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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)

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September Stats

New books read this month: 24*

Books from the to-read pile: 10

Ebooks read: 14

Books from the Library book pile: 0

Non-fiction books: 9

#ReadHarder categories completed: 9

Pop Sugar categories completed: 13

Most read author: Sue Grafton (four books)

Books read this year:  258

Books bought: 3 ebooks, 3 ebooks

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf: 583 (I don’t have copies of all of these!)

This is coming at you a day late because the month started on a Monday, sorry about that.  And it’s probably not a surprise that the monthly total for this month is down, as I’ve moved across to another continent and had a lot to do.  But I also didn’t buy too many books, so the tbr shelf should be a net reduction…

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics (0 this month)

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August Stats

New books read this month: 31*

Books from the to-read pile: 14

Ebooks read: 15

Books from the Library book pile: 1

Non-fiction books: 7

#ReadHarder categories completed: 9

Pop Sugar categories completed: 13

Most read author: Andrew Cartmel (1 book and 1 comic)

Books read this year:  258

Books bought: 7 ebooks, 5 ebooks

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf: 568 (I don’t have copies of all of these!)

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

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July Stats

New books read this month: 30*

Books from the to-read pile: 14

Ebooks read: 21

Books from the Library book pile: 0

Non-fiction books: 4

#ReadHarder categories completed: 8

Pop Sugar categories completed: 12

Most read author: Basil Thomson (the other five Inspector Richardson mysteries)

Books read this year:  226

Books bought:  Too many to count to be honest.  About 20 at the book fair, a couple of others in the charity shop and then about 10 ebooks…

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf: 574 (I don’t have copies of all of these!)

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics (8 this month)

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June Stats

New books read this month:  24*

Books from the to-read pile: 9

Ebooks read: 15

Books from the Library book pile: 0

Non-fiction books: 1

#ReadHarder categories completed: 8

Pop Sugar categories completed: 12

Most read author: Basil Thomson  – three (and a bit) Inpector Richardson mysteries ( runners up Colin Watson with 2 more Flaxborough books and 2 more of Sue Grafton’s Kindey Millhone Books.

Books read this year:  181

Books bought:  1(2 books and 7 ebooks)

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf: 567 (I don’t have copies of all of these!)

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

The pile

The State of the Pile: October 2017 edition

So.  My books have returned home.  So has my sofa and the rest of my furniture so life is looking up.  However, unpacking meant that it was time to face up to things and take stock of the pile.  It’s been a while since we did a state of the Pile post – nearly year in fact, which is when I first started packing up things up for the initial bits of the house renovation work.  Some of it has been in those boxes ever since, while we saved the money to do the next bits, some of it (the stuff in the top box mostly) got read while we we saving and of course more was added to the pile too.  Most of the time I like to ignore the size of the pile and it being in mostly boxes in a corner for 8 months and then out of the house in storage for another two made that very easy.  But you can’t ignore something and pretend it isn’t a problem when you have to unpack it and fit it back into your house.

Plastic storage boxes full of books
Two boxes are the downstairs keeper shelf. Another two and a half are the backlog

We’ve done a bit of a reorganisation too, so that I’m no longer keeping my to-read pile in a little bookshelf by my side of the sofa with the overspill on an increasing number of piles hidden behind my sofa arm.  Instead, I’ve got the formerly-DVD bookcase for them.  And it’s pretty full…

A very full bookshelf
One very full bookshelf containing the pile

Yeah.  That’s an Ikea half-Billy  bookcase double-shelved with unread books. Well except for the top section, which s going to have some CDs in it when we unpack that box.  It’s a little scary how many unread books I’ve got, but I think it’s going to be helpful or them actually to be out in the open.  Why?  Well because I now have a finite amount of space for the unread stuff.  I’ve promised myself – and Him Indoors – that I won’t let the pile get so it won’t fit in this bookcase.  And being on shelves means that I can organise it and get at stuff more easily, which I’m hoping will help stop me from getting in one of my “I have nothing to read” moods and going out and buying more books because I’ve forgotten about some of the really good stuff that’s hidden at the bottom of the furthest pile behind the sofa arm.

So now the nonfiction books are together, the romance books are together, the crime books are together, the literary fiction is together.  Nothing is harder to get to than the back row of a shelf.  If I’ve got more than one book by an author waiting to be read, the first one in the series is on the front shelf so I read it first.

And in unpacking and sorting I’ve found some books that I’d forgotten I had (not a surpise) and realised that I have books waiting to be read that fit some of the #ReadHarder squares that I’m missing – which is *amazing* because we’re in October and I still have a fair few to go (see September Stats for current progress) and only two and a half months to finish it in!

So, now I’ve been reminded of all the good books that I’ve got waiting to be read, lets see if it helps restrain my book buying urge.  It’s going to have to for a few weeks at least – because there’s no space for anything else yet!

I want to hear from you if you’ve got any tips for managing a book backlog and for restraining your bookbuying urges as I’m fairly sure I haven’t seen the last of the restless feeling of not being able to settle down to a book and having nothing to read!