Reader Survey

The Deliberate Reader 2015 Reader SurveyAs I make blog plans for the rest of this year and next year (yes, already!), I want to hear from you – how can I make The Deliberate Reader more useful for you? I want to keep improving the blog and make it more helpful and interesting to you.

The survey should only take you about 5 – 10 minutes (depending on how much you have to say to me!) ๐Ÿ™‚ Some of the questions have specific choices for you to select from, and others are open-ended.

If you have any trouble with the embedded survey, you can also go here to fill it out.

No matter if you’ve been reading the site from the beginning or you only found me in the last week, I want to hear from you! While I can’t promise to put every suggestion into place, I’ll read and consider them all.

What am I asking? Well, I ask a little bit about you, especially your reading habits, and then I ask what you think about the blog’s design, content, community, and your thoughts on some potential future plans and possibilities.

The survey is anonymous, so if you’ve got a question or comment you’d like a response to, please send that to me in an email – you can reach me at sheila(at) – and I’ll do my best to get back to you in a timely manner.

Thank you so much for reading, and for helping me out with your responses! I look forward to reading them!

As a bit of a thank you for reading, I’ve got a giveaway below for a $15 Amazon Gift Card. It’s not a requirement that you fill out the survey to enter, although I would appreciate it if you did. Good luck!

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(For legal reasons, the giveaway is only open to U.S. Residents. Sorry everyone else – I don’t want to do anything against the law in other countries, and I don’t trust my reading of those laws to feel confident saying this or that location is ok to enter.)

Previously on The Deliberate Reader

Two years ago: Book Review: Andi Unexpected by Amanda Flower


  1. What’s the best book you’ve read recently?

    A mix – Far From the Tree and Fat Girl Walking. The latter is a humorous memoir with a lot of heart, especially when she talks about being a plus-size mom with serious body image issues and working hard not to push the harmful ideas she has about her own body onto her daughter. There’s a lot of cursing (just fine for me, I’m basically a sailor when it comes to language anyway), and a lot of funny.

    Far From the Tree is a long, involved, well-researched book on how our concept of parental love and family is forced to change when we have a baby/child who isn’t “normal”. He divides it into sections – dwarfism, deafness, delays, Down’s Syndrome, schizophrenia, prodigies, crime, and transgenderism are all looked into. It was sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes heartwarming, incredibly fascinating, and basically in the end one great look into how a parents’ love can expand to take on just about anything life can throw at their children.

  2. My favorite single book for the year so far is Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

    My favorite series has been the Iron Druid Series by Kevin Hearne, although the first three books are the best so far.

    My favorite on audio hands down has been The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adrianna Trigiani, for the Italian. Swoon!

  3. What’s the best book you’ve read recently?

    I finished ‘Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania’ by Erik Larson over the weekend, and it was excellent–terribly sad, yes, but also a fascinating, detailed look at the sinking of the Lusitania and the eventual involvement of the USA in the war. I thought Larson paced the book very well, and the glimpses into personal lives of specific passengers, politicians, and military personnel brought the complexity and humanity of the situation to life.

  4. Treasure Island, which I’ve been reading to my kids. I can’t believe I’ve never read it before – it’s so fun!

  5. Teresa Ahrenholtz says:

    Best book recently?
    The All Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
    Actually listened to it on audio book read by the author. Lots of fun to listen to.

  6. Survey complete. I look forward to seeing the results. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. The best book I’ve read recently: The Hardest Peace, by Kara Tippetts.

  8. I just read The Giver for the first time and really enjoyed it. I’m probably the last person to read that book, but there it is!

  9. Loved The Rent Collector…..amazing book. I had never heard of it before I saw it on a list….Very redemptive….great story.

  10. It’s 4 books, not one, but I finally read The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings trilogy last month. Why in the world did it take me so long? I am still lost in Tolkien’s world…. he was not just a great storyteller but a masterful writer too.

    • So true! I think people lose sight of that in all the fantasy tropes (that are tropes mostly because he started them!), but Tolkein is simply the best wordsmith in the English language that I have read. I’ve read some of his non-fiction work, and his sentences are just perfectly crafted.

  11. Hershell Burk says:

    Edison’s fairy tale, I like to read it

  12. I’m currently in process of reading Earth Flight by Janet Edwards. I read Earth Girl and Earth Star earlier this summer but was waiting for Earth Flight to be released on Kindle. If Earth Flight doesn’t count since I’m still reading it, I’ll go with Earth Girl instead. That story has stuck with me in a way that few do.

  13. The best two children’s books I’ve read recently were Bridge to Terabithia (can’t believe I hadn’t read it yet) and Wonder. Best two non-fiction, Dead Wake and Boys in the Boat (by your recommendations). Best YA – The Running Dream. Sadly, cannot think of any recent best reads in grown-up fiction.

  14. Seven Men and the Secret of Their Success

  15. I finally read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Loved the twists and turns, but I hated the ending. There was really no conclusion; it just ended. ?????

  16. The best book I’ve finished recently is I Know How She Does It, and best book ongoing is A Girl Named Zippy, which I almost didn’t read but it’s fantastic on audio and super funny.

  17. The Giver! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Wearing God by Lauren Winner. I think I mentioned that I ended up buying it. I enjoyed her Girl Meets God, as well!

  19. My favorite so far this year is The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward. It is the Target pick right now!

  20. Hey there.

    Would you be okay if I copied and tweaked your survey? So many good things here!

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