2019 Reading Tracker Year in Review

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

January:

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

February:

  • Read: 5
  • Bought: 1
  • ARCs: 4

March:

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

April:

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

May:

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

June:

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

July:

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

August:

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

September:

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

October:

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

November:

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

December:

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

Yearly Totals:

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

Details:

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:

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What are you reading this month? ๐Ÿ“š I read 29 books in November. As a result I have no idea if this stack is too ambitious or too small. ๐Ÿ“š All I know for sure is that this week has already thrown me for a loop and Iโ€™m hoping that isnโ€™t going to set the tone for the rest of the month. ๐Ÿ“š The titles are: Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake The Map From Here to There by Emery Lord A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen Wilder Girls by Rory Power Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson ๐Ÿ“š Which one would you read first? ๐Ÿ“š #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #lovereading #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookstagramit #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #shelflovecrate #toberead #toread

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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.

November 2019 Reading Tracker

Books I Read:

  1. Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan
  2. Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
  3. Winterwood by Shea Earnshaw
  4. An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virgina Boecker
  5. The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World by Amy Reed
  6. The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks
  7. Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra
  8. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
  9. A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhatena
  10. Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez
  11. Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen
  12. The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis
  13. The Wicked King by Holly Black (audio reread)
  14. Crown of Oblivion by Julie Eshbaugh
  15. Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
  16. Spindle and Dagger by J. Anderson Coats
  17. The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
  18. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  19. Soulless by Gail Carriger (audio)
  20. Good Talk by Mira Jacob
  21. Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley
  22. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
  23. The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
  24. The Tiger at Midnight by Swato Teerdhala
  25. The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross
  26. Practically Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
  27. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
  28. Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
  29. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Books I Had Planned to Read:

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Itโ€™s November. What are you planning to read? ๐Ÿ“š Itโ€™s officially the time of year where I read as many of my owned books as possible before giving away the ones I no longer want for myself as gifts or as donations to Toys for Tots. ๐Ÿ“š Here are the ones Iโ€™m prioritizing this month: ๐Ÿ“–Markswoman by Rati Mehrota ๐Ÿ“–Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab ๐Ÿ“–The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World by Amy Reed ๐Ÿ“–Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto ๐Ÿ“–The Assassinโ€™s Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker ๐Ÿ“–When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore ๐Ÿ“š Which would you read first? ๐Ÿ“š #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #lovereading #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookstagramit #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #toread #toberead #stacksaturday

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Books Bought:

  1. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (so many copies shhh)
  2. The Cruel Prince (Illumicrate)
  3. Modern Faerietales by Holly Black
  4. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alice E. Harrow (Look sometimes you lend out an arc and it comes back to you. Sometimes it doesn’t.)

ARCs Received:

  1. Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen (requested)
  2. Spindle and Dagger by J. Anderson Coats (requested)
  3. We Are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lio (requested)
  4. All the Invisible Things by Orlagh Collins (requested)

You can also see what I read in October.

October 2019 Reading Tracker

Books I Read:

  1. Giant Days Volume 7 (reread)
  2. Giant Days Volume 8 (reread)
  3. Past Perfect by Leila Sales
  4. Vengeful by V. E. Schwab
  5. Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
  6. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
  7. American Royals by Katharine McGee
  8. The Changeling King by Ethan M. Aldridge
  9. Angel Mage by Garth Nix
  10. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
  11. Past Perfect by Leila Sales
  12. Through the Dark by Alexandra Bracken
  13. The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

Books I Had Planned to Read:

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What are you reading this month? ๐Ÿ“š I donโ€™t like scary stories enough to read spooky books but it does seem like a good month for some fantasies. ๐Ÿ“š My big question is if I should read Angel Mage or The Beautiful (which I forgot to add to my stack) next. Which would you read first? ๐Ÿ“š #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #lovereading #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #beatthebacklist2019 #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookstagramit #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #bookstack #arctober #beatthebacklist

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Books Bought:

  1. Angel Mage by Garth Nix (Litjoy Crate)

ARCs Received: 0!

You can also see what I read in September.

September 2019 Reading Tracker

Books I Read:

  1. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
  2. Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby
  3. All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil
  4. 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
  5. Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole
  6. This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura
  7. Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai (reread)
  8. Giant Days Volume 1 (reread)
  9. Giant Days Volume 2 (reread)
  10. Giant Days Volume 3 (reread)
  11. Giant Days Volume 4 (reread)
  12. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  13. The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad
  14. Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao
  15. The Night Country by Melissa Albert
  16. Giant Days 5 (reread)
  17. Giant Days 6 (reread)

Books I Had Planned to Read:

I didn’t make a plan this month.

Books Bought:

  1. Butterfly Yellow by Thahnna Lai (I try to put my money where my mouth is when I love a book–also it meant I got to lend out my ARC)

ARCs Received:

  1. Fierce Reads seasonal package

You can also see what I read in August.

August 2019 Reading Tracker

Books I Read:

  1. Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart
  2. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
  3. Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  4. All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin (re-read)
  5. Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin (re-read)
  6. The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
  7. Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert
  8. In the Age of Love and Chocolate by Gabrielle Zevin (re-read)
  9. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
  10. Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon
  11. Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian
  12. Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo
  13. The Liars of Mariposa Island by Jennifer Mathieu
  14. Best Babysitters Ever by Caroline Cala

Books I Had Planned to Read:

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What are you hoping to read this August? ๐Ÿ“š This is my entirely too ambitious stack that I want to read for #arcaugust. Itโ€™s also every September release and most of my already published arcs from my shelves at home. ๐Ÿ“š The titles are: -The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World by Amy Reed -One Dark Throne by @kendareblake -The Girl King by @baby_ajumma -Serpent & Dove by @shelbymahurin -Daisy Jones & The Six by @tjenkinsreid -Sky Without Stars by @jessicabrody and @joannerendellauthor -The Merciful Crow by @what_eats_owls -The Tenth Girl by @sarafaring ๐Ÿ“š Which one would you read first? ๐Ÿ“š #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #lovereading #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #arcaugust19 #toberead

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Books Bought:

  1. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (loved it and couldn’t pass up the sale discount)

ARCs Received:

  1. Heartwood Box by Ann Aguirre (not requested)
  2. Iron Gods by Andrew Bannister (not requested)
  3. Out to Get You by Josh Allen and Sarah J. Coleman (not requested)
  4. Surprise Lily by Sharelle Byars Moranville (not requested)
  5. Running Wild by Lucy Jane Bledsoe (not requested)
  6. Ra the Mighty: The Great Tomb Robery by A. B. Greenfield and Sarah Horne (not requested)

You can also see what I read in July.

July 2019 Reading Tracker

Books I Read:

  1. The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
  2. Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw
  3. There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool
  4. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
  5. Saga Vol. 1
  6. Henchgirl by Kristen Gudsnuk
  7. Caster by Elsie Chapman
  8. Permanent Record by Mary HK Choi
  9. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
  10. House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
  11. Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

Books I Had Planned to Read:

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Happy July! What are you reading this month? ๐Ÿ“š After taking last month off, Iโ€™m back with a planned to read stack. Iโ€™m doing a new thing where I am trying to read books as soon people recommend them which is why Sloppy Firsts and There Will Come a Darkness are featured. (Also they worked with my dark and light stack.) ๐Ÿ“š Permanent Record and 10 Blind Dates are two of my most anticipated books from BookExpo that Iโ€™m excited to get to. ๐Ÿ“š Caster goes with my book stack color scheme and also sounds like a blast. Despite getting a copy from Uppercase, I havenโ€™t gotten to Dance of Thieves but after hearing more about it at BookExpo and getting an arc of Vow of Thieves Iโ€™m very excited to get to it soon. ๐Ÿ“š #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #lovereading #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #uppercasebox #toread #bookstack

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Books Bought: 0!

ARCs Received: 0!

You can also see what I read in June.