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Do I Read the Books I Haul | Taking a Look at 2019

Way back in 2019 I looked at the books I hauled and if I had read them/kept the books over the previous years by taking a few months here and there. Last year I looked back at the birthday hauls I had in previous years to see how well I did with those. But I haven’t done much with that since then. Liesbet from Zwartraafje recently posted a similar kind of post and it reminded me that it was good to look back like that again.

I think it is good to look back because I still have a large collection of books I still need to read. And it is kind of like going through your bookshelves and having them in your hands. ‘Oh I have this still too. I wanted to read it so badly when I bought it.’ It might also help me prioritize some books because this year it has been a struggle to read my own books. Reading less and having a ton of arcs is not always a picnick. But without further ado, lets just look at the hauling from 2019. I’ll be skipping the birthday haul here because I already did that in last years post.

February 2019

BookReadStill Owned
Poems and Stories by J.R.R. Tolkien NoYes
Rune Duology bind-up by Adrian Stone NoYes
Voluit Leven (therapy book) Yes Yes
And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick NessYes Yes
All Systems Red by Martha Wells Yes Yes
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo YesYes
Do Androids Dream Electric Sheep by Philip K. DickNoYes
Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe NoYes
Renegades by Marissa Myer No No
Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau PretoNo Yes
Firestarter by Tara Sim Yes Yes
Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa Yes Yes

So from the 12 books I’ve read 6 books which makes that 50%. Which is decent but not awesome considering it has been 2,5 years. But I still want to read most of the others with the exception of Renegades. After many reviews I’ve decided that one is just not for me. Some I’ve gotten like Poems and Stories, Body Positive Power and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep because I feel I might not pick them up now but I will in the future. An older Annemieke you know. Do you ever look at books that way?

April 2019

BookRead Still Owned
Beyond a Darkened Sky by Jessica LeakeNo Yes
Slayer by Kiersten White Yes No
The True Queen by Zen Cho Yes Yes
Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend Yes Yes
Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees NoYes
Golden Hand by Garth Nix NoYes
Clariel by Garth Nix No Yes
Lethal White by Robert Gailbraith NoNo
Artificial Condition by Martha Wells Yes Yes
Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler Yes Yes
Night Shift by Debbi Gliori Yes Yes
Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence Yes Yes
Soulbinder by Sebastien de CastellNoNo

From the 13 books I’ve read 7 which is about 54% which is okay but should be better after 2 years one would hope. On the other hand there are 3 books here that I no longer own. One of which I have read and 2 I had not read. Which means I do not have to read 46% but 38%. Which does sound a lot better doesn’t it.

June 2019

BookReadStill Owned
Soulless by Gail Carragher Yes Yes
Echo by Thomas Olde Heuvelt No Yes
A Pinch of Magic by Michelle HarrisonYes Yes
Monstress volume 1 by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana TakedaYes Yes
Defy the Fates by Claudia Gray No Yes
Thud! by Terry Pratchett No Yes
Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon Yes Yes
Finale by Stephanie Garber Yes Yes
Zwendelprins by Rima Orie No Yes
The Sword of Kaigan by M.L. Wang YesYes
Trails of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse Yes Ebook

So out of these 11 books I’ve read 7 which is about 64% which is a lot better. The other 4 or 36% are still books I want to read. Some are just part of series like Thud!

July 2019 Part 1

Book ReadStill Owned
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas EamesNoYes
Tongues of Serpent by Naomi Novik No Yes
Crubicle of Gold by Naomi Novik No Yes
Half a War by Joe Abercrombie No Yes
Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts No Yes
Darksoul by Anna StephensNoYes
Dolores Dolly Poppedijn by Thomas Olde Heuvelt DNFYes
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson Yes Yes
Duftapotheke by Anna Ruhe Yes Yes
Gumiho by Kat Cho No Yes
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim Yes Yes
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan Yes Yes

Out of these 12 books I’ve read only 4 (33%) and dnfed one. However I do still want to read the other 7 (58%).

July 2019 Part 2

BookReadStill Owned
The Gauntlet by Karuna RiaziYes No
Igraine the Brave by Cornelia FunkeNoYes
De Legende van de Vuurvogel by Femke Dekker No Yes
Empress by S.J. Kincaid NoYes
Jade War by Fonda Lee Yes Yes
Twice Magic by Cressida Cowell Yes Yes
Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhoarse Yes Ebook
Spirits Abroad by Zen Cho No Ebook
The Barrow Will Send What It May by Margaret KilljoyYes Ebook
The Poison Song by Jen Williams Yes Ebook

Here I have read 60%. The other 40% I also want to read but I just haven’t gotten around to yet.

September 2019

BookReadStill Owned
The Modern Faerietales by Holly BlackNo Yes
Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon MessengerNo Yes
Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells Yes Yes
To Be Taught If Fortunate by Becky Chambers Yes Yes
The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang Yes Yes
The Unfinished Tales by J.R.R. Tolkien NoYes
The Wicked Deep by Shea Earnshaw Yes Yes
A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet NoYes
Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet No Yes
Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey No Yes
Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey No Yes
The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey No Yes
Moreta by Anne McCaffrey No Yes
The Renegades of Pern by Anne McCaffreyNo Yes
All the Weyrs of Pern by Anne McCaffrey NoYes
Johnny and the Bomb by Terry Pratchett NoYes
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry PratchettYes Yes
Blood Song by Anthony Ryan No Yes
The Last Wish by Andrezj ZapkowskiNo Yes
Mistress of Dragons by Margaret WeissNo Yes
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephendson No Yes
Perido Street Station by China Mievelle DNFYes
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin Yes Yes
The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams NoYes
The Expanse by James S.A. Corey Yes Yes
Ancillary Sword by Anne Leckie No Yes
Ancillary Mercy by Anne Leckie No Yes
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor Yes Ebook
Running with Lions by Julian Winters Yes Ebook

Well this was one big oops. To be fair there were a few book markets and the like I visited during that Summer. I’ve only read 32% of these. There is a bunch of older fantasy here that I still want to try like the McCaffrey books (because dragons).

October 2019

Book Read Still Owned
Galloglas by Scarlett Thomas No Yes
Nocturna by Maya MotayneNo Yes
The Lost Fairytales by Anna James Yes Yes
The Winter of the Witch by Katherine ArdenYes Yes
Burned Yes Ebook

So that was 60% but that only looks good because my birthday haul is not in here. I know.

November 2019

BookReadStill Owned
Jingo by Terry Pratchett NoYes
Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett NoYes
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin No Yes
Then Thousand Doors by Alix E. Harrow Yes Yes
Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater NoYes
Monstress vol 4 by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana TakedaYes Yes

Not a big haul and still I’ve only read 33%. How sad is that. To be fair to have read Jingo and Feet of Clay I had to read 2 other books before and I am on route for that.

Amazon DE Sale

BookReadStill Owned
Singer of Apollo by Rick Riordan Yes Yes
Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh Yes Yes
Acquirn Cove by Kay O’Neill Yes Yes
Candle and the Flame by Nafiza AzadNo Yes
These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel SterlingNo Yes
The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca PodosNo Yes
Space Opera by Katherine Valente No Yes
Tunnel of Bones by V.E. Schwab Yes Yes
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore NoYes
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-GarciaYes Yes
The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie No Yes
Hunted by Meagan Spooner NoYes
Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer Yes Yes
The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta Yes Yes
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore Yes Yes
Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore NoYes

Well that is about 50% of that haul. There are a lot so overal not a bad one. A lot better than when I had it as a goal. I also have some on my tbr for later on in the year so hopefully I’ll get to them.

December 2019

Books ReadStill Owned
Criers War by Nina VarelaNoYes
Escaping Exodus by Nicky DraydenYes Yes

And 50% here too which is just lets impressive with two books and yet still a good result.

Do you haul a lot of books? Do you ever look back at them and see what you have actually read?

27 thoughts on “Do I Read the Books I Haul | Taking a Look at 2019

  1. Like Peat I admire your courage and I’m never doing this. I feel like I do well enough with physical books, only 6 books on my TBR shelf have been there longer than … a year and a half, but my ebooks are murder.

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  2. This is very impressive! I’m going to have to borrow this idea, partly because I’m curious about what my read rate is (not great I’m sure) and also because I agree with your comment that sometimes we just need to be reminded of books in order to prioritize them.

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  3. I don’t haul many books myself–I rely mostly on the library. Of the Anns on your TBR (Leckie and McCaffrey), while I have enjoyed both I think Leckie does more sophisticated things with her world building and narrating characters.

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  4. I understand the feeling of not reading what you already own. I’ve hauled so many books in the past year and only read a few of them. It’s gotten to the point that I’ve only asked for 1 book by name for Christmas. Though I did ask for books by a couple of authors without naming titles, I did share the titles of the books I already own.

    It surprised my husband, but I did also ask for an e-reader for Christmas. Which feels strange because it is something I swore I would never do. I guess that’s what I get for swearing.

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    1. Haha. Long ago I didn’t think I’d get an ereader either but as the books piled up more and there were more books i wanted to read but not nessecarily own physically. I just got my second e reader yesterday (my other is a good 8 years old).

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  5. Wauw, jouw blogpost is echt super overzichtelijk uitgewerkt. Wat zijn ze confronterend hĆ©. Tot nu toe viel het doorgaans vrij goed mee bij mij maar ik moet dus binnenkort ook aan 2019 beginnen en ik vrees dat het aantal ongelezen boeken zal stijgen naarmate ze minder lang in mijn boekenkast staan. Ik ben dus benieuwd naar de procentuele verhouding voor 2019 en heel blij dat er geen vervaldatum op ongelezen boeken staat. šŸ™‚

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    1. Haha thanks. Anders kwam ik er zelf ook niet meer uit. Ik ben ook heel benieuwd naar jouw cijfers! Ik ga binnenkort kijken naar 2020. Ik denk dat ik minder boeken heb gekocht vorig jaar dan in voorgaande jaren maar misschien is dat gewoon wishful thinking haha.

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      1. Ik heb vorig jaar echt opmerkelijk minder boeken gekocht. Dat viel me enorm op toen ik mijn terugblik post over de Aanwinsten had samengesteld. Dus wie weet valt dat jaar nog wel mee. šŸ™‚

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  6. Okay this is such a great idea! Because it kind of forces you to like, be accountable. I am torn between wanting to do this myself, and like… being terrified. Because you did WAY better than I did, I am sure of it! I’d be willing to bet I am hovering around 10% overall, which is BAD bad. Actually, I think I want to do this one of these days, because now I am curious! LOVE this! And good job with yours!

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    1. Haha it is kind of terrifying to put yourself out there but then so many of us deal with the same thing anyway šŸ˜€
      I”d love to see yours šŸ˜€

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