Balancing the books – October

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 most people 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 month I bought a fewer than I usually do. What came in still outweighs what went out though…

First up what entered across the threshold of the Emson household.

1. The Postcard by Zoe Folbigg, sent for review by Head of Zeus.

2. The 24 Hour Cafe by Libby Page, sent for review by Orion.

3. The Guardian of Lies by Kate Furnivall, kindly sent by Simon and Schuster.

4. The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doral  Hay, a charity shop purchase.

5. A Rose Petal Summar by Katie Fforde, borrowed from the library.

6. The Other Half of Augusta Hope by Joanna Glen, borrowed from the library.

7. The Listening Walls by Margaret Millar.

8. A Stranger in my Grave by Margaret Millar, both Millar’s were kindly sent by Pushkin Press.

9. Last Christmas by Emma Thompson and Greg Wise.

10. Coming Home to Winter Island by Jo Thomas.

11. A Gift in December by Jenny Gladwell. This and books 3 and 4 were kindly sent by Team Bookends.

12. A Good Man by Ani Katz, sent for review by William Heinemann.

13. The Slaughterman’s Daughter by Yaniv Iczkovits, sent for review by MacLehose.

14. H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.

15. The Other Mrs Clifton by Elizabeth Buchan.

16. Practically Perfect by Katie Fforde, though technically I’ve read this so it may be one that can go in the debit field too. These last three were charity shop finds.

17. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow, sent by Orbit.

18. Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri, sent by Orbit.

19. The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman, sent by Arrow. I’ve already read and loved this one (you can read my review here .

20. Stay Up with Hugo Best by Erin Somers, kindly sent for review by Tinder Press.

21. The Christmas Egg by Mary Kelly.

22. Death in Fancy Dress by Anthony Gilbert.

23. The Pocket Detective 2 by Kate Jackson. These last three were kindly sent by the British Library.

24. The Iron Chariot by Stein Riverton, sent for review by Eye and Lightening.

25. A Mrs Miracle Christmas by Debbie Macomber, sent for review by Arrow.

26. The First Time I Saw You by Emma Cooper, sent for review by Headline. I already have a copy of this so my spare one will have to go back home to Headline.

Now the outgoings.

I read:

1. A Rose Petal Summer by Katie Fforde.

2. Dead Lions by Mick Herron.

3. The Iron Chariot by Stein Riverton

I gave 4 books away to a few people, ok, I foistered them on people. I returned 2 to the library, a quick win, I’ll admit.  So 26 in 9 out. Not so balanced then. We shall have to see what November has in store.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. H is for Hawk has been in my TBR forever! Hopefully I’ll get to it soon. You have some nice seasonal reads there 🙂

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    1. janetemson says:

      There’s a good balance there. I have heard good things about H is for Hawk so had to snap it up. I hope you like it when you get to it.

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  2. Glad it isn’t just me… Having said that, I just filled another two big boxes of books to go, but it still doesn’t seem to make a dent in the piles. Plus I’m starting to be able to not find things – which means I need a serious re-organise!

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    1. janetemson says:

      It is both cathartic and slightly sad when it comes to a cull, but needs must sometimes!

      Liked by 1 person

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