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December 2012 Monthly Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

January 2, 2013

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started December with 251 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …241! Reading-wise, this month was absolutely abysmal – all of three non-audio, non-graphic novel, actual Book-books. I’ve been gearing up to move, and that process did not leave a lot of time or mental energy for reading. But, packing up all my books (16 boxes’s worth coming with me, which includes cookbooks and textbooks, plus another 5 that I am storing at my parents’ house until I’m living somewhere more permanently) made me take a good long look at my shelves, and do some purging. I also didn’t get a ton of books for Christmas, so even though I didn’t read much, those TBR numbers are coming down! 241’s the lowest it’s been since 2009. Good job, self!

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

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

Audiobooks
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins
Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

Read But Not Owned (Books)
I am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley

Read But Not Owned (Graphic Novels)
Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon & Dean Hale
Marvels by Kurt Busiek
The Nobody by Jeff Lemire

Re-Reads
The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Be My Enemy by Ian McDonald

Added and then read (um… huzzah?)
The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire

Other removals from the TBR pile (um… huzzah?)
I purged a fair number of books, including 14 off the TBR list, as part of the lead up to moving. Not going to list them individually, because purging’s hard enough without hearing that I should have kept them. :)

 
 
Non-TBR acquisitions (storage-space-related shame!)
- Birds of Florida by Stan Tekiela - National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida by Peter Alden, Rick Cech, and Gil Nelson
- A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson  
 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
- Between Man and Beast: A Tale of Exploration and Evolution by Monte Reel - A Murder for Her Majesty by Beth Hilgartner
- Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version by Philip Pullman - Bloodshot by Cherie Priest
- One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer by Nathaniel Fick - The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia
 
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
- Graveminder by Melissa Marr - Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
- The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers * 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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6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 2, 2013 10:23 am

    My December stats stink too but kudos to you for purging some books!

  2. January 2, 2013 10:58 am

    I had to have a come to Jesus moment with my TBR and realized that it went up 20 books in 6 months, even though I read around 40 books in that time. Oi vey.
    Congrats on the book purge!

    • January 25, 2013 2:07 pm

      Frankie – When I started Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge, I had 171 books, and vowed that I was going to get it under 100. Of course, it immediately went up the next month and has only rarely gone down.

  3. Thaddeus permalink
    January 3, 2013 1:20 am

    I wanted to thank you for all the great reviews and your awesome Excel book tracking file that you update every year. I am a huge fan and was wondering if your going to update it for 2013? One thing I ran into it this year (I read many graphic novels and comic collections) was needing more than 300 item entries. I am not so great with excel and was wondering if in the new edition you could increase the total number of items I can add or maybe let me know how I can do this myself. I would be more than willing to donate via paypal or a tip jar, as this tool has really helped me track my book reading.

    Thanks again,
    Thaddeus

    • January 25, 2013 2:23 pm

      Thaddeus – Thanks so much! I’ve been very, very busy the past month or so, plus I haven’t added any features to the spreadsheet, so I’m not posting an updated version. BUT I think I can help you add lines to your sheet without too much trouble.

      Somewhere in the middle of the sheet, select a range of rows. For example if you want to add 100 lines, click on row 101 (the number to the left of the sheet), hold shift and click on row 200. Copy these cells (Edit > Copy) then select Insert > Insert Copied Cells.

      Next, select a row somewhere above where you did the copy/insert (say, row 90). In the lower left corner of the blue highlighting showing you that the row is selected, there is a little box; your mouse cursor should change to a hand when you’re over it. Click and drag down to what was originally book number 300. Excel should auto-number the book numbers so it’s now 400, and should change the other formulas accordingly.

      Hope that helps!

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