It’s been said that we lose ourselves in books, and we find ourselves there too. Reading has been recognized as everything from a way to learn something new and grow our intellect, to a way to relax on our own, or even connect with others over lively conversation. (And yes, maybe a glass of wine.) If you know someone who is an avid reader, you may recognize a correlation between the intelligent people you could talk to for hours, and those who you frequently find lost in a good book. They tend to be the same people. While we seem to know that reading is important to many, how many people are actually readers? And what drives them to pick up their next novel?
In order to see what is behind the cover and get the inside scoop on all things reading, I turned to the 3 Question Survey Series. 75 people, from family and friends, to strangers waiting for the train, gave their personal take on what motivates them to dive into a book. The best part? Not only did they share some neat details that might motivate you to read too, but they gave a recommendation of what book to pick up as well!
The survey had respondents ranging in age from high school students to those who are enjoying retirement. Nearly all of these 75 individuals reported they read, with only 2 answering they do not. So it is clear reading is a part of many people’s lives. But why?
The primary reason people choose to pick up a book was to “visit” different times, places, and people, with 60% citing that as a motivation behind their reading. A second notably high response was 52% who said they spend time reading in order to learn.
These two answers alone seemed to lead to an interesting insight. Looking a little deeper, the genre of each individual’s favorite book was analyzed. An impressive 77.3% said titles that were works of fiction. Therefore, it seems whether people want to travel to different worlds, or learn something new, people prefer to do this through stories rather than texts written that are entirely factual. For any of you who have learned something about yourself from a fictional character, or have taken something away from discussing a work of fiction, perhaps you can relate. Similarly, individuals noted they enjoyed reading historical fiction in order to enjoy a story while learning about history at the same time, further proving the combination of learning and storytelling.
Beyond learning and visiting, 21.3% of readers want to resonate with an authors style or expression, and discover their meaning. 22.7% chose “other”, with many of them saying they read to relax or for enjoyment.
Are any of these responses causing you to want to pick up a new book? Well the good news for you is all 75 of the individual’s favorite books were collected, and some simply couldn’t give only one answer. The most popular? While most of the books were different titles, Harry Potter was mentioned the most with 6 readers, and Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Great Gatsby came in second with 3 votes each. Check out this list of 85 books (some are duplicates to show you the most popular), and enjoy your fall day learning, traveling, and relaxing with your new book.