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November Wrap-Up

December 1, 2008

November was another great month for me, both blog-wise and reading-wise. Traffic continued to increase, I read a whole bunch of books, and *finally* got caught up on my reviews from the read-a-thon. :)

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started November with 204 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* … 209! Not too shabby, considering the amount of time I spent in bookstores this month. If only I could extend that iron-clad willpower to the realm of BookMooch.

Let’s take a look at the breakdown:

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

Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire
Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke

Read but not owned
Fables, Vol. 7: Arabian Nights (and Days) by Bill Willingham
Fables, Vol. 8: Wolves by Bill Willingham
Fables, Vol. 9: Sons of Empire by Bill Willingham
Fables, Vol. 10: The Good Prince by Bill Willingham

**Changes to the TBR pile**

Cleared from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener’s Bones by Brandon Sanderson
A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
Abarat by Clive Barker
The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent

Added to, then promptly cleared from my TBR pile (um… huzzah?)
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
The Jewel of Medina by Sherry Jones

Other removals from my TBR pile (meh?)
Shield of Three Lions by Pamela Kaufman – I got to page 160 and I just couldn’t get into it, so it’s getting abandoned.

Added to my TBR pile (shame!)
Silent to the Bone by E. L. Konigsburg
Feed by M. T. Anderson
Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon
Tunnels by Roderick Gordon & Brian Williams
First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
Blindness by José Saramago
Hitler and Mars Bars by Dianne Ascroft (from the Author)
The Glister by John Burnside (ARC from Random House)
In the Woods by Tana French
Buried Treasure: Travels Through the Jewel Box by Victoria Finlay
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann (ARC from Random House)
The Children’s Hospital by Chris Adrian

Other Non-TBR Book Acquisitions
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (on loan, so not pictured)
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo


Many thanks to this month’s commenters!

– Alyce from At Home With Books
– Amanda from Life and Times of a New New Yorker
– Ann from Booklorn
– Anna from Diary of an Eccentric
– Bart from Bart’s Bookshelf
– bookworm from The Bookworm
– Carey from The Tome Traveller
– Carrie K from My Middle Name is Patience
– Charley from Bending Bookshelf
– chartroose from Bloody Hell, It’s a Book Barrage!
Cheryl Kaye Tardif
– Corinne from The Book Nest
– Dani in NC from Average Girl Reads
– Dawn from She Is Too Fond of Books
– Debbie Nance from ReaderBuzz
Devourer of Books
– Ivan Chew from Rambling Librarian
– Jessi from Casual Dread
– Jessica from The Bluestocking Society
– Joanne from Book Zombie
– Kathy from Bermudaonion’s Weblog
– Kim from Sophisticated Dorkiness
– KT from What KT Reads
– Ladytink_534 from The Movieholic & Bibliophile’s Blog
– Lenore from Presenting Lenore
– Lezlie from Books ‘n’ Border Collies
– Lightheaded from Everyday Reads
– Literary Feline from Musings of a Bookish Kitty
– Literate Housewife from The Literate Housewife Review
– Mari from Mari Reads
– marineko from Dreaming Out Loud
– Matthew from Matthew
– Meghan from Meghan
– Memory from Stella Matutina
– Michele from A Reader’s Respite
– Nancy from Bookfoolery and Babble
– Natasha from Maw Books Blog
– Nymeth from Things Mean a Lot
– Ramya from Ramya’s Bookshelf
– Ruth from Bookish Ruth
– Serena from Savvy Verse & Wit
– Shana from Literarily
– softdrink from Fizzy Thoughts
– Stephanie from Stephanie’s Written Word
– Tamara Baff from Books by TJ Baff
– Tanabata from In Spring it is the Dawn
– Trish from Trish’s Reading Nook
– unfinishedperson from Just a (Reading) Fool
– Vasilly from 1330V

Also: anonmyous, Casondra, Dave, emmegail, jessidee, Johanna, John Endicott, Justa, miki, Prinia, Taja, webwiz592

Search Terms

Not a lot to work with this month, but I’ll toss in a few:

clive cussler abarat
Ha! So it’s not just me that got this mixed up! (Abarat was actually written by Clive *Barker*.)

what are the 8 planets in “the host
Oh, shoot… Well, Earth, the home planet of the invaders, the bat planet, the underwater planet, the bear planet… was there a flower planet, or is that the same as the underwater planet? My memory’s not that good – a little help, anyone?

pictures of stargirl herself,not the book
See, the thing is, Stargirl wasn’t an illustrated book, and, well, I hate to break it to you, but Stargirl’s not a real person.

one color crochet afghan patterns
There’s none here, but you might have some luck with the LionBrand Pattern Finder.

can fairies be included in a christian
I suppose if they ate enough of them, yes.

blog style of bram stoker
Probably lots of long, dark, rambly posts and a black color theme.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. December 1, 2008 8:45 pm

    That is a beautiful pile of books. I wish you many hours of reading fun!

  2. December 1, 2008 9:23 pm

    Look at all those Fables!

    I know I say this every month, but those search terms are TOO funny!

  3. December 2, 2008 2:42 pm

    Nancy – I love bookstack pictures, either my own or other people’s – they just feel so much more personal than a bunch of cover pictures.

    Shana – Well, considering that one volume of Fables takes mebbe an hour and a half to read straight through, it’s not that huge an accomplishment. :) I don’t know why my search terms were so sparse this month – most of my traffic came from boring searches like “review of inkdeath”. Which is great, but hard to make fun of. ;)

  4. December 2, 2008 5:19 pm

    I certainly vote for Blindness, one of my favorite books of all-time. It exposes the human frailty with no mercy.

  5. December 2, 2008 10:57 pm

    Great month! And lot’s added to the TBR!

  6. December 3, 2008 9:08 am

    Matthew – I’ll give it a try, but I don’t know how well I’m going to deal with the punctuation style (or lack thereof). I might have to hunt down the audiobook from the library. I’ll definitely read it in one form or another, thought!

    Natasha – *hangs head in shame* I know, I just can’t stop myself. Book blogging’s to blame for at least four of those, though. :)

  7. December 6, 2008 12:08 am

    wow, you had a great reading month for November :)
    Fun idea with posting those search terms…I’m always over at the lionbrand site for crochet patterns…lol
    Thats a great pile of TBR, enjoy it

  8. December 6, 2008 2:08 pm

    I almost bought Tunnels. I’ll be looking out for your review!

  9. December 7, 2008 9:29 pm

    bookworm – LionBrand is my go-to pattern-finder site, even though I only use their yarn about half of the time… even though their Homespun yarn makes the snuggliest afghans ever.

    Ania – For the life of me I can’t remember where I heard about/got recommended Tunnels, but it certainly looks interesting. I was thinking about making February a YA books month (short month, short books?), so maybe it’ll get read then!

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