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August 2015 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

September 2, 2015

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started August with 255 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …252! Woo! August was pretty good in terms of reading. September is going to be much, much slower – it’s the busiest part of my semester. But it was nice at least for a while to be back in the reading (and reviewing) groove that I used to have.

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

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

Audiobooks
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens *
The End of All Things by John Scalzi * (reviews coming soon)

Read But Not Owned (Graphic Novels)
Trailers by Mark Kneece & Julie Collins-Rousseau
Skim by Mariko & Jillian Tamaki
The Unwritten, Volume 11: Apocalypse by Mike Carey & Peter Gross
Blankets by Craig Thompson
Fables, Volume 21: Happily Ever After by Bill Willingham
Fables, Volume 22: Farewell by Bill Willingham
(reviews coming soon)



Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow
Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring by Alexander Rose
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (reviews coming soon)

 
 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
After Alice by Gregory Maguire  
 
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
Ross Poldark by Winston Graham The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard * Pursuant to the discussion on this post, I’ve decided to create an eTBR pile for e-books and audiobooks 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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Mariko & Jillian Tamaki – Skim

August 31, 2015

50. Skim by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki (2008)

Length: 141 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult

Started/Finished: 09 August 2015

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

Figuring out who
you are and where you belong
is tough in high school.

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Mark Kneece & Julie Collins-Rousseau – Trailers

August 28, 2015

49. Trailers by Mark Kneece & Julie Collins-Rousseau (2005)

Length: 160 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Graphic Novel, (older) Young Adult

Started/Finished: 08 August 2015

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

High school is hard for
a poor kid even without
a body to hide.

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Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang – In Real Life

August 26, 2015

48. In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang (2014)

Length: 192 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction

Started/Finished: 04 August 2015

Where did it come from? Christmas present from a friend.
Why do I have it? He thought I’d like it, presumably.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 20 December 2014.

What happens in an
online game can have very
real consequences.

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Alexander Rose – Washington’s Spies

August 24, 2015

47. Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring by Alexander Rose (2006)

Length: 369 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction, History

Started: 26 July 2015
Finished: 04 August 2015

Where did it come from? Bought from BookDepository.
Why do I have it? I’m totally addicted to the show Turn, so I wanted to find out how much of it was real.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 25 July 2015.

The Revolution
was won by the spies as much
as by the soldiers.

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Mary Roach – Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

August 21, 2015

46. Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach (2013)

Read By: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 8h 21m (336 pages)

Genre: Non-Fiction

Started: 22 July 2015
Finished: 25 July 2015

Where did it come from? Downloaded from Audible.
Why do I have it? I’ve loved Mary Roach’s previous books but didn’t get to this one when it came out.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 22 July 2015.

Everybody eats
(and poops); this book covers what
happens in between.

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Marjane Satrapi – Chicken With Plums

August 20, 2015

45. Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi (2004)

Length: 84 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction, Biography

Started/Finished: 24 July 2015

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? Random browsing and I recognized her name from reading Persepolis.

When the music dies,
a musician decides it’s
time for his death too.

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