(Previously on Nora Procrastinates By Making Graphs)
Goodreads – the miraculous website that not only keeps track of all the books I read, but compiles them into bar graphs comparing what I read each year. After I finish a book, my second-favorite thing to do (the first, of course, being the shelving) is to watch that bar go up one book, and see if anything changes on the little pie chart of labels (see final graphic).
But the more books I added, and the more time I spent watching those little pie charts, the more they started to bother me.
For one thing, they measure by book, and not by page-count – a minor issue, until the 17-page prequel short carries as much weight as the 600+ page fantasy novel. For another, demographic labels such as “children” and “ya” are included in the mess of genre labels – madness, I say! Utter madness! And then there’s the fact that it counts each label separately. So Doctor Seuss’s Butter Battle Book (42), labeled “children,” “poetry,” and “scifi/speculative” gets three times as much pie-chart space as Wolf’s Head, Wolf’s Heart (754), labeled only “high fantasy.”
Really, is no one else bothered by this?
So, with my Mad MS Excel Skills (and a final project to procrastinate doing), I put together this crazy-ass graph! And my goodness, is it crazy. The data is divided into page numbers, ages, and six genre spaces (which can be either all the same, half-and-half, thirds, or any random combination that seems most appropriate, such as in the case of the romantic subplot) – see the bottom-left graphic. And then there’s a bunch of number-crunching. And then there are GRAPHS.
Bar graphs for the page counts of each age demographic, and then relatively-sized pie charts of all the genres within that age demographic! Ah, so beautiful. And one regular old genre graph, for posterity’s sake. Be still, my heart.
Anyway, yeah. This is what I do with my free time. Make graphs about books. And then present them on the internet! So here, internet. This is data for the first 43 books I read in 2013. ENJOY.
PS: Here’s my Goodreads profile! I write reviews about nearly every book I read. Friend me, or follow me, or whatever.