I used to keep track of what I wanted to read on a piece of paper. What started out as list that could fit on a Post-it, grew rapidly into a few pages. At one point, I typed everything up on the computer. From text file, to other solutions, I finally ended up writing a web application: Booklife.
At the end of 2008, I had just refactored Booklife and I added events. The main purpose of events was to generate an ATOM feed. However, as 2010 rolled around, I realized that all my reading habits were in the database.
Here’s was I came up with:
All in all, I read 34 books in 2009. At first, I was surprised by how high the number was. Then, I was surprised that I had not read even more. I guess, over time, I’ll have a better idea of how many books I’m going through in a given period of time.
Of those 34 books, 17 are audio books. That was a surprise, I would have thought it would have been less than that. Also: the fact that it’s exactly 50% is a coincidence. I had argued in the past that audio books were increasing my “book throughput”. Sure, if I had not read these books in audio, I might have been able to squeeze in more real books. At the same time, I am not convinced. I fit audio books in contexts where real books are inconvenient: when I’m cleaning, doing the dishes, in transit.