Quarterly Check-In – January to March 2018

This year I’ve been tracking my reading more than ever before, thanks to my shiny spreadsheet that I use obsessively. I’ve been tracking my reading on LibraryThing since 2006, but this is the first time I’ve really looked at my statistics in a more in-depth way than ‘I have read XX number of books…’

It astonishes me that I read 43 books over three months. That’s more than half what I read over the whole of last year.

I’m not entirely sure how this has happened, as I still feel like I’m paying adequate attention to all of them and I’ve haven’t DNF any. It may just be that I have a longer commute now, but also possibly that not living alone now means that I spend less time faffing on the internet in an evening.

Continuing at my current rate, I will have read 168 books by 2019. Haha, that’s clearly not going to happen. It’s just not likely that I’ll sustain reading at this rate. That’s okay though. I quite like that I’ve managed to read this much, but I’m not staking my entire existence on it.

It boils down to 17 books in January, 13 books in February and 12 books in March. This I can explain. I ended up with pneumonia in January, so I was at home and able to read quite a bit, hence my hefty start to the year. As for February and March, well, that’s just down to the factors I outlined above.

I don’t think it sounds all that many until you realise that I read an average of 152 pages a day, which does sound like a lot.

As for the quality of books I read, I’m read some excellent books and some terrible ones.

Best Book of January 2018:

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

Worst Book of January 2018:

All Day: A Year of Love and Survival Teaching Incarcerated Kids at Rikers Island by Liza Jessie Peterson

Best Book of February 2018:

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Worst Book of February 2018:

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Best Book of March 2018:

The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris

Worst Book of March 2018:

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

For the record, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is one of the best books I’ve ever read, and you should definitely read it. Definitely.

I’ve managed to obtain 39 books so far this year. In my defence, 21 were from the library and only one was from Amazon. I’ve spent £124.49, which I’m okay with, as it’s only £31.12 a month. I’d thought it would be more, actually. I managed to spend no money at all on books in March, so naturally I’ve just gone and put an order in…

What have been your favourite books of the year to date? Any books I should be adding to my TBR soon?



  1. Shayna says:

    Were you not a fan of North and South, or was it just not as good as your other reads that month? If you liked the storyline but weren’t a huge fan of the writing, I would definitely check out the mini-series with Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe. It changes a few things, but stays pretty truthful.

    1. Hanna @ Booking in Heels says:

      I wasn’t a fan. I didn’t even finish it, to be perfectly honest. I probably COULD have, but it would have been a slog. I just thought there were too many rants about workers’ rights and industrialisation – the writing really dragged for me.

      Ah brilliant, thank you. I’ll check that out as I would like to know how it ends 🙂

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