Hi Virtually Readers! The other day I decided to look at my bookshelf and the books on it and record various numbers(not only am I a book nerd, I am a maths nerd too). When I was done, I was struck by the *brilliant* idea to make info graphics of all my gathered information. I really did not realise how much work it would be. Aanyway, here are the super amazing info graphics
into which I poured my soul, my blood, my sweat and my tears as well as some analysis of them.
I don’t have many good photos of the bookshelf in question, but look at these 4 with their equal height:
First I looked at the basics: what I’d read and not read. (Out of the 60 on the shelf).
(I had read 38 of my books, partly read 3, and not read 20. Oops this graph is wrong because of my subtraction skills (61-41=20, not 23))
Analysis: Basically, I should really read all these books I am so lucky to own. The reason why I haven’t is that when I was younger (before we had readers basically) my mother would panic about us having nothing to read in the holidays when the library would close, so we were forbidden to read any of our own books during the school year. Now I’m trying to read all these books, but I’m behind. Also, we got quite a few new books recently, so then I’m behind.
Then I just counted my books by genre.
(I read 27/40 fantasy, 6/8 contemporary, 3/7 historical, part of the 1 nonfiction book, and 5/5 dystopias)
Analysis: We have A LOT of fantasy books. Many many or them. I don’t think this is representative of the genres read, because I don’t read a lot of fantasy, but still. I, personally, have read all the dystopias we have (which is not a lot), because it is my favourite genre (I think.). Also, counting was so hard! Some books could qualify in more than one category, and so I had to make hard choices. I ended up using all these sticky notes, so I knew what I had counted.
Then Shanti was angry at me for sticking things to the books. But I didn’t care.
For some reason (maybe because I wanted to cause myself pain by creating more pie charts) I thought I should just count all the publishers. ‘Other’, by the way, is two or fewer books from a publisher (included Knopf, Random House, Hodder & Stoughton, and Chicken House).
Analysis: Well apparently we LOVE HarperCollins. I also think this is interesting because we have a broad range of publishers; Allen and Unwin is Australian, Scholastic is American, Penguin is British… you get the idea. I guess this reflects how Shanti and I have grown up in more than one place.
THEN, mainly because of Heather, I was curious about the genders of authors my bookshelf represented (I mostly knew or could guess by the name or
assumed checked.). I’ve heard (and don’t believe) that if you are a feminist, then you will have at least 50% female authors on your bookshelf. Hmmm.
(There were 40 female authors and 21 male).
Analysis: These are not all the books in the house. They aren’t even all the YA books in my house (only most of them). These are just two shelves
because I was too lady to count the rest. However, a lot of the books we own are directed towards females. As far as I know, girls read more YA than guys (just look at how many female book blogger you know, and how many male book bloggers, for example). So female authors=write books girls will be more likely to like=more of the (female) readers of YA will buy them=more $$$$$ .
Overall, I learned that creating nice pie graphs from your information takes FOREVER, and that you should just be really grateful I bothered with this even if I just took screenshots
because I am technologically challenged by embed codes.
What is your bookshelf like? Have you ever made a pie chart? Do you even maths? How many female and male authors do you have?