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February Stats

 

New books read this month: 32*

Books from the to-read pile: 12

Ebooks read: 1

NetGalley books read: 10

Library books: 6 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 5

Favourite book this month: Blitzed by Alexa Martin

Most read author: Antony Sher – two of his acting memoirs

Books bought: 14 (7 ebooks, 7 books)

Books read in 2020: 68

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 550

This months list bolstered somewhat by some graphic novels and novellas. Not quite as much progress on the NetGalley backlog as I wanted but hey ho.

Bonus picture: A blue plaque for JM Barrie near Great Ormond Street hospital in London.

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

 

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January Stats

Welcome to the first stats post of 2020 and as is traditional, there’s a slight rejig to this post for the new year.  It’s been a busy month in reading and I want to highlight the best bits as well as go through the numbers.

New books read this month: 36*

Books from the to-read pile: 8

Ebooks read: 1

NetGalley books read: 13

Library books: 14 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 12

Favourite book this month: Headliners by Lucy Parker

Most read author: Jenn McKinlay (two Cupcake Bakery mysteries)

Books bought: 11 books (mostly at the airport or in Cambridge…) and one ebook.

Books read in 2020: 36

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 544

A promising start to the year in reading terms, with the non-fiction trend continuing and a good list of NetGalley books read as I work on reducing my outstanding titles.  Less promising in book buying terms, with a distinct lack of willpower at the airport, and no will power at all in Heffers!  I have started keeping a list of books incoming each month though, to guilt myself into being better!

Bonus picture:

A tempting vista of Heffers, where my willpower was at its weakest!

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

 

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December Stats

It’s the end of the year – so here it is, the bumper end of year stat post. I’m sure there’ll be some tweaks to the format at the end of January, but this is the 2019 format for the very last time:

New books read this month: 37*

Books from the to-read pile: 17

Ebooks read: 8

NetGalley books read: 3

Library books: (all ebooks): 9

Non-fiction books: 8

Most read author in December: Noel Coward – 2 plays read, which feels a bit wrong, but no other repeated authors

Books bought in December: 8 books, 3 books and a couple of preorders for 2020

Books read in 2019: 402!!!

This is my highest ever total, which is somewhat amazing and mind boggling. You can check out my year in books on Goodreads here.

Most read author in 2019: Susan Mallery – I’ve read the entire Fools Gold series this year basically, and all  but one of the Happily Inc series too and some standalones.  It’s been a proper glom.

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 540

And if you’ve somehow missed them, here’s my look back at my favourite new books of the year, my 2019 reading obsessions (which maybe should have included Susan Mallery, but doesn’t!), how my 2018 obsessions fared last year, and my look ahead to exciting new releases in 2020.

Bonus picture: Here’s my completed Beat the To Read Shelf spread from my journal.  I started this in 2018 as a way of making me work my way through the books on the tbr pile.  I find that I hate not finishing something even more than I hate being “forced” to read something.  But the library ebooks meant I fell a little bit behind this year – and had to do almost an entire shelf in the last month and a half of the year, and half a shelf in the last ten days.  I’m dead proud of it now I’m done though!

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

 

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November Stats

New books read this month: 31*

Books from the to-read pile: 9

Ebooks read: 3

NetGalley books read: 4

Library books: (all ebooks): 15

Non-fiction books: 3

Most read author: Susan Mallery – 2 books and 1 novella

Books read in 2019: 364

Books bought:  1 ebook, 1 book.

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf: 535

Nearly managed not to buy any books.  So nearly.

Bonus picture: I was at work this weekend, but here’s Hildegard my parent’s dachshund in the frost

Dachshund in the snow

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

 

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October Stats

New books read this month: 32*

Books from the to-read pile: 14

Ebooks read: 12

NetGalley books read: 5

Library books: 13 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 5

Most read author: Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) two (very long) books, beating out Rainbow Rowell (1 book one graphic novel) and Lumberjanes (three, but shorter and with a varying cast of authors). Yes, I’m getting technical

Books read in 2019: 332

Books bought:  0 ebooks, 3 books.

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf: 539

Another month where all the library holds came in at once. Quite pleased with the breadth of reading though – still plenty of nonfiction and the Christmas reading is underway too!

Bonus picture: a glimpse into my teenage life – part of my cassette collection, rediscovered in the boxes from my parents house. Box full of cassette singles including Hanson, Lighthouse Family, Aqua and Boyzone

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

 

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September Stats

New books read this month: 33*

Books from the to-read pile: 7

Ebooks read: 8

NetGalley books read: 3

Library books: 12 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 12

Most read author: Weird one this month because technically Isak Dineson (two quite short books) or Gosciny and Uderzo (two Asterix cartoons) but actually probably Brian Jay Jones because his Jim Henson biography is the longest book I’ve read this year (600+ pages)

Books read in 2019: 300

Books bought: 1 ebook,  5 books.  I blame the airport

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf: 531(I don’t have copies of all of these!)

A solid month of reading, really helped by having a week’s holiday in there.  This is probably the most non-fiction I’ve ever read in a month and it’s been really good – although I could have done without all my library holds coming in at once so I could space them out more.

Bonus picture: more Rhodes!

A view of the sea from high on a mountain on Rhodes

Bonus bonus picture: possibly the last Pimms of the summer on the South Bank ahead of a concert.

 

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

 

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August Stats

New books read this month: 30*

Books from the to-read pile: 12

Ebooks read: 9

NetGalley books read: 2

Library books: 7 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 3

Most read author: Judith Dale – four Shirley Flight books!

Books read in 2019:  268

Books bought: 7 ebooks, 4 books.  Some backsliding….

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf: 528 (I don’t have copies of all of these!)

Bonus picture: A Freddie Mercury LP at the vintage store that I managed to resist buying…

LP of Mr Bad Guy

 

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