Reading Metrics

January 9, 2020 • #

Since I began tracking my books in a spreadsheet in 2018, I’ve got a bunch of data I can now look at on my reading habits.

One thing I took a stab at was a “duration chart” that could show the reading patterns over time, based on when I started and finished each book.

Book reading durations

Using this stacked bar chart style, you can see which books I stalled out on and put down for long periods. Not a judgment on those books’ respective merits, more of a criticism of my dodgy reading habits. The Federalist had probably a full 6 month fallow period where I forgot about it.

Some other fun-but-meaningless statistics:

Total Pages



  • Fiction: 24%
  • Nonfiction 76%


  • Audiobook: 57%
  • Kindle: 13%
  • Real Book: 30%

Authors I read more than one from

  • Nassim Taleb
  • Cixin Liu
  • HP Lovecraft
  • Jonathan Haidt

Oldest book

Top 5 genres (from tags)

  1. History
  2. Philosophy
  3. Psychology
  4. Science
  5. Business
  1. Page counts are, of course, a very rough estimate. But fun to see the quantity and calculate pages per day on average (about 50!). 

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