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June Wrap-Up: Books

July 1, 2009

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started June with 242 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* … 244! Holy cow! Only a +2… go me!

Let’s take a look at the breakdown:

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

Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce
Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce
The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark

Read but not owned
Jack of Fables, Vol. 5: Turning Pages by Bill Willingham
Death: The High Cost of Living by Neil Gaiman
Fray by Joss Whedon
Buffy Season 8, Vol. 1: The Long Way Home by Joss Whedon

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams
A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle

Changes to the TBR pile

Cleared from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
Angels of Destruction by Keith Donohue
Black Powder War by Naomi Novik
Demons are Forever by Julie Kenner
The Wet Nurse’s Tale by Erica Eisdorfer

Added to, then promptly cleared from my TBR pile (um… huzzah?)
The Rough Guide to Evolution by Mark Pallen
Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant

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

Added to my TBR pile (shame!)
Patriot’s Dream by Barbara Michaels (Recommended by Heidenkind at the 4 Rs Challenge.)

Twilight of Avalon: A Novel of Trystan & Isolde by Anna Elliott (This first went on my wishlist thanks to Devourer of Books’s review, but I won this copy at A Reader’s Respite. So, Jen and Michele can split the blame. Half a point each.)

A Primate’s Memoir: Love, Death and Baboons in East Africa by Robert M. Sapolsky

A Secret Alchemy by Emma Darwin

Oathbreaker, Volume One: Assassin’s Apprentice by S. R. Vaught and J. B. Redmond

The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff (Recommended by Literate Housewife at the 4 Rs Challenge.)

Monkeyluv: And Other Essays on Our Lives as Animals by Robert M. Sapolsky

Other Non-TBR Book Acquisitions
In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber by L. A. Meyer

7 Comments leave one →
  1. July 1, 2009 3:54 am

    Only a +2 is pretty good. I’ve only been that low once in the last year. I think I will actually be in the minus column for June when I tally up the books.

  2. July 1, 2009 6:42 am

    I have no problem taking blame for Twilight of Avalon because it was great. I’m so excited for the sequel, which I think is actually out sooner rather than later.

  3. July 1, 2009 8:57 am

    King Rat – The only months I’ve been negative since I started keeping track three years ago were a) when I spent the entire month out in the woods away from used bookstores and libraries, and b) a few months ago when I did a big purge of my TBR pile. If I’m near a mailbox and/or a used bookstore, though, there’s no help for me.

    DoB – I saw that the sequel was coming out soon(ish) – so I guess I’ll have to read it sooner rather than later, too. :)

  4. July 1, 2009 10:28 am

    Hey, I’m impressed that your stacks only increased by 2 books!

  5. July 1, 2009 2:56 pm

    Mwahahaha. ;) +2 isn’t that bad… I think I got +10. :( I don’t keep track of it, though, because that would stress me out.

    I hope you like Patriot’s Dream!

  6. July 1, 2009 7:14 pm

    There can be no shame in adding books. Otherwise, I’m in trouble.

    The Monsters of Templeton! I keep meaning to pick that up.

  7. July 2, 2009 11:31 am

    bermudaonion – I know, that’s a rarity for me!

    heidenkind – I try not to think of it like a stress, more like an opportunity… so many potentially excellent books that I can read any time I want to!

    Carrie – Heh, I’m not dishing out any shame to others… but I do have friends who periodically ask me how big my TBR pile is to keep me honest. :)

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