book community census results - what we read

What We Read (Book Community Census results 2)

The second set of results to be released from the Book Community Census (read the first one – This is Us – here) is about what and how we read!

We read predominantly…

91% of respondents read Young Adult fiction; that’s no surprise, given that this survey was predominantly publicised in YA circles. Again, this was a multiple choice question asking what age groups reviewers primarily read.

middle grade
new adult

We like…

Popular genres included fantasy, with 80% of us reading, dystopian, with 79%, contemporary, with 74% and sci-fi, with 70%. 57% of us also read romance, with similar numbers for post-apocalyptic, coming of age and mystery. Crime is our least favourite genre, with only 25% saying they read crime fiction.


Omitted: 56% post apocalyptic, 55% coming of age, 49% supernatural, 49% mystery, 45% action, 43% historical, 43% paranormal romance, 43% grahphic novels, 41% classics, 39% thrillers, 32% horror, 4% other.

We prefer…

Surprisingly, the majority favour paperbacks, though it’s a close call between that and hardback. eBooks are the favourite format for very few, though I suspect a lot more than 11% read eBooks (the question was based on preference, rather than reading habits).


When we read eBooks, we read them on our…

Interestingly, of those that read eBooks, only 51% read them on their dedicated eReaders; those without eReaders read eBooks on their smartphone and tablet. (multiple choice)

kindle fire
older kindle

Remaining: 9% other, 9% Nook, 4% Kobo, 4% Kindle Touch, 1% Kindle Voyager.

About Rhys

Rhys is a 19 year old with roots in the UK and Germany. Aside from reading and blogging, he also produces theatre, loves Kate Bush and hopes to pursue a career in publishing. His reviews have been widely quoted in books such as Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines Quartet, Catherine Bruton’s Pop!, James Treadwell’s Advent and Anarchy and he has presented at such events as Book Expo America.

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