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December Wrap-Up

December 31, 2008

Reading-wise (and hence reviewing-wise), December’s been slow. I got a little overambitious with my plan for the month, not taking into account the fact that it was the end of the semester and the holidays – neither of which are exactly known for their copious amounts of free time.

Overall, though, it was a good month – I hope everyone had an equally good time, and that everyone has a safe and fun New Year’s Eve, and a happy, healthy, and book-tacular 2009!

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started December with 209 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* … 230! Pesky holidays!

Let’s take a look at the breakdown:

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

Dreamsongs, Volume 3 by George R. R. Martin
The Ghost in Love by Jonathan Carroll
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
Firstborn by Brandon Sanderson

Read but not owned
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore
The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

Changes to the TBR pile

Cleared from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
Hitler and Mars Bars by Dianne Ascroft
The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
Buried Treasure: Travels Through the Jewel Box by Victoria Finlay

Added to, then promptly cleared from my TBR pile (um… huzzah?)
None this month!

Other removals from my TBR pile (meh?)
None this month!

Added to my TBR pile (shame!)
The Reincarnationist by M. J. Rose
Black Powder War by Naomi Novik
Lord of the Dead by Tom Holland
Fifth Quarter by Tanya Huff
On Fire’s Wings by Christie Golden
A Model World: and Other Stories by Michael Chabon
The Pirate’s Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson
Prague by Arthur Phillips
The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgewick
Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean by Justin Somper
The Blackest Bird by Joel Rose
Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana Gabaldon
The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A. J. Jacobs
Werewolves in Their Youth: Stories by Michael Chabon
The Risen Empire by Scott Westerfeld, sent to me by the lovely Dot Lin
Etta by Gerald Kolpan
The Air We Breathe by Andrea Barrett
Mistress Shakespeare by Karen Harper
Plus eight more from my Christmas Books

Other Non-TBR Book Acquisitions
The Annotated Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov – This one’s a quasi-TBR. I’ve read Lolita, but I’d like to read it again with the annotations.
Stardust: Being a Romance Within the Realms of Faerie by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess – Another quasi-TBR. I listened to Stardust as an audiobook, but I really wanted to own the illustrated version, and now I’d like to re-read it.
The Essential Bartender’s Guide by Robert Hess
Plus nine more from my Christmas Books


Many thanks to this month’s commenters!

– Alyce from At Home With Books
– Amanda from Life and Times of a New New Yorker
– Amy from The Sleepy Reader
– Ania from Mismatched Stories
– Anna from Diary of an Eccentric
– Bart from Bart’s Bookshelf
– Bethany Canfield from Ex Libris B & b
– bookchronicle from Adventures in Reading
– bookworm from The Bookworm
– Carrie K from My Middle Name is Patience
– Corinne from The Book Nest
– Dani in NC from Average Girl Reads
– Darla D from Books and Other Thoughts
– Dawn from She Is Too Fond of Books
Devourer of Books
– Elizabeth from As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves
– Heather from Book Addiction
– icedtea from Books, TV, Etc.
– J. Kaye from J. Kaye’s Book Blog
– Jena from Muse Book Review
– Jessi from Casual Dread
– Jessica from The Bluestocking Society
– Joanne from Book Zombie
– jocelyn from Teen Book Review
– Karen H. from Scobberlotch
– Kathy from Bermudaonion’s Weblog
– Kerrie from Paradise Mysteries
– Kim from Sophisticated Dorkiness
– Ladytink_534 from The Movieholic & Bibliophile’s Blog
– Lezlie from Books ‘n’ Border Collies
– Lightheaded from Everyday Reads
– Linda from My BlogSong
– Literary Feline from Musings of a Bookish Kitty
– Literate Housewife from The Literate Housewife Review
– 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
– Sandra from Fresh Ink Books
– Serena from Savvy Verse & Wit
– Shana from Literarily
– Sheri from A Novel Menagerie
– softdrink from Fizzy Thoughts
– Stephanie from Stephanie’s Written Word
– Tanabata from In Spring it is the Dawn
– Trish from Trish’s Reading Nook
– Vasilly from 1330V
– Wrighty from Wrighty’s Reads
– Yvonne from Socrates’ Book Reviews

Plus: Kasee Lee, Lilljeroot, jessidee, Laurilane, cathyskye, readerbuzz

Search Terms

when will the second name of the wind come out
The sequel to The Name of the Wind will be titled The Wise Man’s Fear, and amazon has it listed as being released on 07 April 2009.

where can i read rapture of the deep
At the moment, unless you’re L. A. Meyer‘s editor, you can’t.

god of small things vomit
Well, I didn’t really care for it, but I wouldn’t go *that* far.

clearing abcess pebbles from tonsils
Ew. EW! This is a book blog; please call your actual doctor for stuff like this. Ew!

help me fyrefly
…Kenobi, you’re my only hope. (Also, if you’re the same as the previous searcher, please, please go to your doctor; I’m not going anywhere near your tonsils.)

jamie pregnant galbadon
The Outlander books do have a bit of the supernatural to them – they are about time-travelling – but they’re not supernatural enough to get Jamie Fraser, the picture of strapping Scottish masculinity, pregnant.

the book afterlife
Is this an afterlife for books that have died? Or an afterlife for people that’s filled with books? Either way, I’m on board.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 31, 2008 2:59 pm

    Happy New Year!

  2. December 31, 2008 3:57 pm

    “The Outlander books do have a bit of the supernatural to them – they are about time-travelling – but they’re not supernatural enough to get Jamie Fraser, the picture of strapping Scottish masculinity, pregnant.”

    lmao. That’s too bad; if they were I’d read them tomorrow :P

    (I plan on reading them anyway.)

    Happy New Year!

  3. January 1, 2009 12:49 pm

    Happy New Year!

  4. January 1, 2009 10:19 pm

    “the book afterlife
    Is this an afterlife for books that have died? Or an afterlife for people that’s filled with books? Either way, I’m on board.”

    LMAO – thanks, really I needed that laugh – although I think I may have scared my cat to death considering how she took off down the hall and slid 3 feet into a door :D

    Happy 2009!

  5. January 1, 2009 11:52 pm

    God of small things vomit? Boo! :P I see now that I haven’t missed the ATPH review–looking forward to it!

  6. January 2, 2009 2:16 pm

    Lezlie – The same to you!

    Nymeth – You’ll see when you read them, but the idea of Jamie pregnant is just so, so very wrong.

    Alyce – May it be filled with wonderful books!

    Joanne – And then you got another laugh from your cat sliding around. :)

    Trish – Yeah, I’m behind on my reviews – it’s coming up soon, though!

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