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November Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

December 1, 2009

It is not December already. I refuse to accept that it is December. Take a hike, December, we don’t want your type around here!

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started November with 249 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* … 238! Negative numbers, hooray! Even without counting the purge I did this month, I’d still only be at a +2. I’ve been good. :) Although not so good at reading out of my TBR pile, thanks to work-related business and a bunch of books coming in for me at the library.

…anyways, let’s take a look at the breakdown:

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

Dragon Champion by E. E. Knight
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Fire by Kristin Cashore


Read but not owned
Who Hates Whom by Bob Harris
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
Jack of Fables, Vol. 6: The Big Book of War by Bill Willingham
Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia by Brandon Sanderson

Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

Changes to the TBR pile


Cleared from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris


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


Other removals from my TBR pile (meh?)
All of those listed in this post, plus Wideacre by Philippa Gregory (13 total.)


Added to my TBR pile (shame!)
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
The Witch’s Trinity by Erika Mailman (Literate Housewife’s fault)
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (Lots of people have loved it, but we’ll split fault amongst Nymeth, Chris, and Bart)
Dry Store Room No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum by Richard Fortey


Other Non-TBR Book Acquisitions
Forever Favorite Crochet by Better Homes and Gardens
Party!: Easy Recipes for Fingerfood and Party Drinks by Fran Warde
Classic Cocktails From Around the World by Allan Gage
The Art of the Cocktail by Ben Reed
The Big Book of Cocktails: 365 Mouthwatering Mixes, Shakers and Shots by Brian Lucas
Cocktail Bible: Classic and Contemporary Cocktails for Every Occasion

I am a huge sucker for cookbooks, particularly bartending recipes. And then Bookcloseouts goes and has a cookbook sale… But, in my defense, at least one of those isn’t a real acquisition – it’s going to be my contribution to the office holiday gift swap. (Probably the last one.)

20 Comments leave one →
  1. December 1, 2009 4:05 am

    Yay, TBR clearing! I don’t really want it to be December either. This year went by very fast. I worry I’m going to say that every year for the rest of my life!

    • December 1, 2009 2:06 pm

      Megan – Gosh, it’s true. My brain still thinks of 2007 as “not long ago at all.”

  2. Shanra permalink
    December 1, 2009 5:51 am

    Whoot! Negative figures for the TBR pile!

    “The Witch’s Trinity” has been on my TBR pile for ages now… (Along with plenty of other books, it’s true.)

    I’m not ready for December at all! *hides from it* If I don’t acknowledge the December, it won’t acknowledge me, right?

    • December 1, 2009 2:07 pm

      Shanra – Yes, but if you hide from December, you’re going to pop out straight into January, and that doesn’t sound very fun either. :)

      • Shanra permalink
        December 3, 2009 6:31 pm

        Surely, it’s only the losing of more time that’s not fun. (But I’m biased. I have several things I’m looking forward to from at earliest mid-December onwards…)

  3. December 1, 2009 6:13 am

    I hope you enjoy The Knife of Never Letting Go! And Dry Store Room No. 1 sounds awesome. It’s one I’ve been coveting as well.

    …how can it be DECEMBER?!

    • December 1, 2009 2:07 pm

      Nymeth – I doubt I’m going to get to either of them before the end of the year, but they’re high on my shortlist for 2010.

  4. December 1, 2009 8:15 am

    Witch’s Trinity looks excellent! Just added it to my wishlist :)

  5. December 1, 2009 8:58 am

    I want The Knife of Never Letting Go also – I too have been influenced by the Evil Book-Buying-Inducing Nymeth! :–)

  6. December 1, 2009 10:36 am

    December is actually one of the months I don’t mind seeing arriving : it means the semester will soon be over! It also means that I can start eating my chocolate calendar. I know I’m kind of old for it, but after all, who can say no to chocolate?

    I’m glad to see you’re doing good with your TBR pile! That cocktail book looks nice – I’m trying to find something similar for the Man for Christmas.

    • December 1, 2009 2:09 pm

      kay – Never too old for an advent calendar! Which reminds me… I still need to buy one for myself. :)

  7. rosie permalink
    December 1, 2009 1:37 pm

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  8. December 1, 2009 2:27 pm

    I’m a little afraid of your negative numbers, you’re down to 238, you might run out of something to read!

    • December 1, 2009 2:34 pm

      Jen – Ha! Considering I started this “Let’s count and reduce the number of books in my TBR pile” a year and a half ago with 171 books, I’m not too worried. If I dip below 170, then I’ll start worrying about what I’ll do during the zombie apocalypse.

  9. December 3, 2009 8:19 pm

    Sigh, I never ever seem to run out of books. Most books I read as soon as I get them. The only books on my TBR pile are books that I need to obtain. Its good that you now have less books. Why do many book-lovers purchase books instead of getting them from the library?

  10. December 4, 2009 9:33 am

    The more I see harry Potter books on the blogs the more I want to toss all other reading aside and just fall back into the series. These books could be considered my comfort books. REALLY LOVE THEM!

    You have a mass of great reading ahead of you! Enjoy!

  11. December 5, 2009 4:33 am

    Congrats! You got some good ones read (and re-read). Those cocktail and cookbooks look interesting :)

  12. December 8, 2009 8:06 am

    The Knife of Never Letting Go is great! I can’t wait to read your reviews on Graceling and Fire.

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