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The Week In Books: August 14 – August 20

As suspected, real life intruded on reading time this week, so not a huge amount read compared to some weeks.  Hey ho, I’m sure it’ll sort itself out in the wash.

Read:

Designer Dirty Laundry by Diane Vallere

The Adventuress by Tasha Alexander

The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Intrigue in Capri by Ashley Weaver

Death Around the Bend by T E Kinsey

Started:

Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett

Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott

Still reading:

The Greedy Queen by Annie Gray

Wise Children by Angela Carter

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

One book and seven ebooks because there were a whole bunch of deals.  Oops.

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Recommendsday: Book clear outs…

Hello! It’s already been a busy week here on the blog – don’t forget to check out my interview with Derek Farrell and my review of his latest book if you haven’t already. Anyway, today I wanted to use my #Recommendsday post not to talk about a book, but to extoll the virtues of having a book clear out every now and then.

As you may have seen in yesterday’s Week in Books, we’re about to have some work done in the house and this means we’re packing up half the house basically (our big downstairs living area and the spare bedroom) to put it into storage while the work is done.  It’s not major building work, just plastering and associated stuff that all goes better if there’s no furniture in the way.  And where are the main places in our house where my books live?  The living room and the spare bedroom of course.  So I’ve taken this opportunity to have what my mum calls a “rationalisation” of the bookshelves and I wanted to share my methodology (if it can be called that) with all of you.  Some things I know I’m keeping, no question – basically the Children’s book collection, the Georgette Heyers and the Peter Wimseys – but for most of the rest of the books, these are the questions I ask myself during a clear out.

So the first and most important questions has to be: will I ever read it again?  Now if a book has made it to one of my keeper shelves, it has done so because I thought when I finished it that I would want to read it again.  But have I? And do I still think that?  If the answer is no, then the book can probably go.  If it’s been 3 years and I haven’t read it again do I really need to keep it?  My downstairs bookshelf tend to be where the frequent rereads are, so if I haven’t read something on that for a while, it’s time to relegate it to upstairs and see if I miss it.  If I don’t miss it, it can probably go next time.

Next up: Am I sentimentally attached to it?  This is the reason why I still have copies of most of my A Level and GCSE texts – they’re filled with my notes and scribbles and they remind me of English classes (and history classes) and how much I enjoyed them.  It’s why I found it so hard to get rid of a book about the Congress of Vienna that I’ve never managed to get past page 50 (of 600) in – because I bought it in a fit of misty nostalgia about my writing my A Level coursework about the Congress just after I finished University.  It’s been unread for a decade – and I’ve only just now put it in the bag for the charity shop and deleted it from my to-read list on Goodreads.

The next question is am I keeping it for completeness or because it’s part of a set? Do I really need to?  I’ve got rid of a few books this time that are by authors that I used to buy everything from but now… less so.  I’ve kept my favourites of theirs – the ones that I do re-read – but I’ve jettisoned the rest.  This is all made easier for me if the author has changed publisher and the books no longer match – because we know how much I like matching sets of books!

And finally, if I changed my mind, how hard would it be to replace this?  Most of the time the answer is that it would be fairly easy.  Occasionally, I’ve already got an ebook copy so that solves the problem.  But if it’s out of print or not available in ebook (or very expensive in ebook) then I might hold on to stuff for a little bit longer.  But there comes a point where you have to let go.

And I’ve let quite a lot go.  I’ve even weeded the to-read pile and got rid of stuff that I know in my heart I’m never going to get around to reading because there’ll always be something “more important”.  I’ve got rid of books by authors that I’ve gone off and don’t buy any more, stuff that I kept to make my bookshelves look cool and least favourite books/series by some authors that I do still like.  My mum’s WI will have a a very well stocked book stall this month, and I’ve still got a bag or two for the charity shop.

The key thing now, is to resist the temptation to keep buying physical books while the to-read pile is away in storage.  I love m kindle, but sometimes I just want a proper book to read.  I’m hoping to solve/mitigate this urge by keeping a small stack from the to-read pile by my bed for when I feel the urge to read actual words printed on a piece of paper…

Cross your fingers for me.

 

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The Week In Books: August 7 – August 13

Slightly rejigged posting schedule this week – if you’re looking for this week’s BotW post, click here to read about Derek Farrell’s Death of a Devil (or here for my interview with him) but normal service will resume tomorrow for Recommendsday.

Anyway, quieter week of reading last week, but I was quite busy in real life (I know, what a pain) and that got in the way.  We’ve got some building work coming up at home, so I fear this week may be quieter too, but I’m telling myself that a bit less reading time is worth it to have the work done at home…

Read:

Death of a Devil by Derek Farrell

Motor Mouth by Janet Evanovich

Blue Flame by Jill Shalvis

One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis

Rescuing Dr McAllister by Sarah Morgan

Started:

The Adventuress by Tasha Alexander

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Still reading:

The Greedy Queen by Annie Gray

Wise Children by Angela Carter

I was really quite well behaved this week – and didn’t buy anything. A miracle has occurred.  And as the books are about to be packed into boxes, I’m hoping I can resist the urge to buy more until I have an actual bookshelf to put them on again.  Of course that doesn’t help with my ebook buying problem, but you know, baby steps!

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The Week In Books: July 31 – August 6

Check it out: I finished one of the long runners this week!  My still reading list is reducing.  It’s the little things you know.  Anyway, a good week of reading, dominated by one author.  And to be honest, I would have bought more Susan Elizabeth Philips to read, if I wasn’t on a ActualBook buying ban (because we’ve got building work due to happen at the house and everything has to be packed up) and more of the Kindle editions were cheaper…

Read:

The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen

Kick by Paula Byrne

Dream a Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Philips

Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Philips

First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Philips

The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf by Nick Bryan

Lord of the Wings by Donna Andrew

Started:

Motor Mouth by Janet Evanovich

Blue Flame by Jill Shalvis

Still reading:

The Greedy Queen by Annie Gray

Wise Children by Angela Carter

Two ebooks bought – First Star I See Tonight as part of the SEP binge and then These Old Shades on ebook because it was only 99p and I wanted to have an e-copy as well as a paper one.  So that doesn’t count really.  And as I’ve already read First Star… that means a net addition to the to-read pile of… zero.  So I’m counting that as a success.

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The Week In Books: July 24 – July 30

Nightshift week and lots of good books read.  You’ll have seen some of them already in my Holiday Reading post too. I started a couple that I didn’t have the brain power to cope with with nightshift brain, but that always happens. But nights are over now and I’m attempting to get my body clock back to some semblance of normal with the help of early nights and more books!

Read:

A Quiet Life in the Country by T E Kinsey

Big Sexy Love by Kirsty Greenwood

Duke With Benefits by Manda Collins

One Kiss in Greece by Kirsty Greenwood

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Philips

Picture Miss Seeton by Heron Carvic

Started:

Wise Children by Angela Carter

The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf by Nick Bryan

The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen

Still reading:

Kick by Paula Byrne

The Greedy Queen by Annie Gray

I’m afraid some impulse purchasing took place on the nightshifts. But I think that’s entirely understandable really.  I mean it’s hard to resist the urge to purchase at 3am…

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The Week In Books: July 17 – July 23

By the time you read this, my nightshifts will be underway.  I’ll probably just be waking up as this is posted – or at least I hope I’ll just be waking up if I’m going to have got enough sleep for me to be able to stay up all night again. This week has been really quite busy – and my brain has been quite frazzled – so there’s a lot of comics and graphic novels on this list.   This may continue next week because of nightshift brain, which as usual, means expect to see a lot of cozy crime and romance on this list next week!

Read:

The Summage Solution by G L Carriger

Simple Irresistable by Jill Shalvis

Reel History: The World According to the Movies by Alex von Tunzelmann

Bitch Planet Vol 2: President Bitch by Kelly Sue DeConnick et al

Rivers of London: Detective Stories 2 by Ben Aaronovitch et al

Bitch Planet Triple Feature 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick et al

Bitch Planet Triple Feature 2 by Che Grayson

Room For Doubt by Nancy Cole Silverman

Started:

A Quiet Life in the Country by T E Kinsey

Still reading:

Kick by Paula Byrne

The Greedy Queen by Annie Gray

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Two ebooks bought – both on deals and part of series that I’m following or want to read more of to work out if I like them or not!

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The Week In Books: July 10 – July 16

Not bad going all in all – and some really good stuff.  I’m going to have trouble picking my Book of the Week tomorrow!

Read:

The Hissing of the Silent Lonely Room by Paul Charles

Jeeves in the Offing by P G Wodehouse

Dead is Good by Jo Perry

Paper Girls Vol 2 by Brian K Vaughan

Killer Party by Lynn Cahoon

Lowcountry Bombshell by Susan M Boyer

The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley

Started:

Room For Doubt by Nancy Cole Silverman

Still reading:

Kick by Paula Byrne

Reel History: The World According to the Movies by Alex von Tunzelmann

The Greedy Queen by Annie Gray

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

A couple of books bought (two secondhand and two Ebooks), but nothing too bad really. I mean not compared to the last few weeks! I did treat myself to a new Kindle though…