January 13, 2010

The Last 20

Lenore from Presenting Lenore has an interesting set of posts. She discloses where the last 20 books she read came from. Out of curiosity, I decided to see where my last 20 books came from too. "FotL" means Friends of the Library, and "from my shelves" means I've owned it for at least 6 months.

  1. Girl, Interrupted-from my shelves, bought used from FotL book store
  2. Fireworks Over Toccoa-snagged from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program
  3. Because of Winn-Dixie-from my shelves, bought used from either FotL book store or Salvation Army
  4. Alias Grace-from my shelves, bought used from FotL book store
  5. The Snowflake-library
  6. Stitches-library
  7. When She Flew-snagged from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program
  8. Lonesome Prairie, MO-received ARC from author (who is a personal friend)
  9. Breaking Her Fall-library
  10. What-the-Dickens-library
  11. The Diving Bell & the Butterfly-from my shelves, received from PaperBackSwap.com
  12. The Hidden-TLC book tour
  13. The Coming of the Fairies-from my shelves, bought new from Amazon
  14. Green Angel-from my shelves, bought used from FotL book store
  15. Confessions of a Slacker Wife-library
  16. The Persian Pickle Club-bought new from B&N
  17. Harry Potter book 1-from my shelves, gift for son from years ago
  18. The Ghost Writer-from my shelves, received from PaperBackSwap.com
  19. House of Sand and Fog-from my shelves, bought used from FotL book store
  20. Pay Attention, Say Thank You-requested from NetGalley.com

The Breakdown:
9 from my shelves (8 used, 1 purchased)
5 ARCs
5 library books
1 bought new

I like this average. I've reduced my ARC consumption, read many books I already owned, and utilized the library for challenge books that I was not likely to want to spend money on. For the last 3.5 months I have spent only about $15. on books. This is about the best summary of me and my books I could have hoped for.

5 comments:

Lenore said...

I do think it is an interesting and illuminating exercise! Glad you joined in!

Sandra said...

This interesting to do. I did this too earlier this year when a commenter suggested book bloggers were blogging just to get free books (by accepting ARCs). Here's my post:

http://freshinkbooks.blogspot.com/2009/07/is-only-reason-we-blog-to-receive-free.html

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

I wouldn't be game to do this cause I know that most of them I bought! Even though I have more than 200 books on my TBR pile/shelves.

Jeane said...

I've been thinking about doing this breakdown, too.

April said...

What an interesting and fun idea!!