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Our Week in Books #40

Over three quarters of the way through the year now, and this always seems to be the time of year that flies past the quickest. In theory I should comfortably make 52 books read for me, but I am a little disappointed because I hoped to read more and several of them were very short books!

I think my plan for next year (I know there’s a while to be thinking about that yet!) will be to not buy any books for as long as I can. I do love books but so far we’ve had a gain of almost 200 books and that’s a lot to find space for, much as I love them all.

I really need to put aside an hour or so to update Goodreads so the picture books read total can go up properly. I waste time doing nothing much, it shouldn’t be hard, but I keep putting it off.

Henley Literary Festival tomorrow, which should be fun, and OCBG conference next Saturday – although I am panicking about how to pay for that one still.

New Picture Books read this week:

Books added to shelves: 1 new Mostly Books; 3 review books. Cumulative: 404 (excl Barefoot Books)

Library books borrowed: none Cumulative: 132+

Books removed from shelves: none Cumulative: 232

Challenge books read: The Weirdstone of Brisingamen

Year progress: 278/365 = 76.2%
Picture Book Challenge progress: /300 = %
50 Book Challenge / Read 52 progress: 46/52 = 88.5%

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

Our Week in Books #39

Still not updating Goodreads, bit rubbish. Ah well, maybe I’ll set aside a bit this week… It’s been quite busy these first few weeks of term and last week was horrendous for after-school things because of a performance that MG wanted to be part of. I just can’t do out-of-school things, makes me too stressed. Not to mention that getting back from the two performances after 7.30pm led to a buzzing child who didn’t sleep until 10pm, led to meltdowns of epic proportions by Friday evening. That’s an evening I do not want to repeat in a hurry.

I feel like I achieved nothing this week because I didn’t do what I planned to in my mental plan of decluttering and I’ve barely been able to drag myself through the motions most days. I did get Barefoot Books letters out to every parent at school though, and cleared six books from my review backlog as well as write a post on fables that I’m quite pleased with.

Not really functioning at the moment so concentrating on reading isn’t happening. I started re-reading The Weirdstone of Brisingamen for the first time in over 20 years (my copy is dated 1987, I guess that’s when I read it) and hopefully will actually finish it without flitting to something else but my brain is quite fractured and sticking to things is hard at the moment.

Blah, already hit published and changing things already. Make that seven books from the backlog as I did Dixie O’Day and a piece on its fabulous creators last Sunday. And I was approved as a Trusted Blogger for Mum.com so I need to submit my blurb and start planning some parenting posts. Oh, and I also sent the open letter to the right people so hopefully will get a reply to report on. I guess I did a few things after all. Just not domestic tasks.

New Picture Books read this week:

Books added to shelves: 2 review books; 14 Barefoot Books Starter Kit – does this count?! Cumulative: 401 or 415

Library books borrowed: none Cumulative: 132+

Books removed from shelves: none Cumulative: 232

Challenge books read: none finished

Year progress: 271/365 = 74.2%
Picture Book Challenge progress: 358/300 = 119.3%
50 Book Challenge / Read 52 progress: 45/52 = 86.5%

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

Our Week in Books #38

Not adding picture books read to Goodreads is becoming a bit of a running feature. I really must update it with the new review books (many of them I have to add from scratch – okay, I don’t have to, but if they don’t already exist so I do – which takes time). I really must review the review books. I just don’t seem to be able to put the words together at all at the moment. For anything. If I actually wrote all the blog posts I think in my head, I’d be publishing three a day. But I’m not. When I do actually get to sit with my laptop I’m usually too exhausted to think straight. Lots of words run through my head at completely the wrong times when I just can’t write them down. It’s frustrating. The house is getting more decluttered and tidy though, so that’s something. I’m rambling. I don’t have the coherence at the moment. This is just an easy regular feature that I seem to write whatever comes to mind in. Usually involving books, but apparently not so much today. I had one single glass of wine, it does me no good. Goodnight.

New Picture Books read this week:

Books added to shelves: 1 new Mostly Books; 4 review books. Cumulative: 399

Library books borrowed: none Cumulative: 132+

Books removed from shelves: none Cumulative: 232

Challenge books read: Fortunately, The Milk

Year progress: 264/365 = 72.3%
Picture Book Challenge progress: 358/300 = 119.3%
50 Book Challenge / Read 52 progress: 45/52 = 86.5%

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

Our Week in Books #37

I’m still not keeping as up-to-date as I wanted with Goodreads on the picture books front so it looks like the picture books read is stable but actually we’ve probably added another ten new ones read this week. I’ll try to update some of them for next week so the number can go up! Another Book People order but I can’t resist their extra 10% off and free postage deals, and ten Jane Hissey books for £9 was unmissable for me. We also got some non-fiction, including Chess for Children because MG has started to want to play chess (we’re learning together!)

I’ve read 44 books for me this year; that’s probably four times as many as I read all of last year! It’s been nice carving out the time and I am proud of myself for managing non-fiction books that I’ve meant to read for a long time but never quite got round to. I’ve also given up (temporarily) on many books because I didn’t have the right concentration, but I’m on the way to meeting my target for the year and planning to set the same one for next year. I’m sure I could change it to 60 books for a bigger challenge but I’m only just starting to get back into reading properly and don’t want to stress about it.

One thing I haven’t recorded is MG’s reading, and she reads more and more now. She spends some evenings snuggled next to me in bed while I read, reading Rainbow Magic books in her head. I may not be a fan of the books but actually as MG’s not an independent reader yet the books are quite challenging for her and the repetition of text (and plot!) is useful. She reads the odd page aloud and I can see she’s not quite at the right level yet (the ‘five to a page’ rule) but she perseveres and I’m happy to let her read them in her head for practice as she does seem to actually be reading them rather than just looking at the pages!

I am extra specially proud of MG this week because she asked to go from Orange band to Turquoise band at school. I’m proud of her taking charge of her learning, knowing she was ready and her teacher agreed. I was surprised because she’d been left on Green band for (what I thought was) too long and was only moved to Orange because I asked just before the end of the summer term (being told that she wasn’t quite ready but they’d try it.) I didn’t think she’d read much over the summer holidays to keep up because I didn’t hassle her to, but she obviously read more than I thought and has improved her reading and comprehension another level on her own steam. One very proud mummy here 🙂

I am still very far behind in my reviews, and the pile has grown. I’m still up and down depression wise so still not blogging as much as I’d like. I write about one in four of the posts I start or plan in my head. Onwards and upwards… 🙂

New Picture Books read this week:

Books added to shelves: 1 new Mostly Books; 13 new The Book People; 9 second-hand book swap; 6 review books.  Cumulative: 394

Library books borrowed: none. Cumulative: 132+

Books removed from shelves: 3 (book swap) Cumulative: 232

Challenge books read: Delusions of Gender; More Than This

Year progress: 257/365 = 70.4%
Picture Book Challenge progress: 358/300 = 119.3%
50 Book Challenge / Read 52 progress: 44/52 = 84.6%

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

Our Week in Books #36

Having got lost in my totals somewhere over the last six weeks, I’ve decided to remove my cumulative book spend total. It’s too high anyway, I think I’ll just leave it at that! I’ve also just decided to assume total books added to shelves to be correct, although I may have missed a couple out. The difference between books added and books removed is creeping up so I’m going to have to do a book cull soon sadly. There just isn’t space in the house to keep every book, and with thousands of books many are just dust collectors after a while 🙁

I’ve been reading two non-fiction books this week: Thinking in Pictures and Delusions of Gender. Both are really compelling, but Delusions of Gender has grabbed me more (it arrived after I was part way through Thinking in Pictures, so I’m reading both together.) I’m quite pleased with myself for non fiction reading this year as it’s something I usually struggle with but if I finish these two this week, that will make seven out of 44 books read non-fiction which is very good for me.

Picture books this week has mainly been Troll and the Oliver and The Tiger Who Came to Tea on repeat at the request of Darling-Girl. Mighty-Girl usually wanders off during story time but she listened attentively through The Girl with the Brave Heart and then started reading it herself. She does read a lot of books in her head now, so I’m not sure how stuck she gets still but when she reads aloud she seems to comprehend well so I don’t force her to read aloud if she prefers to read in her head.

Another so-so week for reading but first week back at school and we’re working on getting the routines back in place. Darling-Girl will not go to bed without a story which encourages me to read every night even when I really don’t want to. Troll and the Oliver has been helping too, I love it 🙂

New Picture Books read this week:
Oh No Wibbly Pig, Not a Rabbit! The Girl with a Brave Heart Troll and the Oliver The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Books added to shelves: 4 review books; 1 second-hand from Abe books. Cumulative: 365

Library books borrowed: none. Cumulative: 132+.

Books removed from shelves: none. Cumulative: 229 books.

Challenge books read: none finished

Year progress: 250/365 = 68.5%
Picture Book Challenge progress: 358/300 = 119.3%
50 Book Challenge / Read 52 progress: 42/52 = 80.8%

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

Our Week in Books #34 & #35

I thought I’d posted last weeks but I didn’t, and I haven’t worked out which books I’ve missed out in the three weeks before either so not sure what to do with my cumulative totals. Ah, well, will work it out at some point… I have updated Goodreads with books I’ve received more or less, although there has been a ridiculous number of review books arriving – ten in the last week alone! Eek! I need to collect them up and start reviewing, but this is obviously not happening until school starts (in two days!)

This week has been a big week for gaining books. Sometimes that happens. A lot of review books I wasn’t expecting; a good selection in the charity shop; deciding to treat myself to a couple of books I wanted for ages (second hand); a day of saying ‘yes’ to everything the girls chose in Mostly Books; and a sale with extra 25% off at The Book People. Oops.

I haven’t been keeping picture books read up to date on Goodreads though, but have kept my 52 book challenge up to date, which is far easier as less books! I saw that my ‘currently reading’ list had 19 books and as most of them I’ve left for so long that I’d have to start again, I cut that down to 5.

Some slight improvements but not quite up-to-date. It’ll do… 😉

New Picture Books read this week:
Octopus Socktopus Mixed Up Fairy Tales Fish Food The Tiger Who Came to Tea Mog and Bunny Barbapapa's Voyage Barbapapa Troll and the Oliver

Books added to shelves: 14 review books; 2 new Mostly Books (plus colouring / Klutz books but I don’t count them in my totals); 2 second hand from Abe Books; 6 second hand charity shop; 29 new The Book People (21 Rainbow Fairy books for £9.37, MG loves them and I wouldn’t buy them otherwise!) Cumulative book spend: £455.90+?? + £24 loyalty card + 400 book points (359? books)

Library books borrowed: 25. Cumulative library books borrowed: 132+.

Books removed from shelves: none. Cumulative book removal: 229 books.

Challenge books read: The Girl Who Navigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making; Bone 1: Out from Boneville; The Weight of Water

Year progress: 243/365 = 66.6%
Picture Book Challenge progress: 354/300 = 118.0%
50 Book Challenge / Read 52 progress: 42/52 = 80.8%

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

Our Week In Books #31, #32 & #33

I am going to have to search through my receipts and piles of books to update this one properly, as I haven’t updated Goodreads properly or kept any kind of track on account of a depression blip. I didn’t want to leave this for yet another week though, as it’s been three weeks already.

I’m sure I shouldn’t include the Anna Hibiscus books in my reading challenge, especially as it took me 21 minutes to read both Hooray for Anna Hibiscus and Good Luck Anna Hibiscus (I just happened to look at the time before I started the first and after I finished the second), any more than I should include Letters to Klaus. But I have. And they’re staying there.

I’ve also added several Kindle books this week, and I always forget to add those (mainly because I normally get free ones), but these were 99p sale ones that I’d heard good things about so thought I’d get them. I suppose I should borrow them from a library, but I’ve had 99p books on my Kindle (or 2nd hand paperbacks etc) sitting for years before I get round to reading them and I don’t think libraries work like that. I just have to be in the right mood for a book basically…

Talking of libraries, we have managed to go at last and have now been twice so MG & DG are building up their Summer Reading Challenge poster. Or they would be, if they get round to is. It’s a glow in the dark bracelet next time we go I’ve been told. MG is in to choosing early readers and chapter books now, but we haven’t consistently read any and I must sit down and make her read because she does enjoy it and it helps with her writing (that she’s far more interested in doing.) DG still likes to choose board books, so I’m choosing her books for her, but we’ve got so many at home that she’s quite happy with reading over and over and over again.

Theme-wise I did stick to bear books for a bit, and kind-of tried with the traditional tales but that was during my biggest blip/dip so not much sticking to anything going on. I think the Africa theme dates are near an end but we’ve just started them (hence the Anna Hibiscus obsession, only the picture books seem to be of interest to the girls so far though so I read the early readers!) I’m reading Handa’s Surprise several times a day though, and tried to read Abigail but Handa and Anna Hibiscus were more interesting so far. It’s only been a couple of nights on the theme though and they do love Abigail.

Reviewing books is where I’m failing. There are so many wonderful review copies that we are enjoying and want to share, and so many more that we’ve borrowed or bought too. I’m just not really capable of doing them justice so I’m leaving it.

This has all been a big bit of a ramble. It’s my diary section of the blog. Nothing planned or reviewed or about one subject or taking time to get the words in the right order, just a bit of braindump on books. I’m hoping I manage to fill in the gaps at some point but if I don’t, it’s still been a very interesting experiment keeping track of my buying habits. Shame I seem to spend more than my income on books, really need to sort that one out…

New Picture Books read this week recently-ish:
Splash, Anna Hibiscus! Anna Hibiscus' Song Little Red Riding Hood Mixed Up Fairy Tales Mixed Up Nursery Rhymes. by Hilary Robinson, Liz Pichon Octopus Socktopus  The Lamb Who Came for Dinner  Class Two at the Zoo I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato Spider and the Fly

Books added to shelves: 3? Mostly Books; 5? second-hand books; 3 review books; 5 Kindle. Cumulative book spend: £455.90+?? + £24 loyalty card + 400 book points (306? books)

Library books borrowed: 34. Cumulative library books borrowed: 109+.

Books removed from shelves: none. Cumulative book removal: 229 books.

Challenge books read: The Ocean at the End of the Lane; The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome; Anna Hibiscus; Hooray for Anna Hibiscus; Good Luck Anna Hibiscus; Have Fun Anna Hibiscus

Year progress: 229/365 = 62.7%
Picture Book Challenge progress: 346/300 = 115.3%
50 Book Challenge / Read 52 progress: 39/52 = 75.0%

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

 

Our Week in Books #30

I didn’t update Goodreads again so I’m not sure which books we read, other than a couple of Jane Hissey’s that were already on the read list. I may have a pile of books by my bed from the last reading session but I can’t be bothered to check! Not a very successful week. I haven’t finished a book for me for ages, although I have started A Game of Thrones so it might be a while until I finish one still! But also it’s my birthday coming up and I know I’m getting a couple of books I really want to read so maybe I’ll get to read those in the next week. Bit of a blah week all in all.

New Picture Books read this week:

Books added to shelves: 2 from Mostly Books; 2 review books. Cumulative book spend: £455.90 + £12 loyalty card + 400 book points (295 books)

Library books borrowed: none. Cumulative library books borrowed: 75+.

Books removed from shelves: 6. Cumulative book removal: 229 books.

Challenge books read: none

Year progress: 208/365 = 57.0%
Picture Book Challenge progress: 344/300 = 114.7%
50 Book Challenge / Read 52 progress: 33/52 = 63.5%

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

Our Week in Books #28 & #29

Two weeks in one because I never quite got round to doing one last week. I hope I’ve got the numbers right but my brain melted so I may have missed some!

New Picture Books read this fortnight:
Bears, Bears, Bears! Norris the Bear Who Shared. Catherine Rayner Pi-Rat! Abigail Ten Little Pirates Little Red Riding Hood Fish Food The BIG-Hearted Book Old MacDonald Had a Farm The Fat Cat There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Bathwater's Hot olive and the bad mood Eddie and Dog

Books added to shelves: 10 second hand; 12 review books. Cumulative book spend: £433.92 + £12 loyalty card + 400 book points (291 books)

Library books borrowed: none. Cumulative library books borrowed: 75+.

Books removed from shelves: none. Cumulative book removal: 223 books.

Challenge books read: None

Year progress: 201/365 = 55.1%
Picture Book Challenge progress: 344/300 = 114.7%
50 Book Challenge / Read 52 progress: 33/52 = 63.5%

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

Our Week in Books #27

Picture books read still remain awful, due to hayfever and me not feeling like reading. Having a target made me more inclined to read more books I think, seems like I need to set myself another one as my girls are missing out.

It’s now officially over half way through the year, which has shot by frighteningly fast as ever. Before I know it, Christmas will be back again. Eek!

New Picture Books read this week:
Mixed Up Nursery Rhymes. by Hilary Robinson, Liz Pichon Mixed Up Fairy Tales Where's My Teddy? It's the Bear! My Friend Bear The Paper Dolls

Books added to shelves: 2 review books. Cumulative book spend: £428.37 + £12 loyalty card + 400 book points (269 books)

Library books borrowed: none. Cumulative library books borrowed: 75+.

Books removed from shelves: none. Cumulative book removal: 223 books.

Challenge books read: Surface Detail by Iain M Banks

Year progress: 187/365 = 51.2%
Picture Book Challenge progress: 331/300 = 110.3%
50 Book Challenge / Read 52 progress: 33/52 = 63.5%

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