Category Archives: Our Week in Books 2015

Our Year in Books 2015

I didn’t keep up with this very well this year but more or less have an updated spreadsheet offline, but I can’t be bothered to copy and paste here.

I met my main reading challenge of 52 books, but didn’t quite meet the short reads. I also haven’t got a clue how many picture books we read!

I have done much better on acquiring books, buying 90 less than 2014; but also getting 103 less free/review books and giving away over 280 so a net gain of approx 150 books this year instead of the 400 of the last two years. Still lots of books to cut down on, but that’s a big improvement.

We had half as many review books in 2015 than in 2014, which is a good thing because my reviewing has been terrible. I will try much harder with blogging and reviewing next year, because I have missed it.

I’m keeping the same reading goals for next year. I probably could read more, but I want to channel my procrastination into writing about books to start with rather than reading more that I don’t write about!

It’s been an odd year, and not one of many achievements, but it’s the year I finally found out for definite that I am autistic; it’s been one of parenting challenges; it’s been one of building relationships. It’s flown past and I feel like I’ve achieved little in the last four years, but I’m terrible at focusing on the negative.

So the plan for next year is take each day at a time. Focus on the positives. Work on routines and making good habits. I get stressed if I’m over-scheduled, but I think I will be less stress if I work out a schedule / routine that works instead of trying to do everything all the time. My planning and goals may appear to focus on me, but there are unwritten ones for parenting. My daughters are a fundamental part of my life.

Our Week in Books in Numbers
Year progress: 365/365 = 100%
Read 52: 54/52 = 103.8%
Picture books: 120+/52 = 230+%
Short reads: 36/52 = 69.2%

Books reviewed:
Cumulative: lost track…

Books read (excl picture books): lost track…

Books added to shelves: lots…
Cumulative: 429

Library books borrowed: none
Cumulative: 43

Books removed from shelves: 150-ish
Cumulative: 280-ish

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

 

Our Week in Books #39 & most of #40

Three quarters of the way through the year… I really need to get the short reads updated (if I can remember which ones weren’t on Goodreads at the time) and especially the picture books. Should be no problem getting Read 52 hopefully 🙂

Our Week in Books in Numbers
Year progress: 275/365 = 75.3%
Read 52: 45/52 = 86.5%
Picture books: ??/52 = 100+%
Short reads: 33/52 = 63.5%

Books reviewed: none?
Cumulative: 15

Books read (excl picture books):
lost track…

Books added to shelves:
Tough Guys Have Feelings Too – Keith Negley (review book from Flying Eye)
Beautiful Birds Colouring Book – Emmanuelle Walker (review book from Flying Eye)
The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the Secret Room – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the Missing Necklace – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the Vanished Prince – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the Hidden House – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the Strange Bundle – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the Tally-Ho Cottage – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of Holly Lane – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the Missing Man – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the Strange Messages – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the Banshee Towers – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
The Mystery of the invisible Thief – Enid Blyton (bought from The Book People)
Monster Mission – Eva Ibbotson (bought from The Book People)
The Secret of Platform 13 – Eva Ibbotson (bought from The Book People)
Which Witch – Eva Ibbotson (bought from The Book People)
The Beats of Clawstone Castle – Eva Ibbotson (bought from The Book People)
Mountwood School for Ghosts – Tony Ibbotson (bought from The Book People)
The Gorgeous Colouring Book For Grown Ups (bought from The Book People)
The Creative Colouring Book for Grown Ups (bought from The Book People)
The Magical City – Lizzie Mary Cullen (bought from The Book People)
The Tracing Paper Colouring Book – Felicity French (bought from The Book People)
The Ride By Nights – Walter De La Mere & Carolina Rabei (bought from The Book People)
Chris Riddell’s Doodle-a-Day (bought from The Book People)
Chris Riddell’s Doodle-a-Day (bought from The Book People)
The Jar of Happiness – Alisa Burrows (review book from Child’s Play)
Harper and The Scarlet Umbrella – Cerrie Burnell & Laura Ellen Anderson (review book from Scholastic)
Hooray for Bread – Allan Ahlberg & Bruce Ingman (second hand from charity shop)
Three Little Pirates – Georgie Adams & Emily Bolam (second hand from charity shop)
Pugs of the Frozen North – Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre (bought from Mostly Books)
Dixie O’Day and the Haunted House – Shirley Hughes & Clara Vulliamy (bought from Mostly Books)
Cumulative: 349

Library books borrowed: 4
Cumulative: 43

Books removed from shelves: none
Cumulative: 126

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

 

Our Week(s) in Books #36 – #38

Slightly better than the last gap, but still a bit rubbish. I really, really, really need to get back into blogging. I ‘write’ so many blog posts in my head than never end up here it’s silly. I have the blog brain, but lack the energy. Last week was a long week. Two bookish social events (three if you extend the week by another day), which is lovely but I’m not functioning that well now. Fortunately nothing else coming up, but I need to write up so many things it’s annoying. Ah well.

Our Week in Books in Numbers
Year progress: 264/365 = 72.3%
Read 52: 42/52 = 80.8%
Picture books: ??/52 = 100+%
Short reads: 33/52 = 63.5%

Books reviewed: none?
Cumulative: 15

Books read (excl picture books):
lost track…

Books added to shelves (including some older forgot-to-add ones):
M is for Autism – the students of Limpsfield Grange (review book from NetGalley)
Need – Joelle Charbonneau (review book from NetGalley)
Cleo – Lucy Coats (review book from NetGalley)
What Milo Saw – Virginia Macgregor (review book from NetGalley)
The Quality of Silence – Rosamund Lipton (review book from NetGalley)
Pirates in Pyjamas – Caroline Crowe & Tom Knight (review book from Little Tiger Press)
The Shepherd’s Crown – Terry Pratchett (bought from Amazon)
The Children of Green Knowe – Lucy M Boston (second hand from charity shop)
The Queen’s Nose – Dick King-Smith (second hand from charity shop)
NeuroTribes – Steve Silberman (bought from Mostly Books)
M is for Autism – the students of Limpsfield Grange (bought from Mostly Books)
Monty’s Magnificent Mane – Gemma O’Neill (bought from Poundland)
Jack and the Baked Beanstalk – Colin Stimpson (bought from Poundland)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
Paddington 13 Book Set – Michael Bond (bought from The Book People)
The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness (bought from The Book People)
The True Meaning of Smek Day – Adam Rex (second hand from charity shop)
Fergus Crane – Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell (second hand from charity shop)
How to Write Really Badly – Anne Fine (second hand from charity shop)
Curse of the Mummy – Steve Jackson & Ian Livingstone (second hand from charity shop)
Forest of Doom – Ian Livingstone (second hand from charity shop)
Crypt of the Sorcerer – Ian Livingstone (second hand from charity shop)
Heartsong – Kevin Crossley-Holland & Jane Ray (review book from Hachette)
Ten Spooky Skeletons – Garry Parsons (review book from Little Tiger Press)
My Little World: Boo (review book from Little Tiger Press)
Ever After High 3 book Set (bought from WHSmith)
Ever After High 3 book Set (bought from WHSmith)
Ever After High 3 book Set (bought from WHSmith)
Hilda and the Troll – Luke Pearson (bought from Daunt Books)
Hilda and the Troll – Luke Pearson (bought from Daunt Books)
The Queen’s Handbag – Steve Antony (review book from Hachette)
Sir Scaly Pants the Dragon Knight – John Kelly (review book from Bloomsbury)
Old Bear’s Bedtime Stories – Jane Hissey (review book from Salariya)
Aliens Love Dinopants – Clare Freedman & Ben Cort (review book from Simon & Schuster)
Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright – Chris Riddell (bought from Mostly Books)
A Great Big Cuddle – Michael Rosen & Chris Riddell (bought from Mostly Books)
The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Sugar Plum Fairy – Abie Longstaff & Lauren Beard (bought from Mostly Books)
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse – Chris Riddell (second hand from charity shop)
Ghost Girl and the Fete Worse than Death – Chris Riddell (second hand from charity shop)
The Art of Being Normal – Lisa Williamson (second hand from charity shop)
Seen and Not Heard – Katie May Green (bought from Blackwell’s)
The Wolf Wilder – Katherine Rundell (review book from NetGalley)
Cumulative: 316

Library books borrowed: 5
Cumulative: 39

Books removed from shelves: 1 (I think)
Cumulative: 126

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

 

Our Week(s) in Books #22 – #35

 

Updated my spreadsheet at last. Well, mostly updated. There are gaps in authors, illustrators, and prices but I can fill that in for me later. It’s been so long that I’m not sure where I am with anything and I think there are a few books not on Goodreads at all.

Our Week in Books in Numbers
Year progress: 239/365 = 65.5%
Read 52: 39/52 = 75.0%
Picture books: ??/52 = ??%
Short reads: 31/52 = 59.6%

Books reviewed: 12
Cumulative: 15

Books read (excl picture books):
Might fill in later. Lots!

Books added to shelves:
The Moster Snorey Book – Leigh Hodgkinson (bought from Mostly Books)
The Fairiest Fairy – Anne Booth (bought from Mostly Books)
The Princess and the Giant – Caryl Hart & Sarah Warburton (bought from Mostly Books)
Crunch – Carolina Rabei (review book from Child’s Play)
Grandad’s Island – Benji Davies (review book from Simon & Schuster)
More – Tracey Corderoy & Tim Warnes (review book from Little Tiger Press)
No More Cuddles – Jane Chapman (review book from Little Tiger Press)
Poo in the Zoo – Steve Smallman & Ada Grey (review book from Little Tiger PresS)
Blog Giveaways – Di Coke (free Kindle)
How Many Legs – Kes Gray & Jim Field (review book from Hachette)
Follow Me – Ellie Sandall (review book from Hachette)
Peter Pan & Wendy illustrated by Shirley Hughes (review book from Hachette)
The D’Evil Diaries – Tatum Flynn (review book from Hachette)
The Ship of Ghosts – Gillian Philips (review book from Hachette)
Eleanor the Snow White Fairy – Daisy Meadows (review book from Hachette)
Mortimer Keene: Robot Riot – Tim Healey & Chris Mould (review book from Hachette)
Knight in Training: A Horse Called Dora – Vivian French & David Melling (review book from Hachette)
Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: The Cat Burglar – Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton (bought at Mostly Books)
Nixie the Bad Bad Fairy – Car Lester & Ali Pye (bought from Mostly Books)
Katie McGinty Wants a Pet – Jenna Harrington & Finn Simpson (review book from Little Tiger PresS)
Pocket Pirates: The Great Cheese Robbery – Chris Mould (review book from Hachette)
Clariel – Garth Nix (bought from the Book People)
Zoe’s Rescue Zoo – (bought from the Book People
Zoe’s Rescue Zoo – (bought from the Book People
Zoe’s Rescue Zoo – (bought from the Book People
Zoe’s Rescue Zoo – (bought from the Book People
Zoe’s Rescue Zoo – (bought from the Book People
Zoe’s Rescue Zoo – (bought from the Book People
See Inside The Universe (bought from the Book People)
You Do the Maths (bought from the Book People)
You Do the Maths (bought from the Book People)
You Do the Maths (bought from the Book People)
You Do the Maths (bought from the Book People)
Tilly’s House – Faith Jacques (2nd hand from charity shop)
Tilly’s Rescue – Faith Jacques (2nd hand from charity shop)
Les Animaux – John Burningham (2nd hand from charity shop)
Ella Bella Ballerina and Cinderella – James Mayhew (2nd hand from charity shop)
Adelita – Tomie dePaulo (2nd hand from charity shop)
How To Live Forever (2nd hand from charity shop)
Alice By Accident – Lynne Reid Banks (2nd hand from charity shop)
Ladybird Cleopatra and Ancient Egypt (2nd hand from charity shop)
Polly and the Wolf Again – Catherine Storr (2nd hand from charity shop)
Sin City 1 (2nd hand from charity shop)
Sin City 2 (2nd hand from charity shop)
Russian Fairy Tales (2nd hand from charity shop)
Pushkin’s Fairy Tales (2nd hand from charity shop)
Will Grayson Will Grayson (2nd hand from charity shop)
Let it Snow (2nd hand from charity shop)
The Stone Pilot (2nd hand from charity shop)
Can’t see title in picture and can’t be bothered to find book right now ( (2nd hand from charity shop)
Hugless Douglas Goes To Little School – David Melling (bought from Mostly Books)
The Parenting Puzzle – (bought from Mostly Books)
Seed – (goody bag at YALC)
The IT Girl – (goody bag at YALC)
How Many Legs – (review book from Flying Eye)
Whatever Happened to My Sister? – (review book from Flying Eye)
Lottie Lipton 1 (review book from Bloomsbury)
Lottie Lipton 2 (review book from Bloomsbury)
Bound By Duty – Stormy Smith (free Kindle)
The Grumbug – Adam Stower (bought from Discover Story)
The Toucan Brothers – Tor Freeman (bought from Discover Story)
Blown Away – Rob Biddulph (bought from Discover Story)
The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow – Katherine Woodfine (bought from Tesco)
My Brother is a Superhero – David Soloman (bought from Tesco)
I Let You Go – Clare Mackintosh (bought from Tesco)
Enid Blyton Holiday Tales (review book from Hachette)
First Class Murder – Robin Stevens (bought from Mostly Books)
Dragon Knights (bought from Mostly Books)
There’s a Toucan on my Telephone – Jo Lodge (bought from Mostly Books)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
The Island of Adventure 10 books – Enid Blyton (Birthday Present)
Dead Cat Bounce – Seth Freedman (free Kindle)
Aspergers: Parenting a child with Aspergers (free Kindle)
Tree – Britta Teckentrup (review book from Little Tiger Press)
The Accidental Prime Minister – Tom McLaughlin (postage paid to The Mile Long Bookshelf)
Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig: Polly Faber & Clara Vulliamy (review book from Walker Books)
Penguin’s Way – Johanna Johnston & Leonard Weisgard (review book from Bodlein)
Whale’s Way – Johanna Johnston & Leonard Weisgard (review book from Bodlein)
Dorrie and the Blue Witch – Patricia Coombs (bought from Mostly Books)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Steig Larsson (Free Kindle)
I Have Asperger’s – Erin Clemens (Free Kindle)
Shogun – James Clavell (99p Kindle)
The Invisible Library – Genevieve Cogman (99p Kindle)
Trixie the Halloween Fairy (second hand from charity shop)
The Colour Thief – Gabriel Alborozo (review book from Bloomsbury)
The Snow Lady – Shirley Hughes (second hand from charity shop)
Doctor Who: Prisoner of the Daleks (second hand from charity shop)
Doctor Who: Sting of the Zygons (second hand from charity shop)
Doctor Who: Judgement of the Judoon (second hand from charity shop)
Happy Families: Mr Cosmo the Conjuror (second hand from charity shop)
Moshi Monsters Pick your path (second hand from charity shop)
The Crazy Collector – Diana Hendry (second hand from charity shop)
Frozen Book of Film (second hand from charity shop)
Basher’s Planet Earth (second hand from charity shop)
Basher’s Rocks and Minerals (second hand from charity shop)
Spiderwick Chronicles The Field Guide (second hand from charity shop)
Garfield The Great Lover (second hand from charity shop)
Apple Pigs – Ruth Gary Orbach (review book from National Trust Books)
The Tragickall History of Henry Fowst – Griselda Heppel (review book from Griselda Heppel)
Grey – E L James (£3.45 Kindle)
Imelda and the Goblin King – Briony May Smith (review book from Flying Eye)
Pablo and Jane and the Hot Air Contraption – Jose Domingo (review book from Fying Eye)
Faster Faster, Nice and Slow – Sue Heap & Nick Sharatt (bought from The Book People)
Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly – Sue Heap & Nick Sharatt (bought from The Book People)
Alphabet Ice Cream – Sue Heap & Nick Sharatt (bought from The Book People)
How to Code: Step By Step Computer Coding Book 1: QED (bought from The Book People)
How to Code: Step By Step Computer Coding Book 2: QED (bought from The Book People)
How to Code: Step By Step Computer Coding Book 3: QED (bought from The Book People)
How to Code: Step By Step Computer Coding Book 4: QED (bought from The Book People)
Arabel’s Raven – Joan Aiken & Quentin Blake (bought from The Book People)
Arabel, Mortimer, and the Escaped Black Mamba – Joan Aiken & Quentin Blake (bought from The Book People)
The Spiral Stair – Joan Aiken & Quentin Blake (bought from The Book People)
Mortimer and the Sword Excaliber – Joan Aiken & Quentin Blake (bought from The Book People)
Basher’s Space Exploration (bought from The Book People)
Guinea Pig Party – Holly Surplice (bought from The Book People)
Doctor Who: Time Traveller’s Journal (bought from The Book People)
Cumulative: 263

Library books borrowed: 18
Cumulative: 34

Books removed from shelves: 23 (I think, maybe more)
Cumulative: 125

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

 

Our Week in Books #21 & #22

Other than on Goodreads, Twitter, and Instagram, I’ve not been doing reviews. I want to populate Chaos Castle but my procrastination skills are honed to exceptional levels. Sulk.

I am trying to be good with books, and will do some library reservations soon instead of buying all the picture books I want. I can do this. Review. Review. Review…

Our Week in Books in Numbers
Year progress: 139/365 = 38.1%
Read 52: 25/52 = 42.3%
Picture books: ??/52 = ??%
Short reads: 26/52 = 46.2%

Books reviewed: none published
Cumulative: 3

Books read (excl picture books):
George’s Marvellous Medicine (read aloud)
The Giraffe, The Pelly, and Me (read aloud)
Armageddon Outta Here
The Maleficent Seven

Books added to shelves:
A Slip of the Keyboard – Terry Pratchett (bought from Amazon)
The Curse of the Gloamglozer – Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell
The Giant of Jum – Elli Woolard & Benji Davies (bought from Amazon)
Armageddon Outta Here – Derek Landy (bought from Mostly Books)
The Secret Rescuers: The Storm Dragon – Paula Harrison & Sophy Williams (bought from Mostly Books)
The Maleficent Seven – Derek Landy (bought from Mostly Books)
The Nowhere Boys – Elise Macredie (bought from Mostly Books)
Dogs Don’t Do Ballet
Raising Steam – Terry Pratchett (bought from Sainsburys)
Batman Hush Part One – DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection #1 (bought from WHSmith)
Cheer Up Your Teddy Bear, Emily Brown – Cressida Cowell & Neal Layton (review book from Hachette)
Coming Up Roses – Rachael Lucas (£1.89 Kindle)
Cumulative: 139

Library books borrowed: none
Cumulative: 16

Books removed from shelves: none (I think)
Cumulative: 102

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

 

Our Week in Books #16, #17, #18, #19 & #20

I should probably just call this Our Month in Books really… Probably missed things somewhere along the way.

Our Week in Books in Numbers
Year progress: 139/365 = 38.1%
Read 52: 22/52 = 42.3%
Picture books: ??/52 = ??%
Short reads: 24/52 = 46.2%

Books reviewed: 3
Please Mr Panda
A Tale of Two Beasts
The First Slodge
Cumulative: 3

Books read (excl picture books):
The Jolley Rogers and the Cave of Doom
Reaper Man
Soul Music
The Imaginary
Death Bringer
Kingdom of the Wicked
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place

Books added to shelves:
Knight in Training: Dragons Can’t Swim – Vivian French & David Melling (bought from The Book People)
How Are You Feeling Today? – Mollly Potter & Sarah Jennings (bought from The Book People)
The Science Book – DK (bought from The Book People)
The Shakespeare Book – DK (bought from The Book People)
TinTin 3 in 1 – Herge (second hand from charity shop)
You Have Been Warned! – Roger McGough & Chris Mould (second hand from charity shop)
The Jolley Rogers and The Cave of Doom – Jonny Duddle (bought from Mostly Books)
Where Oh Where Is Rosie’s Chick? – Pat Hutchins (review book from Hachette)
Wild – Emily Hughes (bought from Mostly Books)
Mermaid – Cerrie Burnell & Laura Ellen Anderson (bought from Mostly Books)
Cinderella’s Sister and the Big Bad Wolf – Lorraine Carey & Blanco Migy (bought from Mostly Books)
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig – Eugene Trivizas & Helen Oxenbury (bought from Mostly Books)
Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion – Alex T Smith (bought from Mostly Books)
The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Little Mermaid – Abie Longstaff & Lauren Beard (bought from Mostly Books)
Dinosaur Police – Sarah McIntyre (bought from Mostly Books)
The Father Who Had Ten Children – Benedicte Guittier (review book from Salariya)
The Chicken Who Had Toothache – Benedicte Guittier (review book from Salariya)
A Step in the Wrong Direction – Colin West (second hand from charity shop)
The Granny Project – Anne Fine (second hand from charity shop)
The Finger Eater – Dick King Smith & Arthur Robins (second hand from charity shop)
Midnight Over Sanctaphrax – Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell
Sugarlump and the Unicorn – Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks (bought from Book Depository)
Only Ever Yours – Louise O’Neill (£1 Kindle)
Cumulative: 127

Library books borrowed: none
Cumulative: 16

Books removed from shelves: none (I think)
Cumulative: 102

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

Our Week in Books #11, #12, #13, #14 & #15

It’s been a while…

I have lost track a little of where I am with books, and I have this nagging feeling that I got another review book that I haven’t written down (Instagram is saving my memory at the moment, but if I don’t Instagram something it gets lost in my head…) I have no idea where we are with picture books, and need to spend a little while adding the piles next to the bed onto Goodreads.

I also so need to get reviews written. I had a breakthrough in the middle of the night this week and can change my self-imposed review structure to something that is easier to keep up-to-date so I just need to get the initial books finished and launch Chaos Castle and continue to populate it. I’ve been struggling over getting the format and layout right, and that stops me writing actual reviews. Yes, I know it shouldn’t. My brain works like that. Did I mention I’m autistic?

At the moment I’m not entirely sure what day of the week it is, or what I should be doing. I have lots of half-formed ideas in my head that I need to put into a proper structure. Plus I’m not sure what I’m supposed to be doing with my diagnosis. I did it for me, but I’m getting advice that I can apply for support for things that I didn’t even notice I had problems with (Normalisation apparently.)

I need to get back into regular blogging. I enjoy it. I have blogs floating through my head all the time. If I could publish from my brain, there would be so much content here.

Our Week in Books in Numbers
Year progress: 104/365 = 28.5%
Read 52: 16/52 = 30.8%
Picture books: ??/52 = ??%
Short reads: 23/52 = 44.2%

Books reviewed: none (half-written five…)

Books read (excl picture books):
The Pirates of Pangaea: Book 1
Mia The Bridesmaid Fairy (read aloud)
The Sin Eater’s Daughter
The Spy Who Loved School Dinners (read aloud)
Station Eleven
Mort

Books added to shelves:
Otto the Book Bear – Katie Cleminson (bought from The Works)
Eleanor Won’t Share – Julie Gassman & Jessica Mikhail (bought from The Works)
How Pirates Really Work – Alan Snow (bought from The Works)
Catch That Rat! – Caryl Hart & Tom McLaughlin (bought from The Works)
I Am Henry Finch – Alexis Deacon & Viviane Schwarz (bought from Mostly Books)
The Amazing Broccoli Boy – Frank Cottrell Boyce & Steven Lenton (bought from school book club)
Nuts in Space – Elys Dolan (bought from school book club)
The Twits – Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake (colour) (bought from school book club)
George’s Marvellous Medicine – Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake (colour) (bought from school book club)
Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake (colour) (bought from school book club)
The Giraffe, The Pelly, and Me – Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake (colour) (bought from school book club)
The King and The Sea – Heinz Janish & Wolf Erlbruch (review book from Gecko Press)
When Dad Showed Me The Universe – Ulf Stark & Eva Eriksson (review book from Gecko Press)
The Rising – Tom Moorhouse (charity shop, new & signed)
Usborne What’s Happening to Me? (second hand from charity shop)
Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren & Lauren Child (second hand from charity shop)
Here Be Monsters – Alan Snow (second hand from charity shop)
Dixie O’Day: Up, Up and Away – Shirley Hughes & Clara Vulliamy (gift from Clara Vulliamy)
Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light (bought from Amazon)
The Sin Eater’s Daughter – Melinda Salisbury (bought from Amazon)
Mrs Bradshaw’s Handbook – Terry Pratchett (bought from Amazon)
Asperger’s Syndrome in 13-16 Year Olds – Alis Rowe (Free Kindle)
The Book of Magic Numbers – Sarah Sophia Boros (free Kindle)
Ten Little Dinosaurs – Mike Brownlow & Simon Rickerty (review book from Hachette)
Cumulative: 104

Library books borrowed: none
Cumulative: 16

Books removed from shelves: none
Cumulative: 102

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

Our Week in Books #9 & #10

Terry Pratchett died.

Nothing else really matters this week. Posting just because I started over a week ago.

Our Week in Books in Numbers
Year progress: 74/365 = 20.3%
Read 52: 12/52 = 23.1%
Picture books: ??/52 = ??%
Short reads: 21/52 = 40.4%

Books reviewed: none

Books read (excl picture books):
Skulduggery Pleasant: Dark Days
Silverlake Fairy School: Dancing Magic (read aloud)
Wigglesbottom Primary: The Toilet Ghost (read aloud)
Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil
Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen
Reasons to Stay Alive
Isla the Ice Star Fairy (read aloud)

Books added to shelves:
Very Little Cinderella – Teresa Heapy & Sue Heap (bought from The Story Museum)
Famous Five: Five Run Away Together – Enid Blyton (birthday present for MG)
Famous Five: Five Go Off in a Caravan – Enid Blyton (birthday present for MG)
Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen – Chris Riddell (£1 WBD book from Mostly Books)
A Pirate’s Guide to Landlubbing – Jonny Duddle (£1 WBD book from Mostly Books)
Killing the Dead – Marcus Sedgewick (£1 WBD book from Mostly Books)
Geek Girl: Geek Drama – Holly Smale (£1 WBD book from Mostly Books)
The Shark-Headed Bear Thing – Barry Hutchison & Chris Mould (bought from Mostly Books)
Wigglesbottom Primary: The Toilet Ghost – Pamela Butchart & Becka Moor (bought from Mostly Books)
Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig (bought from Amazon)
Elmer’s Parade – David McKee (£1 WBD book from Mostly Books)
Pirates of Pangaea – Dan Hartwell & Neill Cameron (bought from Mostly Books)
Ice in the Jungle – Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar (review book from Child’s Play)
The KnowHow Book of Spycraft (birthday present for MG)
Cumulative: 80

Library books borrowed: none
Cumulative: 16

Books removed from shelves: none
Cumulative: 102

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

Our Week in Books #7 & #8

More reading, less buying, and a bit of decluttering. Quite a successful fortnight.

No reviews though. But I’m working on that for next week (hopefully).

Our Week in Books in Numbers
Year progress: 58/365 = 15.9%
Read 52: 9/52 = 17.3%
Picture books: 18+?/52 = ??%
Short reads: 18/52 = 34.6%

Books reviewed: none

Books read (excl picture books):
Asperger’s Syndrome and Anxiety
Daisy and the Trouble with Giants (read aloud)
My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat (read aloud)
Violet and the Pearl of the Orient
Shades of London: The Shadow Cabinet
Ruby the Red Fairy (read aloud)
Amber the Orange Fairy (read aloud)
Saffron the Yellow Fairy (read aloud)
Fern the Green Fairy (read aloud)
Sky the Blue Fairy (read aloud)
Izzy the Indigo Fairy (read aloud)
Heather the Violet Fairy (read aloud)
Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones

Books added to shelves:
The First Slodge – Jeanne Willis & Jenni Desmond (review book from Little Tiger Press)
A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle (birthday present for MG)
Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery (birthday present for MG)
The Once and Future King – T H White (99p Kindle on 15 Feb)
The Shadow Cabinet – Maureen Johnson (£2.99 Kindle on 15 Feb)
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit – Judith Kerr (99p Kindle on 25 Feb)
Cumulative: 66

Library books borrowed: none
Cumulative: 16

Books removed from shelves: 68
Cumulative: 102

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

Our Week In Books #5 & #6

Oops, what a very long list of books I appear to have acquired in the last two and a bit weeks… I suppose using the excuse that some are for MG’s birthday isn’t quite good enough? And The Book People flash sale? And that WHSmith 3 for 2 plus £5 off £15 spend voucher works together making bargainous book buying? And 99p Kindle books are just too easy to collect? Oh, okay, I really need to not buy anything more until I’ve read lots.

Still no reviews. That’s 12 reviews behind where I want to be. Half term next week so nothing will happen then. So I’ll be 16 reviews behind before I even start probably. Oh bother. Must write reviews. Must write reviews…

I am not requesting any review books until I have reviewed, which is painful because I’ve been sent three catalogues I’ve been allowed to request from but it’s not fair so I’m not going to. Yet.

I have got back to reading regularly again though, which is good.

Our Week in Books in Numbers
Year progress: 44/365 = 12.1%
Read 52: 5/52 = 9.6%
Picture books: 18+?/52 = ??%
Short reads: 12/52 = 23.1%

Books reviewed: none

Books read (excl picture books):
Baby Aliens Got My Teacher! (read aloud)
Daisy and the Trouble with Life (read aloud)
The Dreamsnatcher
Daisy and the Trouble with Zoos (read aloud)
Perry Angel’s Suitcase
Heart of Dread: Frozen (NetGalley)
Murder Most Unladylike
Arsenic for Tea

Books added to shelves:
The Complete First Edition Brothers Grimm – translated Jack Zipes (bought from Amazon)
Perry Angel’s Suitcase – Glenda Millard (bought from Mostly Books)
Phoenix – SF Said (bought from Mostly Books)
Sardines of Love – Zurine Aguirre (review book from Child’s Play)
Her Idea – Rilla (competition prize from Flying Eye Books)
Ever After High: The Unfairest of Them All – Shannon Hale (bought from Amazon)
Ever After High: Once Upon A Time – Shannon Hale (bought from Amazon)
Murder Most Unladylike – Robin Stevens (bought from Amazon)
Asperger’s Syndrome and Anxiety – Alis Rowe (bought from Amazon)
Arsenic for Tea – Robin Stevens (bought from Mostly Books)
Princess Daisy and the Dragon and the Nincompoop Knights – Steven Lenton (bought from Mostly Books)
Violet and the Pearl of the Orient – Harriet Whitehorn & Becka Moor (bought from The Book People)
Lego Play Book x2 (bought from The Book People)
Lego Standing Small / Minifigures Sticker Book x2 (bought from The Book People)
Skulduggery Pleasant: Death Bringer – Derek Landy (bought from The Book People)
The Spy Who Loved School Dinners – Pamela Butchart & Thomas Flintham (bought from WH Smith 3 for 2)
Magic Ink – Steve Cole  (bought from WH Smith 3 for 2)
The Scandalous Sisterhood – Julie Berry  (bought from WH Smith 3 for 2)
The Fields of Grief – Giles Blunt (bought from WH Smith)
Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil – Derek Landy (bought from WH Smith 3 for 2)
Skulduggery Pleasant: Kingdom of the Wicked – Derek Landy (bought from WH Smith 3 for 2)
Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men – Derek Landy (bought from WH Smith 3 for 2)
Temple Run Annual 2015 (bought from Poundland)
The Beastly Pirates – John Kelly (review book from Bloomsbury)
One Hundred Proposals – Holly Martin (99p Kindle on 4th Jan)
The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf – Nick Bryan (99p Kindle on 9th Jan)
Slated – Teri Terry (99p Kindle on 17th Jan)
The Warble – Victoria Simcox (Free Kindle on 30th Jan)
The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon (99p Kindle on 6th Feb)
Cumulative: 60

Library books borrowed: 5
Cumulative: 16

5yo's choice from the Library Bus today #libraryhaul #mobilelibrary

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7yo's #libraryhaul from mobile library last week

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Books removed from shelves: um… lost track. Maybe 8?
Cumulative: 34

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