Our Week in Books #44

It’s November, only two months until the end of the year. I’m not sure how that happened! This time of the year always seems to fly by especially fast, so it will be 2014 before I know it. I feel a bit old, as 2000 still feels like a slightly futuristic date, but it was actually a fair while ago now. There are adults alive now who probably don’t remember the 20th century at all, as they were only toddlers then. Eek.

I almost had my second week of the year with no review books but then one sneaked through in the post this morning, which was nice! I am astonished about how many we’ve received, and extraordinarily grateful to all the publishers who have kindly sent us books. I have taken to turning some down, but have offered guest post slots to some independently published books instead, which will appear over the next month or so.

When I was looking at my Goodreads shelves this week, I found a batch of picture books that were marked as read (and I know I have read) and were received this year, but weren’t on the picture books for this year shelf. So the unique picture books read list has shot up this week as I corrected that. Getting to 450 by the end of the year will be a doddle now, I’m tempted to aim for 500 ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve started reading a couple of books this week. A re-read of The Dark Is Rising sequence because @chaletfan inspired me, but as I said last week after reading three in a week it will be a while before I can concentrate to finish a book again. Now I’m not sure whether to leave my re-read until next year after all. I’ve also read a couple of stories from Unnatural Creatures, edited by Neil Gaiman, which was a Kindle deal this week. I don’t list Kindle purchases, but most of the books I get are freebies and I don’t use it much at the moment. My paper TBR pile is so big I don’t want to look at the electronic one!

I’ve ordered lots more books from the library now I’ve got the hang of it! It’s definitely going to be my new ‘thing’. I currently have The Arrival, The Horrible Princess, Instructions, Leon and the Place Between, Previously, Superkid, Weasels, Colin and the Wrong Shadow, Into the Forest and The Lost Happy Endings waiting for collection. How exciting ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m thinking about recommendations for gift books and planning a few posts. I’ve already done a Barefoot Books one (well, I need the income) but there are some lovely newly published ones I’m waiting on to see if they’ll be added. I could recommend hundreds, so it’s going to be hard work narrowing it down to just a few.

New Picture Books read this week:
Monkey Business Wolves Cows in the Kitchen Crash Bang Donkey! Mother Goose Remembers [With CD] The Boy Who Grew Flowers The Prince's Bedtime [With CD] We're Sailing Down the Nile: A Journey Through Egypt Bear In A Square Alligator Alphabet

Books added to shelves: 1 review book; 12 Barefoot Books (Kickstarter 1 & September sign up bonus) Cumulative: 445

Library books borrowed: noneย  Cumulative: 143+

Books removed from shelves: 1 Cumulative: 233

Challenge books read: none

Year progress: 306/365 = 83.8%
Picture Book Challenge progress: 434/300 = 144.7%
50 Book Challenge / Read 52 progress: 53/52 = 101.9%

A reading challenge from http://liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup

[Word count: 515; November word count: 1,606]

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