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Review Revisited: Lois Lowry – The Giver

July 23, 2014

Re-read. The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993)
The Giver Quartet, Book 1

Read By: Ron Rifkin
Length: 4h 48min (192 pages)

Genre: Mid-grade dystopian fiction

Originally Read: 18 November 2006
Re-read finished: 05 July 2014

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? It was my book club’s pick this month (in anticipation of the upcoming movie, I suspect).

Living with all the
memories is much worse when
you’re the only one.

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Jo Walton – Among Others

July 21, 2014

56. Among Others by Jo Walton (2011)

Length: 304 pages
Genre: Fantasy

Started: 29 June 2014
Finished: 01 July 2014

Where did it come from? Christmas present (from Santa!)
Why do I have it? It’s been on my wishlist since I first saw it on Shelf Awareness, probably about the time I read Tooth and Claw.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 25 December 2013.

Escaping into
books won’t help you put off the
real world forever.

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Laini Taylor – Dreams of Gods & Monsters

July 15, 2014

55. Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor (2014)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, Book 3

Read my review of book:
1. Daughter of Smoke & Bone
2. Days of Blood & Starlight

Read By: Kristine Hvam
Length: 18h 07m (624 pages)

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Started: 11 June 2014
Finished: 30 June 2014

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? I loved the first two, and was anxious to see how it all ended!

In order to save
the world, angels and demons
must work together.

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George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois – Warriors

July 8, 2014

54. Warriors edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois (2010)

Length: 736 pages

Genre: Short Story Anthology, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction

Started: 15 June 2014
Finished: 29 June 2014

Where did it come from? Bought it from Amazon.
Why do I have it? I loved Songs of Love & Death, and I also knew this collection had the third Dunk and Egg story.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 06 September 2013.

Different places and
times, but all are fighting the
good fight… or are they?

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Royden Lepp – Rust, Vol. 1 & 2

July 3, 2014

52 & 53. Rust, Volume 1: Visitor in the Field and Rust, Volume 2: Secrets of the Cell by Royden Lepp (2011, 2012)
Rust, Volumes 1 & 2

Length: 192 & 200 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Started/Finished: 24 & 25 June 2014

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? I was impressed by the Rust short story (“Oswald’s Letter”) from the Free Comic Book Day volume and wanted more.

I’ll take the jetpack
without the trouble past or
the chasing robots.

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June 2014 Monthly Update: Books and Reviews

July 1, 2014

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started June with 263 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …239! Good job, self! I finally got up the guts to get rid of the giant stack o’ books that I had pulled for possible donation over a month ago – these were (mostly) books that I’d had for a long time (like seven to eight years or more) but had never made it off the shelf. Basically books that I once had an interest in reading but didn’t so much any more. And even though these were books that I was pretty sure I was okay getting rid of, I still had to be coaxed into actually making the donation by a friend, and then reward myself with ice cream afterwards.

On the reading front, June was okay. I spent a lot of the month sick, first with a cold and then with the Cough That Won’t Give Up. That should have translated into a lot of reading and in some ways it did, but it also made me crave comfort books, so I’ve been in a very re-read-y type mood lately. But I did read a couple of chunksters off the TBR pile, so that counting the donations, my TBR pile went down by more than 10,000 pages! Not too shabby.

…anyways, let’s take a look at the breakdown:

Neutral books – Read, but don’t affect the TBR pile

Audiobooks
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor (review coming soon)

Read But Not Owned (Books)
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Read But Not Owned (Graphic Novels)
- Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: Cosmic Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis
- Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Angela by Brian Michael Bendis
Rust, Vol. 1: Visitor in the Field by Royden Lepp
Rust, Vol. 2: Secrets of the Cell by Royden Lepp (reviews coming soon)

Re-Reads
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
The Quick by Lauren Owen
Firebirds Soaring ed. by Sharyn November
Warriors ed. by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois (review coming soon)

 

Other removals from the TBR pile (um… huzzah?)
Ooooh, yes, 26 of them. I finally gathered my courage and took a big stack of books to the library booksale. Now my shelves look all empty! (Not really, of course. But comparatively!)

 
 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
- Wondrous Beginnings ed. by Steven H. Silver & Martin H. Greenberg - Invisible Beasts by Sharona Muir
- Tinkers by Paul Harding - Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
- Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer  
 
Non-TBR acquisitions (storage-space-related shame!)
- Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay - Me and My Little Brain by John D. Fitzgerald
- The Great Brain at the Academy by John D. Fitzgerald - The Return of the Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald
 

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Rainbow Rowell – Eleanor & Park

June 26, 2014

51. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (2012)

Length: 336 pages
Genre: Young Adult, General Fiction (maybe sort of Historical Fiction? But I refuse to accept 1986 as history, so: no.)

Started: 17 June 2014
Finished: 18 June 2014

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? It’s everywhere.

True love is: a seat
on the bus, and not caring
who might be looking.

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