A Visual Reflection of My Recent Reading History

Today I want to visualize some small data — my reading history as documented on Goodreads from 2009 onwards.

Leisure reading by recorded year on Goodreads

While my decaying reading habit may look alarming, it’s partly because I mainly use Goodreads to track leisure reading. And when I just started I recorded some books read in the past so 2009 Q4 would include some earlier records.

Looking at publication year (visualized as how the pages of the book are arranged), the books I read range from 1764 to 2016, with more towards the recent years.

What I read the most are novels and a mixed category I use for anything related to art, business or communication.

This year I’ve been more focused on generating original content and browsing data blogs rather than reading books. But when I read, I tend to read very fast. I’ll probably get back to reading at least as frequently as I post instagram.


This is #day49 of my #100dayprojects on data science and visual storytelling. Full code on my github. Thanks for reading. Suggestions of new topics and feedbacks are always welcomed.