Our Week in Books #45

This week I actually requested a huge list of review books in order to write my ‘gift books for xmas 2013′ type posts. I don’t like asking for books but I really can’t afford to buy anything this year and I can write lovely things about them. The books go to a variety of sources after I’ve reviewed them. We do keep many of them (for now), but a lot go to various charities and good causes too. Next week may be heavy on the review books received front, then I need to write the posts!

I’ve been ill most of the week so not really got anything done. On Monday I went to a drop-in for parents with a friend of mine, which made me feel all buzzing after I processed it. I started writing a post but it fell apart. Maybe I will later.

I’ve been reading I Am Malala this week, not the ones I was reading last week. I really need to finish something I’ve started but my brain isn’t working. I think I will postpone The Dark Is Rising sequence until next year again. I do really need to read The Moon of Gomrath after re-reading The Weirdstone of Brisingamen recently. I think my reading will happen nearer xmas as I have to get too many reviews written first to concentrate on reading at the moment.

I read a great post on depression and how for the author depression took away her ability to read books, for someone who was a great reader. I can really relate to that. Okay, I’m a parent now and have less time but I used to read 100+ books a year with no problems and it went down to under 10 because of the depression, which is why I’m really working on getting what was my favourite hobby back now.

I guess I’m still permanently depressed, but not so much in the foggy depths that I lived in for years. It’s hard not to view everything through a foggy lens though.

My plan for a post a day in November failed early on, and I’ve now missed two days. I know it doesn’t matter, but it did for me so I am a bit sad.

New Picture Books read this week:
The Bear With Sticky Paws The Princess and the Peas Lulu and the Best Cake Ever Ruff Little Bear's Dragon and Other Stories Weasels Colin and the Wrong Shadow Winters Child Hansel and Gretel Leon and the Place Between Into The Forest Previously Instructions

Books added to shelves: 5 review copies. 2 Bookstart (reception book pack) Cumulative: 452

Library books borrowed: 11  Cumulative: 154+

Books removed from shelves: none (but I have almost 50 sorted I really need to get out of the house!) Cumulative: 233

Challenge books read: The Arrival (Shaun Tan)

Year progress: 313/365 = 85.8%
Picture Book Challenge progress: 441/300 = 147.0%
50 Book Challenge / Read 52 progress: 54/52 = 103.8%

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

[Word count: 431; November word count: 4,584]

One comment

  1. Menai

    Same here – I aim to post far more than I do – and you post FAR more than I do – you’re doing really well! I love reading about the books that you review, and we often get them for ourselves or others so request away!
    x
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