Friday, December 03, 2010

November totals, plans for December...

Hello. November is over. Which means 2010 is almost over! How did that happen? It was pretty productive month, November. 15 books read, including two for Anti-Bullying Week hosted over at ASAMUM BOOKTOPIA, and one book read for an HIV/AIDS in Teen Lit event at Portrait of a Woman.

I don't often do breakdowns of where I get my books, but I thought it's interesting to do sometimes.

Library books: Slog's Dad, Kissing the Rain, Boys Don't Cry.

ARCs/Books sent for review: Delirium (via publisher), The Killer's Daughter (via author), You Against Me (publisher), The Body Finder (publisher), Entangled (author).

Books borrowed or on UK Book tours: Chanda's Secrets, The Lonely Hearts Club.

Own from my TBR shelves: Getting the Girl (bought at Amazon), Zelah Green (bought at Waterstones), Saving Francesca (swapped), One Of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies (bought at Amazon), So Much To Tell You (swapped).

I am very glad that at least 1/3 of the books I read this week were books that I'd previously owned. 1/3 were sent via the publishers or direct from authors. And the remaining third was split between the library, borrowing from friends and via UK Book tours. It's a pretty even match and I do hope to maintain this sort of breakdown. What would your breakdown look like?

Here are the books I read with links to my reviews:

160. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
161. Slog's Dad by David Almond and Dave McKean
162. The Killer's Daughter by Vivian Oldaker
163. Getting the Girl by Markus Zusak
164. You Against Me by Jenny Downham
165. Zelah Green by Vanessa Curtis
166. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
167. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
168. Kissing the Rain by Kevin Brooks
169. One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones
170. So Much To Tell You by John Marsden
171. Entangled by Cat Clarke
172. Chanda's Secrets by Allan Stratton
173. Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman
174. The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

And the numbers are the totals for the year! My goal for this year WAS 150, but as you can see that number has come and gone. I'm not pushing for anything higher now, I think it's coming to the end of the year and I just want to relax. Enjoy the books that I do pick up. However I have accepted quite a few review books recently and am starting to feel the pressure. A little bit.

I really enjoyed all of the books that I've read during the month of November, but especially You Against Me, Entangled, Delirium and Saving Francesca. My plans for December? To make a start on the following books:

Being Billy by Phil Earle (review)
My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent (review)
Inside Out by Maria Snyder (review)
Need by Carrie Jones (review)
Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan (review)

My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares
From Notting Hill, With Love ... Actually by Ali McNamara
My So-Called Haunting by Tamsyn Murray
Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
Trash by Andy Mulligan
Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

Which was your favourite book to read in November? What are you most looking forward to reading in December? Where do you get your books from?


  1. I am pleased to see you are managing to read so many this year. I think my total will be lower than last.

  2. What an awesome list of books! I have to take a look at the 1001 book list.

    Do you participate in NaNoWriMo? You really should.

    Love the blog, keep up the hard work!

  3. What a fantastic post! Hope you enjoy reading your books. I'm definitely a new follower :)

  4. waoow you read so much..i like reading books from Turkey..

  5. You are in for a real treat with Immortal Beloved. That book is so me. I love it!

    Cannot believe how many books you have read this year. It is amazing!

  6. Vivienne - I'm reading way more than normal, but I think it's just a fluke :) Or in response to me procrastinating studying for my uni courses, will go back to normalish soon.. And you have lots more to deal with than me. And you wrote two books this year.

    jlsims - Thanks so much for your comment. I don't participate in NaNoWriMo, as I don't consider myself much of a writer..

    Bookgirl818 - Thank you and welcome? I don't know what to say! :)

    Seval - Love to you too Seval :) Thanks for stopping by.

    Becky - Really? Ooh. I picked it up tonight, but not sure I'm ready for it yet as I'm more in the mood for a contemporary romance. But it does sound excellent..


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