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.

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.