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August 2012 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

September 3, 2012

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started August with 251 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …252! August was a rough month around these parts, busy and stressful, and I was just plain ol’ fashioned not in the mood to read very much. The fact that I only finished five non-graphic non-audio books speaks to how little time and attention I had for reading, I think. But with some selective (and long-overdue) purging, I was able to offset the massive damage I did at the Friends of the Library booksale, for a net of only +1. Not too bad. Could have been way, way worse. And I’m actually technically back down to a 251, since I finished Kushiel’s Chosen over the weekend. 240s, here I come!

(Also, if anyone is interested in any of the 4 books I purged from the pile, leave your BookMooch ID in a comment and I’ll reserve them for you.)

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

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

The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Read But Not Owned (Books)
Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey

Read But Not Owned (Graphic Novels)
Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery by Dave Roman
Take What You Can Carry by Kevin C. Pyle
The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel, Vols 1 & 2 by Robert Jordan & Chuck Dixon
Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill

Short Stories
A Killer First Date by Alyxandra Harvey plus a whole lot of podcasts

Unowned DNFs
Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
The Killing Moon by N. K. Jemisin
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
Blindspot by Jane Kamensky & Jill Lepore


Other removals from the TBR pile (um… huzzah?)
Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder
Size 14 is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot
Big Boned by Meg Cabot
Black Dogs by Ian McEwan

Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
No Quarter by Tanya Huff River of Blue Fire by Tad Williams
The Quartered Sea by Tanya Huff Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey
The Second Empress by Michelle Moran Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey
The Map of the Sky by Félix J. Palma Kushiel’s Scion by Jacqueline Carey
Darwin’s Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution by Rebecca Stott Non-TBR acquisitions (storage-space-related shame!)
Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 3, 2012 8:21 am

    I finished Magic Study, and liked it a little better by the end, but not planning to read next one (Fire Study?), even though I was a little curious to see what would happen. Maybe some day, but too many other books to keep it in the TBR pile now!

    • September 13, 2012 3:07 pm

      Laurie – I got about 40% through Fire Study, but I realized I wasn’t invested in the story or characters at all, and it had to go back to the library, so I let it slide…

  2. September 3, 2012 10:36 pm

    Ha. I think this happens to me each and every month. I’m not certain how that happens. I blame it on the mailman.

    • September 13, 2012 3:08 pm

      Michelle – Mine’s probably half the mailman’s fault and half the fault of the cashier at the library used booksale.

  3. September 6, 2012 2:55 pm

    I love that you’ve now acquired all the Kushiel books. Worthy additions to your TBR pile for sure – I hope they won’t stay on there long either. :)

    • September 13, 2012 3:08 pm

      Meghan – Nope! One of them’s already cleared. :)

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