Goodreads Survey Shows Gender Divide in Reading Choices

A Goodreads survey shows readers prefer authors of their own sex. Of the 50 books published in 2014 that were most popular among men, 45 were written by men and five by women. The same was true for women, but it should be noted that Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling’s pen name) was one of those five “male” authors.

Goodreads, a Web site for readers with 30 million members, looked at a sample of 40,000 active members to determine what they were reading and which books they liked. The total sample was equally divided with 20,000 men and 20,000 women.

Here are some of the results of the Goodreads survey:

  • Women read twice as many books published in 2014 as men.
  • In the first year of publication, a female author’s audience will be 80 percent female, while 50 percent of a male author’s audience will be female.
  • For 2014 books, on average, women rated books by women 4.0 out of 5; they rated books by men 3.8 out of 5. On average, men rated books by women 3.9 out of 5; they rated books by men 3.8 out of 5.

Part of Statistics

I took an inventory of the books I've read this year. Not surprisingly, I'm part of the Goodreads statistics. I am, in fact, a Goodreads member. I finished reading 15 books this year. Eleven were written by women; four were written by men.

The two books I’m currently reading are by male authors. Two others that I plan to read are by female authors. I will most likely finish reading them in 2015.

How about you? Did you read more books by men or women this year? To view the Goodreads infographic titled “Sex and Reading: A Look at Who’s Reading Whom,” click here.