CONFESSIONAL : BOOKS WE BOUGHT IN 2019

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Forgive us, bank accounts, for we have spent money on books. It’s been [insert day here] since we last promised to curb our bookish transactions. And no doubt the next transgression is fast approaching..

.. but are we really sorry? Nope.

Micky and Hollis here! Someone had the bright idea (it wasn’t Hollis) to cop to, and confess, our tally of bought books for 2019 — physicals only. We are always striving to do as much as we can to limit spending, both big picture-wise and because you never know if a book will disappoint, and we mostly use our libraries, and OverDrives, as our main reading resource. When not reading ARCs, of course.

That said, buying still happens! Whether to support a beloved author, or because we loved it enough to want to own.. or because it was an impulse buy. Whatever the reason, we’re going to break down (to the best of our abilities), and discuss, our book buying for the past year.

First up? Hollis. I’m not much of a buyer, I have to really love something to add it to my space-is-an-issue shelves, and you can tell by my round-up below. For a bookworm, and avid reader, there ain’t much! The library has changed my life and kept my wallet.. sorta padded (not really). Micky had the brilliant idea to indicate if her bought books have been read or not and I’m editing my list to add that in but she gets full credit.

CALL DOWN THE HAWK by Maggie Stiefvater (UK ed, via BD) — unread
THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morgenstern (CAN/US ed, via Chapters)
NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo (UK ed, via Waterstones)
GIDEON THE NINTH by Tamsyn Miur (UK ed, via Illumicrate/Micky)
AURORA RISING by Kaufman & Kristoff (UK ed, via Goldsboro)
BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo (UK ed, via BD)
ALEX, APPROXIMATELY by Jenn Bennett (AUS ed, via BD)
STARRY EYES by Jenn Bennett (AUS ed, via BD)
RED, WHITE, & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston (CAN/US ed, via Chapters)
MELT FOR YOU by JT Geissinger (CAN/US ed, via Chapters)
99% MINE by Sally Thorne x two (UK ed, via BD)
THE VOYAGES OF TRUEBLOOD CAY by Suanne Laqueur (US ed, via author)
KING OF SCARS by Leigh Bardugo (UK ed, via Waterstones) — unread

All told it’s not that terrible! My read vs unread isn’t much of a surprise, however, as 96% (made up number) of what I buy are books I’ve read and loved. Fourteen books and only two unread! Now onto my partner in crime.


Micky here and oh ****, this is where I look really bad because before I even start I know I’ll have the books from Illumicrate, then all the purchases on top. This is going to be bad but it was all my idea, so it’s also all my fault. I’m also going to preface this by saying in December 2018, I had a huge bookshelf built, so you know, I needed to fill it…and now I need to stop. I’m going to list mine slightly differently and tell you if I’ve read them or not.

GOLDSBORO
DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins-Reid signed HB unread
AURORA RISING by Jay Kristoff/Amie Kaufman signed HB unread
TO BE TAUGHT, IF FORTUNATE by Becky Chambers signed HB read
DARKDAWN by Jay Kristoff signed HB unread

ILLUMICRATE
DESCENDENT OF THE CRANE by Joan He signed HB unread
THIS TIME WILL BE DIFFERENT by Misa Sugiura signed HB unread
BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo signed PB read
AURORA RISING by Jay Kristoff/Amie Kaufman signed HB unread
ONCE AND FUTURE by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy HB signed unread
WE HUNT THE FLAME by Hafsah Faisal signed HB read
SANCTUARY by VK James signed HB unread
THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morgenstern HB unread

WATERSTONES
QUEEN OF NOTHING by Holly Black HB unread
THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E Harrow HB unread
THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood Graphic Novel HB read
THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Katherine Arden HB signed unread
ON THE COME UP by Angie Thomas PB signed read
KING OF SCARS by Leigh Bardugo HB signed unread

SECOND HAND
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by LM Montgomery Folio Society HB read
NORTH & SOUTH by Elizabeth Gaskell Folio Society HB read
WIVES & DAUGHTERS by Elizabeth Gaskell Folio Society HB read
EMMY & OLIVER by Robin Benway HB read
THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller HB signed read
THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern HB read

OTHER PURCHASES
STARRY EYES by Jenn Bennett HB read
HEARTSTOPPER 1 by Alice Oseman PB read
THE VOYAGES OF TRUEBLOOD CAY by Suanne Laqueur PB signed read
GRIP by Kennedy Ryan PB signed read
STILL by Kennedy Ryan PB signed read
LONG SHOT by Kennedy Ryan signed PB read
99 PERCENT MINE by Sally Thorne x 2 PB signed read
NOTES ON A NERVOUS PLANET by Matt Haig PB read
SCYTHE by Neal Schusterman PB read
THUNDERHEAD by Neal Schusterman PB unread
THE TOLL by Neal Schusterman PB unread
SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young PB unread
SUPERMAN by Matt De La Pena HB unread
THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller PB signed read
A WINTER’S PROMISE by Christelle Dabos unread
A QUIET KIND OF THUNDER by Sara Barnard PB read
GOODBYE PERFECT by Sara Barnard PB unread
TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han PB read
PS I STILL LOVE YOU by Jenny Han PB read
ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN by Jenny Han PB read
A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES by Deborah Harkness PB read
SHADOW OF NIGHT by Deborah Harkness PB read
THE BOOK OF LIFE by Deborah Harkness PB read
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont HB read

That’s 48 books for Micky, 30 read and 18 unread. Face plant and I must stop.


What about you, readers? Do you track your purchases, do you tally up the read and haven’t read, and also pull out your hair in frustration? Are you a Hollis or a Micky? Let us know!

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