I tracked my library checkouts
(Oct 2011 - present)
Automated scraping of library accounts page
Analysis period: 95.5 weeks
• 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
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.
I read mostly non-fiction (I knew that),
but we watch more movies than I
thought we did.
0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900
I tend to read and watch in bursts.
fiction reading and
(doesn’t get in the
I really skew towards business books.
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
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
What do I do with all this reading?
• Book notes:
quotes, ideas, etc.
• Blog posts
• Visual book
More! More! More!
Going through my science fiction backlog
Checking out Amazon recommendations
Taking more notes of some books
Visit your local library tomorrow!
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