Recently, we’ve been putting up fun, reading-related polls on the Bethany House Facebook page. (Be sure to vote on them—they go up on Mondays!)
Because I’ve gotten a kick out of looking at the results, I thought all of you might too. Enjoy!
When you use a bookmark, is it more likely to be…
181 – Some random flat thing
114 – An actual bookmark
Look at our split between the orderly people and the grab-what’s-on-hand ones. You’ll notice I didn’t give an option for…*shudder* folding a corner of the page down.
Have you ever read a book where the main character shares your first name?
27% – I have!
73% – Sadly, no.
It was fun to have people share their fictional namesakes in the comments, or explain why their unusual name just hasn’t come up. A place to go for inspiration for future author naming crises? Maybe so!
How often do you visit your local library?
39% – Around 1-2 times a month
61% – More often than that
Book people love their libraries! The “regulars” shared about their favorite programs and services that make their library a go-to location. (Did anyone else ever dream about getting locked in a library overnight? That was all I wanted as a kid, but my mom was too vigilant to let it happen. So sad.)
Honest truth time: have you ever walked out of a bookstore without buying something?
16% – Hahahaha…no.
84% – Maybe once or twice
Okay, so either there are more fiscally-responsible browsers out there than I’d realized or some people are deluding themselves. If the books don’t get you, the little bookish gift items certainly will!
How do you feel about the (mostly joking) term “book boyfriend”?
67% – Not my favorite.
33% – Love it!
This one, posted near Valentine’s Day, was a little surprising to me. Most people agreed that it’s harmless fun, but the ones who didn’t care for it thought it was weird to think of fictional people as being real-ish, while the ones who loved it just got carried away with enthusiasm for their favorite romance couples. To each their own!
Do you set specific yearly reading goals?
44% – Yes! It’s motivating.
56% – No, too organized.
This was actually the closest to a 50-50 split of our polls so far. Not surprising, given our audience…if we’d asked the world in general, I think the reading goal-setters would be outnumbered. Whether you’ve got a challenge or resolution to guide you or you’re totally winging it (like me), here’s to many good books in the year ahead!
Do you have a favorite genre of books?
67% – Of course!
33% – Don’t make me pick!
Shoutouts to all genres made it into the comments, although there were some people who read so widely they couldn’t call out one as their favorite. I’m glad we’ve got books of all kinds to keep all readers happy.
So, readers…did any of these results surprise you? And in which of these were you part of the loud-and-proud minority option?