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December Stats

New books read this month: 38*

Books from the to-read pile: 13

Ebooks read: 10

NetGalley books read: 2

Library books: 13 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 6

Favourite book this month: In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren and The Gift of the Magpie by Donna Andrews

Most read author: hard to tell because I spent most of the month reading books for my missing US states and I had a no repeats rule and the only author with more than one book on the list was Rainbow Rowell (a novella for Nebraska and a novella in a fairytale retellings series) and neither were long. On pages probably Nora Roberts because Black Hills was loooooooong

Books bought: still not counting

Books read in 2020: 393

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 589

So here we are. The end of another year. My books total is ever so slightly down on last year (393 to 402) which considering I didn’t have my usual summer holiday sunlounger reading time (and I’ve been commuting around 50% less since March) is actually quite impressive. As usual I’ll probably tweak the format of my stats when I get to the end of January, but I haven’t figured out how yet, so that can be a suprise in a month’s time. And  I’ve got a few more look back/lookahead posts coming, but in the meantime, Happy New Year and may 2021 be a better year.

Bonus picture: Here’s the view from our attic at midnight, as seemingly people all over town unloaded a tonne of fireworks into the sky to celebrate the end of 2020.

Fireworks seen from roof height

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels (4 this month)

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November Stats

New books read this month: 35*

Books from the to-read pile: 5

Ebooks read: 16

NetGalley books read: 4

Library books: 10

Non-fiction books: 4

Favourite book this month: Life, Death and Cellos by Isabel Rogers (and the sequel Bold as Brass!)

Most read author: Barbara Ross – six books in the Maine Clambake series!

Books bought: still not counting

Books read in 2020: 353

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 581

Bonus picture: Central London during lockdown – this was lunchtime on Sunday the 15th, which would usually have been shopper central.

View down Oxford Street to Oxford Circus

Bonus picture 2 – the read across the US map – will I manage 10 states in the next month? I feel like it may be a bridge too far…

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels (4 this month)

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October Stats

New books read this month: 31*

Books from the to-read pile: 7

Ebooks read: 8

NetGalley books read: 9

Library books: 7

Non-fiction books: 8

Favourite book this month: Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas or Team of Five by Kate Andersen Brower

Most read author: Raina Telgemaier by numbers (three graphic novels) but Jennifer Crusie by length

Books bought: still not counting

Books read in 2020: 329

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 577

A strong month for me in reading in the end, even if parts of it were truly awful in my normal life. I very nearly met my (self-imposed) NetGalley target of 10 and I’ve resisted the urge to request more stuff from there, so my November list is nice and short and achievable and should allow me to work towards meeting my end of year goals.

Bonus picture: Speaking of end of year goals, here’s the latest progress on the 50 states challenge

Map of the US with 37 states coloured in

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels (4 this month)

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September Stats

New books read this month: 30*

Books from the to-read pile: 6

Ebooks read: 9

NetGalley books read: 5

Library books: 10 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 4

Favourite book this month: Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Most read author: Catherine Bybee (all three of the Most Likely too Trilogy

Books bought: still not counting

Books read in 2020: 287

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 579

So I started strongly on the NetGalley front – and then petered out when a bunch of library holds came in and library loans started to come due. But two of the ebooks were advance copies from authors (but not via NetGalley) so they sort of count right?! And the physical pile isn’t getting much smaller either. So for October, I need to focus on reading books I already own, rather than getting distracted by Kindle Unlimited and the library…

Bonus picture: Another picture from my staycation at the start of the month – this was in Skipton.

Lake surrounded by trees

Includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels (3 this month)

 

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August Stats

New books read this month: 34*

Books from the to-read pile: 10

Ebooks read: 8

NetGalley books read: 7

Audiobooks: 1

Library books: 8 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 4

Favourite book this month: V for Victory or the latest Vinyl Detective novel

Most read author: George Bellairs – 4 more Inspector Littlejohn mysteries

Books bought: still not counting

Books read in 2020: 256

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 578

So the summer holidays are over and the schools are going back, and I’m actually fairly pleased with what I read last month. I didn’t quite manage as many NetGalley books as I wanted, but I have a couple that I’m nearly finished, so I’m going to keep that momentum going forward in September. I need to keep working at the actual physical book pile too because although I’m not counting, I can see the books arriving…

Bonus picture: I finally got halfway through my bookshelf tracker this month, only 6 weeks behind schedule to fill it up before the end of the year. Wish me luck everyone…

Drawing of a bookshelf with books on half the shelves coloured in

Includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels (4 this month)

 

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July Stats

New books read this month: 31*

Books from the to-read pile: 1

Ebooks read: 15

NetGalley books read: 5

Library books: 10 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 4

Favourite book this month: Here for It or Chiffon Trenches

Most read author: George Bellairs with a total binge – 7 books, all Inspector Littlejohn

Books bought: still not counting

Books read in 2020: 222

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 579

I’m glad to see the back of July. I mean really, it’s not been great. I’ve struggled with reading and thank goodness for Kindle Unlimited enabling the Littlejohn binge which has helped get me through. May August be better. Please. Pretty please.

Bonus picture: Sunny July days were about the best bits of the month tbh, so that’s what I’ve gone for for the bonus picture. I’m aware this is quite mundane, but it’s not like I’ve been anywhere exciting or glamourous this month…

Sunny day in the park

Includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels (4 this month)

 

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June Stats

New books read this month: 30*

Books from the to-read pile: 1

Ebooks read: 8

NetGalley books read: 7

Library books: 14 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 6

Favourite book this month: Really hard to chose between the Talia Hibbert novels and The Vanishing Half

Most read author: Talia Hibbert – two full length novels

Books bought: still not counting

Books read in 2020: 191

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 584

As I mentioned over and over in my June posts, I was trying to focus my reading on books by non-white authors. And it turns out that although I had a lot of options in my unread books, most of them were ebooks, so the physical to-read pile has not diminished that much last month. I’m going to try and boost the number of actual books read this month.

Bonus picture: I may have impulsively decided to try and read a book set in every US state, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico before the end of the year. And as it’s made it into my journal, I’m going to have to do it now! I’ve been back through my reading so far this year since I drew this and I have around 20 ticked off already. Go me.

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

 

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May Stats

New books read this month: 32*

Books from the to-read pile: 7

Ebooks read: 8

NetGalley books read: 6

Library books: 11 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 6

Favourite book this month: Reticence by Gail Carriger for finishing the series off brilliantly, but as a standalone book, Bad Blood

Most read author: Donna Andrews – two books

Books bought: not counting

Books read in 2020: 161

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 570

If we were living in the old normal, this would have been a fairly regular looking month if you just looked at the figures, but of course we’re still in this strange new world and there were definite peaks and troughs in my reading mood and experience. As we had towards the midpoint in the year, I’m behind schedule with my efforts to work my way through the to-read bookshelf and with my attempts to catch up with my NetGalley backlog. I’m trying not to beat myself up about it, because a lot of now is about being kinds to yourself, but I am going to try and focus my efforts a little bit more in June to see what I can do. In blog terms May was another busy month – there’s a list of all the posts I’ve made in yesterday’s mini reviews – I don’t know what has brought on this surge of creativity, or how long it’s going to last, but hey, it’s been two months now so that’s something right?!

Bonus picture: A fairly typical view from the hammock, where a lot of the reading of books from the tbr shelf has happened this month. I suspect I should probably be doig something to make that hedge in a better shape, but I have no idea about gardening and my parents haven’t been allowed over to supervise me and tell me what to do

the edge of a hammock and a hedge

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels (3 this month)

 

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April Stats

New books read this month: 32*

Books from the to-read pile: 5

Ebooks read: 12

NetGalley books read: 9

Library books: 6 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 6

Favourite book this month: False Value by Ben Aaronovitch or Dead Famous by Greg Jenner, I can’t decide!

Most read author: George Bellairs – four books

Books bought: still not counting. There are bigger problems to worry about

Books read in 2020: 129

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 561

As we all settle into the New Normal, things are starting to get a bit back to normal. I’m actually surprised at how much non-fiction I read this month, because in my head I was reading nothing but crime and romance. Turns out my head was wrong! Anyway, actually not a bad mix of stuff – across library books, actual books and genres!

Bonus picture: My hammock reading set up from last weekend when the weather was glorious…

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels (3 this month)

 

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March Stats

New books read this month: 30*

Books from the to-read pile: 6

Ebooks read: 14

NetGalley books read: 5

Library books: 5 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 4

Favourite book this month: Legendary Children by Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez

Most read author: Beth Byers – a massive glom as you saw on last week’s reading list

Books bought: not counting. There are bigger problems to worry about

Books read in 2020: 97

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 569

It feels like the world has changed completely since I posted this last month. My Bonus picture for February was a blue plaque for JM Barrie near Great Ormond Street hospital in London, that I took during an early evening wander to the theatre. Now the theatres are shut, and we’re not meant to be out wandering at all. And that revolution has affected my reading too. I’ve been stressed and lethargic and also incredibly busy all month.

Bonus picture: spring bulbs in my garden. Because it’s the simple things at the moment isn’t it?

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels (1 this month)