monthly review

Month in Numbers: February and March

I hadn’t meant to leave such a long time between posts but I’ve been through a crazily busy period at work and I haven’t really had any time to read, never mind blog about reading. We’ve just got back from a few nights in Naples though so, after some extremely long days in the run up to our holiday, I found time to not only read but also to get myself in the mood for writing a few posts too. One thing that I’ve realised in putting together this month’s look at my reading stats is that my spreadsheet is tracking trends for the year to date so we’ve got a mixture of stuff about February and March and stuff about 2018 so far.

Books Read

February and March weren’t great reading months until the last week or so when we were away. I did get back into audiobooks over the past few weeks, however. I saw this video by Jean (of Jean’s Bookish Thoughts) and decided to give BookBeat a try. I’ve never been much of a fan of Audible’s credit model because I find that it makes me lean towards longer audiobooks (to get my “money’s worth”…) and it takes me ages to get through them and I get bored. BookBeat is slightly pricier (at £12.90 per month) but you can listen to as many audiobooks during the month as you want. I’m on my third during my 4 week free trial and it’s really helped me feel like I’m at least enjoying stories even when I don’t have the time to pick up a book as often as I’d like.

ANYway, between all types of book, I read 9 books between February and March with 3,497 pages between them.  Surprisingly, that gives an average of 59 pages per day.  I can only assume that comes from a few binges, audiobook counts and the recent holiday because I only finished a book every 7 days on average.

My average star rating for the year so far is 3.8, which I’m pretty happy with. I gave two books 5 stars in February and March: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton and Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I even managed to write a review of Seven Deaths.  Honourable mentions go to Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon and We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche.  There was only one 2 star duff – The Crow Garden by Alison Littlewood.

Of the 16 books I’ve read so far this year, a fairly whopping 11 were written by women. Still entirely unconsciously, I seem to lean towards books written by women.  I haven’t read any translated fiction yet this year, which I do want to try and correct at some point this year.

Books Acquired

I’ve somehow managed to acquire 59 books between February and March.  Oops again?  I’ve spent £227.81 so far this year on books.  It still leaves me with a fairly low average spend per book is £2.71 but the amount of unread books I own is really creeping up!  My shelves arrive this month so I’ll finally have all of the books that I own out on display, which is tremendously exciting and should give me a great opportunity to look at what I’ve got and maybe (hopefully) get more excited about books I already have and stem the incoming tide.

Book I acquired in January that I’m most looking forward to: The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

Challenge Update

Science Fiction v Fantasy Bingo: I’ve only read one extra book for this in February and March – Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, which I’m counting for ‘Epic’ as it was a fairly huge 645 pages and the start of a trilogy that I’m really excited

TBR Pile Challenge: None read so far…still…

Beat the Backlist: The average time that the books I’ve read have spent on my TBR is 4 months. Of the 9 books I read, 7 were books that I’ve acquired since the start of 2018. Must sort that in April and get to some more of my older books.  That will probably be much easier when I can actually see them on my shelves!