Monday, October 31, 2016

Book plan update - October

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)
  9. September: books removed fromlist: 3; books added: 0; net result -3 (total YTD: -21)
In October:
  • I re-read one book from a charity shop, which I didn't bother to add to my reading list (Naked in Death, J D Robb)
  • I re-read one book we had in the house, which I have since thrown away as it was completely falling apart. (Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon), three books which we own which I'm keeping with my collection (The Nine Tailors,  Gaudy Night and Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L Sayers), and one book which I re-read in readiness for reading the subsequent books, and because Sarah wanted to read it after having seen the film (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs)
  • I read four books from my list (Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel, Winter by Marissa Meyer, Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine, A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge)
  • I read one book from the library (Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans)
  • I bought one book from Abe books in a series I'm reading (Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo)
  • I bought two books from Waterstones to go with something I ordered as a birthday present to hit the free shipping (Winter by Marissa Meyer, Slade House by David Mitchell)
  • I bought one book in the pound shop (Little Gods by Anna Richards)
  • I went totally crazy in charity shops with Sarah during her reading week holiday and bought a ton of books (All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders, The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild, A Year of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman, The Little Old Lady Who Broke all the Rules by Caterina Ingleman Sanders, Ingo (& two other titles in the series) by Helen Dunmore, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin, The Humans by Matt Haig and a couple more which don't go on my reading list for various reasons - titles I've read but which are filling gaps in my collection or better copies of books I own).
October's tally is therefore...
books read: 11
books removed from list:  4 books added: 13 ; net result +9
[Goal (no more than 1 book added to the list for every two books removed)  failed spectacularly 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 42 - of those, only 4 are left from before 2015. [Books with an asterisk]. 
  1. Charlie Jane Anders, All the Birds in the Sky (charity shop, October 2016)
  2. Susan Barker, The Incantations (charity shop, July 2016)
  3. Leigh Bardugo, Seige and Storm (Abe Books, October 2016)
  4. Philip Baruth, The Brothers Boswell (Waterstones Canterbury bargain bin, July 2015)
  5. Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead (AbeBooks, October 2015)
  6. Wilkie Collins, The Haunted Hotel (birthday present, November 2015)
  7. Arthur Conan Doyle, Adventure of Sherlock Holmes (World of Books, October 2015)
  8. Jean-Paul Didierlaurente, The Reader on the 6.27 (Waterstones Piccadilly, March 2016)
  9. Anthony Doerr, About Grace (Waterstones Piccadilly, July 2016)
  10. Carol Ann Duffy, Faery Tales (charity shop, July 2016)
  11. Helen Dunmore, Ingo (charity shop, October 2016)
  12. Helen Dunmore, Stormswept (charity shop, October 2016)
  13. Helen Dunmore, Tide's Knot (charity shop, October 2016)
  14. 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...) *
  15. 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...) *
  16. Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South (2014)*
  17. Kate Grenville, The Lieutenant (charity shop, December 2015)
  18. Matt Haig, The Humans (charity shop, October 2016)
  19. Melissa Harrison, At Hawthorn Time (Waterstones Piccadilly, March 2016)
  20. Antonia Hodgkin, The Devil in the Marshalsea (charity shop, May 2016)
  21. Andrew Michael Hurley, The Loney (Waterstones Piccadilly, March 2016)
  22. Jennifer Johnston, Two Moons (charity table at Sainsbury's, July 2016)
  23. Maria McCain, The Wilding (charity shop, December 2015)
  24. Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian (charity table, Wetland Centre, May 2015)
  25. Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men (charity shop, December 2015)
  26. John McGregor, This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You (Waterstones Piccadilly, July 2016)
  27. Darragh McKeon, All That is Solid Melts into Air (Waterstones Kingston, May 2016)
  28. Philipp Meyer, American Rust (charity shop, December 2015)
  29. David Mitchell, Slade House (Waterstones online, October 2016)
  30. Alice Munro, Runaway (Waterstones Piccadilly, March 2016)
  31. Flannery O'Connor, Complete Stories (charity shop, December 2015)
  32. Elizabeth Redfern, The Music of the Spheres  (charity shop, December 2015)
  33. Ransom Riggs, Hollow City (Waterstones Piccadilly, July 2016)
  34. Hannah Rothschild, The Improbability of Love (charity shop, October 2016)
  35. Gregory David Roberts, Shataram (Abe Books, July 2016)
  36. Sunjeev Sahota, The Year of the Runaways  (Mother's Day present, March 2016)
  37. Caterina Ingleman Sanders, The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules (charity shop, October 2016)
  38. Jane Smiley, Some Luck (Waterstones Reading, October 2015)
  39. Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Barnes & Noble (in MD), Summer 2013 - a re-read, as I read it when a teen) *
  40. Rose Tremain, Tresspass (charity shop, December 2015)
  41. Sarah Winman, A Year of Marvellous Ways (charity shop, October 2016)
  42. Gabrielle Zevin, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (charity shop, October 2016)

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