Men and women read differently?

Do men and women read differently?

Well, they do in my house.

The Telegraph reported Tuesday that a recent survey found:

Women are more avid readers, and that “almost half of women are ‘page turners’ who finish a book soon after starting, it compared to only 26 percent of men. The survey of 2,000 adults also found those who take a long time to read books and only managed one or two a year were twice as likely to be male than female. Men are also more likely to have shelves full of books that have never been opened.”

Unfortunately, the very-brief article does not note who conducted the survey, and I couldn’t find that information, either. Sigh. So many factors can invalidate a survey, which is why this story should have had more complete reporting. Anyway. Moving on.

As much as this says, it’s pretty true in this house (of two people). My husband tells me he set a personal reading record last year: He read seven books. Whereas I read 75-plus.

He is often (always?) in the middle of at least three books at once. He reads nonfiction almost exclusively.

I read predominately fiction. I usually read just one book at a time (with an exception for poetry).

So tell me, is this true in your household?


7 responses to “Men and women read differently?

  1. It is definitely true in my house. My husband takes FOREVER to read a book. He usually only reads one at a time and doesn’t always have one going. He generally reads nonfiction, other than the occasional Tolkien. Speaking of Tolkien, though, we have a bunch of his books that hubby bought 2-3 years ago that he has yet to even look at (and it isn’t as if his TBR pile is the size of mine).

  2. Mr. Chili doesn’t really read BOOKS. He’s more into MacWorld magazine and articles on the internet. That’s not to say he doesn’t READ, mind you; just that he doesn’t read the same way I do (says she who is neck-deep in a ginormous novel, the fifth book in a series of six…)

  3. It’s true in my house too.

  4. I read, plod through one at a time, read them early in the morning before work, on lunch hour, after work – a page turner. My spouse, however, makes reading more into an event – setting aside three or so hours in the evening. But he is a one at a time reader – chiefly Beat books. I read far more books, but he reads a good 15 per year. So I guess we don’t follow the pattern. Interesting to think about though

  5. There is definately a difference of reading choices in my home. I love to read, mostly historical fiction, and memoirs, and mu SO chooses to not read (can you believe that to be true?!?!?)

  6. Acrtually my husband and I read a lot of the same books (both fiction and non-fiction). He just reads slower than I do. He jokes that I read a book or two a week and he reads a book a month. Because I read more than he does, I usually pass on the ones I know he’ll like to the pile on his dresser. Once in a while he’ll pick up something I haven’t read, but not very often. He says he likes having me be his book screener.

  7. It is not at all true in my house, usually my husband reads multiple books at once, up to 5, and he reads quickly, maybe even faster than I do, it depends on who is into the book they are reading more. He prefers Science Fiction novels, usually series’ I lean more toward mysteries or historical fiction or just random ones I pick up. I tend to also only read one or maybe 2 books at once vs 4 or 5. He likes to read, a lot! Not the norm I would say, but my father also reads books rather quickly if he gets into them except that he stops reading whatever he is in the middle of when the readers digest comes and he reads that.

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