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January 2017 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

February 10, 2017

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started January with 213 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …213! As predicted, this semester is busy busy busy (as evidenced by the fact that I’m not getting January’s wrap-up posted until midway through February, and I STILL haven’t posted my 2016 Year in Review). But I’m doing a little bit better at keeping up with my reading; I realized early in the month that I could be listening to an audiobook while I’m walking my dog, so that reclaimed about an hour or an hour and a half of listening time every day, so I can plow through some books even when I don’t have the time to sit and get absorbed in a paper book.

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

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

Audiobooks
Yes Please by Amy Poehler*
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness*
Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan
Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch (reviews coming soon)

Read But Not Owned (Books)
Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d by Alan Bradley
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (reviews coming soon)

Re-Reads
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling

Changes to the TBR pile

Added and then read (um… huzzah?)
March, Books 1-3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (reviews coming soon)

 
 
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
* 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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December 2016 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

January 1, 2017

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started December with 212 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …213! Well, that’s about it for 2016, folks. Wouldn’t want to go changing my abysmally slow reading habits at the last minute. I blame the stress of the end of the semester, followed by the stress of an insanely short winter break during which I had to not only do holiday things but also prepare for the looming spring semester. We’ll see what 2017 brings (grading. The answer is going to be "grading.") and whether or not I can finally, finally get back in the swing of reading and reviewing.

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

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

Audiobooks
The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks (review coming soon)

Read But Not Owned (Books)
Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection by Marissa Meyer (review coming soon)

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
The Winds of Folly by Seth Hunter (review coming soon)

 

Other removals from the TBR pile (um… huzzah?)
Worlds Elsewhere: Journey’s Around Shakespeare’s Globe by Andrew Dickson (I have been working on this book since May and just never was interested enough to go back to it, so I finally gave it up and DNFed it.) (more thorough review coming soon)

 
 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
Toad Rage by Morris Gleitzman (It was a quarter. How could I pass that up?) The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
Crosstalk by Connie Willis  
 
Non-TBR acquisitions (storage-space-related shame!)
(both of these were from white elephant gift exchanges, at two very different types of holiday party!)
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice: A Coloring Classic by Chellie Carroll Fifty Shades of Chicken by F. L. Fowler
 
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Ha’Penny by Jo Walton Half a Crown by Jo Walton
* 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 2016 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

December 4, 2016

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started November with 211 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …212! November was supposed to be a month for me to catch up on my reading. And it’s not that I didn’t read anything, but most of what I read was the news and political commentary post-election, and then I really wanted the familiar comforts of old favorites. So… yeah. November was a wash for me. Here’s hoping for December!

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

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

Read But Not Owned (Books)
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye (review coming soon)

Re-Reads
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (review coming soon)

Changes to the TBR pile

 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath  
 
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
Yes Please by Amy Poehler * 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 2016 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

November 1, 2016

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started October with 202 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …211! Well, October was a wash. I didn’t read much, didn’t listen to much, and was just busy and crazy and crazy busy all month. (Did get to the library booksale, though, obviously!) But it’s over now, and I spent last night laying on my couch reading, and it was delightful. Hopefully I’ll get to more of that, and maybe a few of my (WAY) overdue reviews during November!

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

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

Audiobooks
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes (review coming soon)

Read But Not Owned (Graphic Novels)
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
Little Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year by Ramsey Beyer (reviews coming soon)

Re-Reads
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
The Bookman’s Tale by Charles C. Lovett (review coming soon)

 
 
Non-TBR acquisitions (storage-space-related shame!)
The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
BtVS, Season 8, Vol. 3: Wolves at the Gate by Drew Goddard Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Fables, Vol. 13: The Great Fables Crossover by Bill Willingham Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry (not pictured)
Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin The Just City by Jo Walton
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston
Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick
The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: Ninth Annual Collection edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: Tenth Annual Collection edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
 
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
Prince Lestat by Anne Rice * 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 2016 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

October 2, 2016

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started September with 202 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …202! Although the books I read from my TBR pile are much shorter than the ones I added to the TBR pile to replace them. Oh well! I did a decent amount of reading in September, even if I’ve been totally ignoring this blog. More reading that is going to get done in October, at any rate. This month is going to be rough, I can tell already.

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

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

Audiobooks
Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury (reviews coming soon)

Read But Not Owned (Books)
Imprudence by Gail Carriger (review coming soon)

Read But Not Owned (Graphic Novels)
Serenity, Vol. 4: Leaves on the Wind by Zack Whedon
Fairy Tale Comics by Chris Duffy (reviews coming soon)

Re-Reads
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Rat Queens, Vol. 3: Demons by Kurtis J. Wiebe (reviews coming soon)

 
 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair by Emma Tarlo The Sellout by Paul Beatty
 
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
* 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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August 2016 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

September 2, 2016

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started August with 202 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …202! August was a busy month, trying to get things up and running for the start of the new semester, but I managed to get a decent amount of reading (even if no reviewing) done.

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

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

Audiobooks
The Moor by Laurie R. King (review coming soon)

Read But Not Owned (Graphic Novels)
Saga, Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Sex Criminals Vol. 3: Three the Hard Way by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky
(reviews coming soon)

Re-Reads
Winter’s Heart by Robert Jordan (review coming soon)
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (reviews coming soon)

 

Added and then read (um… huzzah?)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I & II by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne (review coming soon)

 

Other removals from the TBR pile (um… huzzah?)
The Virtu by Sarah Monette (I tried, I really did, but I was just not into it, so it’s a DNF. Didn’t even get far enough to write a DNF review.)

 
 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
The Bookman’s Tale by Charles Lovett Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs  
 
Non-TBR acquisitions (storage-space-related shame!)
Cress by Marissa Meyer Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
1001 Recipes by Martha Day  
 
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
* 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 2016 Monthly Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

August 2, 2016

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started July with 201 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …202! Not too shabby… not too shabby at all! I haven’t caught up with reviews like I wanted to, but I’m chiselling away at it (even as I’m reading and adding more to the pile, oh well.)

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

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

Audiobooks
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Farthing by Jo Walton
Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins (reviews coming soon)

Read But Not Owned (Graphic Novels)
Girl Genius Omnibus: Agatha Awakens by Phil & Kaja Foglio
Undeleted Scenes by Jeffrey Brown
Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan
(reviews coming soon)

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Remembrance by Meg Cabot (reviews coming soon)

 

Added and then read (um… huzzah?)
Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook by Theresa Carle-Sanders
How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend:The Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners, Revised & Updated Edition by The Monks of New Skete (reviews coming soon)

 
 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehsi Coates We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Rat Queens, Vol. 3: Demons by Kurtis J. Wiebe  
 
Non-TBR acquisitions (storage-space-related shame!)
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman American Gods by Neil Gaiman
 
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman
* 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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