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Terry Pratchett – Sourcery

February 2, 2016

Pratchett, Terry - Sourcery - 40069. Sourcery by Terry Pratchett (1988)
Discworld, Book 5

Length: 288 pages
Genre: Fantasy

Started: 18 October 2015
Finished: 26 October 2015

Where did it come from? Downloaded for my Kindle.
Why do I have it? Amazon was having a sale on Pratchett’s Kindle books a while back, so I picked up a bunch of them.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 17 September 2013.

Wizards always want
power… but can they deal with
the consequences?

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January 2016 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

February 1, 2016

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started January with 195 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …195! Not my best month ever, but given that it’s the beginning of the semester, and compared to the past few Januaries, I think I did pretty well! AND I finally started working through my backlog of reviews. I’m nowhere near caught up, but it feels good to be reviewing again after basically totally abandoning it last semester. My goal for February is to read a few more of my own books, and hit the pile of graphic novels that I've had checked out of the library and completely forgot about during January.

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

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

Audiobooks
The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell (reviews coming soon)

Read But Not Owned (Books)
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger (reviews coming soon)

E-Books
The Cuckoo’s Calling* by Robert Galbraith
(review coming soon)

Re-Reads
The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
Slade House by David Mitchell (review coming soon)

 
 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
Worlds Elsewhere: Journeys Around Shakespeare’s Globe by Andrew Dickson  
 
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard
* 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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Sydney Padua – The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace & Babbage

January 27, 2016

Padua, Sidney - The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage - 40066. The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace & Babbage by Sydney Padua (2015)

Length: 315 pages

Genre: Part History, Part Steampunky Fiction

Started: 13 October 2015
Finished: 18 October 2015

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? I think this one was another recommendation from Pop Culture Happy Hour.

What would have happened
if the Victorians had
computers? Find out!

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Victoria Aveyard – Red Queen

January 25, 2016

Aveyard, Victoria - Red Queen - 40082. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (2015)
Red Queen, Book 1

Read By: Amanda Dolan
Length: 12h 40m (400 pages)

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian Science Fiction

Started: 12 December 2015
Finished: 28 December 2015

Where did it come from? Audible.
Why do I have it? I don’t remember where all I heard about it (probably lots of places – I remember it getting a lot of buzz), but it sounded interesting and up my alley, so I picked it up when it was on sale.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 22 August 2015.

Mare’s got powers but
common Red blood – and that’s a
dangerous combo.

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David Mitchell – The Bone Clocks

January 24, 2016

Mitchell, David - The Bone Clocks - 40077. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (2014)

Read By: Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, Steven Crossley, Laurel Lefkow, Anna Bentinck
Length: 24h 30m (656 pages)

Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Fantasy

Started: 14 November 2015
Finished: 11 December 2015

Where did it come from? From Audible.
Why do I have it? I read several of David Mitchell’s books about 10 years ago and liked them, but haven’t been back since (for no good reason), so the publication of his new book that is a semi-sequel to Bone Clocks gave me the push I needed.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 19 September 2015.

Life tip from Holly:
Don’t get used as a pawn in
an immortals’ war.

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Review Revisited: Robert Jordan – Lord of Chaos

January 23, 2016

Jordan, Robert - Lord of Chaos - 400Re-read. Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan (1994)
The Wheel of Time, Book 6

Read my review of book:
1. The Eye of the World
2. The Great Hunt
3. The Dragon Reborn
4. The Shadow Rising
5. The Fires of Heaven
12. The Gathering Storm
13. Towers of Midnight
14. A Memory of Light

Read By: Michael Kramer & Kate Reading
Length: 40h 20min (1011 pages)

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Originally Read: 05 February 2005
Started: Around 06 September 2015
Re-read Finished: 01 October 2015

Where did it come from? From Audible; my paper version is from Amazon used.

Moiraine said “Trust no
one,” and Rand learns the hard way
not to ignore her.

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Brian K. Vaughan – Saga, Vol. 5

January 21, 2016

Vaughan, Brian K - Saga Vol 5 - 40065. Saga, Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (2015)
Saga, Volume 5

Read my review of:
1. Volume 1
2. Volume 2
3. Volume 3
4. Volume 4

Length: 152 pages
Genre: Science Fiction, Graphic Novel

Started/Finished: 17 October 2015

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? I’ve been enjoying the series, so I was excited about the new installment.

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