members using the same computer.

I will leave these polls open indefinitely. The more people who take the survey, the more meaningful the statistics become.

If you missed my other reading surveys, you can check them out here:

These surveys may not be perfect, but any data may be more helpful than no data.

Thank you for participating.🙂

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Chris McMullen

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26 comments on “How long are the books that you read? (SURVEY)

  1. I think 350-450 is ideal, but that length can be an eternity if not carefully edited–just as it can feel like a premature ending when the story in enrapturing. It really depends upon the heart of the story. The older I get, the more I prefer tightly made stories.

  2. Hmmmm, this would need to be a pre & post blogging questionaire for me as my reading habits have changed since I started reading everyone and their brother’s blogs!

  3. I think how they are read would also be interesting, I still tend to read full length novels in print but I read a lot of novella’s and short stories on my kindle on route to work and back and on breaks because it is easier to carry and they are easier to dip in and out of, also where do audiobooks and podcasts feature I listen to several short story podcasts such as Clarkesworld and Pseudopod do they count if I listen to the story rather than going online and reading it, while whey will not effect the novel answers they can effect the questions about short stories and flash fiction.

  4. Sorry Chris but the non-fiction questions are slightly skewed because many of us read non-fiction /articles/ and wikis rather than ‘books’. I read a lot of non-fiction but it is rarely in book form.

    • Articles. Yeah, I suppose I was more interested in articles and short nonfiction purchased through Kindle, rather than other kinds, but it’s a bit late for this survey. Thank you for the feedback.

  5. Great poll. I wish I could read more books per month but work and family make that hard. As far as length goes, I prefer shorter novels anymore (70-90k words). Those 100k plus fantasy novels are just too overwhelming.

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