I’ve been posting updates on this challenge every month, but one thing I haven’t done that Angel did in her mid-year check-in is figure out how much money I’ve been saving by utilizing my library. I thought that was a fantastic idea, so I decided to go ahead and calculate my savings!
I used $14.99 for all Audiobooks, since that’s what I would have been paying if I’d used my Audible subscription for them. For everything else, I just used list price (I was going to either use Amazon or my local indie, but they weren’t all currently available, so list price seemed easiest).
MY SAVINGS: $644.49
Oh, and these aren’t included in the challenge, but as long as I’m calculating savings, I should include the audiobooks that my son has listened to from the library. He’s listened to 45 books so far this year, and all but three of them were from the library.
MY SAVINGS FROM NOAH’S BOOKS: $614.59
MY TOTAL SAVINGS: $1259.08
Progress: 42/48 Library Books Read
Books for this challenge:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Twilight by Joss Whedon, Brad Meltzer, & Georges Jeanty (reread)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Retreat by Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson & Georges Jeanty (reread)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Last Gleaming by Joss Whedon, Scott Allie & Georges Jeanty
Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword by Henry Lien (audio)
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (audio)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future for You by Joss Whedon, Brian K. Vaughan, & Georges Jeanty (reread)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wolves at the Gate by Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard, & Georges Jeanty (reread)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Time of Your Life by Joss Whedon, Jeph Loeb, & Georges Jeanty (reread)
Winter by Marissa Meyer (audio)
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (audio)
Far From You by Lisa Schroeder
Rebound by Kwame Alexander
The Color of Lies by CJ Lyons (audio)
A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always by the Ocean! by Kir Fox
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Cinder by Marissa Meyer (audio, reread)
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (audio, reread)
Cress by Marissa Meyer (audio, reread)
Fairest by Marissa Meyer (audio)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home by Joss Whedon & Georges Jeanty (reread)
The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story by Marie Kondō & Yuko Uramoto
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan
The Lonely Ones by Kelsey Sutton
The Language Inside by Holly Thompson
Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels by J. Warner Wallace (audio & ebook)
Slayer by Kiersten White
Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout (audio)
Release by Patrick Ness (audio)
The Whispers by Greg Howard
Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd (audio)
Solo by Kwame Alexander & Mary Rand Hess
Educated by Tara Westover (audio)
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (audio)
Finale by Stephanie Garber (audio)
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (audio)
George by Alex Gino (audio)
After Zero by Christina Collins (audio)
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli (audio)
Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa (audio)
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (audio)
Birthday by Meredith Russo
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Progress: 6 (~1 Connect 5 per month)
I also decided to post a “bonus” Connect Five to make up for the fact that I didn’t post one in February (since it was so early in the year, I didn’t have a lot to work with yet).
My “Bonus” Theme: Eastern/Southeastern Asian Stories
Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword – This fantasy novel is set in an Asian-inspired world with a unique cross of martial arts and figure skating at its center.
I Love You So Mochi – In this book, Kimi heads to Japan to visit her estranged grandparents and finds her Japanese roots (not to mention a cute Japanese boy).
The Astonishing Color of After – Ironically, this book also involves a character who visits her estranged grandparents, but this time in Taiwan. I would call this one a contemporary fantasy, as there are lots of fantastical elements (Leigh believes her mother’s spirit is visiting her in the form of a bird, for one thing).
My Fate According to the Butterfly – This book is set in the Phillippines and explores the drug wars going on there as well as cultural traditions.
Soul of the Sword – Another fantasy novel, this one inspired by Japanese mythology and set in ancient Japan. The main character is half kitsune (a mythical fox).
(NOTE: I haven’t reviewed The Astonishing Color of After on the blog, but it’s a 2019 read!)
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