If you’ve followed along you’ll have seen that I read 200 odd books last year and hardly dented the TBR (To Be Read mountain). This is because I am a bookaholic. I see a book I’d like to read one day and my palms start sweating and I must have it – even though I have run out of space on my shelf of books that I haven’t yet read.

January is no different.

So far.

I did quite well at Christmas, didn’t add too many books to the list. Then my birthday happened, and I was taken to Hay-on-Wye and did I mention the sweaty palms?

That little spree, birthday gifts plus being let loose in 2nd hand booktown, added over twenty books to the pile (22 to be exact).

Twenty may not sound too many (I mean I read ten times that many last year) but that’s in the first week of 2018. My aim this year, as I’ll probably read less (as I have two books to deliver to my publishers) is that I’ll read more books than I buy this year. And I’m already at 5 books read which means I stand at -17. Which at 2017 rates is still more than I read in a month some months:

January 16
February 17
March 15
April 22
May 36
June 18
July 22
August 9
September 20
October 20
November 13
December 13

(I don’t know what happened in May – I think I may have travelled a lot with work which means burning through books on trains and planes)

My other aim this year is to at least clear the hardbacks from the TBR – all 31 of them. And, of course, I aim to beat my discoverability challenge totals from last year.

Anyhow, back to the writing.



Published by suttope

Pete W Sutton is a writer and editor. His two short story collections – A Tiding of Magpies and The Museum for Forgetting – were shortlisted for Best Collection in the British Fantasy Awards in 2017 & 2022 respectively. His novel – Seven Deadly Swords – was published by Grimbold Books. He has edited several short story anthologies and is the editor for the British Fantasy Society Horizons fiction magazine.

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