Responses to the Reader Survey, part 1

The Deliberate Reader 2015 Reader SurveyI’ve been enjoying reading your survey responses, and have some responses of my own to what you’ve been asking or telling me. There will be at least one other post with additional responses, as this one was getting way too long already.


[A] new way to archive reviews

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I’ve been wishing for a feature where I can find books sorted by your recommendation or rating! … Sometimes I don’t know at all what I’m after, but I just want a good read. 🙂

That is a really good idea, and what I’m doing moving forward is tagging all of my review posts with the star rating, so you can find all “5 Star” books etc. in one area. It’s not fully functional yet – I’ve only added this tag to my new posts and the ones that are linked back in the “previously” area, but I’ll work on getting earlier posts tagged this way.

It’s not perfect, but it’s manageable for me, so I hope it’ll help you. Another option is if you’re my friend on Goodreads I *think* you should be able to see my bookshelves and sort my books by rating there – and that’ll have lots more possibilities for you than I’ve shared on the blog.

As you wait for me to get those tags more widely used so they’ll be more useful, if you like nonfiction, both of my 31 Days series feature books I recommend – here’s 2012’s series, and here’s 2013’s.

(Another less-than-perfect option is the “recommended” and “highly recommended” tags. Those are incomplete – I started using them and then forgot to continue. I’m also trying to update posts to include them, but it’s also a work in progress.)

If anyone has an other ideas as to how I can arrange the archives to make it easier to find books, I’d love to hear them! I love how Modern Mrs Darcy has individual book pages that then link back to where those books are mentioned (like this example), but don’t want to copy her idea.


I’m French, and I’m surprised as to how little foreign books you read. There’s a whole world of stories out there to discover ! Maybe you could do themed reading so readers can share your experience 🙂

If you mean how few books I read in languages other than English, that’s because my language skills are poor and I really only know English. And as much as I’m trying to teach myself Spanish via Duolingo, I don’t think I’ll be reading much in anything other than English in the near future.

But I assume you are talking about translated books, and you’re right: I still read very few. Thinking about why, I realized that I don’t really think about searching for any, to make the effort to get them on my reading list. And thinking about why I don’t, I realized that I have this impression that the only foreign-language books that get translated into English are literary fiction, which is not my favorite.

Clearly this is a big gap in my reading area, but I’d be happy to take suggestions. Middle-brow books decidedly welcome. 😉


I would also like more conversation about classics. The ones worth my time and the ones not.

Another big gap in my reading, because of that middle-brow taste I have, and feelings of frustration with many of the classics I have read. I like your idea though, of how to frame it, and I’m adding this idea to my “blog possibilities” list.


Books to movies might be interesting.

I love the idea, but considering that I watch maybe one movie a year I’m probably not the best blogger for this. Although you’ve got me wondering if I could make it a regular feature and pull in some guest bloggers for it. Hmmm. Also going onto my “blog possibilities” list.


How the heck you read so many books while simultaneously homeschooling…seriously, how do you do that?!

Well, like I said in the answer above I watch maybe one movie a year. I watch very little television either (of any form – regular tv, netflix, etc.). My free time goes to reading and blogging.

Plus homeschooling at this age doesn’t really impact my free time – it all happens when I’m taking care of the other two anyway, so it’s not like I’d be reading or doing anything else then anyway. So far homeschooling only really impacts my reading time when it comes to me obsessing over curriculum options in the name of “research”. 🙂

I’ve also written three posts that discuss this – Finding More Time to Read (Part 1), Finding More Time to Read (Part 2), and Reading Multiple Books at a Time.


Do book clubs send you their lists for the year?

No, I only know my own book club’s reading list. But that would be fun if other clubs did! If anyone is in a book club and would like to share their’s I’d love to read it (maybe I could make it a link up?)


Previously on The Deliberate Reader

Three years ago: Enough by Will Davis, Jr.

Comments

  1. > But I assume you are talking about translated books, and you’re right: I still read very few. Thinking about why, I realized that I don’t really think about searching for any, to make the effort to get them on my reading list. And thinking about why I don’t, I realized that I have this impression that the only foreign-language books that get translated into English are literary fiction, which is not my favorite.

    I meant translated books, of course. ^^’ I’m not sure what “middle-brow” is (wiki is confusing), but if it’s easy-to-read stories, I can think of “The old man who read love stories” by Sepulveda which is colorful and a page-turner (not really a love story despite the title). Or a recent major love-story buzz in French “If only it were true” by Marc Levy.

    I think you get the feeling of translation=literary fiction because we only a handful of books are proposed, it’s always the same classics.

    I’ll anyway keep reading you 😀
    Cheers,

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