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July 2010 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

July 31, 2010

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started July with 269 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* … 268! I would just like to point out that that is two months in a row that I have put up negative numbers. That’s just crazy talk!

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

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

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

Read but not owned
Foiled by Jane Yolen
Runaways, Vol. 2: Teenage Wasteland by Brian K. Vaughan
Runaways, Vol. 3: The Good Die Young by Brian K. Vaughan
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 7: Paper Dolls by Brian K. Vaughan
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 8: Kimono Dragons by Brian K. Vaughan

Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
The Mediator: Shadowland by Meg Cabot

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
Stealing Fire by Jo Graham
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress: A Girl’s Guide to the Dungeons & Dragons Game by Shelly Mazzanoble
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
Twilight of Avalon by Anna Elliott

Acquired then read (um… huzzah?)
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach

Other TBR pile removals (huzzah!)
Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis by Joan Bolker (SUCK IT, grad school!)

Added to my TBR pile (shame!)
Harp of Imach Thyssel by Patricia C. Wrede Old Man’s War by John Scalzi (Nymeth’s fault)
Daughter of Witches by Patricia C. Wrede Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff
The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen Beckett (lots of folks loved this, but a coworker’s husband’s rec was what finally sold me.) Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland (Jenny’s fault)
Blindspot by Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore Non-TBR Acquisitions
Magician’s Ward by Patricia C. Wrede
16 Comments leave one →
  1. July 31, 2010 5:36 pm

    Stick with the huzzah! Ignore the shame! :)

  2. July 31, 2010 5:46 pm

    The ones you added to the TBR were worth it. I really like Patricia C. Wrede. Also, reading Zoe’s Tale introduced me to Scalzi’s work. I added and read all three of the other books in that series when I discovered him.

    I just checked and it appears I added 30 books to my TBR stack. I feel so guilty! I think the only way I am going to reduce my TBR stack is to go through it and donate the books that I don’t think I will ever get to. Here is my Monthly Report. Happy reading!

    • August 3, 2010 9:58 am

      Kathy – I’ve done a couple of big TBR purges to the tune of 20-30 books each, but somehow it always seems to fill back up again!

  3. July 31, 2010 6:01 pm

    Even though you only decreased your pile by 1, I am totally impressed! Go you!

  4. July 31, 2010 6:02 pm

    Your TBR additions this month are amazing though! I love John Scalzi, just read and really liked The Magicians and Mrs Quent, and enjoyed Blindspot back when it came out. So even though they’ve added to your numbers, they’re totally worthy additions to your reading life. =)

    • August 3, 2010 9:59 am

      Meghan – Well, I always think the books I add are going to be good (or else I wouldn’t add them), but it’s nice to have confirmation!

  5. August 1, 2010 9:37 am

    Oh, Daughter of Witches! Wow, that takes me back. There was a time in my life when I thought that was the edgiest darkest book in all the land. I think I was ten…?

    • August 3, 2010 10:00 am

      Jenny – I’m jealous! I lovedlovedloved the Enchanted Forest Chronicles when I was younger, but have only recently realized that Patricia C. Wrede’s got a bunch of other books that I need to read.

  6. August 1, 2010 12:41 pm

    Congratulations! Nothing better than negative numbers, and two months in a row. Very impressive :D

    • August 3, 2010 10:00 am

      amy – What would be better would be *three* months in a row. :) Here’s hoping!

  7. August 1, 2010 5:23 pm

    If it makes you feel better I have 325 unread books here…

    • August 3, 2010 10:01 am

      Ladytink – It does make me feel better to know I’m not alone in my affliction, yes. :)

  8. August 3, 2010 2:36 am

    Congrats to decreasing the size of your TBR pile! Even by 1, it’s an incredible feat. It’s so hard to resist new books!
    I’m not counting the total of my TBR pile, but I do count of many books I bring in and how many I read per month – and July was the first in a long time where I read more than I bought! Shameful, I know, but I guess summer was good to us both ;)

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