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#181  Uncle Robin 10-23-2020, 04:56 AM
Quote pdurrant
I suspect that some of the differences in the list are due to the availability of other forms of entertainment in the respective countries. And some will be because of literacy rates.
Yes, I think the NZ article showed the impact of other forms of entertainment quite clearly. That India topped the list made me wonder about the literacy issue, given that literacy rates vary quite a bit by state.
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#182  pdurrant 10-23-2020, 05:01 AM
Quote Uncle Robin
Yes, I think the NZ article showed the impact of other forms of entertainment quite clearly. That India topped the list made me wonder about the literacy issue, given that literacy rates vary quite a bit by state.
I beleive India has an overall 78% Adult literacy rate, while the UK's is 99%. (Although it's only 83% if you don't count those adults with literacy below Level 1. Adults with skills below Level 1 may not be able to read bus or train timetables or understand their pay slip.)
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#183  Uncle Robin 10-23-2020, 05:17 AM
Quote pdurrant
I beleive India has an overall 78% Adult literacy rate,
I had acquaintances from Maharashtra who were dismissive of Kerala's high 90s literacy rate, saying "that doesn't count, it's only in Malayalam". Such a sad mindset. Apropos of the "other entertainment" though, from my outsider's perspective Malayali cinema seems to be a bit more diverse than its globally-famous Hindi sibling.
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#184  Paperbackstash 10-23-2020, 01:11 PM
September Recap - 6 Read Total

E-books: 6
Kindle Unlimited: 2
Scribd Audiobook: 0
Audible Audiobooks: 0
Paperback: 0
Hardback: 0

Not much to say about this month. I read a few horror and some re-reads of romance. A slow reading month but I loved the books I read. Scribd was a loss of money this month, and KU was as well since I read only 2 from the series, but it about evened out.
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#185  Tarana 10-31-2020, 11:12 PM
October Wrapup:

3,000 pages per month : Met again this month!
Ebooks - TBR Reduced by 10; Current: +98 Not so good. I did terrible this month, although most of the books were discounts on series that I read.
Audiobooks - TBR Reduced by 10; Current: +1 Not bad on this one. Some sales, but most were for wishlist books.
Magazines - TBR Reduced by 10; Current: -2 Since I am not buying any more and my Kickstart subscription is done, I'm making progress on this.

Standalone Short stories and Novellas: 86 read! My goal was 100 of these and I have 14 left. Most of these are audiobooks. Some were outstanding, some part of series I read, the rest will likely get deleted out of library.
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#186  pdurrant 11-01-2020, 04:23 AM
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Another month gone, 15 books read.

My TBR now stands at just 911!
I slipped up a bit this month. Only 8 books read (one was 1183 pages, and another was 829 pages!), but 10 books bought. Add in a little adjustment for previous errors in numbers, and my TBR is now 914.

I firmly expect to do better this month. I was lead astray by an Amazon special offer. And that offer does mean I now have £5 to spend on ebooks by the 11th...

...but I shall endeavour to be restrained for the rest of the month.

I'm hoping to end the year with under 900 books on my TBR pile.

[EDIT]
With one more book finished and 11 other books discarded this morning, that now seems very achievable. I should probably aim for under 890.
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#187  DrNefario 11-02-2020, 06:02 AM
October was my slowest month in years for books read, with only 3 (one of which was a novella), but not very far off the pace in pages. Two long and not particularly fast-paced books took up most of the month.

I've fallen slightly behind on my read vs bought target as a result, even though I didn't buy much. It's going to be tricky to catch up as long as I'm taking part in this Crown of Stars readalong where I need to buy the next book each month and they take up most of my reading time. Everything else is still on target, I think.
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#188  pdurrant 11-02-2020, 06:08 AM
Quote DrNefario
It's going to be tricky to catch up as long as I'm taking part in this Crown of Stars readalong where I need to buy the next book each month and they take up most of my reading time.
I think the most important thing is to enjoy what you're reading, even if it means that you miss a target set at the start of the year.
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#189  DrNefario 11-03-2020, 04:17 AM
Quote pdurrant
I think the most important thing is to enjoy what you're reading, even if it means that you miss a target set at the start of the year.
We've decided to take two months for the next book, since it's a thousand-pager.
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#190  Paperbackstash 11-09-2020, 04:31 PM
October Update

I participated in several Twitter related reading challenges and Dewey's 24 hour readathon. Had a fun reading month.

Total Read: 29
E-books: 19
Kindle Unlimited: 8
Scribd Usage: 10
Audible Audiobooks: 0
Paperback: 0
Hardback: 1

Scribd was used a lot - I even had my first time throttle. 9 Audio and 1 Ebook rental read. The audio were mainly kids type for fun Halloween mood and read-a-thons.

KU got a great workout as well, so both of the subscription services worth the price in October.

I read all e-books, audio, and only one physical (Hardback), so low on reducing my physical collection.

Most of the books read this month were horror, thrillers, a few romance and mystery - mainly for the October Fall season theme. Didn't reduce many of the goals I had on the yearly list this month.
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