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August 2014 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

September 1, 2014

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started August with 240 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …240! This month feels like it kicked my butt, y’all, especially in terms of the numbers of actual, physical, non-graphical books that I read. No matter how prepared for the start of the school year I think I am, it’s always a rush of preparation right before (two weeks before, this year), and the start of the semester just always kicks my butt. I have managed to tear through a bunch of audiobooks, but I just haven’t had the time or the mental energy to settle down and actually read non-textbook books all that much. Here’s hoping September calms down at least a little and I can get some real reading done!

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

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

Audiobooks
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi (reviews coming soon)

Read But Not Owned (Books)
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (review coming soon)

Read But Not Owned (Graphic Novels)
Rust, Vol. 3: Death of the Rocket Boy by Royden Lepp
Ex Machina, Vol. 2: Tag by Brian K. Vaughan
Fairest, Vol. 3: Return of the Maharaja by Sean E. Williams
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs
The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects by Mike Mignola (review coming soon)


Re-Reads
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold
Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (review coming soon)

 
 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
- Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz - The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
 
Non-TBR acquisitions (storage-space-related shame!)
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer  
 

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Graphic Novel Twofer: Fairest, Vol. 3: Return of the Maharaja / Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

August 26, 2014

69. Fairest, Vol. 3: Return of the Maharaja by Sean E. Williams, Stephen Sadowski, Phil Jimenez (series created by Bill Willingham) (2014)
Fables: Fairest, Volume 3

Read my review of volume:
1. Wide Awake
2. The Hidden Kingdom

Length: 144 pages
Genre: Fantasy

Started/Finished: 16 August 2014

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? I’m always on the hook for new Fables or Fables-adjacent books.

Read the full summary and review

Robin LaFevers – Grave Mercy

August 21, 2014

67. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (2012)
His Fair Assassin, Book 1

Read By: Erin Moon
Length: 14h 11m (549 pages)

Genre: Historical Fiction

Started: 24 July 2014
Finished: 08 August 2014

Where did it come from? Downloaded from YA Sync Audiobooks last summer.
Why do I have it? Well, free audiobook, but I am also totally on board with historical teenage assassins.

How can you protect
your duchess when you’re not sure
who the traitors are?

Read the full summary and review

Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch

August 19, 2014

65. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (2013)

Length: 784 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Started: 15 July 2014
Finished: 04 August 2014 (it didn’t actually take me three weeks of reading; I started it right before I went on vacation, and no way was I hauling this hardback around in my carry-on).

Where did it come from? Christmas gift from a friend.
Why do I have it? He thought I’d like it.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 02 January 2014.

A stolen painting
isn’t enough to buy one
a trouble-free life.

Read the full summary and review

Graphic Novel Twofer: Royden Lepp – Rust, Vol. 3 / Brian K. Vaughan – Ex Machina, Vol. 2

August 15, 2014

64. Rust, Vol. 3: Death of the Rocket Boy by Royden Lepp (2014)
Rust, Volume 3

Read my review of volume:
1. Visitor in the Field
2. Secrets of the Cell

Length: 224 pages
Genre: Sci-Fi, Young Adult

Started/Finished: 02 August 2014

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? Next one in the series.

Read the full summary and review

Marissa Meyer – Cinder (plus bonus short story review “Glitches”)

August 13, 2014

63. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (2012)
The Lunar Chronicles, Book 1

Length: 390 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Started: 26 July 2014
Finished: 28 July 2014

Why do I have it? I saw it all over the place when it came out (and I have no idea why I didn’t read it at the time. Fairy tale retellings! Young adult sci-fi! What whas I waiting for.) But I finally got on the stick because Marissa Meyer was doing an event in my town!
Where did it come from? Originally downloaded the Kindle version, but then I bought a copy at the signing. Can’t get an e-book signed!

Saying “Ah, screw it!”
has a whole different meaning
when you’re a cyborg.

Read the full summary and review

Terry Pratchett – The Color of Magic

August 11, 2014

62. The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett (1983)
Discworld, Book 1

Length: 210 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Humor

Started: 20 July 2014
Finished: 26 July 2014

Where did it come from? Downloaded from Amazon.
Why do I have it? Many years ago, a friend tried to get me started on reading Pratchett with the early Discworld books (The Light Fantastic, specifically). I didn’t particularly love it, but then I came across Pratchett’s YA books and loved them… so I thought it was about time for me to give early Discworld another try.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 17 September 2013.

Protecting hapless
tourists might be a job for
a better wizard.

Read the full summary and review

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