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October Wrap-Up

October 31, 2008

October has been a good month for the blog, with page-views continuing to climb, probably helped by the fact that I’ve posted almost 3 out of every 4 days. Nothing like the jump I saw during September, but it looks like at least a good chunk of people who wandered over here during BBAW have stuck around… and glad to have you! I was also very busy with review posting, mainly due to the read-a-thon. I’m still not caught up – there are at least three more reviews in the pipe, plus one for any book that gets finished while those reviews are going up!

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started October with 196 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* … 204! (Eep! I thought I was doing so well!)

Let’s take a look at the breakdown:

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

Moonheart by Charles de Lint
The Tiger in the Well by Philip Pullman

Read but not owned
Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
Fables, Vol. 2: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham
Fables, Vol. 3: Storybook Love by Bill Willingham
Fables, Vol. 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers by Bill Willingham
Fables, Vol. 5: The Mean Seasons by Bill Willingham
Fables, Vol. 6: Homelands by Bill Willingham
Paper Towns by John Green
The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman

Changes to the TBR pile

Cleared from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones
Made in America by Bill Bryson
The Lost Diary of Don Juan by Douglas Carlton Abrams
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

Added to, then promptly cleared from my TBR pile (um… huzzah?)
The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell (won from My Friend Amy during BBAW!)

Other removals from my TBR pile (meh?)
None this month. May be getting close to time for a purge of books I’m really not going to get around to reading, though.

Added to my TBR pile (shame!)
The Killing of Worlds by Scott Westerfeld (now to find book 1 in the series!)
Into the Green by Charles de Lint
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
Quadehar the Sorcerer by Erik L’Homme
Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener’s Bones by Brandon Sanderson
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin (won from Tammy’s Book Nook during the Read-a-Thon!)
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind
Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis by Joan Bolker
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach
Woman of a Thousand Secrets by Barbara Wood
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: A Guide to Stress-Related Diseases and Coping by Robert M. Sapolsky
Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon
The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future by Riane Eisler
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson (won from Bloody Hell, it’s a Book Barrage!)

Other Non-TBR Book Acquisitions
Moosewood Restaurant New Classics: 350 Recipes for Homestyle Favorites and Everyday Feasts
The Man Who Tasted Shapes by Richard E. Cytowic – this one is semi-TBR. I’ve read it already, but it was a loooong time ago (high school psych class), and I’d like to re-read it. I suppose I’m going to have to create a TBRR category.


Many thanks to this month’s commenters, especially those who stopped by during the read-a-thon to cheerlead and keep me going!

– Alea from Pop Culture Junkie
– Amanda from Life and Times of a New New Yorker
– Ann Darnton from Table Talk
– Anna from Diary of an Eccentric
– AR from Platform
– Bart from Bart’s Bookshelf
Belle Enchanted
– Bethany Canfield from Ex Libris B & b
– Bonnie from Redlady’s Reading Room
– bookchronicle from Adventures in Reading
– bybee from Naked Without Books!
– Callista from SMS Book Reviews
– Carl V. from Stainless Steel Droppings
– Carrie K from My Middle Name is Patience
– CB James from Ready When you Are, CB
– chainletters from A Chain of Letters
– charley from Bending Bookshelf
– chartroose from Bloody Hell, It’s a Book Barrage!
– Corinne from The Book Nest
– Dawn from She Is Too Fond of Books
– Debi from Nothing of Importance
Devourer of Books
– Dew from The Hidden Side of a Leaf
– gautami tripathy from Reading Room
– Icedream from Reading in Appalachia
– Jeane from Dog Ear Diary
– Jessi from Casual Dread
– Jessica from The Bluestocking Society
– Joanne from Book Zombie
– Johanna from Jo’s Bookshelf
– Karen H. from Scobberlotch
– Kathy from Bermudaonion’s Weblog
– Kelsey from Kelsey’s Webkinz
– Kim from Sophisticated Dorkiness
– Kim from Page After Page
– KT from What TK Reads
– Ladytink_534 from The Movieholic & Bibliophile’s Blog
– Lenore from Presenting Lenore
– Lezlie from Books ‘n’ Border Collies
– Lis from TV and Book Addict
– Literary Feline from Musings of a Bookish Kitty
– Literate Housewife from The Literate Housewife Review
– Maree from Just Add Books
– Marg from Reading Adventures
– Mari from Mari Reads
– Matthew from A Guy’s Moleskine Notebook
– Memory from Stella Matutina
– Michele from A Reader’s Respite
– Natasha from Maw Books Blog
– Nicole from Book Escape
– Nise’ from Under the Boardwalk
– Nymeth from Things Mean a Lot
– Ramya from Ramya’s Bookshelf
– raych from Books I Done Read
– Robert Burdock from Rob Around Books
– Sandra from Fresh Ink Books
– Sarah from SmallWorld Reads
– Serena from Savvy Verse & Wit
– Shana from Literarily
– sharon from Sharon Loves Books and Cats
– softdrink from Fizzy Thoughts
– Stephanie from Stephanie’s Written Word
– Sunny from That Book Addiction
– tammy from Speaking of Hookers
– tanabata from In Spring it is the Dawn
– Trish from Trish’s Reading Nook
– unfinishedperson from Just a (Reading) Fool
– veens from Giving Reading a Chance
– Wendi B. from Wendi’s Book Corner
Word Lily

Jupiter, Laura, maggie tanner, mike, Jill, Danièle, EP, Upiirek; and real-world friends Dave (who, contrary to what I said last month, apparently does read my blog occasionally), John, and Ben.

Search Terms

girls disguised as boys romance book
They’re not romance per se, but two very good young adult series in this vein are Bloody Jack Adventures by L. A. Meyer, which is historical fiction and pirates, and Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce, which is fantasy and knights.

roast pig fantasy
I think that’s your subconscious’s way of telling you that you’ve been a vegetarian for too long.

escharotomy how to
If you are searching the web for information on how to perform an escharotomy at home, stop and go to a doctor! If you are a doctor searching the web for information on how to do an escharotomy, please tell me what hospital you work at so that I can never go there.

think about bernard cornwell stonehenge
Okay, give me a minute… … …nope, still didn’t care for it.

brendan fraser inkdeath narrator
Brendan Fraser narrated the audiobook of Inkspell, the second book in the trilogy, but Inkdeath is narrated by Allan Corduner. I’m sort of sad, because I thought Brendan Fraser did an excellent job with the narration, but Allan Corduner’s also been excellent in everything I’ve heard him read, so it should be okay. It’s next up on my iPod queue, so I’ll let you know how it turns out. (For the sake of completeness, Lynne Redgrave narrated Inkheart.)

fireflys target audience
Avid readers and folks of all ages who love books.

does henry marry diana in rumours

paragraph writing about a tiger in my ga
Okay, I’ll give a paragraph a shot. “One day I looked out my back window and realized that there was a tiger in my garden. Since I do not live in a zoo, this was somewhat alarming. Since I also do not live in India, it was also somewhat perplexing. The tiger seemed to be minding its own business, although it was trampling my newly-sprouted rutabagas.”

fyrefly porn star
*snicker* Um…. no. Also, thanks *ever* so much, The Gargoyle.

remember summer love letter
I do remember several of my summer love letters, but nuts if I’m going to share them with you! Some things are rather personal, eh?

christopher paolini how to contract
By standing too close to someone who’s infected with him. Alternatively, I imagine Chr’st’ph’r P’l’ni would be an acceptable variant.

rumors about fablehaven 4
Well I heard this one time that it was hanging out with Jimmy Peterson behind the gym and…

16 Comments leave one →
  1. October 31, 2008 7:25 pm

    I love looking at my search terms, too!

  2. October 31, 2008 8:36 pm

    I get a laugh out of your responses to search terms … thanks for doing this each month!

    I’m with you on the TBR pile being “reduced” by adding 8 books. Book math is hard!

  3. October 31, 2008 9:36 pm

    Hey! Love your wrap ups.. esp the responses to the search terms! they totally crack me up!:) btw, i have a question for you. how do you get your list of commentators every month? is there any automated way of doing this?? i do mine just wondering..:)
    and i see that your TBR pile has grown considerably this month.:) good luck with that!:)

  4. October 31, 2008 11:07 pm

    I notice you have Perfume in your TBR pile. I watched the movie recently, and I found it highly disturbing! Highly. However, if you are interested in your sense of smell, I would recommend The Scent of Desire by Rachel Herz. I had never really considered what an important role that sense plays in our lives.

  5. October 31, 2008 11:15 pm

    bermudaonion – Have you had any good ones recently?

    Dawn – Because I am a giant nerd, I actually wrote a spreadsheet to help me keep track of how much I’m adding/taking away from my TBR pile.

    Ramya – I’ve been doing it manually – it takes forever! This month I got smart and copied the code, though, so in the future I just have to go through and copy/cut who did or didn’t comment, without having to track down and format all the links again.

    Charley – I’ve seen the movie too – I thought it was pretty, but sloooow… I got through a lot of ironing while watching it. I’ve also had “A Natural History of the Senses” by Diane Ackerman recommended to me recently – apparently something about me screams “I need books about the nose!”

  6. November 1, 2008 3:03 am

    Gotta love what people type into search engines. Wish I had some fun ones to share, but I don’t. I loved the book The Perfume!

  7. Dave permalink
    November 1, 2008 8:26 am

    over 200! For Shame!!

    Looks like it’s time to purge,…..

  8. November 1, 2008 5:13 pm

    Those search terms never fail to crack me up, Nicki. LOL at your Gargoyle comment. I never check my search terms, it’s not easy to do in my blogging application, but I probably got a few of those too after posting my review of this book.

  9. November 1, 2008 6:24 pm

    Lenore – Good to hear! I’ve heard some mixed reviews, but enough good ones that I figured it would be worth trying, at least.

    Dave – Yeah, yeah. I’m blaming you for at least 10 of the 200, you know.

    Shana – Part of me really wants to know what these people were *actually* searching for… and part of me is very glad I don’t.

  10. November 1, 2008 11:16 pm

    As always love the search terms!

  11. November 2, 2008 4:15 am

    I love your responses to the search terms too!
    And only 200? That’s not so bad! ;)

  12. November 2, 2008 8:50 am

    Natasha – Thanks!… especially since I think I got the idea from you in the first place. ;)

    tanabata – I know! That’s only about a year and a half of post-zombie-apocalypse, shut-in-my-house reading. :-D

  13. November 2, 2008 10:40 am

    Wow, you have been busy in the last month. Much busier than I have I think, but then again…November is big book tour month for me.

  14. November 2, 2008 2:15 pm

    serena – Well, a large chunk of that was read-a-thon reading, and another large chunk was Fables, which don’t take more than an hour or two apiece. We’ll see if I can keep up that pace in November.

  15. November 6, 2008 3:27 pm

    You have some of the most complete stats of any bloggers. Great job. yeah…I have discovered your blog through BTT this month and am loving it. :)

  16. November 6, 2008 8:34 pm

    Matt – Awww, thanks, and welcome! I go a little crazy with the stats sometimes, because in an attempt to get my TBR pile under control, I started a self-challenge to read more than I brought in – something I’ve failed at every month since I started. Also, I’m a giant geek, and playing with Excel and numbers and trends over time gives me a nerdly little thrill. :)

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