Musing Mondays: Women vs. Men Reading

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THIS week’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about a “reading” survey, and what it had to say…

I recently read an article (here), that I found through BiblioAddict’s blog, that talked of “why women read more than men“. In it, author Ian McEwan is quoted saying:

“When women stop reading, the novel will be dead.”

Do you believe this to be true? Why, or why not?

Good thing I kept my email response to this question eh? Here’s what I wrote when you asked this of the group we belong to:

Thanks for sharing this article, it was very interesting. Yes I do think that the quote is pretty much true. The majority of book bloggers are women although book review columnists for newspapers seem to me at least to be men more often. My husband almost never reads, averaging less than one book a year although he has read all the Harry Potter books and lots of Anne Rice.

The article mentioned that men read more Non-Fiction while women read more iction. This does seem to be the case from what I’ve seen, although I read more non-fiction (and am a female.) However men seem to read their non-fiction only on a need to know basis. They don’t seem to read much in the way of memoirs or just interesting books that you don’t need to read.

One problem with his free book experiment is that men are by nature more suspicious. If you handed me something for free, I’d thank you. If you handed it to my husband he would say no thank you or if he did take it, would examine it well first. However as the article mentions, there are many other studies with the same results.

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About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.