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Dissecting Reading Patterns

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I am a data analysis nerd. On April 1st last year (this is not a joke), as part of a conscious effort to read more, especially more YA literature, I started keeping track of the books I read. Now I have an excel sheet just bursting with glorious data.

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85% of the books I read were fiction. I like non-fiction but I read it slower and I usually only read one non-fiction book at a time, unlike fiction, which I read a minimum of 3 at a time. Also, for part of the time I was gathering data I was in school, so I was reading a lot of textbooks for my studies, which made me want to read fiction for fun.

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56% of books I read were by men and 44% were by women. I don't make a conscious effort to read female authors, so I was happy to see that the percentages were not nearly as skewed as I expected.

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23% of books I read were Newbery Award or Honor winners. When trying to find good YA literature I often looked to the list of Newbery winners, so it's not out of the blue that there are so many.

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74% of the Newbery winners I read were by women. I found this shocking because I'm used to most things skewing towards men (that's my pessimistic-feminist bias showing). I wonder how many of all Newbery winners are written by women. I wonder how this percentage has changed over time since the Newbery Award was founded in 1922. Another data analysis project!

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My most read authors are:

  • Lemony Snicket, 15 books- I reread all 13 Series of Unfortunate Event books (where my avatar comes from) and read the first two of his new series All the Wrong Questions.
  • Jasper Fforde, 9 books- He is currently tied with Rainbow Rowell as my favorite author. However, Rowell only has 3 books which sets her at a disadvantage for this ranking. My user name is from Fforde's series The Last Dragonslayer.
  • JK Rowling, 6 books- I reread Harry Potter 1-5 and read The Tales of Beedle the Bard.
  • Roald Dahl 6, books- I was at a friend's house for christmas vacation and they owned many of his books that I had never read, several of which like The Twits were extremely short.
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If I analysed the number of pages (an idea for next year!) I think that Jasper Fforde and JK Rowling would be at the top and that Roald Dahl would not have nearly as high of a spot. I'm getting excited just thinking about all the information I want to track for next year.

I only listened to one audiobook and I didn't read any ebooks, which is why I didn't graph that data.

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Do you guys keep track of the books you read? Do you use excel or something else? What trends would you see in your reading?

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