Annabel’s February reads

I read 10 books in February  (one not pictured, and I’m counting the 3 Ladybird expert books as 1 as they total approx 75 pages of text).

Strictly speaking, the Ladybird books and my tenth book – the new Sarah Dunant were cheats, as I got them this year – but both were to be reviewed for Shiny New Books, so are among my permitted exceptions, as not for my blog.  Will you allow me that?

Of the rest, three came from my TBR shelves (Peake, Porter and Zink), the rest were review copies I had before Jan 1.  I’d particularly recommend Paradise City by Joe Thomas (reviewed here), Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller and English Animals by Laura Kaye.)

Can’t wait to hear how my co-host Lizzy is doing, and you too…

Have you cheated yet? Is it still fun?

Annabel’s January books read

I thought I should show you the books I read too during January.

Only seven, which isn’t a lot for me, but it has been unseasonably busy this month – and one of those seven was 866 pages!

That was the wonderful 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster. I loved it, but am a long-term Auster fan. However my co-editor at Shiny New Books has reviewed it already – Harriet’s never read Auster and she loved it too – check out her review here.

Of the other six, three were book club reads – Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis for my book group in early Jan, and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez for next week’s meeting. Then I read The Glorious Heresies for our staff book group at school.

These were supplemented by Apple Tree Yard, which I rushed through ahead of the TV series, and two YA novels. The Wall by William Sutcliffe was rather affecting, being set in a fictional town on the West Bank.

And – amazingly, NO CHEATS!

Hope your TBR reading goes well too.

Annabel

State of the TBR #1

Annabel fesses up…

See our header photo – that’s just a small part of my TBR books – those bookcases are four wide and ten shelves high and house most of my unread paperbacks.
My bedside bookcase (below) and its associated piles on the floor houses my immediate TBR. Review copies, book group choices, plus an assortment I’ve been meaning to read for ages if only I’d stop reading all the shiny new ones – this means some of the books on the lower shelves have been there far too long.

This is one reason why I do the TBR Dare – I would like to add some different books to the lower shelves of this particular bookcase (which used to be in my room as a child – aah!).

I have other paperbacks and hardbacks in quantity dotted around the place, but I won’t picture them. Instead, I thought I’d share a specialist bookcase with you. This lives in the guest bedroom, and houses only biographies. I have actually read a handful of the books in this one, but 90% of the books therein are, as yet, unread.

I can hear you ask – Annabel, exactly how many books are in your TBR? I’m embarrassed to say; that figure is a ‘known unknown’ that even my Librarything account only has a ballpark figure on – suffice it to say, it’s in a multiple of 4 figures.

So I’ve confessed. That’s why I take part in the TBR Dare each year!

What’s the state of your TBR?