Oh, how much virtual ink have I spilled over the years waxing lyrical about my spreadsheet! So no reading round-up would be complete without a summary of last year’s key figures. That said I don’t have the enthusiasm for it that I once did. I still like recording it, and seeing my progress over the year, but I’m not sure if anyone else really cares – we’ll see I guess.
So I do have a 2014 spreadsheet but it’s incomplete. So here’s a comparison with 2013:
|Total reading time||227:59:00||224:29:00|
|Pages that count||10003||8961|
|One book every … days||11.71||12.96|
|Time per/reading day||01:29:24||01:29:48|
|Av score (/10)||7.2||7.0|
|“25 Books” score||64||55|
The thing that jumps out at me there is that there’s virtually no difference. I managed to read 3 more books but did it mostly by reading a little bit faster.
The “25 Books” score goes back to my original reading target blog project of 2009 and the rules I established there. According to the current version of the formula, I get 1 pt per 100pages over 5000 that I read, 1 pt per days read over 85 (to a maximum of 15), and either 1, 2, 5 or 10 pts based on average length (the thresholds are 300,325,350, 375 and 500). I don’t pay much attention to it any more but the spreadsheet calculates it so it’s easy to report.
Despite my best efforts my “everything is a 7” theory of scoring seems to hold true. I did have a 9 this year, but also a few 6s. The rest were 7s and 8s. This is always going to be skewed by the fact that a 5 or below would need an extra special reason to finish it. Especially now with my more relaxed attitude.
Anyway, that’s the numbers if you care, next is the books themselves!