1. How many books would you say you read in an average month?I'm afraid I am counting! Thanks to LibraryThing and my tags I was able to pretty accurately count the number of books in the past 17 years that I have read. I found the measures of central tendency and quickly made the graphs to illustrate the number of books I have read per month over this time.
2. In a year?
3. Over the last five years?
4. The last 10?
Willing to overlook the number of romance novels that I never counted and the 24 books that were recorded without any dates, I found that I have read a mean of 3.1 books a month. However the median number of books I have read per month is 2.6, which I feel is more accurate.
The median in this case is probably more accurate because the number of books read per month varies greatly: from a maximum of 6.9 books a month in July to a minimum of 1.7 books a month in November. This variation is accounted for by my academic calendar. I am home all of July. Also, my grandson spends all of July with me. Reading time is important to us and we gobble up those books!
My data for the books I read in a year, five years, or a decade is less accurate. Apparantly I am not as concerned with the time in which I read a book as with the authors and titles. According to my obviously faulty data, I read an average of 37 books a year, 189 books every five years and 183 books every decade. This discrepancy may be due to the poor record-keeping. However, it could also be due to an event in my life which prevented me from reading for large periods of time.
I have always wanted to do an accounting of the number of books I read. Today's questions provided a perfect opportunity for me to indulge my counting compulsion! (This is what math teachers do on long boring vacation days!)
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