Balancing the Books – December

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 relinquish 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. This month I bought only three books, which is something of a record. What came in still outweighs what went out though…

I had thought it would be a quieter month on the incoming side, but apparently I was wrong.  I did host a signed book sale at work where we were raising money for Mind. Lots of very generous authors and publishers kindly donated signed books. I managed to raise a total of £270, which my employer will match, and I only bought a few (a reader’s few which is more than 2, less than 10).

So here’s the credit column.

1. Mr Nobody by Catherine Steadman, kindly sent for review by Simon and Schuster.

2. Found by Erin Kinsley, sent for review by Headline.

3. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters (one of the signed books I bought to raise money for Mind).

4. Dying for Christmas by Tammy Cohen (the other signed book I bought for myself).

5.  The Home by Sarah Stovell.

6. Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver. Both this and The Home were kindly sent by Orenda Books to review.

7. Sloot by Ian McPhearson, a review book direct from the hands of one half of Bluemoose Books.

8. The First Time Laura Pailing Died

10. Miss Garnet’s Angel by Salley Vickers, a charity shop find.

11. The Hoarder by Jess Kidd, another charity shop find.

12.  Perfect Death by Helen Fields, the third charity shop find.

13. You Never Told Me by Sarah Jasmon, kindly sent for review by the author.

14. Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth, a Twitter prize win

15. It Started With a Secret by Jill Mansell.

16. One Moment by Linda Green.

17. The Sight of You by Holly Miller. These last three were sent for review by Team Bookends.

18. The House at Silvermoor by Tracy Rees, sent for review.

19. Haven’t They Grown by Sophie Hannah, a Twitter prize.

20. You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld, another Twitter prize.

21. The Twelve Strange Days of Christmas by Syd Moore, another prize via a Twitter competition.

22. The Cutting Place by Jane Casey, kindly passed on to me by another blogger.

23. Novel on Yellow Paper by Stevie Smith, a Virgo Modern Classic find from the charity shop.

24. Escape Routes by Naomi Ishiguro, sent for review by Tinder Press.

25. When I Was Ten by Fiona Cummins, sent for review by Pan Macmillan.

27. The Burning Men by Will Schindler, sent for review by Hodder and Stoughton.

28. A History of the World in 21 Women by Jenni Murray, a Christmas gift from my husband (the one who always refuses to buy me books).

29. In Your Defence by Sarah Langford. A birthday surprise from my husband.

As for what left I read these:

1. Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson.

2. The Orangutan that Sang by

2. Black Summer by M. W. Craven

4. The Christmas Egg by Mary Kelly (Ok I’ve not quite finished this but I’m still counting it for December).

I had received a duplicate copy of a proof. The publishers very kindly said I could give the second copy away so that’s what I did, to a friend. I gave two other books to one of the school mums and gave a bag filled with 22 books to charity. So the books actual balance for once. 29 in and 29 out. On to a new year and a new decade and possibly the need for new book cases when the old ones finally give way due to the weight of unread books. Happy New Year.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Congrats on your fundraising, Janet. A great idea. And also on balancing the books this month, too!

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    1. janetemson says:

      Thank you 🙂


  2. Happy new year Janet! I’m glad you managed to balance the ins and outs. I have filled several boxes for the charity shop in an attempt to do the same… =:o

    Liked by 1 person

    1. janetemson says:

      It’s always more by accident than design that the outgoing outweigh the incoming 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Congratulations on raising all that money Janet – that’s wonderful! I’m excited at the prospect of Adults so I’ll look forward to hearing how you get on with it.

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    1. janetemson says:

      Thanks. I’ve not read Adults yet (surprise) but it does sound good.

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