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 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 though I’ve managed to read far more than I usually do. Still no book purchases as yet this year, though that was more by accident than design.
Here’s what made it passed the book proof fence:
- The Honjin Murders by Seishi Yokomizo, kindly sent for review by Pushkin Press.
- The Lost Properties of Love by Sophie Radcliffe, sent for review by William Collins.
- Snow, Dog, Foot by Claudio Mornandini, translated by J Ockenden, sent for review by Peirene Press.
- Shiver by Allie Reynolds, sent for review by Headline (and not out until 2021!).
- Hideaway by Nora Roberts, sent for review by Piatkus.
- Grandmothers by Salley Vickers, sent for review by the author.
- Three Little Liars by Heidi Perks, sent for review by Cornerstone.
- Business as Usual by Jane Oliver and Ann Stafford, sent for review by Handheld Press.
- The Switch by Beth O’Leary.
- The Women Who Ran Away by Sheila O’Flanagan.
- The New Girl by Harriet Walker, sent with the last two books by Team Bookends.
- Bitter Wash Road by Garry Disher, sent by Viper Books.
- Echoes of Ruins by Christina Courtney, sent by Headline.
- Invisible Agents by Nadine Akkerman, sent by Oxford University Press.
- The Accidental Love Letter by Olivia Beirne, sent by Headline.
- Duncan Versus the Googleys by Kate Milner.
- Lampie by Annet Schaap.
- Lost by Ele Fountain. These last three were sent for review by Pushkin Children’s and are then going to find a new home at a friend’s school.
- The Murder Game by Rachel Abbot, sent for review by Headline.
- Settling Scores, edited by Martin Edwards, sent for review by the British Library.
Here’s what I read:
- Amour: How the French Talk About Love by Stefania Rousselle.
- Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano.
- The Cutting Place by Jane Casey.
- Snow, Dog, Foot by Claudio Morandini.
- Business as Usual by Jane Oliver and Ann Stafford.
- Perfect Kill by Helen Fields.
- The Honjin Murders by Seishi Yokomizo, translated by Louise Heal Kawai.
I gave away 7 books to a variety of friends. These were duplicates of ones I already had so made the parting much easier. So 20 in, 14 out, not quite a balance but going along the right lines. I have a feeling March will be a quieter month on both scores. We shall have to see!