Saturday, December 31, 2016

Book Plan Update - December


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 from list: 3; books added: 0; net result -3 (total YTD: -21)
  10. October: books removed from list: 4; books added: 13; net result  +9 (total YTD: -13)
  11. November: books removed from list: 3; books added 4; net result +1 (total YTD: -12)
In December:
  • I read one book I had in the house (Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon) - I thought it was a re-read at first, as I thought I'd read this whole series, but I don't remember this one at all, so perhaps I missed it out before. 
  • I read two books from my list (Two Moons by Jennifer Johnston and Hollow City by Ransom Riggs)
  • I read one library book (The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch)
  • I received two books for Christmas (A Strangeness in my Mind by Orhan Pamuk and In the Land of Paper Gods by Rebecca MacKenzie) and bought two (The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman and The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley)
December's tally is therefore:
books read: 4
books removed from list:  2 books added: 4; net result +2
[Goal (no more than 1 book added to the list for every two books removed)  not achieved 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 46 - 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. Leigh Bardugo, Seige and Storm (Abe Books, October 2016)
  3. Susan Barker, The Incarnations (charity shop, July 2016)
  4. Philip Baruth, The Brothers Boswell (Waterstones Canterbury bargain bin, July 2015)
  5. Rachel Caine, Paper and Fire (birthday present, November 2016)
  6. Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead (AbeBooks, October 2015)
  7. Wilkie Collins, The Haunted Hotel (birthday present, November 2015)
  8. Anthony Doerr, About Grace (Waterstones Piccadilly, July 2016)
  9. Arthur Conan Doyle, Adventure of Sherlock Holmes (World of Books, October 2015)
  10. Helen Dunmore, Ingo (charity shop, October 2016)
  11. Helen Dunmore, Stormswept (charity shop, October 2016)
  12. Helen Dunmore, Tide Knot (charity shop, October 2016)
  13. 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...) *
  14. 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...) *
  15. Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South (2014)*
  16. Kate Grenville, The Lieutenant (charity shop, December 2015)
  17. Matt Haig, The Humans (charity shop, October 2016)
  18. Melissa Harrison, At Hawthorn Time (Waterstones Piccadilly, March 2016)
  19. Antonia Hodgkin, The Devil in the Marshalsea (charity shop, May 2016)
  20. Andrew Michael Hurley, The Loney (Waterstones Piccadilly, March 2016)
  21. Neil MacGregor, Germany: Memories of  a Nation (birthday present, Nov 2016)
  22. Rebecca MacKenzie, In a Land of Paper Gods (Christmas Present, 2016)
  23. Maria McCain, The Wilding (charity shop, December 2015)
  24. Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian (charity table, Wetland Centre, May 2015)
  25. John McGregor, This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You (Waterstones Piccadilly, July 2016)
  26. Darragh McKeon, All That is Solid Melts into Air (Waterstones Kingston, May 2016)
  27. Philipp Meyer, American Rust (charity shop, December 2015)
  28. David Mitchell, Slade House (Waterstones online, October 2016)
  29. Alice Munro, Runaway (Waterstones Piccadilly, March 2016)
  30. Patrick Ness, The Rest of Us Just Live Here (birthday present, November 2016)
  31. Flannery O'Connor, Complete Stories (charity shop, December 2015)
  32. Orhan Pamuk. A Strangeness in Mind (Christmas present 2016)
  33. Natasha Pulley, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (Waterstones Wimbledon, December 2016)
  34. Elizabeth Redfern, The Music of the Spheres  (charity shop, December 2015)
  35. Anna Richards, Little Gods (pound shop, November 2016)
  36. Ransom Riggs, Library of Souls (birthday present, November 2016)
  37. Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram (Abe Books, July 2016)
  38. Hannah Rothschild, The Improbability of Love (charity shop, October 2016)
  39. Sunjeev Sahota, The Year of the Runaways  (Mother's Day present, March 2016)
  40. Caterina Ingleman Sanders, The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules (charity shop, October 2016)
  41. Jane Smiley, Some Luck (Waterstones Reading, October 2015)
  42. Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Barnes & Noble (in MD), Summer 2013 - a re-read, as I read it when a teen) *
  43. M L Stedman, The Light Between Oceans (Waterstones Wimbledon, December 2016)
  44. Rose Tremain, Tresspass (charity shop, December 2015)
  45. Sarah Winman, A Year of Marvellous Ways (charity shop, October 2016)
  46. Gabrielle Zevin, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (charity shop, October 2016)

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