Adding it up: My Reading in August and September

Month: August and September 2014; being added up in early November 2014.

Books completed in these 2 months:

August 5 (4 ebooks; 1 paperback bought secondhand)
September 4 (4 ebooks)
Books completed year to date: 47 (34 ebooks; 8 hard copy; 2 audio; 1 part hard copy, part ebook; 2 pdf download)

Abandoned: nothing
Abandoned year to date: 2 books; 1 short story

Short stories completed these 2 months: 0
Short stories completed year to date: 26

Best read:  Leadership is Hell: How to Manage Well – And Escape with your Soul (Rob Ashgar)

Completed for the various challenges:
Reading round Munster – 0, but for a category already completed (Total year to date 5 + 1/6 – challenge extended to Dec 2014)
Full House Challenge – 4 (Total year to date 20/25)
Back to the Classics – 0 (Total year to date 2/10-and-a-movie)
Read Scotland – 0 (Total year to date 2/1-4)
Africa Reading Challenge – 0 (Total year to date 2/5)
Deal Me In [Short stories]: 0 (Total year to date 26/52)
Non-Fiction: 5 (Total year to date 21/16-20)
I Love Library Books: 0 (Total year to date 3/6)
Audio Books: 0 (Total year to date 2/1-5)
Ebooks: 8 (Total year to date 34/25)
[Non-challenge books: 1 (Total year to date, 1)]

Comments: Definitely not a great two months, not only in quantity but also in quality.  But things are improving!

Adding it Up: My Reading in July

Month: July 2014; being added up at the end of October 2014.

Books completed this month: 8 (6 ebooks; 1 paperback bought secondhand; 1 paperback received as a gift).
Books completed year to date: 38 (26 ebooks; 7 hard copy; 2 audio; 1 part hard copy, part ebook; 2 pdf download)

Abandoned this month: nothing
Abandoned year to date: 2 books; 1 short story

Short stories completed this month: 2
Short stories completed year to date: 26

Best read this month: Castles, Follies and Four-Leaf Clovers: Adventures Along Ireland’s St. Declan’s Way – a pilgrimage journal.

Completed this month for the various challenges:
Reading round Munster – 1, but for a category already completed (Total year to date 5 + 1/6 – runs from Nov 2013 to Sept 2014)
Full House Challenge – 2 (Total year to date 16/25)
Back to the Classics – 0 (Total year to date 2/10-and-a-movie)
Read Scotland – 0 (Total year to date 2/1-4)
Africa Reading Challenge – 1 (Total year to date 2/5)
Deal Me In [Short stories]: 2 (Total year to date 26/52)
Non-Fiction: 3 (Total year to date 16/16-20)
I Love Library Books: 0 (Total year to date 3/6)
Audio Books: 0 (Total year to date 2/1-5)
Ebooks: 2 (Total year to date 26/25)
[Non-challenge books: 1 (Total year to date, 1)]

Comments: I’m writing this at the end of October; I want to post about my reading in August, September and October before taking a look at where I am with the challenges.

Adding it Up: My Reading in June

Month: June 2014.

Books completed this month: 2 (1 ebook; 1 hard copy for review).  One of these books was reviewed for a professional journal so is not mentioned on this blog – but it sure counts as part of my reading for this year!
Books completed year to date: 30 (20 ebooks; 5 hard copy; 2 audio; 1 part hard copy, part ebook; 2 pdf download)

Abandoned this month: nothing
Abandoned year to date: 2 books; 1 short story

Short stories completed this month: 4
Short stories completed year to date: 24

Best read this month: Ravenscraig, a long family saga which simply flew by.

Completed this month for the various challenges:
Reading round Munster – 0 (Total year to date 5/6 – runs from Nov 2013 to Sept 2014)
Full House Challenge – 1 (Total year to date 14/25)
Back to the Classics – 0 (Total year to date 2/10-and-a-movie)
Read Scotland – 0 (Total year to date 2/1-4)
Africa Reading Challenge – 0 (Total year to date 1/5)
Deal Me In [Short stories]: 4 (Total year to date 24/52)
Non-Fiction: 0 (Total year to date 13/16-20)
I Love Library Books: 0 (Total year to date 3/6)
Audio Books: 0 (Total year to date 2/1-5)
Ebooks: 1 (Total year to date 20/25)
[Non-challenge books: 1 (Total year to date, 1)]

Comments: I’ve fallen way behind in my blogging.  I was away (part holiday, part business) at the end of June and beginning of July with little or no internet connection.  I did a lot of reading, but didn’t do any reviewing.  It will take me some time to catch up, but hopefully it’s not impossible.

Adding It Up: My Reading in May

Month: May 2014

Books completed this month: 6 (4 ebooks; 1 hard copy; 1 pdf download).
Books completed year to date: 28 (19 ebooks; 4 hard copy; 2 audio; 1 part hard copy, part ebook; 2 pdf download)

Abandoned this month: nothing
Abandoned year to date: 2 books; 1 short story

Short stories completed this month: 5
Short stories completed year to date: 20

Best read this month: ArteMetroRoma, more of a browsing book than a read, but quite captivating, about the modern mosaics which can be seen at some of Rome’s underground stations.

Completed this month for the various challenges:
Reading round Munster – 0 (Total year to date 5/6 – runs from Nov 2013 to Sept 2014)
Full House Challenge – 2 (Total year to date 13/25)
Back to the Classics – 0 (Total year to date 2/10-and-a-movie)
Read Scotland – 0 (Total year to date 2/1-4)
Africa Reading Challenge – 0 (Total year to date 1/5)
Deal Me In [Short stories]: 5 (Total year to date 20/52)
Non-Fiction: 5 (Total year to date 13/16-20)
I Love Library Books: 1 (Total year to date 3/6)
Audio Books: 0 (Total year to date 2/1-5)
Ebooks: 4 (Total year to date 19/25)

Comments: I still have a bit of catching up to do to get back on track towards my goals, but I’m glad that the break in my stride in late April and early May has not had disastrous consequences!

Adding it up: My Reading in April

Month: Apr 2014.  So why am I posting this only now, half-way through May?  This is how it often goes for me.  I get really involved with something for a few months, then it fades out because something else takes over my time and energy.  In April, the take-over things were writing and photography.  There was also busy-ness at work, and a problem with my internet connection, which didn’t help.  Let me see if I can play catch-up.

Books completed this month: 2 (2 ebooks).  I did read a few other books, but since I haven’t reviewed them, I’m not counting them as completed.
Books completed year to date: 22 (15 ebooks; 3 hard copy; 2 audio; 1 part hard copy, part ebook; 1 pdf download)

Abandoned this month: nothing (except blogging!)
Abandoned year to date: 2 books; 1 short story

Short stories completed this month: 1 (again, I read more than this, but have to play catch-up with reviews).
Short stories completed year to date: 15

Best read this month: The Glimpses of the Moon (Edith Wharton)

Completed this month for the various challenges:
Reading round Munster – 0 (Total year to date 5/6 – runs from Nov 2013 to Sept 2014)
Full House Challenge – 1 (Total year to date 11/25)
Back to the Classics – 0 (Total year to date 2/10-and-a-movie)
Read Scotland – 0 (Total year to date 2/1-4)
Africa Reading Challenge – 0 (Total year to date 1/5)
Deal Me In [Short stories]: 1 (Total year to date 15/52)
Non-Fiction: 1 (Total year to date 8/6-10)
I Love Library Books: 0 (Total year to date 2/3)
Audio Books: 0 (Total year to date 2/1-5)
Ebooks: 2 (Total year to date 15/25)

Comments: It remains to be seen whether I get back on track with the blogging and the various challenges.

Adding it up: My Reading in March

Month: Mar 2014

Books completed this month: 7 (4 ebooks, 2 library books, 1 pdf download)
Books completed year to date: 20 (13 ebooks; 3 hard copy; 2 audio; 1 part hard copy, part ebook; 1 pdf download)

Abandoned this month: 1 short story – too graphically violent
Abandoned year to date: 2 books; 1 short story

Short stories completed this month: 5
Short stories completed year to date: 14

Best reads this month: The Spinning Heart (Donal Ryan); A Darker Domain (Val McDermid)

Completed this month for the various challenges:
Reading round Munster – 1 (Total year to date 5/6 – runs from Nov 2013 to Sept 2014)
Full House Challenge – 2 (Total year to date 10/25)
Back to the Classics – 0 (Total year to date 2/10-and-a-movie)
Read Scotland – 1 (Total year to date 2/1-4)
Africa Reading Challenge – 1 (Total year to date 1/5)
Deal Me In [Short stories]: 5 (Total year to date 14/52)
Non-Fiction: 4 (Total year to date 7/6-10)
I Love Library Books: 2 (Total year to date 2/3)
Audio Books: 0 (Total year to date 2/1-5)
Ebooks: 4 (Total year to date 13/25)

Comments: This is the end of the first quarter!  My overall total is much higher than I expected at the start of the year.  And I’m over 25% for all my challenges except Back to the Classics and the Africa Reading challenges, which are running just a little behind.  No need for drastic action yet, though I do hope to finish two for Back to the Classics in April.

Adding it up – my reading in February

Month: Feb 2014

Books completed this month: 4 (4 ebooks)
Books completed year to date: 13 (9 ebooks; 1 hard copy; 2 audio; 1 part hard copy, part ebook)

Books abandoned this month: 1 (a recent fiction publication, with too much drink, drugs and blackouts for my liking).
Books abandoned year to date: 2

Short stories completed this month: 3
Short stories completed year to date: 9

Best reads this month: a bunch of short stories – The Sniper (Liam O’Flaherty),The School (Donald Barthelme), and Mme Zitta Mendès, a Last Image (Alaa Al Aswany).

Completed this month for the various challenges:
Reading round Munster – 0 (Total year to date 4/6 – runs from Nov 2013 to Sept 2014)
Full House Challenge – 1 (Total year to date 8/25)
Back to the Classics – 0 (Total year to date 2/10-and-a-movie)
Read Scotland – 0 (Total year to date 1/1-4)
Africa Reading Challenge – 0 (Total year to date 0/5)
Deal Me In [Short stories]: 3 (Total year to date 9/52]
Non-Fiction: 1 (Total year to date 3/10)
I Love Library Books: 0 (Total year to date 0/3)
Audio Books: 0 (Total year to date 2/1-5)
Ebooks: 4 (Total year to date 9/10, now 9/25 as I have upped to the next level of the challenge)

Comments: Not a lot completed this month, though I have several other books in progress.  Having a plan of at least some books for the various challenges really helps when I’m not sure what – if anything – I want to read next.