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January Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

February 2, 2010

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started January with 245 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* … 252! *sigh* At least I was good about only reading two from-the-library-(but-not-graphic-novels) books, and I did manage to clear a decent number off the TBR pile… I just added a whole bunch more.

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

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
Going Bovine by Libba Bray


Read but not owned
Need by Carrie Jones
Splendor by Anna Godbersen
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan et al.
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 2: Cycles by Brian K. Vaughan et al.
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 3: One Small Step by Brian K. Vaughan et al.


Tithe by Holly Black (originally reviewed here; revisited review here)

Cleared from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox
On Fire’s Wings by Christie Golden
Captivate by Carrie Jones
The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines by Mike Madrid
Valiant by Holly Black

Added to my TBR pile (shame!)
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (I can’t pin this one on anyone in particular, so many people have read and loved this, so, all of you… this is your fault.) MĂ©lusine by Sarah Monette (Memory’s fault.)
We Never Talk About My Brother by Peter S. Beagle (Nymeth’s fault) The Thief of Always by Clive Barker (Ohhhh, Clive *Barker*!)
(….just realized that that sounded way dirtier than it actually is. For an explanation, see the beginning my review of Abarat.)
Diplomacy of Wolves by Holly Lisle (I loved the two books of hers that I’ve read, so when I saw the first two of this series at the booksale, I had to pick them up.) Dust by Elizabeth Bear (also Memory’s fault, and indirectly Shanra’s.)
Vengeance of Dragons by Holly Lisle Briar Rose by Jane Yolen (Marisa’s fault.)

The Creation of Eve by Lynn Cullen. (I can’t really call this one Trish’s fault just for hosting the blog tour, can I? Sure I can! Trish’s fault.)

The Summer Country by James A. Hetley. (Total impulse buy. I need to stop going to the library when the booksale is open.)

The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester (Kim’s fault.)

Kindred by Octavia Butler (Kristen of BookNAround recommended this to me way back during the 4 Rs Challenge, so: Kristen’s fault. Which reminds me… I really need to get off my butt and resurrect the 4Rs Challenge for another go-round.)
23 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2010 9:02 am

    It looks like the number added is more than the number cleared!!! But there are certainly some good books among your new acquisitions!

    • February 3, 2010 2:09 pm

      rhapsody – Well, if they weren’t supposed to be so good, I wouldn’t have acquired them. :)

  2. February 2, 2010 12:40 pm

    I had to smile at your growing tbr! :) I have the same problem. I clean stuff out and then just can’t resist whenever I see a book sale (or used bookstore, or paperbackswap, etc.).

    • February 3, 2010 2:10 pm

      Alyce – I comfort myself by telling myself that as long as I’m sticking to used book sales and bookmooch, at least it’s a cheap addiction to have.

  3. February 2, 2010 1:58 pm

    Kindred is an excellent book!

    I love you TBR posts. I am sure that mine is very similar!

    • February 3, 2010 2:11 pm

      Allie – I suspect that the input/outflow ratio is pretty similar for most of us bibliophiles.

  4. February 2, 2010 8:03 pm

    Ooo, I can vouch for The Professor and the Madman. Very, very interesting – the side effect being that it made me curious about dictionaries and I wound up with two other books about them…

    • February 3, 2010 2:11 pm

      Jenny – Oh, great, just what I need is MORE books that I’m going to want to read. :)

  5. February 3, 2010 1:13 am

    OH MY GOD I freaking love this! I might have to borrow this idea of blaming people for books (love that) and how many books you start with and end with in the month. January is sucky for me. I read 4 books and brought in probably 10.

    • February 3, 2010 2:13 pm

      Trish – It took me a while of marking down why each book got added to my wishlist in order to be able to properly assign blame, but I get such an ego boost whenever I hear that someone is reading a book on my say-so that I figured I’d return the favor whenever I could.

  6. Shanra permalink
    February 3, 2010 6:15 am

    I take no responsibility for “Dust”. (But I did love it.) And “Briar Rose” had me in tears when I read it on the train. (It’s also one of the best fairytale retellings I’ve ever seen. I’d never dreamed it was possible to retell one in such a way!)

    My TBR pile grew this month too, but that’s chiefly because I needed the books for one of my courses. Good luck getting it back down again! ^-^

    • February 3, 2010 2:14 pm

      Shanra – Well, if Memory got it because you liked it, then I got it because Memory liked it, then it is ultimately your fault (or the fault of whoever recommended it to you!) It’s the transitive property of book acquisition. :-D

  7. February 3, 2010 9:21 am

    I think you’re fighting a losing battle trying to clear the tbr pile. ;-) I’m so glad you’re going to try Kindred. Hope you enjoy it!

    • February 3, 2010 2:15 pm

      Kristen – It is a losing battle, but if I stopped trying to fight the good fight, imagine how bad it would be then!

  8. February 3, 2010 2:50 pm

    Is it wrong a get a little sense of glee every time I see a blogger mention I was the reason they picked up a book? I love sharing a great recommendation, although I’m sorry I added to your TBR pile :)

    • February 3, 2010 2:58 pm

      Kim – Not at all! As I said to Trish, I love hearing that other people are reading books on my say-so, so I figure I should return the favor whenever possible. :)

  9. jendevourerofbooks permalink
    February 3, 2010 4:51 pm

    My husband bought me THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN back when he was trying to become my boyfriend. I guess it worked!

  10. February 4, 2010 3:52 am

    I always have mixed feelings when I read your recaps : I sympathize with the TBR problem, but at the same time, I’m selfishly happy not to be the only one fighting it! :-p

    I have Sarah’s Key on my pile, too, although unlike you I had never heard of it when I picked it!

    • February 8, 2010 9:05 am

      Kay – Consider me as doing my part to help other people justify/rationalize their acquisitions. :)

  11. February 5, 2010 6:23 pm

    My TBR pile never stops growing either! It’s a problem.

  12. February 13, 2010 8:34 am

    Awesome reading month you had! Professor and the Madman was added to my TBR pile in January too, a classmate of mine used it for reference on a Oxford English Dictionary history essay, and it sounded too good to resist.

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