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August 2010 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

September 3, 2010

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started August with 268 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* … 263! Ye gods, y’all! That is negative numbers for THREE months in a row! And while there was some minor purging this month, there would have been negative numbers even without that. At this breakneck pace, I’m going to be out of books in no time! …and by "no time", I mean "a little over eight years."

…but let’s not think about it in those terms; let’s accentuate the positive and take a look at the breakdown:

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

Sheepfarmer’s Daughter by Elizabeth Moon
The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold

Read but not owned
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 9: Motherland by Brian K. Vaughan
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 10: Whys and Wherefores by Brian K. Vaughan
Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love by Chris Roberson
Jack of Fables, Vol. 7: The New Adventures of Jack and Jack by Bill Willingham
Runaways, Vol. 4: True Believers by Brian K. Vaughan
Runaways, Vol. 5: Escape to New York by Brian K. Vaughan
Runaways, Vol. 6: Parental Guidance by Brian K. Vaughan
Runaways, Vol. 7: Live Fast by Brian K. Vaughan

Mediator: The Ninth Key by Meg Cabot
Mediator: Reunion by Meg Cabot

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Juliet by Anne Fortier
The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen Beckett
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Quicker than the Eye by Ray Bradbury
Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron by Jasper Fforde
The Final Solution: A Story of Detection by Michael Chabon
Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot

Acquired then read (um… huzzah?)
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci

Other TBR pile removals (huzzah!)
The Magician and The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles – I finally decided I wasn’t actually going to read these (and if I change my mind, I can almost certainly find another copy.)

Added to my TBR pile (shame!)
Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve (Darla’s fault) The Fall of Atlantis by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Pindar Diamond by Katie Hickman Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (No specific link, but this is almost certainly Memory’s fault for talking about the series.)
At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson Non-TBR books acquired
Sabriel by Garth Nix
18 Comments leave one →
  1. September 3, 2010 9:42 am

    I’m totally impressed with the decline in your TBR pile!

    • September 5, 2010 11:11 am

      bermudaonion – Thanks! I still can’t quite believe it myself.

  2. September 3, 2010 10:01 am

    I have a copy of The Fall of Atlantis! I picked it up years ago when I just wanted something sweeping and epic fantasy to read- never did get around to it.

    • September 5, 2010 11:12 am

      Omni – I’ve been meaning to re-read Mists of Avalon, so I’ve been stealthily collecting all of the prequels so I can work through them in order.

  3. September 3, 2010 10:06 am

    Looks like you had a good month! Substantial inroads to the TBR pile! :D

  4. September 3, 2010 10:56 am

    i am envious of that dent in your TBR pile. and i look forward to your review of Meg Cabot’s size 12.. the title is eye-catching.

  5. September 3, 2010 12:34 pm

    My stacks just keep growing and growing. So I hear you on the eight years thing! I keep giving away my books, but paperbackswap and bookmooch keep sending more my way. (I say that as if I’m not loving every minute of it.)

    • September 5, 2010 11:13 am

      Alyce – Heh, I know the feeling, except I’m too much of a book hoarder to give away my books!

  6. September 3, 2010 2:19 pm

    Oh, you are in for such a treat with Mortal Engines, a fantastic series!

    • September 5, 2010 11:14 am

      Darren – Oh, yay, I’m glad to hear it! Darla’s review made me want to read it all by itself, but another vote of confidence never hurts!

  7. September 3, 2010 5:54 pm

    uuhh, i don’t even attempt to make a dent in my TBR pile. I keep buying stuff, my Mom keeps sending me stuff, I keep going to library to get stuff. . . it just doesn’t end! it’s almost like, like a bottomless cookie jar!

    • September 5, 2010 11:15 am

      Redhead – Oh, man, if I counted library trips onto my TBR pile, I’d be buried in no time flat. My TBR books are just ones I own that I haven’t read.

  8. September 8, 2010 6:56 am

    Do library books count in your TBR? I can’t stop myself these days from requesting library books. Ever since I learned that I can request up to fifty books at a time!

    • September 8, 2010 8:48 am

      debnance – Nah. The TBR pile is just books I own and haven’t read. If I counted library books I’d never have even the slightest hope of digging myself out!

  9. September 16, 2010 2:26 am

    You haven’t read Sabriel yet? Please, please, read the Old Kingdom Series.

    • September 16, 2010 7:56 am

      No, no, Sabriel‘s a non-TBR book *because* I’ve already read it (although before I started blogging). I just only now acquired my own copy.

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