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Mike Carey & Peter Gross – The Unwritten, Vols. 6, 7, and 8

April 17, 2014

24, 25, 28. The Unwritten, Vol. 6: Tommy Taylor and the War of Words, The Unwritten, Vol. 7: The Wound, and The Unwritten, Vol. 8: Orpheus in the Underworld by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (2012, 2013, 2014)
The Unwritten, Volumes 6, 7, and 8

Length: 240 pages, 144 pages, 176 pages

Genre: Fantasy; Graphic Novel

Started/Finished: 01/02 April 2014; 03 April 2014; 10/11 April 2014

Where did they come from? The library.
Why do I have them? New Unwritten!

Stories have power,
but the extent of it is
greater than we knew.

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Graphic Novel Twofer: Freshman / Monster on the Hill

April 15, 2014

Yet again, we’ve got two graphic novel reviews for the price of one! Today is Corinne Mucha’s Freshmen and Rob Harrell’s Monster on the Hill!

22. Freshman: Tales of 9th Grade Obsessions, Revelations, and Other Nonsense by Corinne Mucha (2011)

Length: 112 pages
Genre: Young Adult; General Fiction

Started/Finished: 24 March 2014

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? Random browsing.

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Ellen Kushner – The Privilege of the Sword

April 11, 2014

20. The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner (2006)
Riverside, Book 2

Length: 378 pages
Genre: Fantasy

Started: 08 March 2014
Finished: 20 March 2014

Where did it come from? Purchased used on Amazon.
Why do I have it? I enjoyed the world of Swordspoint enough to want to go back.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 19 September 2013.

Katherine thought she
was going to the city
for balls, not fencing.

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Linda Medley – Castle Waiting, Vol. 2

April 8, 2014

21. Castle Waiting, Volume II by Linda Medley (2013)
Castle Waiting, Volume 2

Length: 464 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Graphic Novel

Started/Finished: 23 March 2014

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? I was totally charmed by Volume 1 and sad when it ended, so of course I wanted Volume 2!

Moving – even to
a castle – is best when you’ve
got friends to help out.

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Brian K. Vaughan – Ex Machina, Vol. 1: The First Hundred Days

April 4, 2014

19. Ex Machina, Vol. 1: The First Hundred Days by Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris, Tom Feister (2005)
Ex Machina, Volume 1

Length: 136 pages
Genre: Superhero Science Fiction

Started/Finished: 14 March 2014

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? I like Brian K. Vaughan, and I like the idea of reading a graphic novel series that’s already complete.

Most politicians
can seem less than human; this
guy is something more.

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March 2014 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

April 2, 2014

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started March with 262 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …261! This month, you guys! (I know I said the same thing last month, so I guess: This year, you guys!) I got some decent reading done over spring break but the rest of the month has been a whole lot of nothing – I’ve had trouble even finding the time to get through graphic novels. And I don’t know that April is going to be much better, with all of the end-of-semester craziness. But here’s hoping!

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

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

Read But Not Owned (Books)
Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky

Read But Not Owned (Graphic Novels)
Ex Machina, Vol. 1: The First Hundred Days by Brian K. Vaughan
Castle Waiting, Volume II by Linda Medley
Freshman: Tales of 9th Grade Obsessions, Revelations, and Other Nonsense by Corinne Mucha
Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell (reviews coming soon)

Re-Reads
Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
Bloodshot by Cherie Priest
The Privilege of the Sword by Cherie Priest (review coming soon)

 

Added and then read (um… huzzah?)
The Mincing Mockingbird’s Guide to Troubled Birds by Matt Adrian

 
 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
- The Quick by Lauren Owen  
 
Non-TBR acquisitions (storage-space-related shame!)
- Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan - Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
 
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
- The Woodcutter by Kate Danley - Lost Things by Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
- Jumper by Steven Gould - The Happiest Days of Our Livesby Wil Wheaton
- To Be or Not To Be by Ryan North - Arcanum 101: Welcome New Students by Mercedes Lackey & Rosemary Edghill
- The God Engines by John Scalzi - Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
- Mogworld by Yahtzee Croshaw * Pursuant to the discussion on this post, I’ve decided to create an eTBR pile for e-books for which I actually pay money. I’m not adding them into my total TBR numbers, but I have to fess up about them somewhere. Keeps me honest.
 

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Jacob Tomsky – Heads in Beds

March 31, 2014

18. Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky (2012)

Length: 247 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir

Started: 05 March 2014
Finished: 06 March 2014

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? I first remember hearing about it on Savage Love, although I may have spotted it elsewhere before that.

Crazy stuff happens
at hotels, both in the rooms
and behind the scenes.

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