Sunday, 1 February 2015

Sunday Summary: I ATEN'T DEAD, or January in Books

I'm back! Not that I've been anywhere, but alas, my laptop has been awaiting repairs for a couple of weeks, leaving me fidgety and impatient, as you'll have noticed if you follow me on Twitter.

I'm working my way down my to-read pile, with a self-imposed read-3-buy-2 rule (rereads and borrowed books are not included here.) I'm also trying out the idea of giving myself a monthly to-read list, although of course it is subject to variation.

January's to-read pile


Cross Stitch - Diana Gabaldon
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making - Catherynne M. Valante
Life After Life - Kate Atkinson
The Last Days Of Rabbit Hayes - Anna McPartlin
The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August - Claire North
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return - Ian Doescher
Elizabeth Is Missing - Emma Healy
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - J. R. R. Tolkien

Not bad going then! Just one book left from my to-read list, and I also reread Anne of the Island. I plan to write a post or two of mini-reviews to catch up with my blogging by the end of the week - I am very far behind already this year.

My to-read pile is now a to-read shelf for the first time in a couple of years, as I recently replaced my big bookcase with one just as tall and wide, but with extra depth so that I can shelve two rows of books instead of one.It looks very strange having a shelf full of these unread books which I haven't yet made my own by reading. It looks like someone else's bookcase, albeit someone very cool whose shelves I'd be keen on raiding.

Of course, it caused much angst and agonising over which books should be hidden behind the others. I've arranged my shelves roughly by genre, and still have a Lord of the Rings feature shelf with my Lego Mines of Moria set (and the rest of my LotR Lego on top.)



I've read seven new books last month, as well as the two rereads, and have set myself another pile for February. (Not pictured, the first Elly Griffiths thriller, which I reserved in the library.) Of course this is all subject to change.

I bought two new books in January - The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, and of course the latest Neil Gaiman short story collection called Trigger Warning. But I'll be buying no more, no matter how good the offer is, until the end of February when I'm due to meet up with Bex and Laura and hit the London bookshops. Yay!

February's to-read pile


The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August - Claire North
The House at Sea's End - Elly Griffiths 
The Elements of Eloquence - Mark Forsyth
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - J. R. R. Tolkien
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances - Neil Gaiman
The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
The Year I Met You - Cecelia Ahern
The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe - Alexander McCall Smith

1 comment:

  1. Go you! My mum's friend brought back Cross Stitch for me to read - finally - so that's on the heap for the next few weeks. I'm barely reading a thing at the moment because I'm binge-watching about three different TV series at once, but I AM OKAY WITH THAT. Read on, Miss Katie, and have a wonderful time in London! xx

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