June 2019 Haul/TBR Checkpoint

July 20, 2020

From the “series return” announcement:

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’–ย UPDATE: Today’s will be the last “catching up” post โ€” next week’s post will have us at the year mark, which means after next week, you’ll only see these once a month!

Side note: I will not be counting library loans or Kindle freebies in these stats. I also do not countย rereads in the TBR checkpoints.

TBR checkpoint

Lol, I forgot until writing this post that June 2019 was the month I started with 34(!!!) ongoing reads. ๐Ÿ™ƒ Some of the leftover reads were actually on my May 2019 TBR, which means they were in last week’s checkpoint post, so I’ll skip those.

pie chart depicting 35.5% read, 64.5% still on TBR

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

๐Ÿ“– Other Words for Smoke
โœ… Club Dead
โœ… Frozen Pact
โœ… The Turn of the Screw (DNF)
โœ… My Absolute Darling (DNF)
๐Ÿ“– Gideon the Ninth
๐Ÿ“– Slave to Sensation
๐Ÿ“– Little Darlings
๐Ÿ“– Ayesha at Last
โœ… My Favorite Thing is Monsters (DNF)

๐Ÿ“– Wounds
โœ… Ghost Mine (DNFed, may try again someday)
๐Ÿ“– Missing, Presumed Dead
๐Ÿ“– Teach Me
โœ… Hope and Other Punchlines (DNFed, may try again someday)
๐Ÿ“– Where the Crawdads Sing
โœ… Orpheus Girl (DNF)
โœ… Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water
๐Ÿ“– DEV1AT3
๐Ÿ“– salt slow

๐Ÿ“– Five Midnights
โœ… Wilder Girls (DNFed, but definitely trying again someday)
๐Ÿ“– The Rest of the Story
๐Ÿ“– Ragged Alice
๐Ÿ“– Middlegame
๐Ÿ“– The Phantom Forest
๐Ÿ“– The Kingdom
๐Ÿ“– The Vanishing Season
โœ… Birthday (DNF)
๐Ÿ“– Written in Red

haul checkpoint

pie chart depicting 4.4% removed from TBR, 48.9% still on TBR, 46.7% read

According to a note at the start of my June 2019 haul post, this was my “last big ARC haul” before an ARC ban… but I truly don’t remember how well that ban went, so I’ll be very interested to see how the July 2019 checkpoint goes. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Also, can we talk about how much better the “read” percentage is for this than it was for my May 2019 haul?!

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

โœ… Sorcery of Thorns
๐Ÿ“– DEV1AT3
๐Ÿ“– The Luminous Dead
๐Ÿ“– Chakra Healing
๐Ÿ“– Crystals for Healing
๐Ÿ“– Wicked Fox
๐Ÿ“– Wild and Crooked
๐Ÿ“– Keep This to Yourself
๐Ÿ“– Dahlia Black
โœ… Ration

โœ… The Gossamer Mage (DNF)
๐Ÿ“– Slay
๐Ÿ“– Salvation Day
โœ… Splinters are Children of Wood
โœ… Bloom
โœ… The Fearing #1: Fire & Rain
๐Ÿ“– Always Never Yours
๐Ÿ“– The Haunted
โœ… Yuri is My Job! #1

โœ… Immunity
โœ… Hitorijime is My Hero, Vol. 1
โœ… Gleipnir, Vol. 1
โœ… The Quintessential Quintuplets, Vol. 1
โœ… 10 Dance, Vol. 1
๐Ÿ’” No One Here is Lonely
โœ… Better Watch Out
๐Ÿ“– Come Closer
โœ… Hearts in Darkness
๐Ÿ’” Darkling

๐Ÿ“– The Widow of Rose House
โœ… The Twisted Ones
๐Ÿ“– Small Kingdoms and Other Stories
๐Ÿ“– The Starless Sea
๐Ÿ“– The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics
โœ… Aphrodite Made Me Do It
๐Ÿ“– The Mythic Dream
โœ… Almost Home
โœ… The Science of Monsters
๐Ÿ“– The Phantom Forest

๐Ÿ“– I Love You So Mochi
โœ… The Tea Dragon Festival
๐Ÿ“– Permanent Record
๐Ÿ“– Color Outside the Lines
โœ… A Heart So Fierce and Broken


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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  • Reply Malka @ Paper Procrastinators July 20, 2020 at 10:20 am

    There are some books I noticed in this haul that are on my TBR too, and I’m very excited to read them! I think the one I’m most excited for is Middlegame, which is a bit strange, since it’s not a book that fits into the genres that I normally read, but I’ve just heard such great things!

    I also want to let you know that I read Wild and Crooked this year and absolutely adored it! It has such great discussions about disability, socio-economic status, and so much more! I’d highly recommend it!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries July 20, 2020 at 11:47 pm

      Middlegame seriously sounds so good! I’m sad that I haven’t read it yet but I feel you, it’s a bit outside of the norm for me, mainly because I’m just not usually into superhero books very much, but I’m sure Seanan has put a spin on it that I’ll end up loving. ๐Ÿ˜ Hopefully we’re both able to get to it soon and love it!

      Ooooh, excellent! I NEVER hear anyone talk about Wild and Crooked so I had no idea. I don’t even honestly remember much of what it’s about but you just made me want to read it that much sooner! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you!

  • Reply evelynreads1 July 20, 2020 at 10:55 am

    Again so many good books still on here!
    I hope you will read Middlegame and Wicked fox at some point, they are some of my faves!


    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries July 20, 2020 at 11:48 pm

      Those are two of the ones on this list that I was to pick up soonest! They both sound so good and I’m even more excited knowing you loved them. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you, dear!

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  • Reply rachel @ typed truths July 23, 2020 at 4:26 am

    i love these kinds of posts!! though i’d be too nervous to look back at my own…. i know that there would probably more unread than read ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

    the audio for i love you so mochi is great! it’s such a wholesome read. and i just reread wicked fox so i’m prepared for the sequel to come out next month. i hope you love wilder girls if you get back to it at some point. the body horror put me off at first but i ended up loving it so much and i’m even more eager to dip my toe into horror now

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries July 23, 2020 at 10:33 am

      Thank you! <3 lmao yeah I feel you, it is a little bit nerve wracking when I actually do the stats because I always know it's going to be rough! But it's fun enough to be worth it and it has really made me rethink the way I formulate my TBRs and the books that I haul lately. Like there have been quite a few books I've almost bought over the last few weeks and decided not to at the last minute because of these posts so that's a bonus!

      Oh I'm so glad you liked the audio for Mochi, I think that's available on Hoopla right now so I'll definitely have to check it out! <3

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