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January Wrap-Up

February 2, 2009

Between the creeping crud that started the month and the nasty winter weather that’s ended it, I am none too sorry to see January go. Book-wise and blog-wise, though, I’ve had no cause for complaint.

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started January with 230 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* … 240! It would be higher, except we haven’t had mail delivery since last Monday. “Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall keep the postmen from their appointed rounds… unless it’s kinda gross out and they just don’t feel like it.”

Let’s take a look at the breakdown:

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

Emma by Jane Austen

Read but not owned
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall by Bill Willingham et al.
The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 2 by Neil Gaiman et. al.
Fables, Vol. 11: War and Pieces by Bill Willingham et al.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

—Changes to the TBR pile—

Cleared from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
Etta by Gerald Kolpan
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling
Mistress Shakespeare by Karen Harper
The Lost City of Z by David Grann
The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold

Added to, then promptly cleared from my TBR pile (um… huzzah?)
Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud
The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
Elisha’s Bones by Don Hoesel

Other removals from my TBR pile (meh?)
None this month, although I need to get my act together and start actually giving away some of the books in my giveaway pile.

Added to my TBR pile (shame!)
Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik
Bellwether by Connie Willis
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Magyk by Angie Sage
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant edited by Jenni Ferrari-Adler
Beyond This Dark House by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie
Summer World by Bernd Heinrich
Starfinder by John Marco
The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon
To Ride Hell’s Chasm by Janny Wurts

Other Non-TBR Book Acquisitions
Katie Brown Celebrates: Simple and Spectacular Parties All Year Round by Katie Brown


Many thanks to this month’s commenters!

– Alyce from At Home With Books
– Amanda from Life and Times of a New New Yorker
– Anna from Diary of an Eccentric
– Bart from Bart’s Bookshelf
– bkclubcare from Care’s Online Book Club
– Bobbie from Book Reviews by Bobbie
– bookworm from The Bookworm
– Carrie K from My Middle Name is Patience
– Carrie K. from Books and Movies
– Cathy from Kittling: Books
– chainletters from A Chain of Letters
– Chelsea from Book Maven’s Blog
– Darla D from Books and Other Thoughts
– Darlene from Peeking Between the Pages
– Dawn from She Is Too Fond of Books
– Debbie Nance from ReaderBuzz
Devourer of Books
– Eva from A Striped Armchair
– J. Kaye from J. Kaye’s Book Blog
– Jamie from Confessions of a Bibliophile
– Jessi from Casual Dread
– Joanne from Book Zombie
– jocelyn from Teen Book Review
– Julie from Outlandish Dreaming
– K. Andrews from A Writer’s Pen
– Kathy from Bermudaonion’s Weblog
– Katy from What a Great Place to be a Cow
– Kelly from The Family with Three Last Names
– Kim from Sophisticated Dorkiness
– Kristina from Kristina’s Favorites
– KT from What KT Reads
– Ladytink_534 from The Movieholic & Bibliophile’s Blog
– Lenore from Presenting Lenore
– Lezlie from Books ‘n’ Border Collies
– Linda from My BlogSong
– Lisa from Books Ahoy!
– lisamm from Books on the Brain
– Literary Feline from Musings of a Bookish Kitty
– Literate Housewife from The Literate Housewife Review
– Mari from Mari Reads
– Maria from Gripping Books
– marineko from Dreaming Out Loud
– Marny from Marny the Bookworm
– Matthew from Matthew
– Meghan from Meghan
– Melody from Melody’s Reading Corner
– Memory from Stella Matutina
– Michele from A Reader’s Respite
– Michelle from Fluttering Butterflies
– Nancy from Bookfoolery and Babble
– Natasha from Maw Books Blog
– Nymeth from Things Mean a Lot
– orchidus from Epiphany
– Organic Mama from The Life and Times of Organic Mama
– rhapsodyinbooks from RhapsodyinBooks’s Weblog
– S. Krishna from S. Krishna’s Books
– Sandra from Fresh Ink Books
– Serena from Savvy Verse & Wit
– Shana from Literarily
– Sheri from A Novel Menagerie
– softdrink from Fizzy Thoughts
– tanabata from In Spring it is the Dawn
– Trish from Trish’s Reading Nook
– Vivienne from Serendipity

Plus: adrienne nipper, Anna, Astrid, callista83, Don Hoesel, Jim Bisset, Lu, Nicky, purplemoonmyst, samza, trapunto, Ty, Worraps

Search Terms

my wame is curdled
I recommend saltines and chamomile tea.

let it snow green
Just stay away from the yellow stuff, yeah?

do not know what reactions are?
Equal and opposite to their respective actions.

Yes, deer? (*groan*, I’m sorry, that was terrible, even for me.)

tumbril fyrefly
Seeing as a tumbril was the cart with which they carried prisoners to the guillotine during the French revolution, should I be feeling threatened?

alcatraz versus the evil librarians movie
I have not heard any news of such a thing, but if it were to get made, I would be first in line to go see it, because: Awesome.

hurts crush towers twins
pains smash spires triplets?

why did avi like his books
Because he wrote them, one would assume.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2009 2:30 am

    I was inspired to blog about my search terms too (finally got google analytics) and it never ceases to amaze me the weird things people search for.

  2. February 2, 2009 6:16 am

    I would be pleased to take Nefertiti off your hands. Only if you need a hand though….LOL

  3. February 2, 2009 6:56 am

    I must say I am very impressed — not only with the number of books read in January, but in your incredible organizational skills. I loved reading all the different categories, and it has given me some ideas to help my overwhelming (and growing) lists of books.

    To me, the most intriguing title (of all the titles listed) is Stiff: the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. I simply must go research that book.

  4. February 2, 2009 8:25 am

    Wow! As much as you read, your TBR pile still grew. Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant sounds good.

  5. February 2, 2009 8:49 am

    If I kept track of the shrinkage or growth of my TBR, I would cry. I prefer voluntary ignorance. :-)


  6. February 2, 2009 11:02 am

    Lenore – 99% of my searches are totally innocuous, but that 1% always makes me wonder…

    Tamara – Hey, hands off my TBR pile! :) I only finally managed to get my hands on a copy of Nefertiti myself.

    Molly – I really liked Mary Roach’s two previous books, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex and Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and I’m sure Stiff is going to be just as good.

    bermudaonion – I think there’s been one month in the past two and a half years where my book acquisition HASN’T outstripped my reading.

    Lezlie – My original goal from last July was to get my TBR pile from 171 to 150 by the start of 2009. Feel free to point and laugh. :)

  7. February 2, 2009 5:06 pm

    I love to see others adding to their TBR piles and then I don’t feel so bad for what I keep doing to mine. lol. Happy Reading-nothing could be better than having yet more books I always say.

  8. February 2, 2009 6:03 pm

    You have my January reading stats beaten by about 10 books. What’s up with that?

  9. February 2, 2009 6:24 pm

    There is no shame in adding to your TBR pile! Remember: So Many Books. So Little Time. :)

    Besides any stack that includes Connie Willis and Mary Roach has to be good.

    I’m still waiting for the Lost City of Z, it looks good.

  10. February 2, 2009 8:21 pm

    Darlene – Hee! Well, if I can help provide justification for others, then I guess I won’t feel bad about it either. :)

    chartroose – Three of those books took no more than an hour each, and another two were very thin. Plus you clearly were out having a wonderful time while I was home reading and trying not to hack up a lung.

    Carrie K – More like So Many Books; So Few Friends Willing to Help Me Move Again. :-D

  11. February 3, 2009 2:47 pm

    I love how the TBR pile grows even though books are getting read! I enjoyed reading Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant – hope you like it too. And your search terms are so funny!

  12. February 4, 2009 9:14 am

    Belle – I don’t remember where I initially ran across Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant, but all of a sudden I’ve been hearing tons of good things about it, so it’s inching its way to the top of the pile.

  13. February 5, 2009 12:50 pm

    What a great book blog. I just discovered this one.

  14. February 5, 2009 3:59 pm

    Diane – Welcome! It’s good to have you here! :)

  15. February 5, 2009 5:51 pm

    I’m glad not to be the only one whose TBR pile grows rather than shrinking. No matter how many books I read, there’s always more – a good thing I suppose.

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