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April 2014 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

May 2, 2014

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started April with 261 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …265! That is not bad, you guys. It could have been way, way worse. I bought a lot of books this month. A LOT. I bought some for book club, and some because I wanted them, and then there was the library booksale, and when they’re less than a dollar, it’s hard to let a book that I *might* be interested in slip past. But luckily, I managed to get a fair amount of reading done, and more particularly, reading from the TBR pile, so the damage wasn’t quite as bad as it could have been. I was terrible about reviewing, though. The end of the semester hit hard, and I let myself get really, really far behind. Like, almost a month behind on my reviews. But I’m done, and this summer should be much, much easier, so hopefully I can get caught up, get some reviews written, and some more books read. Hopefully.

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

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

Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins
Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson

Read But Not Owned (Graphic Novels)
The Unwritten, Vol. 6: Tommy Taylor and the War of Words by Mike Carey & Peter Gross
The Unwritten, Vol. 7: The Wound by Mike Carey & Peter Gross
The Unwritten, Vol. 8: Orpheus in the Underworld by Mike Carey & Peter Gross
Saga, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Locke & Key, Vol. 6: Alpha and Omega by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez

Winterfair Gifts by Lois McMaster Bujold
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips
The Disappearing Spoon: and Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean
The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin
Daughter of Witches by Patricia C. Wrede
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein


Added and then read (um… huzzah?)
Bossypants by Tina Fey

Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
Passage by Connie Willis The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
Midnight Never Come by Marie Brennan (Memory’s fault) Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Fall of the Kings by Ellen Kushner & Delia Sherman Once Upon a Time: A Treasury of Modern Fairy Tales ed. by Lester del Rey & Risa Kessler
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen  
Non-TBR acquisitions (storage-space-related shame!)
The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon
Fables, Vol. 3: Storybook Love by Bill Willingham Fables, Vol. 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers by Bill Willingham
Fables, Vol. 5: The Mean Seasons by Bill Willingham Fables, Vol. 6: Homelands by Bill Willingham
Fables, Vol. 11: War and Pieces by Bill Willingham Fables, Vol. 12: The Dark Ages by Bill Willingham

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