Reading Visuals

This year I have noticed that a few themes keep reappearing in my reading. One of the reasons I like to track the books I read is that it’s really interesting to go back and discover things that piqued my interest, subjects I studied, themes that connected my fiction and nonfiction reading.

I thought it would be fun to play around with some visualizations of the books I have read so far this year to see the themes and how they connect. As I explored different visualizations, I discovered Google Charts. I’m not using it the way it was designed (to be connected into a website via Javascript events), but I played around with the Javascript to make a dynamic graph. The one below is a Sankey Chart that connects various topics and themes in the books I’ve read. I gave each link a weight from 1 (low) to 5 (high) based on how well the topic fits the book. The “meh” factor is reserved for books I read and didn’t like.

I have a few other chart ideas in mind — maybe one showing the books by publication date and another that shows average ratings by topic or by book. It will be interesting to see how this looks at the end of the year!

(click on Results to see the graph)

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