My thanks to everyone who took the trouble to answer my questions on numbers of books read per annum, and so on, the other day. As I suspected, responses indicated a wide range in terms of reading capacity, from those who read a book a week to others for whom several hundred books a year is typical; the average is about 115. Most people have more than one book on the go at any time, and a fiction/non-fiction/poetry combination seems popular, though on the whole people read far more fiction than other things. Again, most seem to read (i.e. get to) most of the books they borrow or buy, though as to finishing them, a couple made interesting points which I'll come to. As far as format is concerned, although there were exceptions, e-readers are used mainly while out and about and for wider travelling rather than for daily reading at home, and audiobooks are favoured by several people and consumed in addition to print ones.
Some commenters kindly went a little further with their answers and gave extra information which is always helpful and illuminating. For example, there was this from Mary: "I eventually read most of what I buy but like to have a lot of future reads on hand. I like the anticipation and potential of an unread library." Oh, so do I!
Crafty Green Poet says that although she doesn't do it very often, she is "increasingly prepared to give up on a book". I wondered whether others find the same - if you are someone who by nature tends to stick with a book to the end, do you find yourself less willing to do so as you get older, or perhaps as life gets busier? (Similarly, has anyone left the theatre or concert hall halfway through a performance which they haven't been enjoying - I've done it once, and relief outweighs the guilt!)
Still on getting to the end, Artemis says she will finish a book which someone has recommended to her, "even if it's not very good" - she has no such loyalty to random finds from the library. I applaud her willingness to try to discover the qualities which have led to the recommendation.
Susan noted that 30%-40% of the books she read last year were by authors new to her, while for Audrey, roughly 80% were books she hadn't read before with 20% re-reads. Lots of new ground being trodden, then.
If you didn't answer the questions on the earlier post but would like to do so now, please go ahead, and if you have anything you'd like to add in the light of the above, I'd be glad to hear it.