Our Week in Books #9

It’s March. How is it March already? And why has there been no snow this winter? I’m wanting nicer weather now, but I bet all the cold is to come. Er. Anyway, enough of that rubbish…

It’s been a book-heavy week this week. There were these 99p Kindle books (I know, but they were all ones I wanted to read and didn’t really want as real books, plus technically that’s cheaper than a library reservation and I can read them any time without having to worry about overdue fees…) And then the charity shop had loads of (unread, or at least with uncreased spines) classic children’s books that I’d either not read or wanted to own again, and at 75p each it was a bit hard to choose (the Penelope Lively’s were 50p) I did put loads back on the shelves… And then I went into Mostly Books to buy a £1 WBD book and walked out spending close to £20, but they did have Walk This World at £10.99 instead of £14.99 so I couldn’t really not buy it. Hmmm. Ooops 😉

I am frustrated that we missed seeing Tracey Corderoy today. I’ve known about the event since before Christmas, as it was arranged by the Oxford Children’s Book Group. But it was run by a local library, and the only way you could book (free) tickets was by phoning or going in. Going in wasn’t feasible due to location, and phoning is something I suffer huge anxiety about. I didn’t find an e-mail address until a week before and then I emailed but they didn’t answer. Then Mr Chaos said he’d phone, but apparently my emails aren’t actually getting to people as of some unknown point in the last month (which explains no answer from the library) so he didn’t get the details, or the emails I sent reminding him to phone, so instead of phoning on Wednesday morning he phoned Friday afternoon – one minute after the last ticket went. I cried. It’s so frustrating, I’d been looking forward to it for three months but my anxiety (and the levels of anxiety I’ve been suffering this year has made this unsurpassable, at other times I could have managed to work up to phoning) meant we’ve missed out. I am also very cross with a system that doesn’t allow for disabilities – phoning or visiting is not possible for some people for assorted reasons.

This week’s addition of books means that I need to get rid of some books to keep a net gain of zero books, but there will be a mother’s day giveaway that is at least five of the review books, plus I have a ‘cull pile’ of over 50 more. Probably nearer 100 actually… I just need to decide where they’re all going, and may change my mind on some. But I need 23 more to leave to get to zero gain at the moment so must sort them out.

Books added to shelves: 24
Half Sick of Shadows – David Logan (competition prize from Making It Up)
Life After Life – Kate Atkinson (99p Kindle)
The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer (99p Kindle)
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak (99p Kindle)
The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith / JK Rowling (99p Kindle)
Dream Boats – Dan Bar-El & Kirsti Anne Wakelin (review book from Simply Read)
We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song – Debbie Levy & Vanessa Brantlry-Newton  (review book from Turnaround)
Princesses Are Not Just Pretty – Kate Lum & Sue Hellard (review book from Bloomsbury)
Princess Ponies: A Special Surprise – Chloe Ryder (review book from Bloomsbury)
Sparkly Shoes & Picnic Parties – Sophie Tilley (review book from Bloomsbury)
Hello, Hugless Douglas – David Melling (WBD £1 book bought from Mostly Books)
Little Book Day Parade – Emily Gravett (WBD £1 book bought from Mostly Books)
Hector and the Big Bad Knight – Alex T. Smith (bought from Mostly Books)
Walk This World – Lotta Nieminen (bought from Mostly Books)
The Lamb Who Came For Dinner – Steve Smallman & Joelle Dreidemy (bought from Poundland)
Horrible Histories Handbooks: Trenches – Terry Deary & Martin Brown (2nd hand from charity shop)
The Ghost of Thomas Kempe – Penelope Lively (2nd hand from charity shop)
A Stitch in Time – Penelope Lively (2nd hand from charity shop)
Astercote – Penelope Lively (2nd hand from charity shop)
The Revenge of Samuel Stokes – Penelope Lively (2nd hand from charity shop)
Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfeild (2nd hand from charity shop)
Stig of the Dump – Clive King (2nd hand from charity shop)
The Happy Prince and Other Stories – Oscar Wilde (2nd hand from charity shop)
The Search for Wondla – Tony DiTerlizzi (2nd hand from charity shop)
Cumulative: 84 (£59.64)

Library books borrowed: none
Cumulative: none

Books removed from shelves: none
Cumulative: 61 (27 still to post – courier booked at last!)

Read 52 books finished this week:
started reading Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (19%)
reading aloud Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends – Shannon Hale (32%)

Year progress: 60/365 = 16.4%
300 Picture Book progress: 114/300 = 38.0%
Read 52 progress: 7/52 = 13.5%

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

6 responses to “Our Week in Books #9

  1. How frustrating that you missed the event 🙁 it doesn’t seem very fair. Lovely list of books added- Ballet Shoes used to be one of my favourite books while growing up x

  2. sorry you missed the event. sometimes there’s really good stuff on at the library but like you say, its a shame it wasn’t accessible. x

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