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May 2010 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

June 7, 2010

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started May with 267 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* … 271! Well, given that my brain power this month, especially in the second half, was almost entirely devoted to getting my dissertation done, I think that’s not too shabby. Check out the giant pile o’ graphic novels, though… very much "oooh, pretty pictures" and "oooh, I can read that in an hour."

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

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

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn

Read but not owned
Fables Vol. 13: The Great Fables Crossover by Bill Willingham
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 5: Ring of Truth by Brian K. Vaughan
Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Changes to the TBR pile

Cleared from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
The Time of Terror by Seth Hunter
The Passage by Justin Cronin

Added to my TBR pile (shame!)
The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick (Jen, Jennifer, and Meghan‘s faults. Three books, so one point each.) The Alienist by Caleb Carr (Memory’s fault)
Pendragon’s Banner by Helen Hollick Vincalis the Agitator by Holly Lisle (Oh, man, I love Holly Lisle’s books, but that is possibly the worst fantasy novel title ever.)
Shadow of the King by Helen Hollick Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik
Non-TBR Acquisitions
Prevention’s Quick and Healthy Low-Fat Cooking by Jean Rogers
Ravens of Avalon by Diana L. Paxson
6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 7, 2010 9:51 am

    I always love these moments of confession, so I can feel vicarious shame along with my own actual shame! :–)

    • June 9, 2010 11:44 am

      rhapsody – Vicarious shame mixed with secret glee that you’re not alone in your addictions? That’s always my reactions to other people’s acquisition posts.

  2. June 7, 2010 7:07 pm

    Ooh, you got THE ALIENIST! I was just thinking about that book yesterday. You’ve gotta love something that’s still with you a year and a half later.

    • June 9, 2010 11:45 am

      Memory – You’re so bad for my TBR pile! :) I don’t know when I’ll get the chance to read it, but I’m definitely looking forward to it.

  3. June 7, 2010 9:09 pm

    I can so relate to your TBR pile! I’m trying to make it get smaller but, weirdly, it just doesn’t work.I wonder why that is…
    I have never read Naomi Novik but I heard good things on her writing. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it!

    • June 9, 2010 11:47 am

      kay – I really like Novik’s books; they manage to combine a bunch of things that I like (fantasy, historical fiction, and the British Navy), have excellent characters, and are relatively easy and definitely fun to read.

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