Media Diary: March 2016

As noted earlier this year, I’m keeping a media diary for 2016. Here is what I track:

  • Film: each first viewing or second viewing
  • Books: each new book completed
  • Television: each new series or season (must watch 3-4 episodes before I can enter it)
  • Music: must give two complete listens to a new album before I can enter it

These are my March findings:

  • In March, I rated 12 films, 2 books, 6 seasons of television, and 6 albums.
  • The average rating (out of 5) is 3.55, which is up from January and February.
  • By medium, TV had the highest rating of 3.92 and books had the lowest of 3.0.
  • The best of the month:
    • Film: Hannah and Her SistersĀ (second viewing)
    • Book: “The Likeness” by Tana French
    • Music: “Golem” by Wand
    • TV: The Americans, Season 4

Compared to January and February, March had fewer ratings (this is because I got married and went on my honeymoon). The interesting thing is how fewer ratings lead to higher overall scores. While my book ratings are consistently low – I need to take a break from detective novels – the others were higher than previous months. I think the implication is that most things I choose are pretty good (i.e. the 3-3.5 range), but that skews higher when I emphasize quality over quantity.

Year to date totals:

  • 36 films, 7 books, 21 seasons of television, and 26 albums
  • Averages by medium:
    • Films: 3.46
    • Books 3.08
    • Music: 3.39
    • TV: 3.67

Now that I’m no longer planning a wedding, I expect that quantity will increase – especially for books and films. While the data suggests this will lower my overall averages, I’m hoping I can boost them by making smarter choices.