Reading data

You would think my first post after months of not blogging would have some significance. Or at least be newsworthy. Well, you would be wrong. All this is, really, is too long for a Facebook post.

I finished two books this week, which led me to reflect on what I’ve read this year… and in years past. Well, most notably since 2012 when I started using Goodreads.

Now it’s worth noting that when I was a kid I never read by choice. We did go to the library and I did categorize and rate all the books we checked out using various criteria in order to determine which book to read first. Of course, I never did any reading. So it should come as no surprise that here I am analyzing my reading data. I’m still just as geeky now even though I do read by choice. Wait a minute. I guess that probably means I’m MORE geeky now.
Anyway, a few key takeaways:
  • I read 16 books/year on average.
  • I read roughly 50% fiction and 50% non-fiction.
  • About 50% of the non-fiction books I read are either memoirs or read like memoirs.
  • Which makes memoir the genre I read most.
  • Even though fantasy is the genre I like most.
  • Surprisingly, science fiction is the genre I like least.
  • Actually, that’s a hasty conclusion. I’ve only read one science fiction book: The Martian, which I did not like because it was SUPER boring. Yes it was.
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11 thoughts on “Reading data

  1. No it wasn’t! The Martian was awesome. Also, if you asked me, I’d say I don’t like science fiction at all, so what do I know. I skipped the movie because I could tell from previews that they made changes I wouldn’t approve of. I also enjoyed reading The Girl on the Train and can tell the movie would be a disappointment in comparison. Is it tacky to post on a book discussion what I think about the movies? Sorry! What are some of your favorite non-fiction books?

    • Hahaha! I knew someone would read that and say (even if just to themselves) that The Martian was good! But I really found it boring. One of those books that I look back on and think, “I should have put that down and saved the time!” I tried the movie and couldn’t finish it. BORING! Ha! Oh well, to each his own.

      Not tacky to post about movies. That reminds me of a quote from Jim Gaffigan, “Oh yeah?? You know what I liked about the movie?? No reading!”

      Some of my favorite non-fiction books… Into Thin Air, which I believe you have already read? And A House in the Sky. I’m sure there are more, but that’s what’s coming to mind.

      On a totally unrelated topic, Ruby said to me just yesterday, “Do you remember those people in Benicia, California? We went to their house and did crafts? I miss them.” ❤

  2. Although growing up I was considered the most “non reader” in my family, I have taken it up as an adult and love it! I even go to book club. Talk about nerdy! 😀 I’m surprised to hear that your favorite category is fantasy. My favorite is non-fiction, particularly memoir(ish.) did you read Yes, Please, by Amy Poehler? Hilarious.

    • There’s something about not being required to read that makes it way more enjoyable! Also I enjoy not having to write essays or answer comprehension questions. And having the freedom to put down a book I don’t like helps too.

      I remember that you like non-fiction! I must like memoir too, seeing as how I read a lot of it. I did read Yes, Please and didn’t really like it. But I don’t generally like humor books. Not that I don’t like humor! I just don’t usually find them that funny. I think it’s a hard genre to write. What are your favorite memoirs?

      Also, hope you’re doing well!

  3. Have you read Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari? It’s sort of combo non-fiction/humor/memoir-ish. I liked it. You might too if you haven’t already read it.

    • I haven’t read that one- I’ll have to check into it! And I guess I sort of lied, I actually listened to Yes, Please on audiobook, and it’s read by Amy herself, which made it more funny. Favorite memoirs? Hmm, Angela’s Ashes is a good one. I also just listened to one called “3,096 days in Captivity,” which was good.

  4. Ha. I have a Goodreads account too, except I read all the books and always forget to update. And I didn’t read The Martian, I only saw the movie. Which was super good, I thought. And totally broke my “read the book before you see the movie” rule, but if the book was boring I’m glad I just watched an hour and a half of Matt Damon science-ing the sh*t out of Mars.

    • Well, I have to admit that many people disagree with me. But in my opinion, you did the right thing watching the movie and saving the time! Plus, Matt Damon is better looking than a bunch of letters on a page. Ha!

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