This Is How Goodreads Members Do Summer Reading

Posted by Hayley on July 8, 2015
We polled Goodreads members about their summer reading habits, and the votes—over 95,000 of them—are in. Guess where 63% of respondents will be doing their summer reading? (Hint: It's not at the beach.) Check out more summer reading revelations below!



What books will you be reading this summer? (And if you didn't get a chance to vote in our polls, let us know how you do summer reading in the comments!)

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message 1: by Kay (new)

Kay J I have books with me all the time, I read in bed, out hiking in car on road trips, and camping, read whenever I have down time.


message 2: by Otávio (new)

Otávio Albano Remember that's winter in the other half of the world...


message 3: by Erin (last edited Jul 08, 2015 08:49AM) (new)

Erin Make your summer reading count! Check out #Page4Progress and read to reduce poverty: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...


message 4: by A Miuda Geek (new)

A Miuda Geek I did my vacation reading - because i read in any time of year - by the pool, thus contributing to boost up the 5% rate, read over 500 pages from the 2 books i took with me.

But i have a summer full of opportunities to increase that average.


message 5: by Lisa (new)

Lisa I read all the time in all places. On the deck, by the pool, in bed, in my car, at lunch, before I go to sleep, etc. I love to read and do it any chance I get. Having a Kindle has made that easier to do.


message 6: by Justin (new)

Justin I love reading in the summer its relatively quiet at work so i can have a pdf book on my computer, I have a audiobook for when im out with the dog and read another book when im chilling at home. My most productive reading time of the year!! :)


message 7: by Chrissy (new)

Chrissy I read all the time. I have a little ipod that I use for reading only. When it dies I use my tablet, when my tablet dies I switch back to my ipod.


message 8: by Dj (last edited Jul 08, 2015 09:20AM) (new)

Dj Banaszak I read all the time, in all seasons, in all places... prefer books that are more than 100 less than a 1000 pages.... Longer the book longer the journey or adventure


Mary Elizabeth My Summer Reading habits are just like my rest-of-the-year reading habits. That is, I read books 365 days a year.


message 10: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Reading everywhere! Did some of my best reading on the Underground on my London vacation!


message 11: by Carol (new)

Carol I always have a book I'm reading in my Kindle (usually one only available in hardback) for doctors offices, etc. as well as a paperback for home and juggle them. As with the other comments, I read all year. And maybe my summer reading is lighter usually. I say usually because it is summer yet i'm reading A Little Life which contradicts what I just said.


message 12: by Debaparna (new)

Debaparna Nice post! I don't have a fixed location for my summer reading, but I do prefer a chair beside the window opened wide...


message 13: by Janet (new)

Janet Love to read. ...I take my kindle everywhere I go. Must be prepared at all times. One of the worst things that could happen to a person that read. ...is to be stuck somewhere with nothing to read....


message 14: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Castro I hide in bed from my kids and read during the summer.


message 15: by Iris (new)

Iris I read everywhere all the time. At the beach. At the park. In the car. On the train. On my sofa. On my bed. At lunch. I'm always reading, either on my kindle (which I love!!!) or the hard copies. Whether or not the books are good is another story, but I'm game to find out.


message 16: by Mike (new)

Mike Reading on a cold winters day wrapped in a comfy blanket is just fine and dandy to me. This summer heat drives me bananas.

Winter is coming :)


message 17: by Cristina (new)

Cristina My reading goes 50/50. I mean 50% of my reading is done on bus, on my way to work and the other 50% is also divided, in half, 25% on Kindle and 25% either in bed or outside on the patio. This way, since I cannot settle for only one single book to read, I'll be reading like 2 or three. :)


message 18: by Alissa (last edited Jul 08, 2015 12:05PM) (new)

Alissa Kindle! What else? On my balcony, in bed, on the beach, lost somewhere outdoors.
Since I've read The Wars of Light and Shadow and I am patiently waiting for the next book of A Game of Thrones, it may be the perfect time for another epic fantasy series, like The Black Company or Malazan Book of the Fallen.


message 19: by StarlightBook (new)

StarlightBook Reviewsxo Of course they do the most reading in bed - it's too hot outside.


message 20: by Josie (new)

Josie B. Six to ten ebooks or paperback, on the couch or in bed or sometimes in a hammock or lawnchair. I like books that take me out of this world or that make me laugh or that have fascinating characters and strong dialog.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* The polls were fun and love the poster format design Goodreads put it together in.

My reading slows down slightly in the summer but I joined more readathons in the summer - also I take less baths in the summer so less reading/bath time, also less reading outdoors. BUT I read more in bed and on the couch in the summertime to escape the heat


message 22: by Shelagh (new)

Shelagh Rice I love reading all the time. I read mainly in bed but always have my Kobo handy for doctors' appointments or anywhere I have a free moment, and a coffee sitting outside in the little bit of sun we get in Ireland is bliss.


Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂ Very cool, this!

I would just add that some of us read old hardbacks!

One place I can't read is by water, even though my kids are now adults. Seen too many close calls with young kids so I just can't relax.


message 24: by anu (new)

anu k Unfortunately i had only 2 weeks summer vacation this year.
I was able to read 2 books, but luckily there is still couple months of summer left.
(even though I'm spending most of my days working..)
I got few new books from summer sales and i'm going to spend all
the time i have outsude work to finish them.


message 25: by Bárbara (new)

Bárbara Otávio wrote: "Remember that's winter in the other half of the world..."

That's so true. It's cold in Brazil right now.


message 26: by Hari (new)

Hari Brandl I am blissfully retired, and due to a career of working during the night and having mild insomnia, I get to read anytime I want to. I do have one problem, though: fitting reading in with crocheting/knitting while watching movies on-line. I wish I could read while crocheting/knitting (my daughter can). I could read 150 books instead of 75 each year.


message 27: by Wonderperson89 (new)

Wonderperson89 I agree, a Great Poll.
I read in bed, on the sofa, on my garden chair at my massive table, at cafes, on the train, on the tube, at the doctors, on holiday.
As I want to become a Lawyer I aim to read as much as possible; I literally cannot [learn] to read too much or too thoroughly. I need to master learning zillions of Cases, Statutes as well as read Massive text books.
READING what a thing to aspire to learn!


message 28: by Wonderperson89 (new)

Wonderperson89 READING is the one thing that can liberate you from the box. It exposes it as the brain dead manufacturer of consent it really is.


message 29: by Marina (new)

Marina Otávio wrote: "Remember that's winter in the other half of the world..."

lol totally. I think my summer reading is exactly the same as my winter reading though. For me it's just a label


message 30: by Coty (new)

Coty Otávio wrote: "Remember that's winter in the other half of the world..."

Yeah, I've just started my winter holidays.


message 31: by Taru-Tuulikki (new)

Taru-Tuulikki As Otávia said, winter is some places at the moment.

Schools have winter break in Australia right now. That means more reading in bed at night as I don't have to get up early to get the kids to school.

Else from that, I read at the table, on the porch when it's sunny, in my lunch break, in waiting rooms....and so do my kids. Our doctor offered to surgically remove my 13-year old son's book from his hand


message 32: by Assala (new)

Assala Mihoubi I don't really have a typical pattern to follow, I just read whatever book I found interesting, and wherever I am, even at home.


message 33: by Lyndsey (new)

Lyndsey I didn't get the poll but

How many books - 2 or 3
paperbacks, hardcover or on my kindle
depends on the book(s)... usually like them longer but short ones are good too. I like ones that bring me to a different world, mystery and also typical summer reads.. things with beaches on the cover etc I can read anywhere. Rather be at the lake or outdoors in general.


Mac Dubista Keso The Bibliobibuli v(=∩_∩=) I read anytime i want,
i always bring books wherever i go.

:)

pretty cool,
still summer???

rainy days now in our country.
it sucks.

heehee..


message 35: by Naomi (new)

Naomi Wanliss I tend to buy handbags on how well they will fit a standard sized hardback book....I even have my own library at home. Reading is like eating crisps, you can't have only one.


message 36: by Annette (new)

Annette mathews Glad to know that paperback is still leading :) I am just not lured by EBooks .


message 37: by Lidia (new)

Lidia Exactly like me! Although when I am traveling out of my country, I usually take my Kindle with me! It's so much easier to carry as many books as you like during the vacation! And there is enough space for other luggage!


message 38: by Kat (new)

Kat I did the poll, but I live in the Southern Hemisphere, so it's really winter down here... :D


message 39: by Taaya (new)

Taaya My summer reading habits are the same as my everytime reading habits as I don't have such thing as holidays. (German college students in some major subjects have to spent all the time when there are no classes on research papers and exams during what others call college holidays :( ). But when it's too hot, I'm reading outside with my feet in a small children's pool full of ice cold water.


message 40: by Claudia (new)

Claudia I carry my kindle with me all the time, with 100 plus books I always have something to read and thinking about the next one.


message 41: by Kay (new)

Kay J Naomi wrote: "I tend to buy handbags on how well they will fit a standard sized hardback book....I even have my own library at home. Reading is like eating crisps, you can't have only one."

I am proud of my home library too. :)


message 42: by Karen Floyd (new)

Karen Floyd I actually read less in the summer because I work longer days and because I'm a gardening addict. But I still read everyday, whenever I can find a minute. I always have a book with me in case a get a few minutes to read. I tend to read more non-fiction nowadays because it seems to lend itself better to shorter snatches of reading. Usually I find it harder to tear myself away from novels. After reading a lot of food books in the late spring and early summer, I felt the need for some history and am now reading Cokie Robert's "Capital Dames."


message 43: by GypsyBookworm (new)

GypsyBookworm My summer reading is pretty much the same as my year round reading. I read in bed, on the couch, wherever really. :) I have been doing a library program lately in addition to my yearly challenge and have been doing a lot of reading lately. I am totally not a beach reader though. All that sand! :( give me my comfy bed any day.


message 44: by GypsyBookworm (new)

GypsyBookworm Annette wrote: "Glad to know that paperback is still leading :) I am just not lured by EBooks ."

Me too. I tried to read a novel one once. Never again!


message 45: by GypsyBookworm (new)

GypsyBookworm Mike wrote: "Reading on a cold winters day wrapped in a comfy blanket is just fine and dandy to me. This summer heat drives me bananas.

Winter is coming :)"


I feel you!


message 46: by Faith (last edited Jul 09, 2015 09:24AM) (new)

Faith Fake me: Yay!!! It's summer vacation so I'm gonna go to the beach, go to some amusement parks, be active, go to that local icecream shop down the road, maybe even look for buried treasure. But I'm definitely not gonna waste this summer!!!

Real me: *Lives in bedroom. Reads books for the entire summer, becoming unresponsive to phone calls, and using no communication to the outside world other than Goodreads.com. Sleeps, eats junk food, and stays up till the AM reading books. Wasted summer? Pffffft, no way.*


message 47: by Amy (new)

Amy Summer reading: here I come!!


message 48: by Maria (new)

Maria Fay (Omelet) wrote: "Fake me: Yay!!! It's summer vacation so I'm gonna go to the beach, go to some amusement parks, be active, go to that local icecream shop down the road, maybe even look for buried treasure. But I'm ..."

Lol!


message 49: by Ashli (new)

Ashli Barrera :)


message 50: by Otávio (new)

Otávio Albano Taru wrote: "As Otávia said, winter is some places at the moment.

Schools have winter break in Australia right now. That means more reading in bed at night as I don't have to get up early to get the kids to s..."


OtáviO, please. ;)


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