My Last 32 Books

Here’s where I obtained every book I’ve read so far this year:

Last Days of Summer, by Steve Kluger – Christmas gift
The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien – Christmas gift
The Kitchen House, by Kathleen Grissom – review copy sent by publisher
A Field Guide To Burying Your Parents, by Liza Palmer – review copy sent by publisher
The Jewel Trader of Pegu, by Jeffrey Hantover – review copy sent by publisher
Revolutionary Road, by Richard Yates – review copy sent by marketing company
Moonlight in Odessa, by Janet Skeslien Charles – gift from my 2009 Blogger Secret Santa
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum – purchased from Amazon.com
When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead – purchased from Amazon.com
The Queen of Palmyra, by Minrose Gwin – review copy sent by publisher
A Step from Heaven, by An Na – mooched from BookMooch.com
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer – purchased from Borders
Manhood for Amateurs, by Michael Chabon – review copy sent by publisher
Newspaper Blackout, by Austin Klein – review copy sent by publisher
The Confessions of Catherine de Medici, by C.W. Gortner – review copy sent by publisher
The First Part Last, by Angela Johnson – mooched from BookMooch.com
Missing May, by Cynthia Rylant (Audio) – borrowed from library
Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert – purchased from Borders
Finny, by Justin Kramon – review copy sent by publisher
Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins – purchased from Barnes & Noble
City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare – purchased from Borders
The Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner – purchased from Borders
The Queen of Attolia, by Megan Whalen Turner – purchased from Amazon.com for my Kindle
The King of Attolia, by Megan Whalen Turner – purchased from Amazon.com for my Kindle
A Conspiracy of Kings, by Megan Whalen Turner – purchased from Amazon.com for my Kindle
Freshman for President, by Ally Condie – purchased from Deseret Book
The Financial Lives of the Poets, by Jess Walter – review copy sent by publisher
Tinkers, by Paul Harding – purchased from Amazon.com
Matched, by Ally Condie – review copy sent by publisher
The Imperfectionists, by Tom Rachman – purchased from Amazon.com
Room, by Emma Donoghue – purchased from Amazon.com for my Kindle
Delicate Edible Birds, by Lauren Groff – review copy sent by publisher

Okay, time for the stats. Of the above 32 books
14 were purchased by me
12 were review copies
3 were gifts to me
2 were from BookMooch
1 was from the library

32 TOTAL

Of the 14 I purchased, 8 were from Amazon (4 hard copies, 4 eBooks for my Kindle), 4 were from Borders, 1 was from Barnes and Noble, and 1 was from Deseret Book.  

I’ve been struggling to get caught up on the review copies, and I’m almost there. In fact, I only have 4 review copies waiting to be read! That makes me very very happy. I love getting review copies, but they can be overwhelming. Once I get caught up, I hope to stay caught up.

I think I need to start utilizing the library (and BookMooch) more.

Where do you get your books?


2 Responses to My Last 32 Books

  1. Erin says:

    I’m a big library user. Something odd happens if I buy a book: I place it lovingly on my shelves and promptly forget about it. It took me a long time to figure this out. Now that I have, I try to borrow the book from the library (so I have a deadline for reading it). If I end up loving it, then I’ll buy a copy for my collection.

    I’ve never looked at a breakdown of my book acquisitions this way. Very interesting!

  2. Jessica says:

    Erin – I really do want to become more of a library user. Unfortunately, my local library is very new and therefore has a limited selection. I love your system, though. I think I’ll start doing something similar.

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