I have an Excel spreadsheet detailing 16 years of reading! Nerdy, right? But also very useful indeed. For example, I can see when I last read a particular book, or which books I’ve read from a series. There are over 1500 books recorded, although some of them are re-reads. Here are the latest books on my list:
If you studied my database, you’d notice some trends. I started off reading a lot of children’s and YA books, which over time gave way to YA and adult fiction. Non-fiction wasn’t on my radar at all but over the last few years I have really taken to it. At one point I read mostly sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Around the time that I went to college, I was discovering the classics. Then I went back to children’s books again while actually studying them! Here are the very earliest books recorded on my list:
The number of books I read in a month has changed too. Depending on the length of a book, I could get through one a day when I had nothing else going on. In the early days I was using my diary to record the books, so any gaps in the diary = gaps in the record. This means there are quite a few books missing from the list. At university I read a huge number of books, because I both needed to and wanted to! Since then, the volume has dropped because of other commitments.
How do you record your reading? Have your tastes changed over time? And do you read more or less than you used to?!