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April 2019 Haul/TBR Checkpoint [bringing back an old blog series with a new spin!]

July 6, 2020

If you’ve been following my blog for a while (at least since last April), you may remember my haul & TBR “roundup” posts, where once every 3-6 months, I’d take a look back at old TBR and haul posts and figure up the stats for how many of those books I had read since the original posts. I had a lot of fun doing these, so I’m not sure why I stopped, but I was recently inspired by Misty to pick up the series again โ€” and this time, I’m changing each post to focus on just one month’s haul and TBR at a time!

I think I’d like each checkpoint post (previously named “roundup”, but I like this idea of a progress check-in term better) to tackle the posts from exactly a year prior, so I’ll be doing these once a week or so until I get caught up, and then they’ll just come once monthly. I hope you all like seeing these updates as much as I like writing them! ๐Ÿ’–

Side note: I will not be counting library loans or Kindle freebies in these stats.


TBR checkpoint

๐Ÿ“š EMOJI / FORMATTING KEY ๐Ÿ“š
โœ…ย read, DNFed, or in progress
๐Ÿ“– still on TBR
๐Ÿ’” removed from TBR without reading

โœ…ย In the Neighborhood of True
โœ…ย Girls on the Verge
โœ…ย The Dark Game
โœ…ย Wayward Sisters
โœ…ย The Right Swipe
โœ…ย The Bride Test
โœ…ย In Darkness, Delight
๐Ÿ“– Unbreak Me (begun & set aside to try again later)
๐Ÿ“– The Raven’s Tale (begun & set aside to try again later)
โœ…ย The Foxhole Courtย (DNF)


haul checkpoint

Damn, I had forgotten how huge my haul posts typically were until recently…

๐Ÿ“š EMOJI / FORMATTING KEY ๐Ÿ“š
โœ…ย read, DNFed, or in progress
๐Ÿ“– still on TBR
๐Ÿ’” removed from TBR without reading

โœ…ย Wicked Saints
๐Ÿ“– Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell
๐Ÿ’” Holy Sister
๐Ÿ“– The Red Scrolls of Magic
โœ…ย The Dark Game
โœ…ย Pilu of the Woods
๐Ÿ“– The Dead House
๐Ÿ“– The Heart and Other Viscera
โœ… The Monster of Elendhaven
๐Ÿ“– Gideon the Ninth (begun & set aside to try again later)

๐Ÿ“– Dust Devils (begun & set aside to try again later)
๐Ÿ“– Chop Shop
โœ…ย The Weight of the Stars
๐Ÿ“– Wolfsong
๐Ÿ“– Ravensong
๐Ÿ“– The Vanishing Season (begun & set aside to try again later)
๐Ÿ“– Darkdawn
โœ… salt slow
โœ… Star Collector, Vol. 2
๐Ÿ“– Kingdom of Exiles

โœ… That Kind of Guy
๐Ÿ“– The Stars May Rise and Fall
๐Ÿ’” The Unicorn Anthology
๐Ÿ“– The Saturday Night Ghost Club
โœ… Made for You
๐Ÿ“– The First Girl Child
๐Ÿ“– Somebody to Love
โœ… The Wivesย (in progress)
๐Ÿ“– Unchained Desire
๐Ÿ“– Drakon’s Knight

๐Ÿ“– False Bingo
๐Ÿ’” Faker
๐Ÿ“– The Toll
๐Ÿ“– Dragonslayer
๐Ÿ’” All the Better Part of Me
โœ… Silver in the Wood
โœ…ย Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water
โœ… 10 Blind Dates
๐Ÿ“– The Girl the Sea Gave Back
๐Ÿ’” The Babysitters Coven

๐Ÿ’” This is Not a Love Scene
โœ…ย Birthdayย (DNF)
๐Ÿ“– Eight Will Fall
๐Ÿ“– Light it Up
๐Ÿ“– The Dragon Warrior
๐Ÿ“– Fake it Till You Break It
โœ…ย This Was Our Pact
๐Ÿ“– Scary Stories for Young Foxes
๐Ÿ“– I’m Not Dying with You Tonight
๐Ÿ“– The Rest of the Story (begun & set aside to try again later)

๐Ÿ“– DEV1AT3 (begun & set aside to try again later)
๐Ÿ“– Dear Sweet Pea
๐Ÿ“– Serpent & Dove
๐Ÿ“– How We Became Wicked
โœ…ย Orpheus Girlย (DNF)
๐Ÿ“– The Bone Houses
๐Ÿ“– We Are the Perfect Girl
๐Ÿ“– Crown of Coral and Pearl


So, do you ever look back on your old TBRs and hauls to check your progress? Is it usually better or worse than mine? ๐Ÿ˜‚ Mine isn’t great in this checkpoint, but I’m hoping these stats will get progressively better โ€” partially because I haul less books than I used to in the average month, and partially because I’m trying to get better about actually reading things shortly after hauling them!

โ€” destiny โ™ฅ

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15 Comments

  • Reply mistysbookspace July 6, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Yay so glad you decided to start doing these posts again. Hopefully this formatting will work out better for you.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries July 7, 2020 at 4:16 am

      Thank you! It was honestly so much more fun than the way I used to do it, and it felt good to do because it was really interesting to look back on the old haul and see these books I’ve pretty much forgotten I had, but still REALLY want to read!

      • Reply mistysbookspace July 7, 2020 at 6:16 am

        Yeah it definitely reminds you of what you have and makes you excited for the books again. Glad you liked doing it this way.

  • Reply Malka @ Paper Procrastinators July 6, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    I love this idea! I don’t tend to haul very many books, and I definitely don’t make TBRs, since I’m a mood reader, so I wouldn’t be able to make these kinds of post myself. But I really love seeing other people’s progress and I especially find it interesting to see which books are prioritized and such! I think that waiting a very months before checking in is key though because I know that at least for myself even if I’m super excited for a book, it can take me up to 3 months to read it because of how things work out! And that’s for my most anticipated books!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries July 7, 2020 at 4:18 am

      Thank you! I’m the same way on taking a while to pick up even the most anticipated stuff. I have books I pre-ordered and counted down the days to their release, and then that was a year ago and I still haven’t read them. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I should probably work on not doing that anymore!

  • Reply evelynreads1 July 7, 2020 at 3:44 am

    Oh this was fun to read! Good to see if you actually read the books you buy haha!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

  • Reply thelittlebookowl July 7, 2020 at 6:55 am

    This is such a good idea. I’m glad you decided to start it up again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Melanie (TBR and Beyond) July 7, 2020 at 11:51 pm

    Oh I love this idea. I would love to check in on some of mine but the shame might kill me alone LOL I don’t think you have done that badly honestly. Quite a few where you got at least half done!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries July 19, 2020 at 7:08 pm

      Thank you! <3 haha aw, if you ever decide to do it I would be so interested to see it - no shaming, promise! ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Reply Nicole Evans July 12, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    This might be so silly, but I really enjoyed how you formatted this post! It made it really easy to read and I really enjoyed it (though I’m terrified to try and do this myself, as I feel it would just show how behind I am on reading everything).

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries July 19, 2020 at 7:17 pm

      That isn’t silly at all, thank you SO much for telling me! Formatting is something I’m actually always really self-conscious about because I worry what works for me won’t be very readable for others, so this comment means very much to me. โ™ฅ Thank you so much. And I feel you, it is actually a little bit shameful at first because it feels like people will think less of me, but I just try to remind myself that this is a good way to hold myself accountable and hopefully watch myself make positive progress! ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ That said, I don’t blame you if it’s not for you, but if you do ever decide to do it, I would love to see! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Reply Nicole Evans July 20, 2020 at 1:50 pm

        Aw, yay! No, I have ALWAYS been so impressed by how you format your posts, but this one might be my favorite! I know you’ll make positive progress (and I hope no one is using this to think less of you; it’s your reading life that you’re sharing, but the amount you read shouldn’t be used for judgement!).

        If I do decide to do a post like this, you’ll be the first to know! <3

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries July 20, 2020 at 11:50 pm

          Thank you so much. โ™ฅโ™ฅ You’re so sweet! And I can’t wait to read your post if you do! ๐Ÿ˜€

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