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September 2017 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

October 15, 2017

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started September with 209 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …209! September wasn’t a lot better than August — and October’s shaping up about the same. I’ve turned a lot to re-reading of comfort books, but I’ve managed to limit my acquisitions so the TBR list isn’t hurting too badly.

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

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

Re-Reads
Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan
The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling
The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick
The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen Flynn (reviews coming soon)

 
 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
My Life in France by Julia Child The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
 
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas  
 

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August 2017 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

September 13, 2017

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started August with 214 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …209! August was a beast of a month (bought and moved into a new house, traveled for fieldwork, and prepped and started a new semester), and I read very little. In fact, I read exactly two paper books; everything else was audio. But in the process of moving, I did at least manage to get rid of a few TBR books that I was unexcited about reading.

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

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

Audiobooks
Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay
Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
The Bishop’s Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison (reviews coming soon)

Read But Not Owned (Books)
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan (review coming soon)

Re-Reads
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

Changes to the TBR pile

Other removals from the TBR pile (um… huzzah?)
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett
The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett
The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick
Pendragon’s Banner by Helen Hollick
Shadow of the King by Helen Hollick

 
 
 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen Flynn
 
Non-TBR acquisitions (storage-space-related shame!)
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins  
 
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
Rogues ed. by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
* 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 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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