Weekend Poll Results: Summer 2016 Reading Recommendations

With thanks to all who participate, here are the results of this past weekend’s poll, which I’ve now closed. This poll’s focus: Summer 2016 Reading Recommendations

The results 

50% of respondents said you’d be turning primarily to fiction this summer, while 29% said you’d read primarily non-fiction. Another 21% said they’ll be reading both fiction and non-fiction over the summer months.

Hard copy books continue to dominate, with 67% of readers turning to them. 25% of respondents said they’ll rely primarily on ebooks, and 8% of respondents will turn to both paper and electronic books.


Woman with BooksWhat genres will respondents be reading this summer?

Business/career and educational books came out on top, with almost 30% of respondents selecting “other” and identify such books in a category I didn’t even identify.

Here, in descending order, are the genres most identified by respondents.

  1. Business/career/educational
  2. Tied: Fiction (general), mystery and self help
  3. Biography
  4. Tied: Historical fiction and science fiction
  5. Tied: Autobiography, drama, fantasy and romance
  6. Tied: Essays, literature, young adult

Respondents’ recommendations of books they plan to read this summer, or have already read

Summer Reading Female

  • It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership – Colin Powell
  • Paris Letters – Janice MacLeod
Business/Career/Self Development
  • Blockchain Revolution – Don Tapscott, Alex Tapscott
  • Emotional Intelligence – Daniel Goleman
  • Find Your Extraordinary – Jessica Dilullo Herrin
  • Grit – The Power of Passion and Perserverance – Angela Duckworth
  • It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership – Colin Powell
  • Originals – Adam Grant
  • Presence – Amy Cuddy
  • Smarter Faster Better – Charles Duhigg
  • That’s Not What I Meant! How Conversational Style Makes or Breaks Relationships –  Deborah Tannen
  • The Fred Factor: How passion in your work and life can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary – Mark Sanborn
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right – Atul Gawande
  • Writing Well for Business Success – Sandra E. Lamb
  • Younger Next Year – Chris Crowley, Henry S. Lodge
  • Letters from the Earth – Mark Twain
  • All Summer Long – Dorothea Benton Frank
  • All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
  • Career of Evil – Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling)
  • Dead Wake – Erik Larson
  • Go Set A Watchman – Harper Lee
  • I Almost Forgot About You – Terry McMillan
  • Kitchens of the Great Midwest – J Ryan Stradal
  • Life of Pi – Yan Martel
  • Me After You – Mindy Hayes, Madison Seidler
  • New York – Edward Rutherford
  • Paris – Edward Rutherford
  • Perfume – Patrick Süskind
  • Roma – Steven Saylor
  • Swing Time – Zadie Smith
  • The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
  • The High Mountains of Portugal – Yann Martel
  • The Nest – Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  • The Spinoza Problem: A Novel – Irvin D. Yalom
  • The Time In Between (aka The Seamstress) – Maria Duenas
  • The Wicked Boy – Kate Summerscale
  • Colin Powell/Colin Powell revised
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel – Jared Diamond
  • Meaning in History – Karl Löwith
  • Silk Roads: A New History of the World – Peter Frankopan
  • Troublesome Young Men – Lynne Olson

Summer Reading Male

  • Jeffrey Archer
  • Agatha Christie
  • Max Depree
  • J. K. Rowling
  • Edward Rutherford
  • Mark Sandborn
  • Dondi Scumaci
  • Laura Stack
  • Karen Swan (“guilty pleasure”)
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • Brian Tracey
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Irvin Yalom
  • Zig Zigglar
  • Max ? (surname did not transmit)

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