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August Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

September 4, 2009

August has been very, very busy at work, which has had two effects: First, it means that when I’m doing tasks that involve my hands but not my brains (which I have been), I listen to a lot – and I do mean a LOT – of audiobooks. Second, it means that by the time I get home in the evening, I’m too fried to focus much on actual reading, preferring to pick up a graphic novel or pop in a DVD instead… so while my total books read count is pretty high, the number of actual books I’ve literally read is much smaller than usual. Honestly, I think I’ve read a grand total of 150 non-graphic novel pages in the past ten days. Blech!

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

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

Negative numbers! Holy crap! Let’s take a look at the breakdown:

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

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 2: The Kingdom on the Waves by M. T. Anderson
Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson


Read but not owned
Dead until Dark by Charlaine Harris
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
Angel: After the Fall, Vol. 1 by Joss Whedon
Angel: After the Fall, Vol. 2: First Night by Joss Whedon
Angel: After the Fall, Vol. 3 by Joss Whedon
Angel: After the Fall, Vol. 4 by Joss Whedon



Changes to the TBR pile


Cleared from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff
The Purloined Boy by Mortimus Clay
Ice Land by Betsy Tobin

Added to, then promptly cleared from my TBR pile (um… huzzah?)
None this month.

Other removals from my TBR pile (meh?)
The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. LeGuin went back to the library sale unread when I moved.


Added to my TBR pile (shame!)
Colman by Monica Furlong
The Underdog by Markus Zusak


Other Non-TBR Book Acquisitions
Mediterranean: A Taste of the Sun in Over 150 Recipes by Jacqueline Clark
Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship’s Boy by L. A. Meyer

9 Comments leave one →
  1. September 4, 2009 9:08 am

    Well, at least your additions to the TBR pile are very worthy ones! I got The Underdog for Christmas, and have been putting off reading it because then I’ll have read all of Markus Zusak’s books and have no more left. :(

    • September 4, 2009 9:54 am

      Jenny – Oh, man, I do that all the time. I’ve got two Guy Gavriel Kay books that I’ve been sitting on unread for over a year, just because I like knowing that they’re still there to read when I want them.

  2. September 4, 2009 9:44 am

    Woo! You cleared some! I’m guessing the thought of having to find somewhere to pack new arrivals helped?

    • September 4, 2009 9:57 am

      DoB – Absolutely. Actually, I think it was the increased guilt from having to pack, move, and unpack all of my unread books, plus seeing how badly my shelves were curved, that kept me away from bookmooch and requesting review copies and the library booksale. It was only a temporary stoppage, though… thus far in September I’ve added a book per day to the TBR pile. :)

  3. September 4, 2009 12:10 pm

    You really didn’t add much to your TBR pile at all! I think you needn’t attach the word shame; in fact, you could say: proud!

    • September 4, 2009 5:06 pm

      rhapsody – When the TBR pile is already at almost 250 books, *any* additions are *shame!*

  4. September 4, 2009 5:01 pm

    You can’t change a reader’s character… in terms of buying books anyway =P

    I’ve read Monica Furlong before. I guess you’ve read Wise child and Juniper?

    • September 4, 2009 5:08 pm

      Sharry – I have, yes, and loved them, but I didn’t know Colman even existed until a few months ago.

  5. September 6, 2009 11:48 am

    Congrats on the negative numbers!

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