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December Stats

Books read this month: 33*

New books: 32

Re-reads: 1

Books from the to-read pile: 9

NetGalley books read: 1

Kindle Unlimited read: 12

Ebooks: 9

Library books: 2 (all ebooks)

Audiobooks: 0 (again none that I haven’t already counted this year once!)

Non-fiction books: 3

Favourite book this month: Tricky, because a lot of the month was taken up with finishing the 50 states challenge, and some of the final entrants were… disappointing. Probably the Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym, which I started ages ago, but finally finished in the last week of the year.

Most read author: Tricky to work out because of novellas this month. Probably Dorothy L Sayers in truth because of the audiobooks, but in paper the most pages probably goes to Laurie R King as I think the latest Mary Russell is the longest book I actually read this month, and I started another in the series too.

Books bought: About a dozen, including a few pre orders for 2021 but also a number of Christmas short stories.

Books read in 2021: 390

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 625

The end of another year. And it’s been a strange one hasn’t it. It’s a sign of the endless nature of the pandemic that I only just realised that I’ve had the wrong year against the total books in this post all year! As a month, December has been a weird one, for reasons that I’ve already been into above and also in my Goodbye 2021 post. I’m already thinking about how I handle the stats posts in 2022, as the block editor on WordPress makes lists a nightmare – unless there’s a hack I haven’t discovered yet, which is always a possibility. Anyway, Happy New Year everyone, and may 2022 be a better one.

Bonus picture: a screen grab from my Goodreads end of year stats. I’m actually fairly pleased with that. And if you want to follow me over on Goodreads, then you can find me here.

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels (8 this month)

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November Stats

Books read this month: 31*

New books: 31

Re-reads: 0 (or at least not any I haven’t already counted once here this year!)

Books from the to-read pile: 4

NetGalley books read: 4

Kindle Unlimited read: 12

Ebooks: 6

Library books: 4 (all ebooks)

Audiobooks: 0 (again none that I haven’t already counted this year once!)

Non-fiction books:

Favourite book this month:

Most read author: Still Simon Brett (three more books in the Fetherings binge) although also two Barbara Ross books and two Lyssa Kay Adams books too.

Books bought: Not counting. I refuse. A couple on the way to the holiday and a few more in a flurry to try and finish Read the USA 2021…

Books read in 2021: 356

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 616

Ok one month to go before the end of the year and I am very behind on my read the USA challenge for the year, so I’m thinking that the next month will be all about that. But as for November, it was a mix of holiday reading, further Fetherings binging and for one I finished my NetGalley books for the month. Probably because the list was a short one this month!

Bonus picture: how could I resist using another holiday picture. Exactly. I couldn’t.

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels ( this month)

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October Stats

Books read this month: 28*

New books: 28

Re-reads: 0 (or at least not any I haven’t already counted once here this year!)

Books from the to-read pile: 5

NetGalley books read: 6

Kindle Unlimited read: 5

Ebooks: 10

Library books: 2 (all ebooks)

Audiobooks: 0 (again none that I haven’t already counted this year once!)

Non-fiction books: 3

Favourite book this month: i actually can’t decide between my books of the week this month. It’s been a close one.

Most read author: Simon Brett – what with the Fetherings binge…

Books bought: ummmmm. I don’t think I’m going to count. About a dozen.

Books read in 2021: 325

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 610

I mean I think that eighteen months into this current situation, my brain is about fried for concentration as well as life being really quite busy and stressful. And you can see it in what I’m reading and how much of it. Gosh I miss the beforetimes.

Bonus picture: my orchid, in flower. A hopeful sign.

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels (6 this month)

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September Stats

Books read this month: 30*

New books: 26

Re-reads: 4 (3 audiobooks)

Books from the to-read pile: 3

NetGalley books read: 6

Kindle Unlimited read: 9

Ebooks: 5

Library books: 3 (all ebooks)

Audiobooks: 3

Non-fiction books: 3

Favourite book this month: Traitor King I think

Most read author: George Bellairs… again!

Books bought: 5 ebooks, 3 real books

Books read in 2021: 296

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 611

A fairly steady month in reading. I’ve fallen behind on adding reviews to my goodreads so my first target for October is to catch up with that. And my next is to try and read some more books from the to read shelf. I’ve done quite well on the NetGalley front this month, so I want to keep that going, but also try and make some progress towards getting that bookcase spread in my journal filled up…

Is my bonus picture another one from my holiday? Why yes. And I’m not sorry about it. It’s the most exciting thing I’ve done in months!

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels (7 this month)

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August Stats

Books read this month: 30*

New books: 26

Re-reads: 4 (3 audiobooks)

Books from the to-read pile: 2

NetGalley books read: 3

Kindle Unlimited read: 18 (!)

Ebooks: 24

Library books: 2 (all ebooks)

Audiobooks: 3

Non-fiction books: 8

Favourite book this month: If we’re not including Gaudy Night which I read once and listened to on audio twice in August, then it’s Battle Royal

Most read author: George Bellairs -an astonishing 7 Inspector Littlejohn books, because when I make something I can colour in I really commit.

Books bought: 5, of which 3 were preorders

Books read in 2021: 265

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 608

So basically this was the month of murder mysteries, and also one where I want a massive binge of one series. Oh and the (latest) Amelia Peabody re-read is still going, even as I’m still trying to hunt down the Barbara Rosenblatt versions of the final few books in audio, which seem to be impossible to come by in the UK. Very frustrating.

Bonus photo is the updated Littlejohn list after this month’s binge!

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels (7 this month – six Mindy Kaling essays and the Gordon Corera Kindle single)

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July Stats

Books read this month: 26*

New books: 21

Re-reads: 5 (all audiobooks)

Books from the to-read pile: 3

NetGalley books read: 6

Kindle Unlimited read: 3

Ebooks: 5

Library books: 4 (all ebooks)

Audiobooks: 5

Non-fiction books: 5

Favourite book this month: Bring Your Baggage and Don’t Pack Light by Helen Ellis

Most read author: Ngaio Marsh – four audiobooks

Books bought: 5

Books read in 2021: 202

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 604

Bonus picture: Little Sister is back from China and released from isolation, so we had “Christmas dinner” on Saturday – featuring a flaming pudding, with a background of photos and drawings of baby me…

A flaming Christmas pudding

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels (2 this month)

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June Stats

Books read this month: 32*

New books: 28

Re-reads: 4 (all audiobooks)

Books from the to-read pile: 5

NetGalley books read: 9

Kindle Unlimited read: 3

Ebooks: 5

Library books: 6 (all ebooks)

Audiobooks: 4

Non-fiction books: 3

Favourite book this month: Tough – because I liked a lot of books this month – a lot of which I haven’t told you about yet-  but maybe The Feast or Malibu Rising or Summer Seekers.

Most read author: Dorothy L Sayers – two audiobooks

Books bought: Eight, plus a few more preorders, and a few preorders arriving too.

Books read in 2021: 202

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 604

A really quite summery month in reading – which fitted some of the weather. I liked a lot of it too, so more coming up on some of the books that I’ve read in the next couple of weeks. May July bring more of the same

Bonus picture: summer tree cover in the park. Sadly no blue sky above them…

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels (2 this month)

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May Stats

Books read this month: 35*

New books: 29

Re-reads: 6 (all audiobooks)

Books from the to-read pile: 8

NetGalley books read: 5

Kindle Unlimited read: 4

Ebooks: 4

Library books: 8 (all ebooks)

Audiobooks: 6

Non-fiction books: 4

Favourite book this month: Early Morning Riser or Love at First

Most read author: Fairly tight between Laurie R King (Two full length novels and a novella finished and a third novel started), Georgette Heyer (three audiobooks) and Elizabeth Peters (two audiobooks, but they’re longer than the Heyers are!)

Books bought: 16, I think, but really I’m still not really counting. I’m just being nice to myself.

Books read in 2021: 169

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 604

The Georgette Heyer audiobook quest continues, and the Amelia Peabody fixation continues. As mentioned several times this week already, I’m still not good with books that aren’t in a genre where I know it’s going to work out in the end, so rereading old favourites makes total sense. And I only count the ones I’ve reread from cover to cover, not the ones where I just pick them up and dip into my favourite bits.

Bonus picture: Some flowers from my garden, in a border that definitely needs weeding…

Purple and pink flowers in a messy border that needs weeding.

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels (6 this month)

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April Stats

Books read this month: 32*

New books: 37

Re-reads: 5

Books from the to-read pile: 8

NetGalley books read: 4

Kindle Unlimited read: 1

Ebooks: 6

Library books: 8 (all ebooks)

Audiobooks: 5

Non-fiction books: 4

Favourite book this month: Dial A for Aunties by Jessie Q Sutanto

Most read author: Georgette Heyer with a bunch of audiobooks or Rosie Danan with two new reads

Books bought: about 9

Books read in 2021: 134

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 602

A fairly steady month in reading in the end – Irritatingly the Duncan MacMaster Fahrenheit Zine isn’t in goodreads – even though the Jo Perry equivalent was, so I’m going to have to figure out a way of counting that in future months when I’ve forgotten it’s not in the raw goodreads count. Wish me luck with that! Probably not as much progress on the NetGalley list as I should have, but there’s been a lot going on in the world and my brain has been a little fried. Here’s hoping May is better.

Bonus picture: Some bluebells in the woods the other weekend.

Bluebells in a wood

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels (5 this month)

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March Stats

Books read this month: 34*

New books: 31

Re-reads: 3

Books from the to-read pile: 6

NetGalley books read: 3

Kindle Unlimited read: 10

Ebooks: 1

Library books: 11 (all ebooks)

Audiobooks: 3

Non-fiction books: 1

Favourite book this month: Act Your Age, Eve Brown

Most read author: Probably Georgette Heyer – as two of the audiobooks were rereads of her and I think they’re longer than the two Nisha Sharma books I read

Books bought: 9 I think

Books read in 2021: 100

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 601

I’m not even sure I have anything witty or interesting to say this month – all I’ve done is read, run around the park and work… and that’s been the story of the last year!

Bonus picture: some blossom in the park in the early morning sunshine on the 31st

Blossoms on a tree and sky

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels (9 this month)