So apparently one can either a) calculate the stats for the whole year. Which in my case is basically impossible because I gave up Goodreads early on but didn’t bring back my reading journal. I have no idea how much I read in 2017, I just have a feeling that it was more than ever. So I’m going with b) list the latest 30 books I have read and where they have come from.
- Bibliotek by Ali Smith. Called “Public libraries” in the english original, this new translation was a gift from the publisher (and got me thinking about this post)
- The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes. From the library.
- Othello by William Shakespeare. Bought at full price online.
- Ten poems about clouds. More a booklet than a book actually. Gift from a friend.
- The white book by Han Kang. Library copy.
- Bad news by Edward St Aubyn. Bought online at full price.
- The noise of time by Julian Barnes. Found in a read cycle bin (like a free library)
- Hennes nya namn by Elena Ferrante. Bought in last years book sale.
- A collection of Byron’s poetry. A gift from a friend.
- Never mind by Edward St Aubyn. Library copy
- Astarte by Karin Boye. Bought when they had “take 4, pay for 3” at Akademibokhandeln.
- Snobs by Julian Fellowes. Borrowed from my brother.
- Den vita rosen by Olga Ravn. Bought when they had” take 4, pay for 3″
- Kazuo Ishiguros nobel lecture. A gift from a friend.
- Winter by Ali Smith. A Christmas gift.
- Blodsbunden by Augustin Erba. Library copy? I think?
- Samlade dikter by Edith Södergran. The third book in the “4 for 3”
- The girl in the tower by Katherine Arden. The fourth book in the “4 for 3”
- Sånt är livet by Rosa Liksom. Bought at last years book sale.
- An almost perfect Christmas by Nina Stibbe. Bought, full-price, just before Christmas.
- Genghis Khan by Frank Mclynn. “Read-cycle bin”.
- Den osynlige väktare by Dolores Redondo. See previous comment.
- Madonna in a fur coat by Sabahattin Ali. Sent to me by a friend.
- Hur jag lärde mig förstå världen by Hans Rosling. Bought, with a discount.
- Anteckningar by Joan Didion. Sent to me by the publisher.
- Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. Bought.
- Women&Power by Mary Beard. Sent to me by the publisher.
- Letters to the lady upstairs by Marcel Proust. Bought (and it was pricey but when it comes to Proust the bookstores can have all my money)
- Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu. Bought.
- A Christmas carol by Charles Dickens. Bought second-hand.
Fewer library book than I thought but that’s because I got that end of the year bug to try to finish books I already had I think, and also I got a bunch of books for Christmas.
When I look at the unread books in my pile they are in total 26 and have a similar spread; 3 library books (those obviously are priority reads), 1 that I won in a give-away, 2 that came to me as a result of being an Augustprize ambassador, 7 sent from publishers, 5 picked up here and there (mind you, I also give to those free libraries), 4 bought and 6 are gifts from friends and family.
Where do your books come from?