But I had a few moments in a coffee shop the other day, after I wrote a quick book review on Goodreads, and I thought, “Wouldn’t it be fun to do some small-scale data-mining of my reading trends for 2015, vis-a-vis 2014?”
To which the only reasonable answer is, “Yes.”
Year / Category 2015 2014 Total 58 54 Comic Books 32 14 Audio Books 7 18 Library Books 13 7 My Books 7 15
- the totals are pretty close;
- the numbers for library books vs. my own books are swapped, which makes some sense:
- in 2014, I was mostly in San Angelo, but already planning to head to Austin (prepping for code bootcamp started halfway through 2014), so I tried to read down my collection;
- in 2015, I was in Austin,
- (a) exploring the new library,
- (b) getting new books that I wouldn't have owned before (business, self-help), and
- (c) not carrying around all the books in my collection that I culled that past year;
- the largest negative shift is in audio books:
- there are so many podcasts to listen to in 2015, from new shows like Serial and old favorites like Planet Money;
- I also am not spending as much time walking the dog or washing dishes, perfect listening activities;
- the largest positive shift is towards comic books:
- and 19 of those were Dungeons & Dragons books that I bought in a Humble Bundle and made a point of reading because I had bought several such bundles (mostly roleplaying books in Bundles of Holding) and not read them;
- many of the others are first volumes that I read to see if I liked those series:
- I mostly did not.
- Except for Ms. Marvel, which really is amazing.
Here's to reading more in 2016!