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Data: Readership Poll Results

With 120 results, here are the results!

(If you haven’t taken the poll, you can still access it here. If the responses increase significantly, I’ll post updated data, of course.)

Google Forms plays badly with anything, and Excel hates me, so this is just the straightup data for now. I’ll try to play with the Excel files until we have actual usable data (at least sorted by most read to least), but that could take me ages so I thought I should post what I could. With apologies.

Q1 Results:

Andrews, Jesse, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 41 35%
Anthony, Jessica and Rodrigo Corral, Chopsticks 44 38%
Crockett, S.D., After the Snow 12 10%
Crowley, Cath, Grafitti Moon 24 21%
Danforth, Emily, The Miseducation of Cameron Post 28 24%
Ellison, Kate, The Butterfly Clues 17 15%
George, Madeleine, The Difference Between You & Me 28 24%
Green, John, The Fault in Our Stars 104 89%
Hopkinson, Deborah, Titanic: Voices from the Disaster 17 15%
LaCour, Nina, The Disenchantments 35 30%
Levinson, Cynthia, We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March 19 16%
Marchetta, Melina, Froi of the Exiles 27 23%
Michaelis, Antonia, The Storyteller 9 8%
Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux, No Crystal Stair 30 26%
Osborne, Linda Barrett, Miles to Go for Freedom: Segregation and Civil Rights in the Jim Crow Years 8 7%
Rapp, Adam, The Children and the Wolves 22 19%
Rosoff, Meg, There is No Dog 34 29%
Saenz, Benjamin Alire, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe 17 15%
Saldin, Erin, The Girls of No Return 14 12%
Sonnenblick, Jordan, Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip 21 18%
Volponi, Paul, The Final Four 13 11%
Woodson, Jacqueline, Beneath a Meth Moon 33 28%
Woolston, Blythe, Catch and Release 14 12%

Q2 Results:

Aronson, Marc,    Master of Deceit 13 12%
Bacigalupi, Paolo,    The Drowned Cities 34 30%
Cashore, Kristin,    Bitterblue 59 52%
Castellucci, Cecil,    The Year of the Beasts 13 12%
Chambers, Aidan,    Dying to Know You 21 19%
Coats, J. Anderson,    The Wicked & The Just 25 22%
Doyle, Roddy, A Greyhound of a Girl 15 13%
Freedman, Russell,   Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship 11 10%
Hand, Elizabeth,   Radiant Days 9 8%
Hautman, Pete,    The Obsidian Blade 19 17%
Hopkinson, Nalo,    The Chaos 5 4%
LaFevers, Robin,    Grave Mercy 62 55%
Matson, Morgan,    Second Chance Summer 9 8%
McCormick, Patricia,    Never Fall Down 17 15%
Mieville, China,    Railsea 11 10%
Nix, Garth,    A Confusion of Princes 27 24%
Rosenfield, Kat,    Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone 32 28%
Wein, Elizabeth,    Code Name Verity 86 76%
Williams, Carol Lynch,    Waiting 10 9%
Zettel, Sarah,    Dust Girl 12 11%

Q3 Results:

Anderson, Jodi Lynn, Tiger Lily 18 16%
Barraclough, Lindsay, Long Lankin 16 14%
Bray, Libba, The Diviners 52 46%
Fama, Elizabeth, Monstrous Beauty 17 15%
Griffin, Adele, All You Never Wanted 5 4%
Griffin, Molly Beth, Silhouette of a Sparrow 4 4%
Hartman, Rachel, Seraphina 65 58%
Hoose, Philip, Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 15 13%
Johnson, Angela, A Certain October 13 12%
Kindl, Patrice, Keeping the Castle 49 44%
Kokie, E.M., Personal Effects 14 13%
Lanagan, Margo, The Brides of Rollrock Island 30 27%
Leavitt, Martine, My Book of Life by Angel 8 7%
Levithan, David, Every Day 49 44%
Murphy, Jim, Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure 12 11%
Pitcher, Annabel, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece 11 10%
Rappaport, Doreen, Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust 7 6%
Rossetti, Rinsai, The Girl with the Borrowed Wings 7 6%
Sandler, Martin W., The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure 8 7%
Sheinkin, Steve, Bomb: The Race to Build–And Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon 25 22%
Shusterman, Neal, Unwholly 10 9%
Stiefvater, Maggie, Raven Boys 50 45%

Q4 Results:

King, A.S.,    Ask the Passengers 13 57%
Lowry, Lois,    Son 14 61%
Taylor, Laini,    Days of Blood and Starlight 3 13%

As you can see, The Fault in Our Stars was the most read (104 out of 120 responses) and Days of Blood and Starlight has the fewest readers thus far — but then, it’s not yet published and galleys have been relatively hard to come by. Several of the books that probably have the most shortlist potential are also low on readers thus far, which indicates that we’d better get the Pyrite off the ground soon. We’ll get cracking on that and get details sorted as soon as possible.

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About Karyn Silverman

Karyn Silverman is the High School Librarian and Educational Technology Department Chair at LREI, Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School (say that ten times fast!). Karyn has served on YALSA’s Quick Picks and Best Books committees and was a member of the 2009 Printz committee. She has reviewed for Kirkus and School Library Journal. She has a lot of opinions about almost everything (except current events, because she’s too busy reading YA literature to follow the news). Said opinions do not reflect the attitudes or opinions of SLJ, LREI, YALSA or any other institutions with which she is affiliated. Find her on Twitter @InfoWitch or e-mail her at karynsilverman at gmail dot com.

Comments

  1. Miriam says:

    Fascinating!

    …but the percents appear off in Q4.

    AtP: 13 readers 11%
    S: 14 readers 12%
    DoBaS: 3 readers 3%

    • Karyn Silverman says:

      Miriam, Is that your recalculation of the percentages based on total response count? Because I’m seeing 57%, 61%, and 13%, which also seems off but which I think I understand. These are the numbers from the Google Spreadsheet results summary, not math I did myself (then they’d really be wrong!), but I think it’s percentages out of those who responded to the question, and with so few books in Q4, only a portion of folks probably had any response to that question, so the data would be different from the other questions.

  2. This is fascinating if only to see what people choose to read, and to match those numbers (in your head) with the marketing push that you see various books get, along with your sense of the more nebulous “buzz” factor.

    But, er, I don’t understand how these percentages were generated. The survey was set up with only the possibility to check that you HAD read an given book. Thus, there is only a “yes” box, not a “yes” and “no” alternative. So by definition everyone answered all questions, because a blank means “no.” Or am I missing something?

    • Karyn Silverman says:

      It’s how I set the poll up plus the idiosyncrasies of the Google Form, a format that is free but, it turns out, also mostly garbage. Each quarter counted as a question. So any “yes” in a quarter counted as answering the query. But skipping the question didn’t mean no, because the poll was a checkbox format; instead, skipping registered as no data. For Q4, with so few books, there was a high incidence of skipping the query. Does that clarify it? Anyone who wants to do some more complex spreadsheeting is welcome. I am off on a three day school trip, so maybe I’ll get some of the math-loving students to play with data output.

  3. It might be better to abandon google and just calculate the straight percentage for each book, with 120 as the denominator. After all, everyone DID answer each section, even if there’s no box checked in that section. (Unless they abandoned the survey in the middle, or didn’t see entire sections, like Q4, which is unlikely since the submit button was at the bottom.)

  4. Jen J. says:

    So here’s a google doc with the information including an extra column with the percentage for each taken out of 120. I hope the link works!

    http://ow.ly/eJAgE

    Hopefully this is a little more manipulable than the Google forms.

  5. Haha! Jen J. you beat me to it! I will try to do another cute little calculation with the data, now that you have organized it so beautifully…

  6. Did any books come up multiple times in the “anything else you’ve read” comment box of the poll? I’m always curious about books that aren’t getting starred reviews, but that end up in serious consideration.

    • Karyn Silverman says:

      Sarah, thanks for reminding me! 8 books came up twice each:
      Small Damages
      Vessel
      Above
      In Darkness
      For Darkness Shows the Stars (which I think we are already planning to cover in the next few weeks)
      Friends With Boys (one of the mentions basically said it seems not like a real contender but a book that should get discussed)
      See You at Harry’s (which I thought was more middle grade)
      I Hunt Killers (but despite the mentions, no strong support; both mentions had caveats)

      Anyone have strong opinions on any of these?

      And of course the NBA finalists we hadn’t already listed on the contenda list have already been added.

  7. Mark Flowers says:

    I feel so bad for the Griffins – Adele and Molly. I’ve already read Adele’s but it makes me want to go get a copy of Silhouette of a Sparrow right away.

  8. Every so often I come across a book that I’m hardly aware of that, from the sound of it, feels like it could be a dark horse. Has anyone read The Theory of Everything by J.J. Johnson? It has at least one star, from PW. (Also, I love the cover.)

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