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October 2010 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

November 1, 2010

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started October with 260 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* … 259! I feel like that is none too shabby, considering my incoming books this month also included a third of last month. I cheated a little and removed some books that shouldn’t have been on my TBR pile in the first place… but hey, whatever works to keep those negative numbers coming, eh?

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

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

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold

Read but not owned
House of Mystery, Vol. 2: Love Stories for Dead People by Matthew Sturges

E-Books & Stories
The Forsyte Saga: The Man of Property by John Galsworthy
The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
The Castle of Otronto by Horace Walpole
Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
The Next Queen of Heaven by Gregory Maguire
The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
The Sharing Knife: Legacy by Lois McMaster Bujold
Corrag by Susan Fletcher

Acquired and then Read (um… huzzah?)
Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan

Other TBR Removals (huzzah!)
I’m removing A Sea of Words and Harbors and High Seas by Dean King, as well as Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea by Carl Zimmer. I’m not getting rid of them, but they’re reference books, not books that I’m ever going to read straight through, so they didn’t really belong on the TBR pile in the first place.

Added to my TBR pile (shame!)
What’s Love Got To Do With It: The Evolution of Human Mating by Meredith Small (I got this a while ago from a co-worker, but only recently decided to actually read it.) My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales ed. by Kate Bernheimer
The House on Durrow Street by Galen Beckett Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip (Alyce’s fault)
Dark Moon of Avalon by Anna Elliott (Shanra’s fault) Firebirds ed. by Sharyn November (indirectly Nymeth’s fault for bringing the series to my attention)
The Monkey Bible: A Modern Allegory by Mark Laxer Lady’s Maid by Margaret Forster (Care’s fault)
Kingdom Under Glass: A Tale of Obsession, Adventure, and One Man’s Quest to Preserve the World’s Great Animals by Jay Kirk Drake’s Bay by T. A. Roberts
Other Non-TBR Additions
Serenity: Those Left Behind by Joss Whedon (Shanra generously added these to the package with Dark Moon of Avalon) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Serenity: Better Days by Joss Whedon

(She’s awesome like that.)

A Mini Guide to the Identification of New Zealand’s Land Birds by Andrew Crowe

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2010 8:31 am

    Congratulations on making a dent in your TBR pile! I made a dent in mine last week and it felt pretty darn good.

  2. November 1, 2010 9:39 am

    I have a copy of Firebirds on my shelf right now–I can’t wait to get around to it. I liked it so much in middle school.

    • November 3, 2010 9:47 am

      Omni – You are either much younger than I thought, or this book is much older than I thought, because wasn’t it published only a few years ago?

      …but if it was that recent, then my library probably wouldn’t be getting rid of it already. Nevermind; carry on.

  3. November 1, 2010 1:10 pm

    Awesome! I love to be an influence. AND an Influence-for-Good.

    • November 3, 2010 9:48 am

      Care – Influence for good from my point of view, influence for terrible tragedy from my already-sagging bookshelves’ point of view. :)

  4. November 1, 2010 1:27 pm

    I put “My Mother She Killed Me” on the TBR pile this month too, I can’t wait to get into some of the stories!

    • November 3, 2010 9:48 am

      Jen – Doesn’t the author list look incredible? I’ve got plans to dive into it tonight.

  5. Shanra permalink
    November 2, 2010 8:35 am

    Yaaay! Congratulations on staying in the negative numbers! May you enjoy all the books you’ve added, hun! ^-^ (And may you stay in the negatives for that TBR pile!)

    • November 3, 2010 9:50 am

      Shanra – Hopefully I’ll be good about continuing the negative numbers… I only have two or three incoming books that I know about (until Christmas!) and plenty of good things to read. :)

      • Shanra permalink
        November 4, 2010 5:51 pm

        Days when books are supposed to come in in bulk are Bad for the TBR pile. It takes a lot of hard work and restraint to keep the numbers that way. It does seem to get better somewhere down the line, though. The little negative numbers all start to add up. (And then Christmas or a new literature course or your birthday pops up and… You can start all over again. *sigh*)

        I hope you can make a great dent in your TBR pile before that happens, though! *sends good reading vibes*

      • November 5, 2010 9:35 am

        My parents solved that problem last year (or two years ago?) by refusing to get me any books for Christmas. Needless to say, I was not over-fond of this solution. :)

  6. November 3, 2010 9:47 pm

    Yay for anything Joss Whedon / Firefly!!!

    my TBR pile is too intimidating to even think about. Not to mention I’m re-reading practically all the graphic novels and manga that I own this month.

    • November 5, 2010 10:04 am

      Redhead – I do some re-reading, but it definitely does cut into the time I can spend working through the TBR pile.

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