Friday, September 30, 2016

Book Plan Update - September

Continuing in 2016 to make inroads on the books I own (un-read) and not buy too many new ones. Progress to date:
  1. January: books removed from list: 7,  books added: 2; net result -5
  2. February: books removed from list: 4, books added: 0; net result -4 (total YTD: -9)
  3. March: books removed from list: 8, books added:8; net result 0 (total YTD: -9)
  4. April: books removed from list: 6, books added: 0; net result -6 (total YTD: -15)
  5. May: books removed from list: 6, books added: 4; net result -2 (total YTD: -17)
  6. June: books removed from list: 3, books added: 0; net result -3 (total YTD: -20)
  7. July: books removed from list: 4; books added: 8; net result +4 (total YTD: -16)
  8. August: books removed from list: 2; books added: 0; net result -2 (total YTD: -18)
In September:
  • I read three books from my list (My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins)
  • I re-read one book I already own (Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L Sayers
  • I read one library book (Cress by Marissa Meyer)
September's tally is therefore...
books read: 5
books removed from list:  3 books added: 0 ; net result -3
[Goal (no more than 1 book added to the list for every two books removed)  achieved/exceeded this month.]

Here's the updated list of Books to Read in 2016.  There were 55 books at the beginning of January, and now there are 34 - of those, only 4 are left from before 2015. [Books with an asterisk]. 
  1. Susan Barker, The Incantations (charity shop, July 2016)
  2. Philip Baruth, The Brothers Boswell (Waterstones Canterbury bargain bin, July 2015)
  3. Rachel Caine, Ink and Bone (Waterstones Piccadilly, July 2016)
  4. Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead (AbeBooks, October 2015)
  5. Wilkie Collins, The Haunted Hotel (birthday present, November 2015)
  6. Arthur Conan Doyle, Adventure of Sherlock Holmes (World of Books, October 2015)
  7. Jean-Paul Didierlaurente, The Reader on the 6.27 (Waterstones Piccadilly, March 2016)
  8. Anthony Doerr, About Grace (Waterstones Piccadilly, July 2016)
  9. Carol Ann Duffy, Faery Tales (charity shop, July 2016)
  10. Ford Maddox Ford, Parade's End (Nov 2012 - birthday present - bought after the BBC adaptation - but I knew I wouldn't read it straight away as I wanted to let time pass from the adaptation.  Enough time has probably passed now...) *
  11. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude (would be a re-read, bought shortly after his death - spring 2014 - as I was reminded how much I enjoyed it and I didn't seem to own a copy - think my old one fell apart, probably...) *
  12. Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South (2014)*
  13. Kate Grenville, The Lieutenant (charity shop, December 2015)
  14. Frances Hardinge, A Face Like Glass (Mother's Day present, March 2016)
  15. Melissa Harrison, At Hawthorn Time (Waterstones Piccadilly, March 2016)
  16. Antonia Hodgkin, The Devil in the Marshalsea (charity shop, May 2016)
  17. Andrew Michael Hurley, The Loney (Waterstones Piccadilly, March 2016)
  18. Jennifer Johnston, Two Moons (charity table at Sainsbury's, July 2016)
  19. Maria McCain, The Wilding (charity shop, December 2015)
  20. Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian (charity table, Wetland Centre, May 2015)
  21. Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men (charity shop, December 2015)
  22. John McGregor, This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You (Waterstones Piccadilly, July 2016)
  23. Darragh McKeon, All That is Solid Melts into Air (Waterstones Kingston, May 2016)
  24. Philipp Meyer, American Rust (charity shop, December 2015)
  25. Alice Munro, Runaway (Waterstones Piccadilly, March 2016)
  26. Flannery O'Connor, Complete Stories (charity shop, December 2015)
  27. Elizabeth Redfern, The Music of the Spheres  (charity shop, December 2015)
  28. Ransom Riggs, Hollow City (Waterstones Piccadilly, July 2016)
  29. Gregory David Roberts, Shataram (Abe Books, July 2016)
  30. Sunjeev Sahota, The Year of the Runaways  (Mother's Day present, March 2016)
  31. Jane Smiley, Some Luck (Waterstones Reading, October 2015)
  32. Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Barnes & Noble (in MD), Summer 2013 - a re-read, as I read it when a teen) *
  33. Emily St John Mandel, Station Eleven (Waterstones Kingston, May 2016)
  34. Rose Tremain, Tresspass (charity shop, December 2015)

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