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March 2016 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

April 1, 2016

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started March with 198 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …197! March was a disaster, y’all. I had no time to read anything for most of the month, and no mental energy to focus on anything other than re-reading some old favorites. April might be a little (very little) bit better, but I’m not holding out too much hope. See you in May. :-/

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

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

Read But Not Owned (Books)
Death in Brittany by Jean-Luc Bannalec (review coming soon)

Re-Reads
A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan
Dragonfly in Amberby Diana Gabaldon
Shadowland by Meg Cabot (reviews coming soon)

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
Midnight Never Come by Marie Brennan (review coming soon)

 
 
Non-TBR acquisitions (storage-space-related shame!)
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories ed. by Stephanie Perkins  
 

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Jaclyn Dolamore – Magic Under Glass

March 8, 2016

78. Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore (2009)

Length: 225 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Started: 08 December 2015
Finished: 15 December 2015

Where did it come from? The library booksale.
Why do I have it? I remember hearing about it when it came out because of the whitewashing of the cover, so I picked up a copy (with the whitewashed cover, alas) when I saw one at the library book sale.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 30 May 2013.

Playing piano
is not top of my list for
my automaton.

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Rick Riordan – The Sword of Summer

March 7, 2016

Riordan, Rick - The Sword of Summer - 40076. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (2015)
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1

Length: 500 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Started: 13 November 2016
Finished: 20 November 2016

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? New Rick Riordan series!

When your dad’s a Norse
god, dying in battle is
a start, not the end.

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Laura Hillenbrand – Unbroken

March 6, 2016

Hillenbrand, Laura - Unbroken - 40074. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand (2010)

Length: 528 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction; Biography

Started: 04 November 2015
Finished: 08 November 2015

Where did it come from? Bought used from Amazon.
Why do I have it? Book Club selection for the month.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 29 September 2015.

Stuck on a raft for
a month and a half: not as
bad as prison camp.

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Kieron Gillen – The Wicked and the Divine, Vols. 1 & 2

March 5, 2016

72 & 10. The Wicked and the Divine, Volume 1: The Faust Act and Volume 2: Fandemonium by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matthew Wilson, Clayton Cowles (2014, 2015)
The Wicked and the Divine, Volumes 1 & 2

Length: 144 & 168 pages
Genre: Graphic Novels, Fantasy

Started/Finished: 06 November 2015 / 16 February 2016
Where did it come from? Vol. 1 bought from Amazon; Vol. 2 checked out from the library.
Why do I have it? A friend mentioned it when we were talking about how much I liked mythology in my fiction, so of course I was all over that.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 18 October 2015.

When the gods return
to Earth, things can get more than
a little crazy.

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February 2016 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

March 3, 2016

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started February with 195 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …198! I don’t know what happened this month. I didn’t think I was that busy, but somehow I wound up reading basically nothing in paper form. Listened to plenty of audiobooks, including some that I absolutely loved, but only one new graphic novel, and no paper books. Poor showing, self! March is not shaping up to be a whole lot better, but I’m going to see if I can do better about reading something on paper before the semester gets really crazily busy. (And maybe chipping away at that review backlog, which I can’t seem to make a dent in. Ugh.)

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

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

Audiobooks
Cruel Crown* by Victoria Aveyard
A Monstrous Regiment of Women* by Laurie R. King
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen* by Lois McMaster Bujold
Madame Bovary* by Gustave Flaubert (reviews coming soon)

Read But Not Owned (Graphic Novels)
The Wicked and the Divine, Vol. 2: Fandemonium by Kieron Gillen (review coming soon)

 

Re-Reads
The Wicked and the Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen (review coming soon)

Changes to the TBR pile

 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
Remembrance by Meg Cabot The Winds of Folly by Seth Hunter
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren Non-TBR acquisitions (storage-space-related shame!)
Exploring the Titanic by Robert D. Ballard
 
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
Glass Sword 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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Rainbow Rowell – Fangirl

February 22, 2016

Rowell, Rainbow - Fangirl - 40071. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (2013)

Length: 464 pages
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction / Romance

Started: 02 November 2015
Finished: 03 November 2015

Where did it come from? Loaned to me by a friend.
Why do I have it? I liked Rainbow Rowell’s books and probably would have gotten to it eventually, but my friend loved it and wanted other people to read it so we could talk about it.

Cath spends most her time
escaping into fiction.
College is too real.

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