Read Your Books Challenge 2019

I keep a list of the books I acquire in a year and mark off how many of them I read. A couple years ago, I tried a challenge to predict your ratio of books received: books read so I’ve continued doing it even after the bloggers stopped. (The challenge originated on Book Date and you can click here to see how it was managed)


  1. The Autobiography of Malcolm X /Alex Haley $7.99  – Schomburg Library Bookstore
  2. Something To Answer For /P. H. Newby $9.80 – Amazon
  3. Milkman /Anna Burns  $10.74 Book Depository
  4. Troubles /J.G. Farrell – $9.44 Book Depository
  5. The Elected Member /Bernice Rubens $12.99 Book Depository
  6. In A Free State /V.S. Naipaul $8.66 Book Depository
  7. Golden Child /Claire Adam BOTM
  8. Snow Mountain /Yasunari Kawabata – Gift from Shawn The Book Maniac


  1. Black Leopard, Red Wolf /Marlon James – Amazon $18.00
  2. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle –  Gift from Tara


  1. How We Disappeared / Jing-Jing Lee
  2. The Lieutenant’s Nurse /Sara Ackerman ARC from publisher
  3. Brief Chronicles of Another Stupid Heartbreak /Adi Alsaid ARC from publisher
  4. The Most Fun We Ever Had /Claire Lombardo ARC from publisher
  5. Holiday /Stanley Middleton $10.55 from Book Depository
  6. Saville /David Storey $14.03 from Book Depository
  7. A New Way To Food by Maggie Battista Cookbook from Publisher
  8. Double Awesome Chinese Food by Andrew, Irene & Margaret Li Cookbook  from Publisher
  9. The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch – Amazon
  10. Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala -Strand $5
  11. The Overdue Life of Amy Byler /Kelly Harms – from TLC
  12. The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay – ARC from Pubisher


  1. The Siege of Krishnapur /J. G. Farrell from Book Depository
  2. No Place Like Here /Christina June ARC From Publisher
  3. Dear Mr. M /Herman Koch Barnes & Noble $5.98
  4. Unmarriagable (Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan) /Soniah Kamal – From Publisher


  1. The Singapore Grip  /J G Farrell Book Depository $12.23
  2. Schindler’s Ark /Thomas Kenneally Book Depository $10.33
  3. Moon Tiger /Penelope Lively Book Depository $8.94
  4. True History of the Kelly Gang /Peter Carey Book Depository $10.00
  5. Oscar and Lucinda /Peter Carey Book Depository $11.81
  6. Summer by the Tides /Denise Hunter – ARC From Publisher
  7. A Family of Strangers /Emilie Richards – ARC From Publisher
  8. The Summer of Sunshine and Margot /Susan Mallery From Publisher


  1. Last Orders /Graham Swift Book Depository $8.70
  2. Gather Together In My Name /Maya Angelou Book Depository $8.14
  3. Last Summer /Kerry Lonsdale – From Publisher
  4. Vinegar Girl /Anne Tyler – Dollar Tree $1.00
  5. From Harvey River by Lorna Goodison From Book Depository $5.57
  6. A House For Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul From Book Depository $12.11
  7. Heretics /Leonardo Padura – Book Culture $7.98 – Cuban Author for Caribbean Heritage Month
  8. Life of Pi /Yann Martel – Book Depository $5.58


  1. Idaho – Barnes & Noble $5
  2. Difficult Women /Roxane Gay – Barnes & Noble $5
  3. The Land of Green Plums /Herta Muller – Amazon Used 
  4. Midnight’s Children /Salman Rushdie – Amazon $12.85
  5. The Color Purple /Alice Walker – Amazon
  6. A Little History of the World /E. H. Gombrich – Thrift Books Used 
  7. The Beginner’s Guide to Winning An Election /Michael French – Publisher
  8. State of Lies /Siri Mitchell – ARC from Publisher
  9. Miguel Sreet /V. S Naipaul – Free box on street


  1. The Turn of the Key / Ruth Ware – BOTM Box
  2. Hotel Du Lac /Anita Brookner – Book Culture
  3. Special Topics in Calamity Physics /Marissa Pessl – Book Culture
  4. Pride and Prejudice /Jane Austen – Barnes & Noble Classic
  5. Frankenstein /Mary Shelly – Barnes & Noble Classic
  6. The Jungle /Upton Sinclair – Barnes & Noble Classic


  1. The Warmth of Other Suns /Isabel Wilkerson – Amazon $9.60
  2. Bone People /Keri Hulme – Amazon Used $5.22
  3. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha /Roddy Doyle – Amazon  $8.99


  1. The Count of Monte Cristo /Alexander Dumas – Amazon
  2. The Water Dancer /Ta-nehisi Coates – BOTM Free
  3. The Blind Assassin /Margaret Atwood $10.98 – BOTM Add-On
  4. Gold Digger/Rebecca Rosenberg – Free from author


  1. Stay / Catherine Ryan Hyde


  1. The Fountains of Silence / Ruta Zepetys


Acquired: 66

Read 47

Stats 72 %

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