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Monthly Update: July Books

August 3, 2009

Pretty slim pickins this month… Stress, short attention span, and moving have conspired to keep me from reading much. However, guilt about having to move all of my TBR books also kept me from acquiring *too* many.

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started July with 244 unread books sitting around my house (by which I mean mostly packed up in boxes). And I ended with … *drumroll* … 246!

Let’s take a look at the breakdown:

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

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor the the Nation, Volume 1: The Pox Party by M. T. Anderson
Read but not owned

BtVS S8, Vol. 2: No Future For You by Brian K. Vaughan
BtVS S8, Vol. 3: Wolves at the Gate by Drew Goddard
BtVS S8, Vol. 4: Time of Your Life by Joss Whedon


A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
Fool on the Hill by Matt Ruff (giveaway coming soon!)

Changes to the TBR pile

Cleared from my TBR pile (huzzah!)

A Secret Alchemy by Emma Darwin
Oathbreaker, Vol. 1: Assassin’s Apprentice by S. R. Vaught & J. B. Redmond
Patriot’s Dream by Barbara Michaels
Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik

Added to, then promptly cleared from my TBR pile (um… huzzah?)
Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik
Other removals from my TBR pile (meh?)

None this month, although I had my eye on a couple while I was unpacking that may get purged soon.

Added to my TBR pile (shame!)

The Spanish Bow by Andromeda Romano-Lax (Amanda’s fault)
Ice Land by Betsy Tobin
City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams
The Purloined Boy by Mortimus Clay (for a TLC Blog tour)
The Trouble with Testosterone: and other Essays on the Biology of the Human Predicament by Robert M. Sapolsky (Ramya’s fault)
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Other Non-TBR Book Acquisitions

Appetizers, Finger Food Buffets & Parties by Bridget Jones, ed.
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce
BtVS S8 Vol 1: The Long Way Home by Joss Whedon et al.

I’m trying out a new format for my monthly wrap-up – cover pictures instead of the picture of the actual books I acquired. The reason for it is partly practical (my camera stuff is still packed, so an acquisition photo isn’t happening soon) and partly aesthetic (I like having all of the covers livening up the post). I’m undecided as to how I feel about it, though.

What do you think, readers? Do you miss the book stack pictures? (I do; I love looking at people’s piles of books, and I can’t imagine I’m the only one.) Should I dump the cover pictures and go back to the old way next month? Or try to find a way to squeeze them both in? Other suggestions?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. August 3, 2009 8:56 am

    I personally prefer book stack photos, but either way works for me. I was really bad in my TBR pile acquisitions this month. It doesn’t seem to matter how much I read, the TBR pile just gets taller.

  2. August 3, 2009 1:51 pm

    I like seeing people’s actual books stacks. But just do whatever makes life easier for you :)

  3. August 3, 2009 2:06 pm

    I love book stack pictures. They’re more personal, and it can be fun to try and figure out which books are which based on the spines. But at the same time, I really like cover images because they’re oh-so pretty.

    So I’m good with either, really.

    /most useless comment ever.

  4. August 3, 2009 4:15 pm

    What a cracking bookish month you’ve had by the look of it! :)

    Personally I prefer book covers, but then one of the most commented posts I have is of my TBR shelves/pile, so what do I know? ;)

  5. August 3, 2009 10:02 pm

    I love that overview of your reads and TBR pile! It’s a guilty pleasure to see other readers piles of books. I’m envious of your reading of Buffy’s Season 8. I’ve been wanting to read those forever! I miss Buffy.

    I don’t think that TBR piles are the kind of things that can actually diminish. That definitely needs further studying.

  6. August 4, 2009 4:08 pm

    I’m impressed that you do either. I can barely list my books and come up with a synopsis.

    TBR shelves cannot diminish. It’s an immutable law of nature and you’re only asking for trouble trying. ;)

  7. August 15, 2009 9:49 am

    What a great monthly list. I think having only 2 more books than you started with isn’t bad. As for pictures, I have no preference. :)

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