I don’t usually do a reading round up or do a book haul post. That said I thought it might be interesting (for me at least), if I had a look at how many books I manage to read in a month and compare it to how many arrive in the house. I know for a fact that the one in one out policy is never implemented, though I am trying to reliquish some books to make room for the kids.
I don’t read many books each month, at least not compared to many bloggers, though none bloggers will probably wonder where I get my time to read as many books as I do. Because of that it is more than likely that the scales will be tipped towards incoming books rather than outgoing ones (i.e. read books or those given away). I am lucky in that I sometimes receive books for review, though at the moment I get very few books sent to me so the bulk of my incoming books tend to be the ones I have bought (this wasn’t helped by stumbling across a huge pile of green Viragos in my local charity shop). However July was bumped up by the fact I went to Theakstons Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, where I was lucky enough to acquire a few new books and some “accidental” bookshop visits when I went to London.
So first up – what came in:
Sweet Sorrow by David Mitchell
Real Tigers by Mick Herron
Gone by Leona Deakin
The Toll Gate by Georgette Heyer
Partners in Crime/At Betram’s Hotel/The Hound of Death by Agatha Christie
Bone China by Laura Purcell
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
Nothing to Report by Carola Oman
The House Without Windows
I See You by Clare Mackintosh
The Family by Louise Jenson
She by H.C. Warner
The Holiday by T.M. Logan
Forced Confessions by John Fairfax
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
Hitler’s Secrets by Rory Clements
City of Spies by Mara Timon
We Begin at the End by Chris Whittaker
To Keep You Safe by Kate Bradley
The Lying Days by Nadine Gordimer
The Odd Woman by George Gissing
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Three Miss Kings by Ada Cambridge
My Antonia by Willa Cather
My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
Surfacing by Margaret Attwood
The White Bird Passes by Jessie Kesson
Vendetta in Death by J.D. Robb
The Richer The Poorer by Dorothy West
The Wedding by Dorothy West
The Woman Novelist and Other Stories by Diana Gardener.
(Technically 33 entered the house as I also bought Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day to replace my misplaced copy, and I bought a second copy of Real Tigers not realising I’d just bought it…)
As for those that I read, that is a much shorter list. In fact I just read a pathetic total of one (but it was a good one)! In my defence I did also discover Queer Eye and Lucifer so I’ve been busy.
Never Be Broken by Sarah Hilary.
(I did give a few books to school for the staff room so they can be added to the out column. I’ll say 5 but it may have been more.)
So for July, 33 books came into Chez Emson and 6 left. Nowhere near balanced but not too bad. Let’s see what August has in store.