2019 Reading Tracker Year in Review

It’s time for my annual break down of my reading tracker posts for the year.


  • Read: 10
  • Bought: 4
  • ARCs: 5


  • Read: 5
  • Bought: 1
  • ARCs: 4


  • Read: 12
  • Bought: 3
  • ARCs: 2


  • Read: 10
  • Bought: 0
  • ARCs: 6


  • Read: 22
  • Bought: 1
  • ARCs: 1


  • Read: 19
  • Bought: 2
  • ARCs: 7


  • Read: 11
  • Bought: 0
  • ARCs: 0


  • Read: 14
  • Bought: 1
  • ARCs: 6


  • Read: 17
  • Bought: 1
  • ARCs: 2


  • Read: 13
  • Bought: 1
  • ARCs: 0


  • Read: 29
  • Bought: 4
  • ARCs: 4


  • Read: 19
  • Bought: 0
  • ARCs: 3

Yearly Totals:

  • Read: 181
  • Bought: 18
  • ARCs: 40


Read: I read more this year than last year I think partly because I really made an effort to prioritize books I wanted to read after having a hard reading month in February and feeling really burnt out on reading “for work” as I went through review titles. I re-read a lot and read more on audio. Re-reading has been a valuable way for me to really drill down on the books I keep in my personal library and audio books have been interesting for titles I might not have picked up otherwise or have been putting off. I’ve been trying to prioritize reading books I own–especially ones I’ve had for a while to clear my shelves. Which has already been paying off dividends as I make more space in my desk at work and on my to read shelves at home.

Bought: Books bought went down from 24 to 18. Which I’m happy about and hoping to have even fewer in 2020. If I learned anything this year, it’s that unless it’s a special edition or purchased as a signing, I do not need to buy books. I receive a ton at work and get some from my good friends as gifts. After subscribing to Uppercase for a lot of this year, I realized I don’t always like books I impulse buy and since my shelf space is so limited it doesn’t make sense to buy a ton of books. A good chunk of books I bought this year were favorites I read as ARCs and wanted to support or special copies I got at events and I feel much better about those than any random purchases. Looking ahead I’d *like* to have books bought for the year down to single digits but I’m not sure if that’s realistic.

ARCs: I received 39 ARCs this year which is down from 68 last year (plus 27 ARCs I got at BookExpo which is always hard to track in these). I was overwhelmed by blog review commitments at the start of the year so I’m happy with this change. Here’s the breakdown for the ARCs I received (I’m not sure it’s totally accurate because like 2018, I wasn’t the best at tracking #bookmail that came in):

  • Requested: 12
  • Amazon Vine: 10
  • Not requested: 18

Requested ARCs went down from 29 to 11–partly because I request more ARCs as a librarian at my day job than as a blogger because I find School and Library Marketing requests are less competitive than blogger ones.

I requested two more titles from Amazon Vine compared to last year which isn’t a big change–it’s not a program everyone has access to but I find it really useful.

ARCs I received that I didn’t requested dropped from 32 to 18. I think that might be a clerical error on my part but oh well.

My main takeaway with ARCs is that a lot of the time I prefer reading near (or even after) release date so unless it’s a book I know a bit about and am very excited to read, I may not need to request a copy.

Basically looking ahead to 2020 my philosophy with acquiring books (either ARCs or finished copies) is going to be quality over quantity. We’ll see how that goes!

December 2019 Reading Tracker

Books I Read:

  1. Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
  2. Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
  3. Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
  4. Anna K.: A Love Story by Jenny Lee
  5. Giant Days 9 (reread)
  6. Giant Days 10
  7. My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  8. Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake
  9. Wilder Girls by Rory Power
  10. The Girl King by Mimi Yu
  11. The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  12. The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco
  13. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
  14. Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
  15. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (reread)
  16. Giant Days Volume 11
  17. Saga Volume 2
  18. Saga Volume 3
  19. By Night Volume 1

Books I Had Planned to Read:

Books Bought: 0

ARCs Received:

  1. The Night of Your Life by Lydia Sharp (not requested)
  2. City of Stone and Silence by Django Wexler (not requested)
  3. Haven fall by Sara Holland (requested)

You can also see what I read in November.