Joe Hill made an interesting observation on Twitter last night… that your average pages read per day will roughly equal your books read per year. I was curious about this, and decided to do some math.
Unfortunately I don’t track pages read, so I had to rely on my stats from Goodreads, which are less than ideal. First of all, I don’t always use the exact edition that I read, so the average pages has to be taken with a grain of salt. I also do a lot of re-reading, which I don’t keep track of on GR (I update the “times read” number, but leave the dates, so I don’t have a record of what I re-read each year), meaning my numbers for average pages and books read are both actually higher than what’s listed. Plus there’s however many pages I might get into my occasional DNF’s, marginally increasing my page count but not affecting my book count. But – for whatever they’re worth – here are my very rough numbers for the past several years:
- In 2010, I averaged 90 pages per day, and read 82 books.
- In 2011, I averaged 82 pages per day, and read 75 books.
- In 2012, I averaged 102 pages per day, and read 100 books.
- In 2013, I averaged 104 pages per day, and read 103 books.
Apparently I’m reading shorter and shorter books every year as I get closer to the 365-page average.
But let’s see what 2014 looks like…
- So far, I’ve averaged 95 pages per day.
- So far, I’ve read 84 books, which comes out to just under four days per book.
- In the 43 days left this year, at this same pace, I should read another 11 books.
- Which means… I would end the year at 95!
Finally, a perfect match! Only it won’t be 95, because I’ll no doubt be reading less in these last few weeks, what with the holidays and going on vacation. But that will drag down my average pages as well as my total… so it’s still very possible the two numbers will end up being the same.
I find this very interesting, and not quite what I expected. If you’d asked me before, I would have guessed that most books I read are in the 400+ pages range, which would give more of a discrepancy between those two numbers (though they’d still be close). But I guess, in addition to the occasional chunkster, I also read enough shorter books that it brings the average down.
I’d be curious to start tracking my actual pages read, and see what happens with the numbers… but I’m not sure next year is the time for me to start making more work for myself.
Those of you who track your reading, what do your numbers say?