February 2017 Reading Tracker

You can also see what I read in January.

Books Read:

  1. Wildlife by Fiona Wood
  2. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
  3. The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
  4. The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
  5. A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner (re-read)
  6. Thick As Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner
  7. The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
  8. But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure
  9. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  10. Frostblood by Elly Blake
  11. American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  12. Gilded Cage by Vic James

Books On Deck:

  1. Frogkisser by Garth Nix (Feb. 28)
  2. Freya by Matthew Laurence (Mar. 14)
  3. The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby (May 27)

Books Bought: 0!

ARCs Received:

  1. The White Russian by Vanora Bennett (not requested, St. Martins)
  2. Game of Shadows by Erika Lewis (not requested, Tor)
  3. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo (requested, Macmillan)
  4. In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody (requested, Macmillan)
  5. The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty (requested, Macmillan)
  6. Love is Both Wave and Particle by Paul Cody (requested, Macmillan)
  7. Journey to the Hidden Islands by Sarah Beth Durst (requested)
  8. Silent by David Mellon (not requested, Merit Press)

February 1: I did not get to Frostblood last month but do still have it in my “rotation” here. I also added some later book releases because I would like to get some read ahead of time to schedule reviews/interviews nearer to release date. That said, I am digging the way my tbr is shrinking so I am definitely going to keep integrating backlist titles into my reading rotation.

February 4: I thought I was going to start this month reading some backlist titles from my shelves and getting to some forthcoming  releases. But timing is such that I decided to start my re-read of the Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner instead. I am almost halfway through The Thief which I’ll be reading for the third time at this point and it’s just wonderful. Still. After all these years.

February 6: Really enjoying my re-read of the MWT series. Also really glad that I decided to re-read because I didn’t realize that Kamet features in the series and will now have his own book.

February 7: Starting The King of Attolia on my way home from work tonight.

February 9: Finished The King of Attolia. I always thought that The Queen of Attolia was my favorite book in this series but it might actually be The King of Attolia. I started A Conspiracy of Kings on my snow day today. I love Sophos and his tone is so conversational and so different from Eugenides. It’s been great rereading this series. I remember a lot of the broad strokes from my previous reads and I have my favorite scenes but it’s nice “meeting” characters I had forgotten and seeing twists coming together. I’m pumped for Thick as Thieves. Also thinking again about curating my personal library and realizing if it’s a book I can’t imagine rereading I probably don’t need to keep it.

February 15: Oh. Em. Gee. Thick as Thieves was excellent. I followed that up with The Stone Heart and it was a fast, exciting read. So curious to know what happens next. After that I’m moving on to another highly anticipated book: But Then I Came Back.

January 2017 Reading Tracker

You can also see what I read in 2016

Books Read:

  1. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol. 3
  2. Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick
  3. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol. 4
  4. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol. 5
  5. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
  6. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol. 6
  7. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol. 7
  8. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol. 8
  9. The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu
  10. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol. 9
  11. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol. 10
  12. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol. 11
  13. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol. 12
  14. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Books On Deck:

  1. Frostblood by Elly Blake (Jan. 17)

Books Bought:

  1. Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (signing/ARC upgrade)

ARCs Received:

  1. The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett (not requested, thanks Tor–I have a bad track record with horror so . . .)
  2. Artemis by George O’Connor (not requested, thanks First:Second)
  3. Gilded Cage by Vic James (Amazon Vine)
  4. The Life Fantastic by Liza Ketchum (unrequested, Merit Press)
  5. If You Were Here by Jennie Yarbroff (unrequested, Merit Press)
  6. Snowbirds by Crissa-Jean Chappell (unrequested, Merit Press)
  7. The Wonder of Us by Kim Culbertson (unrequested, Scholastic)
  8. The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks (requested, First:Second)
  9. To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough (unrequested, Tor)

January 1: I’m not doing a big resolution post this year because I just don’t feel like that’s where I need to be right now and I still just want to be more intentional with things (trying to go cruelty free with cosmetics, trying to use what I have–no new bags or accessories, etc.). I’m trying a new thing where I keep track of ARCs to read in this post. I don’t care about reading ahead of time because I like posting book reviews a bit after books are available so I’m just tracking books I have in hand that are out this month to read. We’ll see how long that lasts.

January 1: Tracking my BEA books from last year has turned into a bit of a fail just because I’m not feeling very committed to reading through them (despite paying an obscene amount of money to ship them home from Chicago). Whatever.

January 21: A lot of this month was spent reading the Sailor Moon manga for the first time. Zero regrets. Diving into Caraval now that I’ve finished Sailor Moon.

January 26: I have no idea when I’ll review them because ILLNESS but I have read almost all of the January releases I had earmarked for this month. Go me!

2016 Reading Tracker Year in Review

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

January:

  • Read: 11
  • Bought: 2
  • ARCs: 21

February:

  • Read: 8
  • Bought: 1
  • ARCs: 4

March:

  • Read: 10
  • Bought: 3
  • ARCs: 7

April:

  • Read: 10
  • Bought: 0
  • ARCs: 4

May:

  • Read: 8
  • Bought: 2
  • ARCs: 6 (these are outside of BEA ARCs which I tracked in a separate post)

June:

  • Read: 9
  • Bought: 5 (I ordered from BookOutlet twice this year and legit forgot!)
  • ARCs: 0

July:

  • Read: 14
  • Bought: 2
  • ARCs: 1

August:

  • Read: 15
  • Bought: 9 (Book Outlet rears its head)
  • ARCs: 5

September:

  • Read: 16
  • Bought: 1
  • ARCs: 4

October:

  • Read: 10
  • Bought: 2
  • ARCs: 4

November:

  • Read: 8
  • Bought: 1
  • ARCs: 1

December:

  • Read: 18
  • Bought: 0
  • ARCs: 2

Yearly Totals:

  • Read: 137
  • Bought: 28
  • ARCs: 55

Details:

According to Goodreads I read 239 books but that includes a lot of picture books. I’ve started tracking comics/graphic novels/manga in my tracker on here and comparing the numbers that jives with my reading in general: 137 books/comics and 102 picture books.

I’m happy with these numbers. I read more books in general but I also read a lot of longer books. This year on Goodreads I read the most pages since I actually started tracking books meticulously. I’m floored by the volume of books I read some months. I think partly that’s a result of really not wanting to waste time on books I know do not work for me once I know enough to determine whether or not I can recommend it professionally or here on the blog.

I had been feeling major guilt about all of the books that I bought but it turns out I only bought 5 more than last year (granted, nowhere near my goal of 12 for the year). It also doesn’t reflect the immense work I’ve been doing in giving away my owned books.This year I gave away a lot of books at work (I lost count), and donated 30 to Toys for Tots in December. I still have a lot of books at home and should definitely go through my shelves again soon. But it’s progress!

ARCs this year (and actually bought books too) got a little weird because I wound up with a lot of duplicates so I think my real ARC number might be more like 48 but I’ll continue breaking down with the 55 listed in my tracker.

Here’s how I got those 55 ARCs:

  • Unrequested from publishers: 8
  • Amazon Vine: 14
  • Requested: 26
  • Gifts from friends (Nicole from ALA especially): 10

I’m pretty happy with those numbers because taking out the gifts/unsolicited books that brings me down to 35 (not counting BEA) which is much more reasonable and I think I’ll be able to cut that down even more going forward because looking at what I requested it definitely wound up including some titles I didn’t read or books I got elsewhere.

So that’s my year in reading according to the blog. You can also see my year in books on Goodreads. And check out my Top Ten list for 2016.

December 2016 Reading Tracker

You can also see what I read in November.

Books Read:

  1. The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid
  2. Samurai Rising by Pamela Turner
  3. Kissing in America by Margo Rabb
  4. Pretending to Be Erica by Michelle Painchaud
  5. The Reader by Traci Chee
  6. The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace
  7. The Inside of Out by Jenn Marie Thorne
  8. Chime by Franny Billingsley
  9. Where Futures End by Parker Peeveyhouse
  10. The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull
  11. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
  12. Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier
  13. Summer in the Invisible City by Juliana Romano
  14. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
  15. Teach Me to Forget by Erica M. Chapman
  16. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Volume 2
  17. Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
  18. The Lie Tree by Fraces Hardinge

Books On Deck: 0

Books Bought: 0

ARCs Received:

  1. Pick Me Up by Adam J. Kurtz
  2. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley (vine)

Related: Follow my progress with my BEA 2016 books.

December 1: Coming back from a vacation mid-week always seems like a good idea until I actually come back and spend the rest of the week running around like mad trying to catch up. I can’t believe it’s almost time to do an end-of-year Reading Tracker post either. I wasn’t sure about The Diabolic when I started it but it has since picked up.

November 2016 Reading Tracker

You can also see what I read in October.

Books Read:

  1. The Infinity of You & Me by J. Q. Coyle
  2. Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
  3. Who Killed Christopher Goodman? by Allan Wolf
  4. Nemesis by Anna Banks
  5. Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick
  6. A Crown Full of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
  7. March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin ; art by Nate Powell
  8. Crow Mountain by Lucy Inglis

Books On Deck:

  1. Samurai Rising by Pamela Turner
  2. Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard

Books Bought:

  1. Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan

ARCs Received:

  1. The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby

Related: Follow my progress with my BEA 2016 books.

November 1: Sick and busy and behind. Was super underwhelmed by The Reader so I decided to let it go. Ditto The Infinity of You & Me. I have essentially resolved that I won’t read any 2017 books until it is 2017. BUT I’m making an exception for Wayfarer. Because it’s Wayfarer and it’s out January 3 anyway.

November 19: I can’t believe it’s time to start reading for Mock Printz!

October 2016 Reading Tracker

You can also see what I read in September.

Books Read:

  1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Puella Magi Madoka Magica, volume 2
  3. The Romantics by Leah Konen
  4. Goldenhand by Garth Nix
  5. Like A River Glorious by Rae Carson
  6. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  7. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Volume 1
  8. Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood
  9. Dial Em for Murder by Marni Bates
  10. Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood

Books On Deck:

  1. Nemesis by Anna Banks
  2. Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

Books Bought:

  1. Goldenhand by Garth Nix (signing)
  2. This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

ARCs Received:

  1. The Infinity of You & Me by J. Q. Coyle
  2. Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heigleman
  3. But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure
  4. Crow Mountain by Lucy Inglis

Related: Follow my progress with my BEA 2016 books.

October 1: Technically I started Crooked Kingdom at the tail end of September but I only read a hundred pages so it gets to be my first book here. Books on deck are review copies I need/want to read soon and some books I’m eyeing for my library system’s Mock Printz. I also have a lot of library books and other things I want to get to so let’s just call that section subject to change.

October 12: I’m reading a bit slower this month but I don’t mind the slow down since I’m also getting to some of my most anticipated 2016 releases.

October 28: Definitely a Fiona Wood fan at this point!

September 2016 Reading Tracker

You can also see what I read in August.

Books Read:

  1. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
  2. Compass South by Hope Larson, illustrated by Rebecca Mock
  3. Cloudwish by Fiona Wood
  4. Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
  5. Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake
  6. Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
  7. The Apple Throne by Tessa Gratton
  8. To Hold the Bridge by Garth Nix
  9. Don’t You Trust Me by Patrice Kindl
  10. The Graces by Laure Eve
  11. Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer
  12. Puella Magi Madoka Magica volume 1
  13. Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
  14. The Smoke Hunter by Jacquelyn Benson
  15. The Last True Love Story by Brendan Kiely
  16. The Other Side: An Anthology of Queer Paranormal Romance edited by Melanie Gillman

Books On Deck:

  1. The Reader by Traci Chee
  2. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  3. Nemesis by Anna Banks
  4. Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

Books Bought:

  1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (preorder for her signing)

ARCs Received:

  1. Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke (thank you First:Second)
  2. The Smoke Hunter by Jacquelyn Benson (Vine)
  3. Freya by Matthew Laurence (thanks Imprint!)
  4. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller (Thanks Feiwel and Friends!)

Related: Follow my progress with my BEA 2016 books.

September 1: It’s been a relief to just pick books up as I want to read them. My “books on deck” section here is more books that I have promised people I would read soon or that I need to read soon because of deadlines.

September 3: I am drowning in books hahahahaha. oh god. help me.

September 5: So I was feeling a little overwhelmed by the books closing in on me but I gave away about 30 this weekend and am feeling better. My TBR feels more manageable and one of these days I’ll learn to by way more judicious when choosing books to request from publishers. But for now feeling better. After reading a ton this weekend I finally feel ready to start The Apple Throne which I have been putting off for years because I’m terrified of how this series might end.

September 25: I’ve been reading SO much more because I’ve stopped pretending I care enough to finish books I’m not enjoying. Life is too short!