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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)

 

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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)