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April 2012 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

May 2, 2012

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started April with 263 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …260! Not too bad, although it would have been better if I hadn’t gotten totally hooked on the Percy Jackson series and devoured three of them from the library rather than reading books already on my shelves. Hopefully I will be less distractable and better able to buckle down to some longer books in May.

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

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

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
The Opal Deception
by Eoin Colfer
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Read but not owned
The Plain Janes and Janes in Love by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg
The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language by Patricia T. O’Conner & Stewart Kellerman
The Master of Heathcrest Hall by Galen Beckett
The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause
Godslayer by Jacqueline Carey
Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
The Unseen by Katherine Webb A Song Called Youth by John Shirley
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide by Peter Allison * Pursuant to the discussion on this post, I’ve decided to create an eTBR pile for e-books for which I actually pay money. I’m not adding them into my total TBR numbers, but I have to fess up about them somewhere. Keeps me honest.
Non-TBR acquisitions (storage-space-related shame!)
The Iliad by Homer. Technically this is going on the TBR pile, but it’s replacing a different translation that’s already there, so no net change in the numbers.  

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. May 2, 2012 7:39 pm

    It looks like you had a good month overall. :)

    • May 3, 2012 7:41 pm

      Kailana – I did! It felt slow, since a lot of the books I read were chunksters and therefore slow going, but I read a lot of fun quick stuff in the gaps, too.

  2. May 2, 2012 10:22 pm

    But it would have been worse to have bought the other books in the Percy Jackson series and added to your storage-space-related shame, wouldn’t it? Oh, that’s an impossible question isn’t it. Instead I will shift to the gushing about Percy Jackson because now I’m hooked too, to the point where I’ve requested all the little guidebooks and whatnot from the library. I know, that’s serious, right? Maybe I’ll tire it, but I’m having fun with it now…

    • May 3, 2012 7:42 pm

      BiP – That’s the problem, so much of my TBR pile is first-book-in-a-series, and then I get sucked in to reading all the rest of them. And nuts to my storage space related shame, I’d like to own the full Percy Jackson set at some point, for ease of bad-day-need-fun-books re-reading.

  3. May 2, 2012 10:23 pm

    I thought I recognized that copy of The Illiad, then realized I actually don’t have it–I have that same edition of The Odyssey. As I recall, it was an excellent translation, so I’m betting you made an improvement with that book-switch!

    • May 3, 2012 7:43 pm

      Cheryl – That was exactly my thought process! I liked the Fagles translation of the Odyssey quite a lot (more so than the one I read in high school; don’t remember which translation that was), and I kept getting bogged down in whatever translation of the Iliad I had on my shelves, so I saw the Fagles Iliad at the library booksale and couldn’t resist.

  4. May 6, 2012 1:28 am

    You had a really good month, well done! I want to get my TBR books into one room – hopefully in the next few months.

    • May 7, 2012 8:36 am

      sam – Yeah, I’d like it if I could get all of mine into one bookcase… but it’s still about a bookcase and a half at this point.

  5. May 7, 2012 2:33 am

    It looks like April was a good month for you, both in terms of reading and getting that TBR pile down! Library doesn’t help my TBR pile, either, but I always appreciate the fact that in the end, it saves me time and money!

    • May 7, 2012 8:37 am

      kay – I’ve been pretty good for the past year or so about keeping the number of library books I read relatively low in favor of my own books… but then I get hooked on a series and it’s all over.

  6. May 11, 2012 8:07 pm

    I just came across your blog and I love the way you document all the books that you have read! It looks like you read quite a few good books in April.

    • May 14, 2012 9:36 am

      Geek – Thank you! In retrospect, April was a pretty good reading month. It didn’t feel like it at the time, since a few of those books were chunksters and took a long time, and a lot of the reading was via audio. But all-in-all, not too shabby!

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