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March 2015 Wrap-Up: Books and Reading

April 14, 2015

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started March with 251 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …253! I’m not even going to lie. The fact that I’m not getting my monthly wrap-up post for March posted until halfway through April pretty much tells the story of the past month and a half. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and a break coming, but it’s still a slog to get there, so don’t expect to see me much around these parts before mid-May at the earliest.

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

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

Audiobooks
Lock In by John Scalzi (review coming soon)

Read But Not Owned (Books)
Firefight by Brandon Sanderson (review coming soon)

Read But Not Owned (Graphic Novels)
Amulet, Vol. 6: Escape from Lucien by Kazu Kibuishi
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier (reviews coming soon)

Re-Reads
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan (review coming soon)
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
Life, The Universe, and Everything by Douglas Adams

Changes to the TBR pile

Added and then read (um… huzzah?)
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe (this was actually a "read and then added," but whatever) (reviews coming soon)

 
 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain by Richard Roberts The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh
 
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
Steel Blues by Melissa Scott & Jo Graham Silver Bullet by Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
Cryptonomicon by Neil Stephenson * 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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Robin LaFevers – Mortal Heart

March 12, 2015

1. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers (2014)
His Fair Assassin, Book 3

Read my review of book:
1. Grave Mercy
2. Dark Triumph

Read By: Jennifer Grace
Length: 18 h 2 min (452 pages)

Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

Started: 15 December 2014
Finished: 01 January 2015

Where did it come from? From the publishers for review.
Why do I have it? I really enjoyed the first two books in this series.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 04 October 2014.

It’s hard to serve Death
when you’re stuck in a convent
your entire life.

Read the full summary and review

Juan Díaz Canales – Blacksad, Vols. 1-5

March 10, 2015


2, 9, 10. Blacksad, Blacksad: A Silent Hell, Blacksad: Amarillo by Juan Díaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido (2010, 2012, 2014)
Blacksad, Volumes 1-5

Length: 176, 112, 63 pages
Genre: Detective Noir, Graphic Novel

Started/Finished: Volumes 1-3: 04 January 2015
Volume 4: 10 February 2015
Volume 5: 20 February 2015

Where did they come from? The library.
Why do I have them? Recommended by a friend.

Read the full summary and review

Rainbow Rowell – Attachments

March 3, 2015

100. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (2011)

Length: 323 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Romance

Started/Finished: 31 December 2014

Where did it come from? Downloaded from Amazon.
Why do I have it? I really liked Eleanor & Park and wanted to read more of Rowell’s books.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 25 July 2014.

Having your IT
guy creep on you is only
romantic in books.

Read the full summary and review

February 2015 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

March 1, 2015

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started February with 249 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …251! You guys, I am almost embarassed to be posting this. Partly because I haven’t posted anything else in the past month, and partly because my reading this month was so paltry. Embarassingly paltry. Really embarassingly paltry. I’m hoping that during spring break I can not only do a little reading, but also get a little bit ahead so that the next two months can be a little bit more bookish. But we’ll see.

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

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

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

Read But Not Owned (Graphic Novels)
Fairest, Vol. 4: Cinderella: Of Mice and Men by Marc Andreyko
Blacksad, Vol. 4: A Silent Hell by Juan Díaz Canales
Blacksad, Vol. 5: Amarillo by Juan Díaz Canales (reviews coming soon)

Re-Reads
Persuasion by Jane Austen

Changes to the TBR pile

 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
Finding Zero: A Mathematician’s Odyssey to Uncover the Origins of Numbers by Amir D. Aczel Landline by Rainbow Rowell
 

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January 2015 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

February 2, 2015

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started January with 246 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …249! Oh, you guys, I screwed myself over this semester, I think. I feel like I have been in full-blown crisis mode since the first day of the year, paddling as hard as I can to keep myself on top of everything that *needs* to get done urgently – let alone trying to get ahead, or having any free time for non-urgent things like reading… or writing reviews. I’m hoping that somehow this will let up, but I’m not optimistic that it will (see above re: screwing myself over this semester with the way I organized my classes). Or at least I’m doubtful that it’ll ease up until spring break when I will have a little free time to hopefully give myself some breathing room. So I’m woefully behind on reading, even more woefully behind on review writing, and missing books and reading and blogging… so I’ll be back eventually, I promise… I just don’t know when.

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

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

Audiobooks
Frakenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson (reviews coming soon)

Read But Not Owned (Graphic Novels)
Blacksad by Juan Díaz Canales
The Unwritten, Vol. 10: War Stories by Mike Carey
Saga, Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan (reviews coming soon)

Re-Reads
Emma by Jane Austen
The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett (review coming soon)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers (review coming soon)

 

Other removals from the TBR pile (um… huzzah?)
The Falcon Throne by Karen Miller (DNFed this one – review coming soon)

 
 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
Troll’s-Eye View ed. by Ellen Datlow City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
The Martian by Andy Weir The Man Who Made Vermeers: Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Han Van Meegeren by Jonathan Lopez
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki  
 
Non-TBR acquisitions (storage-space-related shame!)
Saga, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples Saga, Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
 
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie * 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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Marilyn Johnson – Lives in Ruins

January 16, 2015

99. Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble by Marilyn Johnson (2014)

Length: 272 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction

Started: 27 December 2014
Finished: 31 December 2014

Where did it come from? From the publishers for review.
Why do I have it? The punny title caught my eye, and then the description sounded fascinating.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 16 September 2014.

Archaeologists
do it for love of the past.
(And the fedoras.)

Read the full summary and review

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