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March Wrap-Up: Books

April 1, 2009

Although it’s been a pretty slow month reading-wise, it’s been a great month for the blog – tons of visitors, mostly checking out the Book Blog Search, which continues to grow. Thanks to everyone who’s sent me sites to include!

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started March with 259 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* … 262! Only a +3!! That’s damn good, for me. Unfortunately (well, fortunately, but unfortunately from the point of view of my TBR pile), I’ve got birthday gift cards to both Borders and Barnes & Noble, so we’ll see if I can manage not to acquire too many in April. But, on the other hand, Dewey’s Read-a-Thon is also coming up in April, so hopefully I can take a (compensatory?) bite out of my TBR then.

Let’s take a look at the breakdown:

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

Audiobooks
Lord Tophet by Gregory Frost

Read but not owned
Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
The Sandman: The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman & Yoshitaka Amano
The Sandman: Endless Nights by Neil Gaiman
Vampirates: Tide of Terror by Justin Somper

Re-reads
Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Changes to the TBR pile

Cleared from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
The Sound of Building Coffins by Louis Maistros
Starfinder by John Marco
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean by Justin Somper
The Blackest Bird by Joel Rose
Summer World by Bernd Heinrich

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!)
Polymorph by Scott Westerfeld
Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld (had been on my wishlist for a while, but I’ll give Lightheaded the point for making me want this series immediately.)
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas (Bart’s fault)
Tuf Voyaging by George R. R. Martin
Mathematics and Sex by Clio Cresswell
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman (I wanted this as soon as I saw the Shelf Awareness ad, but Alyce’s review made me really sad I hadn’t gotten an ARC, so she gets the point.)
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe (ARC from Hyperion)

Other Non-TBR Book Acquisitions
A Baker’s Field Guide to Cupcakes by Dede Wilson
New Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant by the Moosewood Collective

What say you, readers? Get any good books this month? See any of mine that I have to read Right Now?

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. April 2, 2009 12:16 pm

    Oops, pressure’s on me then for the Midnighter series :) Kidding. I’m sure you’ll have fun with it, seeing that you enjoyed his sci-fi series (I mean the one other than Uglies, and I don’t mean Peeps because I don’t think you’ve posted about Peeps before). But I’m rambling.

    I’ve Notes from a Small Island. I think I reached about halfway through before something else occupied my attention. But I’ve been meaning to finish it, if only I can find my copy in the mess that I call my eh, room :)

  2. April 2, 2009 12:23 pm

    Lightheaded – No pressure, just blame for increasing my TBR pile (and dirty looks from my bookshelves and floorboards!) :) I’ve read Peeps, and it’s actually my favorite Westerfeld book so far… I just read it before I started blogging.

  3. April 2, 2009 1:19 pm

    I hope to read the Midnighter series after I read the sequel to Peeps! I think my library has the whole series!

  4. April 2, 2009 6:07 pm

    Read The Selfish Gene and tell me how you like it – it’s in my TBR stack…….which has mostly increased by leaps and bounds this last month.

  5. April 3, 2009 8:49 am

    Kailana – I think one of my birthday gift cards is going to go towards making sure I have #2 and 3 on hand!

    Carrie K – The Selfish Gene is one of those books that I feel bad, as a biologist, that I haven’t read yet, even though I more-or-less know what it says. I’ll try to get around to it this summer.

  6. April 4, 2009 8:43 pm

    I got a couple of good books this month but many of them have already gone to storage to await the move into the new house (which should be really soon!)

  7. April 5, 2009 12:55 am

    I just finished The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, and would say it’s one you have to read Right Now! I haven’t blogged about it yet, but hope to have something up soon.

  8. April 5, 2009 9:43 pm

    Ladytink – Oooh, and then you get the fun of getting all of your books back out of storage – it’s like a trip to the bookstore, but for free!

    lyndalepress – I just got that one in the mail the last day of March, and wanted to read it immediately. The blurb sounds good, but something about the gorgeous wrap-around cover on the ARC just screams “Read me!”

  9. April 8, 2009 9:49 am

    I always seem to add more books to my TBR tower than I read each month. Looks like you had a good month, though.

  10. April 10, 2009 11:26 pm

    Anna – Yeah, a +3 is really pretty good, for me. :)

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