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Hello! I'm a third-year Graphic Design student and a fellow book lover! I'm currently doing a project on reading for pleasure and the significance of the book and your help would be extremely helpful. The survey only contains 4 short questions, which won't take much of your time, but would be invaluable to me! Thank you!  :)

 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8T79MRX 

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On November 25, 2017 at 08:09, jfp said:

Done... but I couldn't answer the first question, for which apologies.

Done. I had a hard time with that first question too. It wasn't really worded in such a way that it meshed with my reading choices, or what I seek in books. 

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