Man vs Bookshelf

Man vs Bookshelf: One year, three weeks and Simon Pegg

This entry is part 76 of 104 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

A long time ago, in this galaxy, I spent a review looking at my Man vs Bookshelf stats over the first 100 days.

Well, 102 days, to be exact and, at the time, I thought, I should do this again when I get to a year.

A grand idea, and one I intend to stick to – almost.

As it turned out, the end of week 52 came halfway through my run of Harlen Coben books, and by the time I finished those I was halfway through week 55.

I decided, therefore, that I would complete week 55 with Simon Pegg’s autobiography and use this blog to do the stats update.

But first, a word on Simon Pegg.

Two questions.

First, are you interested in Simon Pegg?

Second, do you like reading autobiographies of the people who interest you?

If the answer to both of these questions is yes, then you should buy and read Simon Pegg’s autobiography.

Well, stands to reason, doesn’t it?

As a matter of fact, if you came over all funny and decided you were going to read the autobiography of someone you hadn’t before been interested in, I would still read this one.

It’s well written. It’s funny throughout. I believe it would be an enjoyable read, even if you didn’t know who Simon Pegg was.

But you should. He’s one of the funniest and most talented people our nation (the “United” Kingdom) has to offer right now.

Maybe read the book as research, eh?

Then we’ll talk.

In the meantime – let’s get onto the stats.

Man vs Bookshelf: The first year (and change)

Okay, so let’s check out the stats in their basic form, below, including both the 102 days and 55 week numbers, then I’ll talk about them a bit.

CategoryThe numbers (102 days)The numbers (55 weeks)
Days into challenge102382
Books read28122
Benchmark days196854
Days taken102382
Days remaining13721092
Original predicted end20/10/202120/10/2021
Current Predicted end21/07/202110/08/2020
Days/ Book3.643.13
Predicted end based on current read rate15/11/201931/07/2019
Pages read9,03743,161
Pages per book322.75353.78
Pages per day89114

Days into challenge: 102

First off, congratulations, again.

Thank you! Again!

Last time out I said I had never committed to anything for this long of a time and I suppose that can only be more true now. 

Girlfriend not withstanding. 

I also spoke at the time of how I had started and quit plenty of challenges but was still loving this one, and couldn’t see that changing any time soon.


No, it’s not that I’m unhappy with the challenge. It’s just hard. So very hard to keep ploughing out these reviews. 

But hey, that’s the challenge, isn’t it?

I’m well over halfway now, and I’ve no intention of stopping.

Books read: 122

It’s genuinely mad to think that, when I started this challenge, I changed my mind at the last minute as to which books I was going to begin with. 

I had Lisey’s story all lined up but then I decided it was too long. I was sure it would take me longer than 7 days to read and I would be off to a horrible start. 

See, I had given myself 210 weeks to read 210 books and, with some of the monster volumes I had coming, I was convinced I would be unable to keep to one book a week. Or if I could, it would be a struggle. 

Now look at me, I’ve read 122 books in my first year, and it just goes to show, if you put your mind to it, you can do anything that involves you lying in bed and refusing to help with the housework. 

Benchmark Days: 854; Days taken: 382; Difference: 472

To put into context what reading 122 books in a year means – it kind of looks like the above. 

I predicted it would take me a whopping 854 days to read 122 books (That’s more than 1,000 days!) but in actual fact I’ve done it in (well, okay slightly more than) a year.

Even more impressive is the difference between the days I’ve taken and the benchmark is now even longer than the amount of time I’ve been reading for, and stands at the well over a year figure of 472 days. 

Days Remaining: 1092/1470; Original Predicted End: 20/10/2021; Current Predicated End: 10/08/2020

In the first 102 days, I managed to move the predicted finish date by three months.

By the end of week 55 we have moved it a mad 14 months!

And that’s if it takes me 7 days per book for the rest of the challenge.


Days/ Book: 3.13; Predicted end based on current read rate: 31/07/2019

At 102 days I was reading an average of a book every 3.64, which was just under two a week. 

Since then, I had a dip, reading just one book a week between weeks 23-27.

After that, I came back strong, 

In the 27 weeks since then, I’ve had four 4-book weeks, seven 3-book weeks, 16 2-books weeks and no 1-book weeks 

Overall this has brought my overall books per week to 3.13, just over two books a week. 

That’s incredible, and if I can keep it up, I’ll finish this challenge 31st July 2019. Less than a year away and, incidentally, one day before my birthday. 

Pretty sweet.

Pages read: 43,161; Pages/ book: 353.78; Pages/ day: 114

It’s staggering to look back and see I’ve read an incredible 43,161 pages since starting this challenge just over a year ago. 

It means an average 114 pages per day, well up on the 89 pages a day I was churning through up today 102, and I’ve needed to read more, given my average pages per book has shot up – not sitting at 353.78 over the entire challenge. 

Over the last 44 books I have only read less than 100 pages per day for four books. 

For ten of those books, I managed an average of over 200 pages a day. 


The last stats

I think I will review the stats of this challenge one last time, and that will be once I’m done as a round up. 

So, look forward to that. 

Next Up

Next time, I’ll be reviewing an indie published comedy book called The Perpeptual Astonishment of Jonathan Fairfax. 

See you then.  

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International worst-selling author Mark Ayre has been writing since before he could pick up a pen (somehow). An author of mystery and suspense novels including the James Perry Series of mysteries.

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