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February Wrap-Up: Books

March 2, 2009

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started February with 240 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* … 259! *sigh* I have got a problem.

Let’s take a look at the breakdown:

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

Audiobooks
Shadowbridge by Gregory Frost

Read but not owned
The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 3 by Neil Gaiman et al.
Envy by Anna Godbersen
The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 4 by Neil Gaiman et al.

Re-reads
The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

–Changes to the TBR pile–

Cleared from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
The Risen Empire by Scott Westerfeld
The Killing of Worlds by Scott Westerfeld
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
The Glister by John Burnside
Quadehar the Sorcerer by Erik L’Homme
Beyond This Dark House by Guy Gavriel Kay

Added to, then promptly cleared from my TBR pile (um… huzzah?)
The Mystery of Lord Sha by Erik L’Homme
The Face of the Shadow by Erik L’Homme

Other removals from my TBR pile (meh?)
I keep saying I’m going to start purging books that I’m not really going to read, and it keeps not happening. Hmm.

Added to my TBR pile (shame!)
I am Mordred by Nancy Springer (Nymeth blogged about this author, but not this book specifically. So, half a point.)
Fine Prey by Scott Westerfeld
Lincoln’s Dreams by Connie Willis
A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman
The Mathematics of Love by Emma Darwin (impulse buy)
The Moon by Whale Light: And Other Adventures Among Bats, Penguins, Crocodilians, and Whales by Diane Ackerman (impulse buy)
The Bullet Trick by Louise Welsh
M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman (I know this is someone’s fault, but I can’t remember whose.)
The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean by Trevor Corson (Kim’s fault)
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones (Nymeth’s fault)
The Sound of Building Coffins by Louis Maistros (review copy)
The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar (Chris’s fault)
The Unnameables by Ellen Booraem (Memory’s fault)
Tam Lin by Pamela Dean (Nymeth’s fault)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Too many people loved this one to assign blame to any one blogger. Just spread it around equally.)
Amberville by Tim Davys (review copy)
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson (impulse buy)
The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 2007: Twentieth Annual Collection (impulse buy)
Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker
A Natural History of Love by Diane Ackerman
The Changeling of Finnistuath by Kate Horsley
Sepulchre by Kate Horseley
The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury (Another one with multiple folks to blame.)
The Book of Ballads by Charles Vess (Memory’s fault)

Other Non-TBR Book Acquisitions
Moosewood Restaurant Daily Special: More than 275 Recipes for Soups, Stews, Salads & Extras (not pictured)
Sewer, Gas & Electric: The Public Works Trilogy by Matt Ruff
Getting the Girl by Markus Zusak
Heirloom Knits: 20 Classic Designs to Cherish by Judith McLeod-Odell
Son of Stitch ‘n Bitch: 45 Projects to Knit & Crochet for Men by Debbie Stoller

Good gods, that’s ridiculous. In my defense, though, all but five of those TBR additions are playing by the rules – they were almost all on my wishlist prior to 01 January 2009, continuing a series I’d started, or review copies from publishers. It’s just… they all happened to come up on Bookmooch at once. Oh, plus there were the ones I had to get from Amazon to qualify for a 4-for-3 deal with the two Erik L’Homme books I had to buy to round out that series. Plus a bunch of impulse buys from the BookCloseouts scratch-and-dent category. On the one hand, bad Nicki! But on the other hand… eight books for $30, most with only a 1/2″ tear in the dust jacket! I’m not made of stone, people!

13 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2009 3:03 am

    This is why I’m avoiding BookCloseouts!

  2. March 2, 2009 3:23 am

    hahaha awesome. i love it.

  3. March 2, 2009 9:27 am

    Lenore – No kidding! Their website is super-annoying to navigate, their customer service is just about nil, and the shipping is slow (and untrackable), but MAN are their prices dangerous.

    Aimee – Thanks!

  4. March 2, 2009 5:15 pm

    I really hope you enjoy Fire & Hemlock and Tam Lin!

    And so many books for $30…who in their right mind can resist??

  5. March 2, 2009 5:38 pm

    Gadzooks, that’s a lot of books! I’m expecting you to have finished ALL of them by January, 2010. Don’t disappoint me!

  6. March 2, 2009 7:11 pm

    Nymeth – I know! That’s why I normally stay the hell away from their website. :)

    chartroose – All 259, or just the 25 new ones? Because the latter I think I can do with some little effort, but don’t hold your breath for the former.

  7. Johanna permalink
    March 3, 2009 10:23 am

    Ha, ha, ha! And I thought my book vice was really bad. My TBR pile is less than eighty.

    But I know what you mean…it’s just so hard not to be a book glutton when you think you’re missing out if you don’t have that one book — the last, you swear (for the day,that is…). And a booksale to us is like a liquor paradise to an alcoholic on a self-imposed rehab. Impossible to resist!

  8. March 3, 2009 8:56 pm

    I echo Nymeth – I hope you read (and enjoy) Fire and Hemlock and Tam Lin soon. I love those books!

  9. March 3, 2009 9:45 pm

    Johanna – That’s why I’m here, to make other people feel better about their addictions. :)

    Darla – Okay, between the two of you, I guess those are getting pushed up towards the top of the pile!

  10. March 6, 2009 1:33 pm

    I can’t say much. I’m also addicted to books and tend to obtain them faster than I can read them. I’m surprised you stopped to count the number of unread books in your home. I’m too scared to do that!

  11. March 7, 2009 9:41 am

    Anna – It started back in June when a friend challenged me that my unread books would be twice as tall as I was, if stacked… so I pulled them all out and tried it. :)

  12. March 11, 2009 7:12 pm

    I know I’m super late on this, but holy CATS is that ever a big ol’ stack of TBR additions! BookCloseouts.com is a dangerous, dangerous place. I cleaned up at their 50% off sale over American Thanksgiving.

  13. March 11, 2009 7:40 pm

    Memory – I know – counting the two I acquired and read right away, I was only one short of one TBR addition per day. *shame!*

    On the other hand, at least two of those are your fault, so… *blame!* :-D

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