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January 2011 Wrap-up: Books and Reviews

February 1, 2011

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started January with 270 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …274! Oh my gods, y’all, I do not know what happened to me this month. Actually, that’s a lie. I know exactly what happened: all of a sudden, stuff that’s moldered on my BookMooch wishlist for years started coming available all at once. Of the 17 books I added to my TBR pile this month (ouch, ouch, ouch!), more than half of them came from BookMooch – the same amount I received in the entire second half of 2010. I was good about reading mostly from my TBR pile, and I did a wee bit of purging… but it just couldn’t keep up. I’ll try to do better next month!

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

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

The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud
Reckless by Cornelia Funke
Borders of Infinity by Lois McMaster Bujold

Read but not owned
To See Every Bird on Earth by Dan Koeppel
Chew Vol. 1: Taster’s Choice and Vol. 2: International Flavor by John Layman and Rob Guillory

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley
A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony
Crossing the Heart of Africa: An Odyssey of Love and Adventure by Julian Smith
Illuminations: A Bestiary by Rosamond Wolff Purcell and Stephen Jay Gould
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
Father’s Arcane Daughter by E. L. Konigsburg
Songs of Love & Death ed. by George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois

Other Removals from my TBR Pile (um… huzzah?)
The Emperor’s Body by Peter Brooks (DNF)
The Dogs of Rome by Conor Fitzgerald (purged)
Harry Potter y la Orden del Fenixand Harry Potter y el Mistero del Principe by J. K. Rowling (Am I cheating by taking these off the official TBR pile? Maybe. But they probably shouldn’t have been on there in the first place, since I’ve already read them… just not in Spanish.)

Added to my TBR pile (shame!)
Snow White, Blood Red ed. by Ellen Datlow and Terry Windling

Caught in Crystal by Patricia C. Wrede

Black Thorn, White Rose ed. by Ellen Datlow and Terry Windling

Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones

Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears ed. by Ellen Datlow and Terry Windling Feed by Mira Grant (Jen’s fault)
I Who Have Never Known Men by Jacqueline Harpman A Cook’s Tour by Anthony Bourdain
The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse

Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

The Persian Boy by Mary Renault (Jenny’s fault – from the comments to my review of Stealing Fire) Size 14 is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot
Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis Big Boned by Meg Cabot
Fast Ships, Black Sails ed. by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer Poison by Sara Poole
– Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran Other Non-TBR Additions
Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 by Lisa Lillien

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. February 1, 2011 7:26 am

    It happens to us all! My TBR pile is a constantly shifting selection that never really gets smaller, only moves around.

    • February 1, 2011 12:29 pm

      Marie – I’d be okay if it never got smaller, if it never got bigger, either. Yet somehow that always seems to happen…

  2. February 1, 2011 7:34 am

    I love Hungry Girl. Please let me know how the cookbook is. :D

    • February 1, 2011 12:32 pm

      Christina – I didn’t really know anything about Hungry Girl before I bought the cookbook, so I was sort of surprised to see how many of her recipes get under 200 calories by using “fake” food – fake egg whites, no-fat cool whip, splenda, etc. – I was hoping for more recipes with real ingredients! The one recipe from it that I’ve tried so far – a chicken & apple salad – was really tasty, though.

  3. February 1, 2011 7:42 am

    Okay, yes, you added a lot of books to the pile (and no, you will not regret The Persian Boy because it’s amazing), but I am very impressed with the number of books you cleared out! That’s a lot of books you got rid of there!

  4. February 1, 2011 7:53 am

    I had a similar problem. I read 19 books but added 76 to the stack either by purchase or free books for my Kindle or books for review. I have decided to buy no books in February to see if I can get the trend going the correct way. Happy reading and good luck at reducing the TBR stack.

    • February 1, 2011 12:34 pm

      Kathy – Oh my goodness, if I counted free Kindle books, we’d be here until next month. I’m only counting my TBR pile as physical books that I actually own but have not read.

  5. February 1, 2011 1:08 pm

    Oh, The Persian Boy! I loved that when I was in high school. I hope you dig it.

    • February 7, 2011 9:23 am

      Omni – If you and Jenny both recommend it, then I can’t lose!

  6. February 1, 2011 6:35 pm

    I have the same problem. Mine just never seems to shrink. Read Feed as soon as you can. Awesome book. Was one of my favourite reads last year. The 2nd in the trilogy (Deadline) is due out about mid year I think.

    • February 7, 2011 9:24 am

      Elfy – I hadn’t even thought about the timing of publication of the sequels… I might be tempted to wait until the third one is out or about to come out, so I can read them all without huge gaps between.

  7. February 1, 2011 9:23 pm

    I know. I added like 17 books to my TBR pile this month, too! Mine is blamed on gift cards and since most are preorders, I only actually have some of them…

    • February 7, 2011 9:24 am

      Kailana – Oh, gift cards are wonderful, dangerous things, aren’t they?

  8. February 2, 2011 7:20 am

    Year of the Griffin is one of my favourites! It’s such a good university story. Hope you enjoy it :)

    (And it’s been great reading your Bujold reviews — it’s always good to see a fellow devotee!)

    • February 7, 2011 9:26 am

      Marian – I do love a good boarding school story, and I loved Dark Lord of Derkholm, so I’m definitely looking forward to it!

  9. February 3, 2011 10:54 am

    I admire you work on your TBR pile each month. It seems like I only get to read the newer items on my TBR these days.

    • February 7, 2011 9:30 am

      Amber – I know the feeling; half of what I read from the TBR pile this month was less than two months old; all but one were less than a year old.

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