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July Wrap-Up and Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

August 1, 2008

Yikes, is it really August already? School starting again in less than a month? Say it ain’t so!

July was a fantastic month for the blog, despite the fact that I posted fewer reviews than normal. Lots of visits, lots of comments, all deeply appreciated. Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to enter my contest to win a free signed copy of The Questory of Root Karbunkulus. Leave a comment on that post by NOON EST on THURSDAY, 07 AUGUST to be entered!


Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update!

You may remember back on the last day of June, where I decided to embark on the personal challenge of reading the damn books I own already, that I had a TBR pile of 171 books, with a goal of getting it down to 120 by 2009. You may also be asking yourself what that TBR stack is at now, after one month of attempted limitation of book acquisition.

172.

That’s right. The TBR stack actually increased. To be fair, I did read fewer books than normal this month, due in large part to being on vacation, and when I declared the book-acquisition moratorium, I already had several books on the way from BookMooch and elsewhere. Plus, I managed to keep myself away from the library booksale all month! Still, that 120-book mile-marker is looking more and more laughable as time goes on.

Let’s see what the damage is, shall we?
Audiobooks
Since I get the vast, vast majority of my audiobooks either from the library or from audible, these don’t actually count towards my TBR pile or the challenge. Still, I finished two of them this month:
Dreamsongs, Vol. 1 by George R. R. Martin
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Read but not owned
Two books here; one borrowed from and returned to my mom, and one new release that I got from the library:
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Hawkspar by Holly Lisle

Cleared from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
Stonehenge by Bernard Cornwell
Redwall by Brian Jacques
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Across the Wall by Garth Nix
The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Added to, then promptly cleared from my TBR pile (um… huzzah?)
The Questory of Root Karbunkulus by Kamilla Reid
A Geoscience Guide to the Burgess Shale by Murray Coppold & Wayne Powell

Added to my TBR pile (shame!)
The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton
Song for the Basilisk by Patricia A. McKillip
The Religion by Tim Willocks
Abarat by Clive Barker

So, yeah, that tops out to a big ol’ fat +1 for July. I’ll do better in August! Really!


And, just for kicks, a few search terms!

stephenie meyer feminist
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!! I’m sorry, what?

what we can learn from animals
This was clearly one of my well-meaning relatives who absolutely does not understand why I’m wasting my time in the “non-applicable” sciences.

end of the hose
I usually call this the spigot, or maybe the nozzle.

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