My Last 20 Books

My Last 20 Books I have a hard time resisting memes. I’m surprised I’ve managed to stick with only two weeklies for so long! But this one, which I found via Cathy at Kittling: Books, is pretty much a one-off, so I’m not feeling any guilt about playing.

Basically, I’m supposed to take the last twenty books I’ve reviewed and talk about where I got them. Then, write something about them. I’m sure I’m not the only one interested in where I get my books, since I only mention it in passing in my actual reviews. Plus, I know you lot are snoops (and so am I).

Going in reverse chronological order:

    1. The Demon and the City by Liz Williams. Bought from Webscriptions.net (ebook).
    2. Eastern Standard Tribe by Cory Doctorow. Downloaded free from Mr. Doctorow’s site, Craphound.com (ebook).
    3. The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. Borrowed from campus library.
    4. Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge. Borrowed from campus library.
    5. Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud. Bought from…either Borders or B&N.
    6. Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman. Borrowed from campus library.
    7. The Anybodies by N.E. Bode. Borrowed from campus library.
    8. There Will Be Dragons by John Ringo. Downloaded free from Baen.com (ebook).
    9. The Buried Pyramid by Jane Lindskold. Downloaded free from Tor.com (ebook).
    10. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella. Bought from Fictionwise.com (ebook).
    11. Merchant of Death by D.J. Hale. Downloaded free from Amazon (ebook).
    12. Magic Kingdom For Sale– Sold! by Terry Brookes. Downloaded free from Amazon (ebook).
    13. The Dealer by Robert Muchamore. Bought from Borders.
    14. Well Witched by Frances Hardinge. Borrowed from campus library.
    15. Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones. Gotten from Frugal Reader.
    16. Behind the Curtain by Peter Abrahams. Bought from Fictionwise.com (ebook).
    17. Curse of the Bane by Joseph Delaney. Bought from B&N.
    18. The Ink Drinker by Eric Sanvoisin & Martin Matje. Bought at library book sale.
    19. Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney. Bought from BookCloseouts.com.
    20. Only Human by Tom Holt. Gotten from BookMooch.

So:

  • 8/20 were bought with my own money.
  • 5/20 were borrowed from a library (for free).
  • 5/20 were downloaded for free from various websites.
  • 2/20 were obtained through a book trading website.

In other words, 8/20 were paid for, 12/20 were free (though none were actually given to me).

I feel that this is pretty par for the course. Every once in a while I’ll have an ARC or two to review, but actually that hasn’t happened in a while (rotten luck at LibraryThing early reviewers lately). I’ve been trying to spend less money on books, actually, and use my library and book trading sites more. It’s been working out pretty well– except now I’m spending all my money on postage (and collectibles) instead of books. Whoops.

What does your list look like? Where did you get your last 20 reviewed books from?

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  1. This seems like such a fun meme to do, but for me it’s so utterly pointless to do. All the books I read are books that I bought myself because that’s pretty much the only way I have to get to read them. (And, unfortunately, I really don’t remember where I bought them from as clearly as you do. Maybe I should track that for a while and see what interesting revelations that that turns up.)

    So I’m a passive participant in this meme and just look at all the interesting titles and stats everyone else comes up with. ^-^

  2. I loved Fly by Night ! I think I’m going to read Well Witched one of these days…There are so many books that “I’m going to read one of these days!” Oh well, I’ll get around to it.

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