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Analyzing my reading habits

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  • 1. Sacha Chua: http://sach.ac/quantified Quantified Self Toronto: http://quantifiedself.ca/ August 22, 2013
  • 2. I tracked my library checkouts (Oct 2011 - present) Automated scraping of library accounts page Analysis period: 95.5 weeks Limitations: • Two other people in household, some conflation • Date analysis is by due date, which does not totally reflect when I read it. I read about 80% of items.
  • 3. The library is an incredible money-saver. • Borrowed 250 movies and 30 TV shows. Assuming $15 for a DVD, that’s $4,200. • Borrowed 779 non-fiction books. Assuming $20, that’s $15,580. • Probably wouldn’t have bought all of them, but still… wow.
  • 4. I read mostly non-fiction (I knew that), but we watch more movies than I thought we did. 6 30 183 250 779 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 Other TV Fiction Movie Non-fiction
  • 5. I tend to read and watch in bursts. No correlation between non- fiction reading and movie watching (doesn’t get in the way)
  • 6. I really skew towards business books. 14 18 22 30 33 38 45 59 82 328 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 340 - Law 300 - Social sciences, sociology &… 610 - Medical sciences; Medicine 640 - Home economics & family living 000 - Computer science, knowledge &… 800 - Literature, rhetoric & criticism 740 - Drawing & decorative arts 150 - Psychology 330 - Economics 650 - Management & auxiliary services Number of titles by major category
  • 7. I tend to read about subjects in bursts, too.
  • 8. It’s good to cross-reference with time. If you double the time to account for multitasking when reading is not the primary activity (ex: subway), ~30min per book. Source: Discretionary - Productive - Nonfiction (QuantifiedAwesome.com) 123.3h from Nov 2011 to July 2013
  • 9. What do I do with all this reading? • Book notes: quotes, ideas, etc. • Blog posts • Visual book summaries • Recommendations
  • 10. Next steps More! More! More! Going through my science fiction backlog Checking out Amazon recommendations Taking more notes of some books Visit your local library tomorrow! TorontoPublicLibrary.ca Related post: sach.ac/p/25537