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December 2017 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

January 1, 2018

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started December with 210 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …209! The holidays are always hectic but I managed to get a fair bit read anyways. Didn’t get any books for Christmas other than a cookbook, though, although that’s probably for the best. I did acquire a fair number of ebooks and audiobooks, though. I can’t be good all the time!

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

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

Audiobooks
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
The Fairy Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley (reviews coming soon)

Read But Not Owned (Books)
The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
– Locke & Key: Small World by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez (reviews coming soon)

E-Books
– A Court of Thorns and Roses
by Sarah J. Maas (review coming soon)

Re-Reads
Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
Locke & Key, Vol. 3: Crown of Shadows by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
Locke & Key, Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
Locke & Key, Vol. 5: Clockworks by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
Locke & Key, Vol. 6: Alpha and Omega by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

   

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
Landline by Rainbow Rowell (review coming soon)

 
 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
Miraculously, nothing this month!  
 
Non-TBR acquisitions (storage-space-related shame!)
The City Tavern Cookbook: Recipes from the Birthplace of American Cuisine by Walter Staib  
 
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch our Nation Into Space by Margot Lee Shetterly
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Uprooted by Naomi Novik * Pursuant to the discussion on this post, I’ve decided to create an eTBR pile for e-books and audiobooks that I accept for review or 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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November 2017 Wrap-Up: Books and Reading

December 20, 2017

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started November with 211 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …210! I had houseguests for a large chunk of the month, and I never get much reading done when I’ve got houseguests – there’s always something else to be doing, or else I feel weird reading (or having my earbuds in for listening) instead of being social. So it was a pretty sparse month, reading-wise. But at least I was good about not acquiring more (physical) books.

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

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

Audiobooks
Locke and Key by Joe Hill (review coming soon)

Re-Reads
Locke & Key Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill
A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (review coming soon)

 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
Nothing this month!  
 
Non-TBR acquisitions (storage-space-related shame!)
Nothing this month either!  
 
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart * Pursuant to the discussion on this post, I’ve decided to create an eTBR pile for e-books and audiobooks that I accept for review or 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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October 2017 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

November 26, 2017

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started October with 209 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …211! October was crazy, folks. Let’s not talk about October.

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

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

Audiobooks
These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas (review coming soon)

Re-Reads
The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon

Changes to the TBR pile

 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
Rat Queens Vol. 4: High Fantasies by Kurtis J. Wiebe Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
 
Non-TBR acquisitions (storage-space-related shame!)
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor  
 
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley * Pursuant to the discussion on this post, I’ve decided to create an eTBR pile for e-books and audiobooks that I accept for review or 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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September 2017 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

October 15, 2017

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started September with 209 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …209! September wasn’t a lot better than August — and October’s shaping up about the same. I’ve turned a lot to re-reading of comfort books, but I’ve managed to limit my acquisitions so the TBR list isn’t hurting too badly.

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

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

Re-Reads
Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan
The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling
The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick
The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen Flynn (reviews coming soon)

 
 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
My Life in France by Julia Child The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
 
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas  
 

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August 2017 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

September 13, 2017

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started August with 214 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …209! August was a beast of a month (bought and moved into a new house, traveled for fieldwork, and prepped and started a new semester), and I read very little. In fact, I read exactly two paper books; everything else was audio. But in the process of moving, I did at least manage to get rid of a few TBR books that I was unexcited about reading.

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

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

Audiobooks
Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay
Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
The Bishop’s Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison (reviews coming soon)

Read But Not Owned (Books)
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan (review coming soon)

Re-Reads
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

Changes to the TBR pile

Other removals from the TBR pile (um… huzzah?)
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett
The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett
The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick
Pendragon’s Banner by Helen Hollick
Shadow of the King by Helen Hollick

 
 
 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen Flynn
 
Non-TBR acquisitions (storage-space-related shame!)
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins  
 
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
Rogues ed. by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
* Pursuant to the discussion on this post, I’ve decided to create an eTBR pile for e-books and audiobooks that I accept for review or 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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July 2017 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

August 11, 2017

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started July with 214 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …214! So, July wasn’t as productive reading-wise as I wanted, but on the personal front… I bought a house! So that took up a bunch of time last month, and moving and settling in is going to take up a bunch of time in August, but I’m doing my best to squeeze at least a little reading in around the edges.

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

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

Read But Not Owned (Books)
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Read But Not Owned (Graphic Novels)
The Time Museum by Matthew Loux
The Wicked & The Divine, Vol. 5: Imperial Phase I by Kieron Gillen
Paper Girls, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan (reviews coming soon)

Re-Reads
Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana Gabaldon
Lord John and the Hand of Devils by Diana Gabaldon
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell

 
 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker  
 
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
The Burning World by Isaac Marion Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers * Pursuant to the discussion on this post, I’ve decided to create an eTBR pile for e-books and audiobooks that I accept for review or 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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Robert Louis Stevenson – Treasure Island

July 24, 2017

30. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (1883)

Read By: Alfred Molina
Length: 7 hours 12 min (304 pages)

Genre: Classic, Action Adventure

Started: 29 June 2016
Finished: 02 July 2016

Where did it come from? Audible.
Why do I have it? Audible had free downloads of a lot of classics for a while and I nabbed all of them while I could.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 07 September 2012.

Jim sets out in search
of buried treasure, but the
pirates want it too!

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