A few days late, but here’s the last Week in Books 2014, with some summaries.
My plan for 2014 was to have a net gain of zero books by removing as many books from shelves as I gained. The actual net gain was 403. Oops. An effort definitely needed for 2015 as we’ve made a net gain of over 800 books in the last two years, which is a bit ridiculous.
This year I included books I bought as gifts in my ‘books added to shelves’ list, but also in my ‘books removed from shelves’ total. This was to keep track of all book spending, including books given away. I spent over £1000 on books, which is higher than my annual salary. So also not sustainable. Aims for 2015 is less books, and a huge cull. This will be hard.
Books are my addiction. I don’t smoke and rarely go out, but I really really don’t have the finances.
I achieved both book challenges, although I haven’t hosted #300PBs for months so really should do a final wrap-up. I won’t be doing it this year, because more and more chapter books are entering into our reading. I will still read and review lots of picture books, but not committing to 300!
I read 82 books for myself this year, but I discounted ones under approx 150 pages, or that took under an hour to read, but still exceeded the 52 reads plan with 55 books. Woohoo 🙂
I’ve decided not to register every book I get on Goodreads in future, just the ones I read. I keep a spreadsheet list anyhow, and put them in a weekly post, so it’s unnecessary work that could be spent actually writing reviews.
So, that’s 2014, more or less.
Books added to shelves:
Once Upon a Time – Marina Warner (review from NetGalley)
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops – Jen Campbell (bought from The Book People)
More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops – Jen Campbell (bought from The Book People)
Night’s Child – Maureen Jennings (bought from The Book People)
Under the Dragon’s Tail – Maureen Jennings (bought from The Book People)
Except the Dying – Maureen Jennings (bought from The Book People)
The Scandalous Lady Wright – M C Beaton (bought from The Book People)
His Lordship’s Pleasure – M C Beaton (bought from The Book People)
Her Grace’s Passion – M C Beaton (bought from The Book People)
What If? – Randall Munroe (bought from The Book People)
Geek Girl – Holly Smale (bought from The Book People)
Varjak Paw – S F Said (bought from The Book People)
Wreck This Journal Everywhere – Keri Smith (bought from The Book People)
Lullaby – Amanda Hocking (bought from Poundland)
Daisy and the Trouble with Kittens – Kes Gray & Garry Parsons (bought from Mostly Books)
Stormy Night – Salina Yoon (review book from Bloomsbury)
Little Red Riding Hood – Daniel Egneus (competition prize from Harper360)
Manolo Blahnik and The Tale of the Elves and the Shoemaker – Camilla Morton & Manolo Blanik (competition prize from Harper360)
Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty – Camilla Morton & Christian Lacroix (competition prize from Harper360)
Diggers – Terry Pratchett (Christmas present for MG)
Usborne Sticker Dressing King Arthur (Christmas present for DG)
Usborne’s Write and Draw Your Own Comics – Louie Stowell etc (Christmas Present for MG)
The Rather Small Turnip – Laurence Anholt & Arthur Robins (Christmas present for DG)
Bad Faerie and the Grotto of the Goblins – Sue Cowley (Free Kindle)
Journey to the River Sea – Eva Ibbotson (99p Kindle)
Thinking about It Only Makes It Worse – David Mitchell (99p Kindle)
Humans A-Z – Matt Haig (99p Kindle)
The Birds Began to Sing – Simon Dillon (Free Kindle)
Dr Gribbles and the Beast of Blackthorn Lodge – Simon Dillon (Free Kindle)
Cumulative: 633 (£1014.82) (£4072.76)
Library books borrowed: none
Books removed from shelves: 6
57 eBooks. Net bookshelf gain 2014 cumulative = 403
Read 52 books finished in last 2.5 weeks: The Matchbox Mysteries; Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops; More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops; The Snow Jewel; Geek Girl; Humans: An A-Z; Daisy and the Trouble with Kittens
Year progress: 365/365 = 100.0%
300 Picture Book progress: 387/300 = 129.0%
Read 52 progress: 82/52 = 157.7% (55/52 = 105.8%)