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November 2010 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

December 1, 2010

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started November with 259 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* … 263! Ah, well, my streak of negative numbers couldn’t last forever, I suppose. I’m a little bit ashamed that I only read two previous TBR occupants this month, but reading two fatty-fat Wheel of Time novels in a row kind of curtails the number of shorter books that one is able to get through. And really, a +4 for the month is NOWHERE near as bad as it could have been, considering that the Borders in my town was having a massive store-closing sale. I think, on balance, I was actually pretty restrained.

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

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

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer
The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
Ethan of Athos by Lois McMaster Bujold

Read but not owned
The Wake of the Lorelei Lee: Being an Account of the Adventures of Jacky Faber on Her Way to Botany Bay by L. A. Meyer
Zombies Vs. Unicorns ed. by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
Civil War: Young Avengers and Runaways by Zeb Wells
Runaways, Vol. 8: Dead End Kids by Joss Whedon
Runaways, Vol. 9: Dead Wrong by Terry Moore
Buffy the Vampire Slayer S8, Vol. 7: Twilight by Brad Meltzer
House of Mystery Vol. 3: The Space Between by Matthew Sturges

The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me ed. by Kate Bernheimer
Dark Moon of Avalon by Anna Elliott

Acquired and then Read (um… huzzah?)
Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Added to my TBR pile (shame!)
Entice by Carrie Jones Out for Blood by Alyxandra Harvey
The Virgin Widow by Anne O’Brien The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness (remember how I said I was avoiding reading The Knife of Never Letting Go because I knew it would lead to increasing rather than decreasing my TBR pile? Well, I solved that problem by preemptively buying the sequel.)
Old Magic by Marianne Curley (Katie from Read What You Know’s fault) The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor
Other Non-TBR Additions
Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke Going Bovine by Libba Bray

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. December 1, 2010 1:28 am

    I’m trying to make the number of outgoing books rise dramatically and falling on my face. But, I’m going to keep trying. At the very least, we know we’ll never be short of reading material in the event of a zombie invasion that forces us to barricade ourselves in our homes.

    • December 2, 2010 1:29 pm

      Nancy – The best thing about the zombie invasion argument is that when we’re barricaded in our houses, we won’t have much to do *except* read, so we’ll need EVEN MORE books to keep us occupied. :-D

  2. December 1, 2010 1:37 am

    The trouble with having the first two Chaos Walking books is that now you’ll have to get the third before you can read either of them. THE ASK AND THE ANSWER’s ending pretty well demands that you start MONSTERS OF MEN right away

    • December 2, 2010 1:30 pm

      Memory – I’m sure that’s true. I’ll probably hold off on reading the first book until I know the third one is out in paperback in the US, for exactly that reason.

  3. December 1, 2010 5:47 am

    No good that your local Borders is closing (but sales are good). The TBR pile will only get larger at this time of year anyway!

    • December 2, 2010 1:31 pm

      Sam – It’s true, this is a dangerous time of year. I was hoping to knock it down a bit before the holiday influx, though.

  4. December 1, 2010 8:18 am

    I think you were pretty restrained too!

    • December 2, 2010 1:31 pm

      bermudaonion – Thanks! It’s so nice to have people who understand my addictions. :)

  5. December 1, 2010 3:24 pm

    Lots of fun books! I added a ton this past month as well. Oh well. End of the year, we have to stock up for next year yes? Also, yay for Wheel of Time books! I’m on book 5 in my re-read, can’t wait to get to the newest ones :D

    • December 2, 2010 1:32 pm

      Amy – Yes…. stocking up for next year, that’s exactly what I’m doing! I love it.

  6. December 1, 2010 4:15 pm

    Man, Towers of Midnight looks like it’s going to eat those other books.

    • December 2, 2010 1:33 pm

      Omni – It certainly ate up my time for reading other books! (Not that that’s a bad thing; it was totally worth it!)

  7. December 1, 2010 5:47 pm

    Haha do we ever get anywhere near finishing up our to-be-read pile? I think someone should start giving such people badges for finishing up their pile.

    • December 2, 2010 1:34 pm

      Sharry – Wait, do you know someone who’s finished their TBR pile? I thought people like that were like unicorns and the Tooth Fairy.

  8. December 1, 2010 8:17 pm

    I very firmly second what Memory said.

    • December 2, 2010 1:35 pm

      Jenny – I know, I know. And you know full well that I will most likely buy the third one before I even start the first, even though I promised myself I was going to stop doing that.

  9. December 2, 2010 1:38 pm

    I love the “um…huzzah!” :)

    I loved the Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and The Answer. I hope you love them too!

    • December 2, 2010 1:47 pm

      Alyce – I fully expect that I will – SO many people with excellent tastes in books have loved them!

  10. December 3, 2010 3:49 pm

    Just the title of The Virgin Widow makes me sad. and curious.

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