August 2017 Reading Tracker

You can also see what I read in July.

Books Read:

  1. In A Perfect World by Trish Doller
  2. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
  3. Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton
  4. The One That Got Away by Melissa Pimentel
  5. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
  6. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
  7. The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  8. Nothing by Annie Barrows

Books On Deck:

  1. Berserker by Emmy Laybourne (Oct.)

Books Bought: 0!

ARCs Received: 0!

August 1, 2017: July was kind of a mess book wise. Nothing held my attention and I burned through a lot of books. That is good because my owned books are slowly but surely getting read and also by to read list is shrinking. It’s bad because I read a lot of books that were annoying for various reasons. So it goes. I’m really hoping to keep my books bought at zero for this month. I have no control over ARCs but not getting any of those would be good too.

July 2017 Reading Tracker

You can also see what I read in June.

Books Read:

  1. Bearly a Lady by Cassandra Khaw
  2. Moxie by Jennifer Matthieu (Sept.)
  3. Jonesy Vol. 2 by Sam Humphries
  4. Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser
  5. The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent
  6. All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
  7. One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
  8. Knife’s Edge by Hope Larson
  9. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
  10. The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen by Katherine Howe
  11. The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag
  12. A Million Junes by Emily Henry
  13. Death Sworn by Leah Cypress
  14. Who’s That Girl by Blair Thornbough
  15. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockheart
  16. The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy
  17. Invictus by Ryan Graudin
  18. Spellbook for the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle
  19. Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan
  20. Metaltown by Kristen Simmons
  21. The Wardrobe Mistress: A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Meghan Masterson
  22. In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody

Books On Deck:

  1. Berserker by Emmy Laybourne (Oct.)

Books Bought:

  1. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone (Prime Day deal)

ARCs Received:

  1. Reign the Earth by A. C. Gaughen (requested from publisher)
  2. The Wardrobe Mistress by Meghan Masterson (requested from publisher)
  3. Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones (amazon Vine)

July 17: Although I have been reading a lot this month I wasn’t doing a great job of tracking it here. I loved Moxie as much as I expected to and was pleasantly surprised by One of Us is Lying. All’s Faire in Middle School was a lot of fun while Knife’s Edge was disappointing. I’m not in the mood to read anything specific and I’ve been putting off dealing with sorting my BookExpo ARCs because they’re a disaster so instead I am trying to pull things that have been at home on my shelves for a while and deciding if I 1. want to read them and 2. want to keep them. So far given the mood I’m in, I’ve been getting rid of a lot of books.

July 24: I’ve been on a reading tear. Owned books down to 294 and to read list down to 137!

July 26: This month is really wringing me out. The Disappearances was quite good. Not at all what I was expecting.

June 2017 Reading Tracker

You can also see what I read in May.

Books Read:

  1. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  2. Paper Girls Vol. 1
  3. Paper Girls Vol. 2
  4. The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
  5. Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
  6. Spinning by Tillie Walden
  7. That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E. K. Johnston
  8. Landscape with Invisible Hand by M. T. Anderson
  9. Roar by Cora Carmack
  10. The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst

Books On Deck:

I’m re-instating my book rotation strategy: Review (vine/publisher), BEA, long-term owned/backlist

  1. In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody (Aug. 29)
  2. Invictus by Ryan Graudin (Oct, Vine)
  3. Moxie by Jennifer Matthieu (Sept.)
  4. Berserker by Emmy Laybourne (Oct.)

Books Bought:

  1. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen (signing)

ARCs Received: 0!

June 5: I acquired 26 books at BookExpo. So far I have given away five unrelated books which is bringing me closer to my goal of a “zero sum” for BEA book acquisitions. Today I am back at work where I have a few duplicates and miscellany which necessitates a desk cleanup.

June 12: I did a massive book purge post BookExpo and gave away maybe 15 books.

June 24: Dove back into #BooksForTrade this month and it’s a good reminder why I should never do it again. My office sprang a massive leak so that helped a bit in figuring out which books I really wanted (What’s priority to save from water damage? What’s worth carting home?). I really need to clear my shelves again soon and sort out what I’m saving for my epic Blog Birthday giveaway in August.

May 2017 Reading Tracker

You can also see what I read in April.

Books Read:

  1. Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy edited by Ameriie
  2. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
  3. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
  4. Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
  5. Real Friends by Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
  6. Giant Days Volume 3 by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, Whitney Cogar
  7. The Possible by Tara Altebrando
  8. The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty
  9. What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
  10. Giant Days volume 4 by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, Whitney Cogar
  11. Power Up
  12. Jonesy Volume 1
  13. The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra Elan McVoy
  14. Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Astley
  15. Lucky in Love by Kasie West

Books On Deck:

  1. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (March 28, Vine)
  2. Lucky in Love by Kasie West (July)
  3. Love is Both Particle and Wave by Paul Cody (Aug. 1)
  4. In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody (Aug. 29)
  5. Moxie by Jennifer Matthieu (Sept.)

Books Bought:

  1. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (book launch!)

ARCs Received:

  1. Lucky in Love by Kasie West (July)

May 1: I was sick at the tail end of April (shocking I know) so I’m still working my way through When Dimple Met Rishi. I don’t mind spending more time with it because it’s a great story but I am feeling some pressure to finish other review books which I am trying to resist. If you value your life do not even try to ask me about my first read of the month. I never want to talk about.

May 22: Slowly but surely.

May 25: Trying to clean out my shelves which backfired with some concentrated book trading but I’m back on the straight and narrow now.

April 2017 Reading Tracker

You can also see what I read in March.

Books Read:

  1. Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
  2. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo
  3. Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland
  4. Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan
  5. Flannery by Lisa Moore
  6. This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
  7. Infinite In Between by Carolyn Mackler
  8. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Books On Deck:

  1. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (March 28, Vine)
  2. Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman (April 18)
  3. The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty (May 9)
  4. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley (June 6, Vine)
  5. What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum (July)
  6. Love is Both Particle and Wave by Paul Cody (Aug. 1)
  7. In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody (Aug. 29)
  8. Moxie by Jennifer Matthieu (Sept.)

Books Bought: 0!

ARCs Received:

  1. Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland (requested, FirstSecond)
  2. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (vine)

April 1: I am making progress on my to read shelves but not much on my “books on deck” ARCs–I’ve had a lot of assigned reading come up and am hoping to refocus as my new books presentation at work is this month and then I will have some breathing time before I have to read anything too specific.

April 7: I’m having some fantasy burnout so I’m planning to read contemporary for the next little bit. I Believe in a Thing Called Love is delightful so far.

April 13: Sticking to contemporaries. I am halfway through Flannery and not sure how I feel about it but it’s such a short book I’m going to stick it out.

April 17: Flannery was good but not at all what I expected. This Adventure ends was good but not sure if I need to keep it forever and ever–it’s easy to get blinded by the gorgeous packaging.

April 18: Finally reading one of two BEA books I had left from BEA 2015. Total unread books left from BEAs past: 9.

April 21: I motored through Infinite in Between. It was fantastic and definitely should be on your radar. Next up is When Dimple Met Rishi which I’m excited to read but it’s been taking me a bit to get into.

March 2017 Reading Tracker

You can also see what I read in February.

Books Read:

  1. A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
  2. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  3. Decelerate Blue by Adam Rapp, illustrated by Mike Cavallaro
  4. Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer, artwork by Doug Holgate with Stephen Gilpin
  5. Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin
  6. Thieving Weasels by Billy Taylor
  7. It’s Not Me It’s You by Stephanie Kate Strohm
  8. Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roerhig
  9. The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrmyple
  10. Death Note Black Edition, Vol. 1 by Tsugumi Ohba
  11. Journey Across the Hidden Islands by Sarah Beth Durst
  12. Freya by Matthew Laurence
  13. The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer
  14. Plutona by Jeff Lemire, Emi Lenox, Jordie Bellaire
  15. The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby
  16. Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
  17. Cart and Cwidder by Diana Wynne Jones (re-read)
  18. The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana
  19. If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson
  20. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Book by Jessica Townsend

Books On Deck:

  1. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (March 28, Vine)
  2. Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman (April 18)
  3. The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty (May 9)
  4. Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith (May)
  5. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo (May 30)
  6. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (May 30)
  7. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley (June 6, Vine)
  8. What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum (July)
  9. Love is Both Particle and Wave by Paul Cody (Aug. 1)
  10. In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody (Aug. 29)
  11. Moxie by Jennifer Matthieu (Sept.)

Books Bought:

  1. A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
  2. When It Happens by Susane Colasanti (signing)
  3. Take Me There by Susane Colasanti (signing)

ARCs Received:

  1. Moxie by Jennifer Matthieu (requested)
  2. Graphic Novel care package from First:Second (finished copies, not requested): Friends with Boys, Decelerate Blue, American Born Chinese, Wires and Nerve, The Wrenchies
  3. Various titles from AAP Book Buzz–I’m still deciding if I’m going to recap this. Stay tuned.
  4. The Possible by Tara Altebrando (requested, Bloomsbury)
  5. The Inconceivable Life of Quinn by Marianna Baer (not requested, Abrams)
  6. The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren (not requested, Abrams)

March 1: Obviously I am not going to read all of the books I have on deck before the month is out, nor do I have to. Mainly I’ve found it useful to see all the review books in one place that I have that I should read on a loose deadline and this post seemed like the obvious spot. So far it’s been helping me keep a little better on top of reading books nearish to release while still fitting in backlist and other titles I want to read.

March 6: I am torn between wanting to motor through ACOL and wanting it to last forever so I took time out to read some comics this weekend since I just got a stack from First Second.

March 16: Starting to see some actual concrete progress in reading down my owned books. Finally!

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
  13. Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynn Jones (re-read)
  14. Frogkisser by Garth Nix

Books On Deck:

  1. Freya by Matthew Laurence (Mar. 14)
  2. The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby (May 27)

Books Bought: 0!

(Books Bought is a tricky this month. Technically, based on the number of books I own according to goodreads, I didn’t buy any books. But in reality I bought 4 titles and a total of 12 physical books. After waffling about it for years I finally caved and bought the original hardcovers of Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief books. As well as the paperbacks with different covers. And the reissues that are being released at the end of this month.)

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)
  9. Waking in Time by by Angie Stanton (Amazon Vine)

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.

February 27: I am slowly buy surely getting through a lot of things on my to read list including, bizarrely, many re-reads (I didn’t really consider myself a person who re-reads until last year when it came to me that I just wasn’t curating my personal library carefully enough to truly highlight the books I wanted to return to). Latest re-read has been Fire and Hemlock which confirmed that is has earned its lifetime spot in my top five favorite books ever. It also made me think it might be time to read one of the DWJ books I have been saving for years because the thought of not having any new DWJ books to read.