books, stats

January Stats

New books read this month: 39*

Books from the to-read pile: 6

Ebooks read: 15

NetGalley books read: 11

Library books: 7 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 1

Most read author: Simon Brett.  NINE Charles Paris mysteries…

Books read in 2019:  39

Books bought: 3 – two books and one ebook!!!!!!

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

Another year, another tweak to the monthly stats post.  This year I’m not doing any reading challenges – after last year I got swamped.  My main reading focus at the moment is getting down the NetGalley backlog and the actual number of physical books waiting to be read so I’ve tweaked the categories appropriately.

The Physical book count is low this month – on account of that holiday and because of the shock I got when I compiled the NetGalley backlog list!

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

Bonus picture: a film crew at work with some very powerful lights on my walk from work to the station last Friday. This is the same house used in Phantom Thread. No idea what they’re up to this time though!

Film crew with powerful lights outside a Georgian town house in Bloomsbury

books, stats

December Stats

New books read this month: 33*

Books from the to-read pile: 7

Ebooks read: 17

Books from the Library book pile: 9 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 3

#ReadHarder categories completed: 15

Pop Sugar categories completed: 25

Most read author: Simon Brett (7 Charles Paris mysteries!)

Books read in 2018:  379

Books bought: 1! only 1!

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf: 566 (I don’t have copies of all of these!)

So, I didn’t do very well with the reading challenges this year – I’m putting that down to the DC trip and being away from the tbr and trying not to buy books.  I’ve got loads of books that fit missing categories, but I just wasn’t around to read them and let things slide.  Hey ho, it was worth it.  I’m going to be more selective about what I do with regards to reading challenges this year.  On the bright side, I did manage to only buy myself one book in December, which is pretty good.  I bought lots of books for other people, but resisted the urge to buy for myself.  Obviously next month there’s going to be a tweaked format to the stats post because there always is at this time of year!

If you missed my end of year look back posts: obsessions, revisiting 2017 obsessions and best books of the year are all behind this post down the feed (or on the links).

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

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November Stats

New books read this month: 36*

Books from the to-read pile: 0 – too busy reading library books

Ebooks read: 20

Books from the Library book pile: 27 (including nine ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 0

#ReadHarder categories completed: 9

Pop Sugar categories completed: 13

Most read author: Cat Sebastian (four books)

Books read this year:  346

Books bought: 3 ebooks, 3 ebooks

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf: 566 (I don’t have copies of all of these!)

Three books bought, two ebooks pre-ordered as I burned a streak through the library book pile and panicked about whether I would have space in my suitcase for all the books I had bought (Hint: I didn’t, and nearly had to jettison a couple of unread ones at the airport)

This is a day late because I only landed back in the UK on the morning of the 1st and my brain couldn’t cope with counting.  Sorry.

Bonus picture: the Reading Room at the Library of Congress on Thursday.

The reading room at the Library of Congress

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

The pile

The Pile: July 2015 update

So. It’s been 11 months since I did an update on the to-read pile. Which is shocking to be frank, because the whole point of this blog when I started was to try to get me to get a grip on the pile and bring it down.  While time has got away from me somewhat, I’ve also been a bit embarrassed that the pile hasn’t really shrunk.  There’s been turn over, don’t get me wrong, but it’s still huge.

The top layer of one of the boxes

But last week I had to pack it all away so that the men could come and replace our windows.  I took the opportunity to have a bit of a weed of the pile – getting rid of books that have been sitting on the pile for ages that I know deep down I won’t get around to and sending them on to the charity shop.  Despite this, the books that I’m waiting to read still took up the vast majority of two 65 litre crates.  Oops.

The book crates
Yes, that really is two 65 litre crates full of books waiting to be read….

Now the windows are done and the post-window cleaning is done (mostly) I’ve unpacked.  I’ve reprioritised the pile – the 40 books that I want to read next (or think I’m likely to read next) are now on the bookshelf next to me, along with the little stack of books I’ve borrowed from people – to remind me to read them.  Then next to the bookshelf is the pile of books that I’ve been sent to review for Novelicious and then next to that are the complicated series of piles that make up the rest of the to-read pile.

to-read bookshelf
The reassembled to-read bookshelf – whith the stuff I think I’ll read first.

I didn’t count how many there are waiting to be read, beyond what’s on the actual shelves, but I think as well as the shelves there’s probably another 50ish hidden out of sight of The Boy.  I’ve been better at not buying books recently – although I’m still on the Janet Evanovich jag and I’ve just discovered Ben Aaronovitch as well which I suspect may not help on the purchase restraint front.  Here’s hoping I can restrain myself a bit and get the pile down to manageable proportions soon!