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July Stats

New books read this month: 35*

Books from the to-read pile: 7 (not including the stack of 50 page and out ones!)

Ebooks read: 10

NetGalley books read: 2

Library books: 16 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 2

Most read author: Susan Mallery

Books read in 2019:  238

Books bought: 0 !!!!! (although a preorder did arrive!)

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf: 535 (I don’t have copies of all of these!)

I’ve had a good weed of the physical to-read shelf this month – so the goodreads to-read shelf is also smaller.  It may yet reduce further as the boxes continue to be unpacked…

Bonus picture: a whole box of Armada Chalet School paperbacks and Sadlers Wells books!  Very on brand

paper back Chalet School books

 

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

 

The pile

Moving House

So what I haven’t been talking about on the blog is that alongside all the work and the reading, we’ve also been in the process of buying a new house and selling our current one. It’s all been a bit stressful and not just because I’ve been trying to rationalise the books that are going with me. I can see the most stressful weeks in my reading – lots of romances and mysteries where a resolution is guaranteed and I don’t have to concentrate too hard.

By the time this publishes, we will have the keys to the new place and will be in the midst of trying to unpack the multitude of boxes and reassemble everything.  In the run up to the move I’ve done another rationalisation of the to-read bookshelf – that’s what the 50 pages and out rounds were about – and so my local charity shops have been the beneficiaries of a good stack of books.

And what have I learned through this?  Well firstly I need to think hard about saving books by my favourite authors.  Because my tastes change – and saving books doesn’t always work out for me.  A few of the books that got the boot were books by authors who I have previously loved and that now just didn’t grab me.  Some of them had been sitting on the shelves for a while, waiting for me to decide that I needed to treat myself to a good book.  If I’d read them at the time, I might have enjoyed them and now… not so much.

And I need to be better at knowing what I’m going to read.  There was a lot of literary fiction on that shelf that I’d picked up from the magic shelf at work because it sounded appealing – but that I’d never read because there was always something more amusing – or at the least lighter – to read. and so they just sit their on the shelves waiting for me to get around to it.  And it seems that that day probably isn’t going to happen – I’m going to continue to acquire more books – and books that I’d rather read ahead of the worthy literary fiction.  Why kid myself.

The good thing is that the new house has more space for bookshelves – but it’s also a chance for new resolutions – to be realistic about what I’m going to read and try not to hoard accordingly.  Wish me luck!

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June Stats

New books read this month: 33*

Books from the to-read pile: 5

Ebooks read: 12

NetGalley books read: 4

Library books: 10 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 3

Most read author: Susan Mallery (5 books – all Fools Gold ones)

Books read in 2019:  203

Books bought: 0!!!!!

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

I can’t believe I’ve finally managed a month where I didn’t buy a book! And without realising that I’d done it too.  Amazing.  Thank you baggage tag mix up for keeping me away from the bookshop at Luton airport!

Bonus picture: Aix-en-Provence’s cathedral – from my holiday in the middle of the month.  If there’s an architectural style – from Roman to Gothic – this has got it.

Aix-en-Provence cathedral front

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

 

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May Stats

New books read this month: 29*

Books from the to-read pile: 11

Ebooks read: 5

NetGalley books read: 3

Library books: 10 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 2

Most read author: KJ Charles and Mary Balogh (2 books each)

Books read in 2019:  170

Books bought: 4 ebooks, 3 books and 4 more pre-ordered

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf: 593 (I don’t have copies of all of these!)

Not a bad month’s reading all in.  Slightly under my usual figure, but there were the two non-fiction books in there which required time and brain power, and it’s been a busy month at work too.  I’m hoping for some time off in June and have a reading list all planned!

Bonus picture: Worthing Pier last weekend in some lovely bank holiday weekend sunshine.

Worthing Pier and the beach

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

 

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April Stats

New books read this month: 34*

Books from the to-read pile: 8

Ebooks read: 2

NetGalley books read: 6

Library books: 18 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 3

Most read author:  Beverly Jenkins (8 books – 7 Blessings books and one historical romance)

Books read in 2019:  107

Books bought: 2 ebooks, 2 books

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf: 588 (I don’t have copies of all of these!)

A solid month all things considered, and some wonderful books read.  I seem to have swapped the Susan Mallery binge for a Beverly Jenkins one, although now I’m up to date with the Blessings series that may slow down somewhat!

Bonus picture: Finishing April with a trip to Fiddler on the roof on Tuesday night!

Programme and stage set up of Fiddler on the Roof

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

 

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March Stats

New books read this month: 38*

Books from the to-read pile: 6

Ebooks read: 10

NetGalley books read: 5

Library books: 15 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 6

Most read author: Susan Mallery… again (7 books)

Books read in 2019:  107

Books bought: 6 ebooks, 1 books

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf: 588 (I don’t have copies of all of these!)

Still on the Susan Mallery jag, which is rapidly turning into a contemporary romance binge after Wednesday’s post about diverse romances sent me on a library hold request binge and they all started coming in.  I did try and restrain myself on the book buying front, but…

Bonus Picture: London at sunset on my way to Follies on Thursday!

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

 

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February Stats

New books read this month: 29*

Books from the to-read pile: 4

Ebooks read: 14

NetGalley books read: 5

Library books:  6 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 4

Most read author: Susan Mallery (10 books!)

Books read in 2019:  67

Books bought: 3 ebooks, 4 books

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

As you may be able to tell, I went on a bit of a Susan Mallery jag this month – with a few library loans coming in and a couple of omnibus editions totally enabling my habit of just going straight on to the next book in a series! I also spent some of my birthday book tokens…

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