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 — 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! ?

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

TBR checkpoint

✅ read, DNFed, or in progress
? still on TBR
? removed from TBR without reading

✅ In the Neighborhood of True
✅ Girls on the Verge
✅ The Dark Game
✅ Wayward Sisters
✅ The Right Swipe
✅ The Bride Test
✅ In Darkness, Delight
? Unbreak Me (begun & set aside to try again later)
? The Raven’s Tale (begun & set aside to try again later)
✅ The Foxhole Court (DNF)

haul checkpoint

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

✅ read, DNFed, or in progress
? still on TBR
? removed from TBR without reading

✅ Wicked Saints
? Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell
? Holy Sister
? The Red Scrolls of Magic
✅ The Dark Game
✅ Pilu of the Woods
? The Dead House
? The Heart and Other Viscera
The Monster of Elendhaven
? Gideon the Ninth (begun & set aside to try again later)

? Dust Devils (begun & set aside to try again later)
? Chop Shop
✅ The Weight of the Stars
? Wolfsong
? Ravensong
? The Vanishing Season (begun & set aside to try again later)
? Darkdawn
salt slow
Star Collector, Vol. 2
? Kingdom of Exiles

That Kind of Guy
? The Stars May Rise and Fall
? The Unicorn Anthology
? The Saturday Night Ghost Club
Made for You
? The First Girl Child
? Somebody to Love
The Wives (in progress)
? Unchained Desire
? Drakon’s Knight

? False Bingo
? Faker
? The Toll
? Dragonslayer
? All the Better Part of Me
Silver in the Wood
✅ Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water
10 Blind Dates
? The Girl the Sea Gave Back
? The Babysitters Coven

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

? DEV1AT3 (begun & set aside to try again later)
? Dear Sweet Pea
? Serpent & Dove
? How We Became Wicked
✅ Orpheus Girl (DNF)
? The Bone Houses
? We Are the Perfect Girl
? 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? ? Mine isn’t great in this checkpoint, but I’m hoping these stats will get progressively better — 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!


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  • 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. ? 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!


  • 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. 🙂

  • 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! ?

  • 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. ♥ 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! ?? 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! 😀

      • 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. ♥♥ You’re so sweet! And I can’t wait to read your post if you do! 😀

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