Reading Report: 11 years

Friday, September 8th, 2017 at 8:40 am

September 5, 2017 marks 11 years from when I started my epic project to read every book in my local branch library.

Every so often, I take stock of where I’m at and report on progress. This year’s progress reveals… that I have young children. :-)

TOTALS as of Sept 5, 2016 (10 years or 3653 days)

Category Items Complete Categories Closed Items/day
Juvenile Picture 1492 443 0.37
Juvenile, Board Books 147 46 0.04
Juvenile, First Readers 66 3 0.02
Juvenile, Chapter 92 7 0.02
Juvenile Fiction 314 25 0.08
Juvenile Nonfiction 261 1 0.06
Teen Fiction 48 4 0.01
Teen Nonfiction 5 0 0.00
Adult Fiction 465 71 0.12
Adult Nonfiction 919 42 0.23
Audio CD 695 25 0.17
Juvenile DVD 49 0 0.01
Adult Fiction DVD 99 7 0.02
Adult Nonfiction DVD 42 1 0.01
Periodicals 89 0 0.02
Total 4421 items
1.21 items per day

I’m far enough along that the overall averages don’t change much from year to year – until I get comparing this year’s averages with my overall averages.

Last year’s reading (and the annual average completed)

Category Categories Completed Items Completed Annual Average Items Completed
Juvenile Picture 1 98 135.6
Juvenile, Board Books 1 22 13.4
Juvenile, First Readers 0 1 6.0
Juvenile, Chapter 0 0 8.4
Juvenile Fiction 0 4 28.5
Juvenile Nonfiction 0 48 23.7
Teen Fiction 0 5 4.4
Teen Nonfiction 0 0 0.5
Adult Fiction 1 11 42.3
Adult Nonfiction 1 80 83.5
Audio CD -39 56 63.2
Juvenile DVD 0 1 4.5
Adult Fiction DVD 7 6 9.0
Adult Nonfiction DVD 1 7 3.8
Periodicals 0 23 8.1
Total -27 362 434.8

Notes:

  • A combination of not focusing on closing out categories and reorganizing what I consider a category in audio cds has resulted in a net negative gain in categories completed this year.
  • My reading this year is actually quite similar to last year’s – and I think I’ve settled myself into the reality that this is the new normal for life with young children.

I just started tracking it last year, but a look at how many days it takes me to get through a library item continues to fascinate me.

Category Time to Read (2015-2016) Time to Read (2016-2017) Notes
Audio CDs 4 days 6.5 days I’ve worked hard to consolidate errands to minimize drive time –
maybe that’s why I’m listening to less?
Adult Nonfiction 4.4 days 4.5 days I still read a lot of nonfiction.
Board Books 5.2 days 16.6 days I’m much more likely to select new picture books to read with Tirzah Mae – and to choose board books I already know and trust to read to Louis.
Picture Books 6.2 days 3.72 days As Tirzah Mae’s reading has transitioned mostly away from board books and to picture books, my picture book reading has increased.
Adult Fiction 33.3 days 33.2 days Essentially the same as last year

So concludes my report on the last eleven years’ reading :-)


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