2014: Reading Metrics

It’s that time of year again!  Time to kick some ass in the metrics department.  Here’s the deep-dive look at my reading in 2014 and how it went. (For my 2012 metrics, see this entry. There are no 2013 metrics for a variety of reasons.)

Overview

At the beginning of the year, I set the goal of reading 50 books in 2014. As unemployment crept onward during the first half of the year, it began to look unlikely — as of May 1st, I was 8 books behind schedule. Once I got re-employed, and started taking public transportation in early June, my rate of consumption accelerated rapidly.

Number of Books Read

65

Number of Pages Read

23889
Averaged 65.4 pages per day for the year, with an average book length of 367.5 pages. Meaning that I was finishing a book every 5.61 days on average.

Genre

There are two ways of looking at this breakdown — by title or by page count. For the sake of consistency from year to year, I’m going to continue to look at this as a per-title situation.

genre_bytitle

The biggest genre was Science Fiction & Fantasy (47.7%), with Science (10.8%) in second place, and Business (7.7%) in third. Overall, this year was more-balanced than 2012.

Re-Reads, Series, and Format

Of the 65 books I read, fourteen of them were part of a series (21.5%). Ten of them I’d read before (15.4%). And only four were actual, physical paper (6.2%).

Progress Graphs

This year, I did all my tracking in Goodreads, which I’ll continue to do in the future. The first graph represents the day a book was actually completed, each spike being a block of pages that was completed on that day. (Click to embiggen any graph.)

2014_bookpagecomplete

Next, let’s look at total page completion over time.

2014_totalpages

As you can see above (and click to embiggen), things were progressing slowly until mid-May. Much of my time was spent job hunting, parenting, and generally trying to make myself useful, given that I was unemployed.

Next we have a hybrid of the previous two graphs:

2014_hybrid

Unlike 2014, I didn’t have any huge spike for a month of reading. July and August were my strongest two months — and I cannot tell you exactly why that is. Maybe it was the joy of replacing the old iPad 1 with an iPad Mini Retina? Possibly.

Lastly, we have my average pages per day:

2014_ppd

Awards

Average Book Rating (1-5): 3.72
Favorite Author: Andy Weir
Favorite Series: Imperial Radch by Ann Leckie
Favorite Non-Fiction Book: Choose Yourself by James Altucher
Favorite Fiction Book: The Martian by Andy Weir
Biggest Letdown: Some Remarks by Neal Stephenson

Conclusions and Lessons Learned

One of my goals in 2014 was to read less science fiction. It was difficult to branch out at times, especially with a lot of new sci-fi stuff coming across my radar. However, the limitation I’d set forced me to read a lot of really good books in the non-fiction side of the house. Pretty good year. For 2015, my goal is to make sure I keep a 50-50 balance between fiction and non-fiction.

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