- Man vs Bookshelf: Introduction
- Man vs Bookshelf: Horowitz Horror
- Man vs Bookshelf: Lisey’s Story
- Man vs Bookshelf: Devil May Care
- Man vs Bookshelf: Big Little Lies
- Man vs Bookshelf: Good Omens
- Man vs Bookshelf: Grandpa’s Great Escape
- Man vs Bookshelf: Clough: The Autobiography
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Cuckoo’s Calling
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Escape
- Man vs Bookshelf: I Am Legend
- Man vs Bookshelf: Confessions of a Sociopath
- Man vs Bookshelf: Silence
- Man vs Bookshelf: Six Years
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Thin Executioner
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Entrepreneur’s Book of Checklists
- Man vs Bookshelf: John Dies at the End
- Man vs Bookshelf: Harry Potter and the case of the Duplicates
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (series)
- Man vs Bookshelf: Ayoade on Ayoade
- Man vs Bookshelf: Junk
- Man vs Bookshelf: Bobby Moore
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Hard Way
- Man vs Bookshelf: 102 days down (+ Freakonomics & Superfreakonomics)
- Man vs Bookshelf: Dirk Gently (1 & 2)
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Clifton Chronicles (1 & 2)
- Man vs Bookshelf: Twitterature
- Man vs Bookshelf: Pele
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Collector
The stars have aligned.
Following whatever it was I read last I read Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics. Two books about ‘rogue’ economics, utilising stats and data to show such things as how teachers cheat and why suicide bombers should buy life insurance.
And, in reading the latter of these two books, I also passed an exciting milestone in this very challenge.
That’s right (assuming you just guessed and got it right) we’ve passed the 100-day mark of Man vs Bookshelf, reaching 102 days in finishing this book.
So, bearing this in mind and considering the fact I’ve not got all that much to say about Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics I thought I’d eschew the normal blog format and change things up a bit.
First, I’ll do a bit of a review of the books (just to keep people happy) then I’m going to jump into some stats around 102 days of Man vs Bookshelf.
Doesn’t that sound exciting?
No wait, don’t answer.
Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics
When I say brief, I mean brief.
I’ve already given you the thrust of these books above. Written by an economist and a journalist they examine an eclectic range of interesting stats based issues.
Covering match-fixing in sumo wrestling, honour-based muffin sales, and even the names we give our children, there really is plenty here to dig your teeth into.
It’s well written, and pull no punches. It’s funny, at times, and genuinely engaging throughout.
I don’t think you have to be some stats nut to enjoy this book, and it’s not economics in the way most of us would identify with the concept.
I gave it a 3/5 on Goodreads, but it’s probably closer to a 7/10 on a proper scale (Which Goodreads doesn’t use).
So give it a go, find out something new. There’ll be plenty of facts here that’ll make you turn to your partner and insist on telling them, whether they want to hear it or not.
You won’t learn anything of value, but you’re reading, so who wants that?
Man Vs Bookshelf: The first 102 Days
Okay, so let’s check out the stats in their basic form, below, then I’ll talk about them a bit.
Days into challenge
Original predicted end
Current predicted end
Predicted end based on current read rate
Days into challenge: 102
First off, congratulations.
I don’t think I’ve ever committed to anything for so long (gives subtle glance at girlfriend who has actually well outlasted this number).
But in all seriousness, I’ve started plenty of challenges before. Set myself many targets, and I never commit.
Yes, I’ve a long way to go. Years, in fact, but I’m still loving this challenge, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
Books read: 28
Many of you will now be remembering there are 210 books in this challenge in total, realising I’m over the 10% hurdle and will be clapping like mad men and women, tears in your eyes.
I appreciate that.
I’m actually 13.33% of the way through (don’t do me down) and excited to be here.
But that was the point, wasn’t it? To go through an eclectic mix of books and so far, it’s working well.
Besides, reading the bad books only makes me stronger.
Benchmark Days: 196; Difference: 94
Now some of you will be thinking, ‘Mark, where did I leave my shoes?’.
I can’t help you with that, but if you were wondering what benchmark days is, then I’m better placed to offer answers.
(try the cupboard under the stairs).
This challenge allocates seven days (commonly referred to as a week) per book.
That means I had 196 days to read 28 books. That’s the benchmark.
Happily, this only took me 102 days, and so we have a difference of 94.
That’s pretty good.
Days Remaining: 1372/1470; Original Predicted End: 20/10/2021; Current Predicated End: 21/07/2021
In the first 102 days, I’ve managed to move the predicted finish date by three months.
And that’s if it takes me 7 days per book for the rest of the challenge.
Days/ Book: 3.64; Predicted end based on current read rate: 15/11/2019
Of course, it’s not been taking me seven days a book, and there is no reason it should going forward.
At an average read of 3.64 days per book, I’m reading just under two books a week.
Should I progress under this steam (some feat considering I have books like The Stand and Under the Dome by Stephen King to read at some point) then I will finish this challenge by mid-November 2019.
Just over two years after I started.
That would be pretty good, wouldn’t it?
Pages read: 9,037; Pages/ book: 322.75; Pages/ day: 89
And finally, we come to the meat of the books.
I know many of you think I’m just sitting around reading pamphlet size books.
But you’re wrong, and I don’t appreciate the accusation.
In 102 days I’ve totalled over 9,000 pages and read 89 pages per day.
That’s including days off, of which there has been at least a couple.
My average book stands at over 300 pages.
Obviously page number doesn’t speak to font or page size or anything like that, and if I had the information I would bring you word count.
But I don’t, so let’s just assume each of these pages is the size of a marquee, and the font is size 6.
That’s like this (if not smaller).
I hope you have enjoyed this blog.
Sometimes it’s good to do something different, I think. Who wants to read boring reviews time after time?
Still, next time out, normal service (as much as such a thing exists in this series) will be resumed.
It’ll be another double, and a return to Douglas Adams after only a few blogs.
It’s Dirk Gently 1 and 2.
See you then.