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“Where Do My Books Come From?”

November 15, 2017

This is such a cool and unique post idea that I knew I had to do it as soon as I saw it over on Sarah’s blog! It was originally created by Laura @ Reading in Bed. You go through the last 30 books you’ve read (your Goodreads “reading challenge” page is great for this!) and note where they came from (library, ARC, Amazon, BookOutlet, etc).

  1. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland: eARC – Edelweiss
  2. Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga: eARC – Edelweiss
  3. Retributuion Rails by Erin Bowman: eARC – NetGalley
  4. What We See in the Stars by Kelsey Oseid: hardback – Blogging for Books
  5. Foundations of Library and Information Science (4th ed.) by Richard E. Rubin: Chegg textbook rentals
  6. A Monstrous Love: Two Halloween Romances by Magen Cubed: ebook – Amazon kindle store
  7. Now is Everything by Amy Giles: eARC – Edelweiss
  8. Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan: paperback – BookOutlet
  9. Night Shift by Stephen King: paperback – Goodwill
  10. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus: UK paperback – BookDepository
  11. Fables, Vol 3 by Bill Willingham: graphic novel – library
  12. The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle: eARC – NetGalley
  13. The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones: hardback – Owlcrate
  14. Strange Weather by Joe Hill: eARC – Edelweiss
  15. Dear Martin by Nic Stone: print ARC – publicist
  16. Frankenstein, Vol 1 by Dean Koontz: graphic novel – library
  17. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman: hardback – third party Amazon seller
  18. There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins: hardback – Amazon
  19. Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1 by Anthony Del Col: graphic novel eARC – NetGalley
  20. Us by Curtis Wiklund: graphic novel eARC – NetGalley
  21. Phoebe and Her Unicorn: The Magic Storm by Dana Simpson: graphic novel eARC – NetGalley
  22. Northstars, Vol 1 by Jim Shelley: graphic novel eARC – NetGalley
  23. Women in Sports by Rachel Ignotofsky: hardback – Blogging for Books
  24. Hero Cats of Stellar City: Year One by Kyle Puttkammer: graphic novel eARC – NetGalley
  25. The Walking Dead, Vol 2 by Robert Kirkman: graphic novel ebook – comiXology
  26. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn: hardback – Book of the Month club freebie
  27. The Ravenous by Amy Lukavics: print ARC – #arcsfortrade on twitter
  28. The Innocence Treatment by Ari Goelman: print ARC – publicist
  29. The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook: print ARC – publicist
  30. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore: eARC – NetGalley


  • 30% purchased, 64% received for free, 6% borrowed from library
  • 53% ARCs, 47% finished copies
  • 46% eReader copies, 54% print copies

This was such a fun post to do, because it showed me that my reading is actually a lot more balanced than I thought it was! Sometimes it feels like I almost exclusively read ARCs these days, so it was nice to see numbers that proved it’s actually almost 50/50.

I’m not going to tag anyone, but I would love to see your answers, so please ping back to me or comment below if you’ve done this one, too!

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  • Reply Megan @ Ginger Mom November 15, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I know my reading is almost all review copies because there were just so many amazing tours lol. But I have held off signing up for many more so I can take a bit of a break and read the books already on my shelves.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 19, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      Yes, for sure! I’m trying to take a break from requesting ARCs and it is so hard because authors are so amazing nowadays and there are just soooo many good books coming out every single month! Now, I make myself think, “Would I be willing to pre-order this based off of the synopsis?” If the answer is no, I try to restrain from requesting it or accepting it if it’s offered to me. 🙂

  • Reply Naty November 15, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Very cool!! Do you like Edelweiss? I’m considering creating an account…

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 19, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      I really do! I know it’s hit and miss for some people, though. The website is much less user-friendly than NetGalley, and some of my friends say they consistently get denied for most of their EW requests while being approved constantly on NG (for me, I’ve never been denied on EW but have been denied for quite a few on NG). I absolutely think it’s worth giving a try, though!

  • Reply Deanna Reads Books November 15, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Oh this is a cool post! yeah I wonder what my breakdown is, I think it’s not actually that many ARCs.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 19, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      Yeah, I was surprised that my ARC count wasn’t higher! It was super fun to do, though. I love breaking things down into stats. 🙂

  • Reply emmareadstoomuch November 15, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    soooo interesting!

  • Reply coffeelovingbookoholic November 16, 2017 at 5:18 am

    hell yeah! this is so cool! i would do it too, but i know that most my books will be my own, since i do not request a lot 😀

  • Reply Theo @readingandrambling November 16, 2017 at 7:22 am

    this post seems like a lot of fun and is super interesting!! i think i’ll be doing it on my blog too 😀

  • Reply Sarah November 16, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Whoa, I can’t believe you ended up so close to 50/50 on a lot of things! You definitely get your books from a much larger variety of sources than I do, but that’s because I usually stick to NetGalley and the library. 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 19, 2017 at 10:36 pm

      I know, I was really surprised! Kind of cool how it worked out like that. I really should utilize my library more, but I just really love hoarding books. ?

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    What a great idea. I must have a go at this as well!

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