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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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John Scalzi – Agent to the Stars

July 21, 2017

27. Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi (2005)

Read By: Wil Wheaton
Length: 8h 49min (365 pages)

Genre: Science Fiction

Started: 22 June 2016
Finished: 27 June 2016

Where did it come from? Audible.
Why do I have it? I haven’t gone wrong yet with Scalzi as read by Wil Wheaton, and it was Audible’s deal of the day.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 08 June 2016.

Gross aliens want
to be friends, but first they must
clean up their image.

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David Morrell – Murder as a Fine Art

July 20, 2017

35. Murder as a Fine Art by David Morell (2013)

Length: 358 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery

Started: 22 June 2017
Finished: 04 July 2017

Where did it come from? Bought from Amazon.
Why do I have it? It was my book club’s pick of the month.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 25 May 2017.

Copy-cat murders
set Victorian London
into a panic.

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Rick Riordan – The Hidden Oracle

July 11, 2017

36. The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (2016)
The Trials of Apollo, Book 1

Length: 376 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Started: 04 July 2017
Finished: 08 July 2017

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? When I got the second Magnus Chase book it mentioned this one in the back and I couldn’t believe I’d missed one! (This book does sneak in some little references to the Magnus Chase series – a mention of Annabeth going to Boston, Apollo reminiscing about meeting a god in a Stockholm tavern who had a sword that would not shut up, etc.)

Being human is
hard, but it’s worse when you’re used
to being a god.

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Matthew Loux – The Time Museum

July 10, 2017

37. The Time Museum by Matthew Loux (2017)

Length: 256 pages
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Started/Finished: 09 July 2017

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

A huge museum
AND the power to travel
through time? Count me in.

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Brian K. Vaughan – Paper Girls, Vol. 1

July 5, 2017

34. Paper Girls Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, and Jared K. Fletcher (2016)
Paper Girls, Vol. 1

Length: 144 pages
Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Started/Finished: 30 June 2017

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? Random browsing (my library had it on one of their end-cap displays and the cover caught my eye), plus Brian K. Vaughan’s usually pretty reliable.

The dangers of a
paper route don’t usually
involve time travel.

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