Our Week in Books #6

750 Picture Books.

This isn’t a new reading challenge.

750 is apparently roughly how many picture books we own.

It’s a broad definition of ‘picture book’, and includes board books, novelty books and some treasuries. But not all treasuries, and no non-fiction, and none of the colourful early readers, or the box of complete Mr Men and Beatrix Potter, or the mini books…

I thought that it was probably likely that we could do our 300 Picture Book Challenge without borrowing or buying any more books. I didn’t expect that we could do it two and a half times over without adding to them.

I’m not sure how I feel about that. On the one hand, I’m a book addict, and I was aware that we probably had nearly 2,000 books in the house. On the other hand, it’s so much when so many people have so little.

I have been trying to declutter as I go along, plus I’m offering out review books in monthly giveaways. My aim for the year is to have a net gain of zero books or less. So far we’re doing well, with an overall loss of 7 books – even if 27 are still waiting to be posted. Last year, despite ‘removing’ 299 books we still had an overall gain of 220 books.

I really need to write reviews more often, there are 45 books waiting for review now. Eek.

Books added to shelves: 9
Dangerous – Tim Warnes (review book from Little Tiger Press)
Boo – Tracey Corderoy & Caroline Pedler (review book from Little Tiger Press)
Red, Blue, Peek-a-Boo! – Annette Rusling & Katie Saunders (review book from Little Tiger Press)
You Wouldn’t Want To Be an Egyptian Mummy – David Stewart & David Antram (review book from Salariya)
You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Slave in Ancient Greece – Fiona Macdonald & David Antram (review book from Salariya)
You Wouldn’t Want to Be in the Trenches in World War One – Alex Woolf & David Antram (review book from Salariya)
Macavity – T S Eliot & Arthur Robbins (review book from Faber & Faber)
Hog in the Fog – Julia Copus & Eunyoung Seo (review book from Faber & Faber)
Squishy McFluff: The Invisible Cat – Pip Jones & Ella Okstad (review book from Faber & Faber)
Cumulative: 53 (£25.70)

Library books borrowed: none
Cumulative: none

Books removed from shelves: 15 to post
Cumulative: 60 (27 still to post)

Read 52 books finished this week:
78% through Quiet

Year progress: 39/365 = 10.7%
300 Picture Book progress: 84/300 = 28.0%
Read 52 progress: 4/52 = 7.7%

300in2014 A reading challenge from http://liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup

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