September 2020 Reading Tracker

Books I Read:

  1. Fable by Adrienne Young
  2. Return of the Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (kindle)
  3. Joy at Work by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein (reread)
  4. No One Here is Lonely by Sarah Everett
  5. Or What You Will by Jo Walton
  6. Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly
  7. Eventide by Sarah Goodman
  8. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (audio)
  9. Star Daughter by Shevta Thakrar
  10. Richard III by William Shakespeare (audio)
  11. A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe
  12. Killing November by Adriana Mather
  13. Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh (audio)
  14. The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke
  15. Tales From the Hinterland by Melissa Albert (kindle)

Books I Had Planned to Read:

Books Bought:

  1. The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi (signed preorder)

ARCs Received:

  1. Written in Starlight by Isabel Ibañez (requested)
  2. Eventide by Sarah Goodman (requested)

You can also see what I read in August.

August 2020 Reading Tracker

Books I Read:

  1. The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison
  2. Wayward Witch by Zoraida Cordova
  3. 1789: Twelve Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, and Change
  4. Traitor by Amanda McCrina
  5. The Nemesis by S. J. Kincaid (kindle)
  6. Macbeth by William Shakespeare (audio)
  7. Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez
  8. Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good by adrienne marie brown
  9. The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix
  10. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (reread)
  11. The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (reread)
  12. The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (reread)
  13. A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner (reread)
  14. Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner (reread)
  15. Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
  16. Richard II by William Shakespeare (audio)

Books I Had Planned to Read:

Books Bought:

  1. Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar (August Owlcrate)
  2. A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik (Owlcrate edition because why not)
  3. Owlcrate Addie LaRue
  4. Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

ARCs Received:

  1. The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey (requested)
  2. Into the Heartless Wood by Joanne Ruth Meyer (requested)

You can also see what I read in July.

July 2020 Reading Tracker

Books I Read:

  1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  2. Othello by William Shakespeare (audio) (reread)
  3. Beauty Mark: A Verse Novel of Marilyn Monroe by Carole Boston Weatherford
  4. Hood by Jenny Elder Moke
  5. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
  6. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (audio)
  7. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown (audio)
  8. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers (reread)
  9. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  10. The Sullivan Sisters by Kathryn Ormsbee (kindle)
  11. The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente
  12. Skyhunter by Marie Lu (kindle)
  13. Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers

Books I Had Planned to Read:

Books Bought:

  1. Joy at Work by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein
  2. Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez

ARCs Received:

  1. Traitor by Amanda McCrina (requested)
  2. Or What You Will by Jo Walton (requested)
  3. The Lost City by Amanda Hocking (not requested)
  4. The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison (requested)
  5. Architects of Memory by Karen Osborne (not requested)
  6. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by Victoria Schwab (requested)

You can also see what I read in June.

June 2020 Reading Tracker

Books I Read:

  1. This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell and Aurelia Durand (kindle)
  2. Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman
  3. Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest
  4. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (re-read)
  5. Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillam Cottom (kindle)
  6. As You Like It by William Shakespeare (audio)
  7. White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (kindle)
  8. Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers (reread)
  9. The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert (kindle)
  10. The Invention of Sophie Carter by Samantha Hastings
  11. Bunbun and Bonbon by Jess Keating
  12. The Tempest by William Shakespeare (audio)
  13. Hamlet by William Shakespeare (audio) (reread)
  14. Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire (kindle)

Books I Had Planned to Read:

Books Bought:

  1. In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen
  2. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  3. No One Here is Lonely by Sarah Everett
  4. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

ARCs Received: 0!

You can also see what I read in May.

May 2020 Reading Tracker

Books I Read:

  1. When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton (audio)
  2. Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondo and Scott Soneshein
  3. Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee
  4. A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth (audio)
  5. Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhatena
  6. Take Me With You by Tara Altebrando
  7. The Insomniacs by Marit Weisenberg
  8. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (audio)
  9. To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers (audio)
  10. Beyond the Black Door by A. M. Strickland
  11. American Gods by Neil Gaiman (audio)
  12. A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
  13. King Lear by William Shakespeare (audio)
  14. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (audio)
  15. Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst
  16. The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander (audio)
  17. If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio (audio)
  18. Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less – and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined by Scott Soneshein (audio)

Books I Had Planned to Read:

Books Bought:

  1. Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman (trying Once Upon a Bookclub!)

ARCs Received:

  1. Beauty Mark: A Verse Novel of Marilyn Monroe by Carole Boston Weatherford (requested)
  2. 1789: Twelve Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, and Change edited by Marc Aronson and Susan Campbell Bartoletti (requested)
  3. The Great Gatsby: A Graphic Novel Adaptationby Katharine Woodman-Maynard (requested)

You can also see what I read in April.

April 2020 Reading Tracker

Books I Read:

  1. Presenting Buffalo Bill: The Man Who Invented the Wild West by Candace Fleming (audio)
  2. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (audio)
  3. Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey (audio)
  4. Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey (audio)
  5. My Calamity Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows
  6. Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton (audio)
  7. Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth
  8. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare (audio)
  9. When We Vanished by Alanna Peterson
  10. The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett (audio)
  11. The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski
  12. Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski (audio)
  13. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (audio)

Books I Had Planned to Read:

Books Bought:

  1. Pride and Prejudice Seasons Edition
  2. A Tale of Two Cities Seasons Edition
  3. Persuasion Word Cloud Classics Edition
  4. Emma Word Cloud Classics Edition
  5. Pride and Prejudice Word Cloud Classics Edition

ARCs Received:

  1. The Invention of Sophie Carter by Samantha Hastings (FierceReads package)

You can also see what I read in March.

March 2020 Reading Tracker

Books I Read:

  1. We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian
  2. Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summer by Gillian Goerz
  3. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman (audio)
  4. Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
  5. Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura
  6. Palace of Silver by Hannah West
  7. Don’t Go Without Me by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
  8. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
  9.  Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado-Pérez (audio)
  10. Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman (audio)
  11. Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Female Friendship by Kayleen Schaefer (audio)
  12. Romanov by Nadine Brandes (audio)
  13. The Light Between the Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth (audio)
  14. The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty

Books I Had Planned to Read:

Books Bought:

  1. The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski (signing)

ARCs Received:

  1. Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth (Vine)

You can also see what I read in February.

February 2020 Reading Tracker

Books I Read:

  1. The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi
  2. Light Changes Everything by Nancy E. Turner
  3. Saga Volume 4
  4. Saga Volume 5
  5. Saga Volume 6
  6. Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives by Adam J. Kurtz
  7. Saga Volume 7
  8. Saga Volume 8
  9. Saga Volume 9
  10. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  11. The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
  12. Stumptown Investigations Volume 1
  13. All the Invisibly Things by Orlagh Collins
  14. We Are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo
  15. The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne
  16. New American Best Friend by Olivia Gatwood
  17. By Night Volume 2
  18. Life of the Party by Olivia Gatwood
  19. A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly

Books I Had Planned to Read:

Books Bought: 0!

ARCs Received:

  1. Theory of the Hashtag by Andreas Bernard, Valentine A. Pakis, Daniel Ross (Vine)
  2. Palace of Silver by Hannah West (Vine)
  3. The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne (Vine)
  4. Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust (requested)
  5. The Insomniacs by Marie Weisenberg (not requested)
  6. The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood (not requested)
  7. Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee (requested)
  8. Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest (requested Fierce Reads box)
  9. I Am Here Now by Barbara Bottner (requested Fierce Reads box)
  10. Love Is For Losers by Wibke Brueggmann (requested Fierce Reads box)
  11. The Con Code by Shana Silver (requested Fierce Reads box)
  12. Not Another Love Song by Olivier Wildenstein (requested Fierce Reads box)
  13. Hunted By the Sky by Tanaz Bhatena (requested Fierce Reads box)
  14. A Peculiar Peril by Jeff Vandemeer (requested Fierce Reads box)
  15. Take Me With You by Tara Altebrando (requested)
  16. We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian (requested)

You can also see what I read in January.

January 2020 Reading Tracker

Books I Read:

  1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (reread)
  2. Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumaker
  3. Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry
  4. Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee (audio)
  5. A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen
  6. Havenfall by Sara Holland
  7. The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah
  8. A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
  9. Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
  10. Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco
  11. The Night of Your Life by Lydia Sharp
  12. All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
  13. Spring Rain: A Graphic Memoir of Love, Madness, and Revolutions by Andy Warner
  14. Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
  15. Lucky Caller by Emma Mills
  16. Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin
  17. Malice by Pintip Dunn

Books I Had Planned to Read:

Books Bought:

  1. The Night Country by Melissa Albert (signing)
  2. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
  3. Romanov by Nadine Brandes
  4. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord (signing)
  5. The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski (Fairyloot)
  6. The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski (Illumicrate)

ARCs Received:

  1. Spring Rain: A Graphic Memoir of Love, Madness, and Revolutions by Andy Warner (not requested)
  2. Malice by Pintip Dunn (not requested)
  3. Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin (not requested)
  4. Light Changes Everything by Nancy E. Turner (requested)

You can also see what I read in December.

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!