I don't want to go back to work!
I read 33 books in January. It's always by far my biggest reading month. I work in schools, which means I get the summer holidays off. December is crazy with holidays and MT being off work, but January I'm on my own all day and can read and read and read.
Of the 33 books, only 1 wasn't on my TBR pile when the month started. I had 2 five-star reads, and 7 four-and-a-half star reads, so on average an excellent month. My least favourite was a 2 star read; a collection of essays about libraries that I found repetitive.
Since the woman-author reading challenge is taking place this year, here are my "gender" stats:
Women authors: 15
Male authors: 17
A whopping 23 were non-fiction, compared to 10 fiction.
As for my TBR Challenge of only allowing myself to buy half as many books as I've read, I actually did o.k. I did have a small cheat, because on New Year's Day, my neighbour came over and offered me 6 boxes of books she was getting rid of. Karma was rigging the system for failure!! After going through the boxes I chose 6, but didn't count them against my book budget; I categorised them as 'gifts' and I'd said from the start gifts didn't count.
January's book buying budget: 12 books.
Total TBR: 322
For February, my book budget is 16 books (January's 33 rounded down and divided by 2).
Go me! ;)