Guidance on Lockdown Reading Project questions 

Guidance on Lockdown Reading Project questions 

These questions are intended as a guide only, you do not have to answer them all. You can use a Q&A format or write an informal, more conversational piece. If you haven’t been reading, we still want to hear from you – please write about your own particular experience.  Your response will be published on our blog in full. Please indicate if you are happy for your name to appear on your blog post. If you would like to have your photo attached please send it to us along with your response.

We will not gain financially from this research project, it is an academic exercise with no commercial application.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this project. 

Lockdown reading questions

Have you read more or less during lockdown, or much the same as usual?

Has lockdown affected your choice of reading material?

Have you been using reading in a particular way – for example for comfort, raising your spirits, escapism, distraction?

Have you been finding it harder to concentrate during lockdown?

Have you started books and been unable to finish them?

Where do you get inspiration for titles? 

Where are you sourcing your books from?

Have you embarked on reading all the books you already own but have never read?

Have you been listening to audiobooks rather than reading? If so, does listening add something to your experience of the book that you wouldn’t get by reading it yourself?

Have you been reading books about pandemics? eg The Plague by Albert Camus, Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Roses of Eyam by Don Taylor etc?

Can you recommend any books/audiobooks that you have enjoyed during lockdown?

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