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May Stats

Books read this month: 33*

New books: 20

Re-reads: 13 (5 audiobooks, 8 books)

Books from the to-read pile: 5

NetGalley books read: 9

Kindle Unlimited read: 4

Ebooks: 7

Library books: 2 (all ebooks)

Audiobooks: 6

Non-fiction books: 2

Favourite book this month: hard to chose this month – because there were a bunch of 5 star books – but I’m going to go with The Young Pretenders.

Most read author: Elizabeth Peters – 5 Vicky Bliss novels on the reread and an Amelia Peabody audiobook!

Books bought: 3 books at the work book sale, 1 book ordered online, 1 pre-order, 1 ebook. Considering the number of books in the Books Incoming post a few weeks back, this surprised me. But when I checked, it was right – three from the book sale, three pre-orders that already got counted in previous months, the Young Pretenders which arrived April after the Books Incoming post (and was a Persephone subscription book anyway so not bought by me) and the Bonnie Garmus which I ordered in April but arrived in May. So that really does just leave the Jenn McKinlay Book Lovers mystery!

Books read in 2022: 166

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 660 – this number never really goes down, but it has gone up by a lot this month because there’s been a bunch of series with new books announced or where I hadn’t added the unread ones to the list, but I also updated it to add some stuff from the to read shelf that wasn’t on there and my new acquisitions…

I’ve been more than usually chatty in this post already, but it really was a good month of reading in May. I read a lot of new releases, and I think I have less books in the NetGalley backlog than I did at the start of the month, even if I didn’t read all the May releases. I’ve managed to be restrained with my requesting for June, so if I can control my virulent re-reading urges, I should be able to reduce the list further in June. Speaking of re-reading, I’ve really enjoyed revisiting the Vicky Bliss books – I think you can expect a Series I Love post soon – and I’ve carried on with the Phryne Fisher re-read too. I’m going to need to try and actually go to the library in June too – as my library card has expired, so if I don’t, the library book list is about to dry up! And I read a fair few actual books in May – but I’m still behind on my goal for that for the year, so a big effort coming in June to try and catch up. All I need to do is get the hammock out and into the garden ready for summer reading now…

Bonus picture: a month in Wisteria. How could I resist doing a mash up when I’ve enjoyed watching it happen so much on my walks from Euston to the office!

*Usually includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels, but for the second month in a row it doesn’t!

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April Stats

Books read this month: 30*

New books: 14

Re-reads: 16 (9 audiobooks, 7 books)

Books from the to-read pile: 6

NetGalley books read: 4

Kindle Unlimited read: 1

Ebooks: 5

Library books: 5 (all ebooks)

Audiobooks: 9

Non-fiction books: 3

Favourite book this month: Amongst Our Weapons by Ben Aaronovitch

Most read author: Ngaio Marsh – six audiobooks

Books bought: about ten, fairly evenly split between preorders and already out.

Books read in 2022: 133

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 633

Another binge-y month to be honest. Whether it was the Roderick Alleyn audiobooks or the continuing Sookie Stackhouse reread or the Phryne Fisher binge, the rereads outnumbered the new books and I’m actually ok about that! We’ll see what happens in May…

Bonus picture: I pass this house on my walk to the office and last week it was in bloom and looking lovely. My dad would tell me that the wisteria is probably undermining the foundations, but it looks so pretty. The rubbish on the street, less so obviously.

*Usually includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels, but for once it doesn’t this month!

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March Stats

Books read this month: 40*

New books: 28

Re-reads: 12 (7 audiobooks, 5 books)

Books from the to-read pile: 5

NetGalley books read: 8

Kindle Unlimited read: 0

Ebooks: 11

Library books: 9 (all ebooks)

Audiobooks: 7

Non-fiction books: 3

Favourite book this month:

Most read author: Jodi Taylor – 3 books plus 6 novellas/shorts, all in the Chronicles of St Marys series.

Books bought: 8

Books read in 2022: 104

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 632

Quite a binge-y month – not just with the Jodi Taylor but also three more Sookie Stackhouses finished. I am quite pleased with the number of Netgalley books I’ve got through – I was doing better before the covid hit me because after that there were a few I was meaning to read that I just couldn’t get my head working well enough to cope with.

Bonus picture: running two books behind on the year so far…

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

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February Stats

Books read this month: 29*

New books: 18

Re-reads: 11 (8 audiobooks, 3 books)

Books from the to-read pile: 8

NetGalley books read: 4

Kindle Unlimited read: 2

Ebooks: 6

Library books: 1 (all ebooks)

Audiobooks: 8

Non-fiction books: 1

Favourite book this month: Playing for Love or Well Matched

Most read author: Charlaine Harris – 3 Sookie Stackhouse novels and the short story collection

Books bought: 13 including pre-orders

Books read in 2022: 62

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 632

A fairly steady month, dominated again by re-reads I think.

Bonus picture: Map update!

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

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January Stats

Books read this month: 33*

New books: 22

Re-reads: 11

Books from the to-read pile: 6

NetGalley books read: 7

Kindle Unlimited read: 3

Ebooks: 5

Library books: 1 (all ebooks)

Audiobooks: 11

Non-fiction books: 3

Favourite book this month: Hard to pick, but I might chose Donna Andrews’ The Twelve Jays of Christmas, which is one I haven’t even written about – but this year’s Christmas Meg Langslow was really quite fun

Most read author: I mean it feels like Dorothy L Sayers (again) because I’ve done 6 Wimsey audiobooks this month.

Books bought: about half a dozen, but a bunch of pre-orders arrived as well

Books read in 2022: 33

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 626

A satisfactory start to the month – even though if you took away the audiobooks, the situation would be really quite different – but that’s because I’ve been reading some loooooong books!

Bonus picture: so it looks like I’m doing this again then – if I’ve printed a map and stuck it in the journal it must be happening right? Although my fixative isn’t working as well this year so the colouring in isn’t going as well as I wanted.

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

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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)