Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Do I read the books bought on bookshop crawls?

With another bookshop crawl on the horizon I wanted to take a look at how much I'd actually read out of the books bought on previous crawls. The crawls are great social occasions and there isn't actually any pressure to buy books in every shop but I kind of feel I should support them even if I have more books than I can shake a stick at.

London 2016
Bought 13, read 5

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari + Eric Klinenberg
Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray by Frank J. Barbiere + Chris Mooneyham
Severed by Frances Larson

I still haven't read any of the Persephone titles, sorry to everyone who loves them!

Bought 8, read 4

Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Pyongyang by Guy Delisle
The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
The Wicked + the Divine by Kieron Gillen + Jamie McKelvie

(Josh has read No Highway by Nevil Shute)
((Midwich Cuckoos was a duplicate so doesn't really count))

London 2017
Bought 9, read 4

Ms Marvel by G. Willow Wilson + Adrian Alphona
Laika by Nick Abadzis
The Power by Naomi Alderman
The Lake District (AA Guide)

(There were a couple of freebies too, which I haven't read either)

So I really should be buying just 4 or 5 books on these crawls! I'm going to take a list of books with me to Oxford and try to stick to that, at least for fiction. I seem to be better at reading graphic novels, comics and non-fiction that I buy on a whim. We'll see how that works out, I'll probably be back here in two weeks' time with a massive haul again.

Oxford Bookshop Crawl is on the 5th August 2017 and you can find out more info at Ninja Book Box.


  1. You've done far better than me! From the London crawl earlier this year, I bought 11 and I've read 1. I mean, it was one I really liked (Cinder) but just the one all the same! Oxford is about 4 hours on the train from me so I can't make this crawl sadly but given my acquisition v reading stats, I guess in some ways it's for the best. Hopefully there'll be another London one soon that I can join in on!

    1. I think Oxford might actually be closer to me than London but seems like it's more difficult to get to (by difficult I mean two trains, but still that introduces room for error). I'm sure Bex will organise the London one again or maybe we can trek up north or the summer one next time too!

  2. I have 2 left unread from London last year, 2 from Bath, and 1 from London this year, so it's not too bad. I tend to read a few of my latest acquisitions, then buy/borrow some more and the rest slip down the pile.

    1. You're so good! I think I tend to buy different types of books on crawls as the bookshops don't always have tastes aligned with me. So going to try harder this time and only gets books I'll read in the next 6 months...


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