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July 2016 Monthly Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

August 2, 2016

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started July with 201 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …202! Not too shabby… not too shabby at all! I haven’t caught up with reviews like I wanted to, but I’m chiselling away at it (even as I’m reading and adding more to the pile, oh well.)

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

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

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Farthing by Jo Walton
Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins (reviews coming soon)

Read But Not Owned (Graphic Novels)
Girl Genius Omnibus: Agatha Awakens by Phil & Kaja Foglio
Undeleted Scenes by Jeffrey Brown
Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan
(reviews coming soon)

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Remembrance by Meg Cabot (reviews coming soon)


Added and then read (um… huzzah?)
Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook by Theresa Carle-Sanders
How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend:The Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners, Revised & Updated Edition by The Monks of New Skete (reviews coming soon)

Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehsi Coates We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Rat Queens, Vol. 3: Demons by Kurtis J. Wiebe  
Non-TBR acquisitions (storage-space-related shame!)
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman
* Pursuant to the discussion on this post, I’ve decided to create an eTBR pile for e-books and audiobooks that I accept for review or 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.

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Laurie R. King – A Letter of Mary

July 29, 2016

King, Laurie R. - A Letter of Mary - 40025. A Letter of Mary by Laurie R. King (1996)
Mary Russell, Book 3

Read my review of book:
1. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice
2. A Monstrous Regiment of Women

Read By: Jenny Sterlin
Length: 10h 32min (355 pages)

Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction

Started: 15 June 2016
Finished: 21 June 2016

Where did it come from? Audible.
Why do I have it? I really enjoyed the first two books in the series.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 02 April 2016.

A letter from the
time of Christ may change the world…
or lead to murder.

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Lois McMaster Bujold – The Spirit Ring

July 27, 2016

Bujold, Lois McMaster - The Spirit Ring - 40017. The Spirit Ring by Lois McMaster Bujold (1992)

Read By: Jessica Almasy
Length: 12h 27min (384 pages)

Genre: Fantasy / Historical Fantasy

Started: 22 April 2016
Finished: 14 May 2016

Where did it come from? Audible.
Why do I have it? Lois McMaster Bujold is one of my favorite authors, and this is (to my knowledge) her only standalone, and the only of her books I haven’t read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 02 April 2016.

Magic and metal
can combine for evil when
there’s a ghost involved.

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Seth Hunter – The Price of Glory

July 21, 2016

Hunter, Seth - The Price of Glory - 40028. The Price of Glory by Seth Hunter (2011)
Nathan Peake, Book 3

Read my review of book:
1. The Time of Terror
2. The Tide of War

Length: 448 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

Started: 21 May 2016
Finished: 29 June 2016

Where did it come from? Purchased used from Amazon.
Why do I have it? I requested the fourth book from Early Reviewers without realizing that I’d missed the third book, so I figured I should get caught up.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 18 May 2016.

For the Brits, the French
Revolution was only
the start of trouble.

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Brandon Sanderson – Calamity

July 18, 2016

Sanderson, Brandon - Calamity - 40026. Calamity by Brandon Sanderson (2016)
Reckoners, Book 3

Read my review of book:
1. Steelheart
2. Firefight

Length: 420 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Superhero Sci-Fi

Started: 02 April 2016 (only the first chapter, then it had to go back to the library; I started over in mid-June.)
Finished: 22 June 2016

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? New Brandon Sanderson!

A bad guy who has
superpowers AND knows your
tactics? Bad news, folks.

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Review Revisited: Robert Jordan – The Path of Daggers

July 17, 2016

Jordan, Robert - The Path of Daggers - 400Re-read. The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan (1998)
The Wheel of Time, Book 8

Read my review of book:
1. The Eye of the World
2. The Great Hunt
3. The Dragon Reborn
4. The Shadow Rising
5. The Fires of Heaven
6. Lord of Chaos
7. A Crown of Swords
12. The Gathering Storm
13. Towers of Midnight
14. A Memory of Light

Read By: Michael Kramer and Kate Reading
Length: 23h 31min (704 pages)

Genre: Fantasy

Originally Read: 20 March 2005
Re-read Started: 19 May 2016
Re-read Finished: 29 May 2016

Where did it come from? Audible; my paper copy was bought used on Amazon.

We’re halfway through the
series, but damn, this is where
we hit a slow spot.

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Meg Cabot – The Mediator series, books 4-6: Darkest Hour, Haunted, & Twilight

July 16, 2016

Cabot, Meg - Darkest Hour - 400Cabot, Meg - Haunted - 400Cabot, Meg - Twilight - 400Re-reads. Darkest Hour, Haunted, and Twilight by Meg Cabot (2001, 2003, 2004)
The Mediator, Books 4-6

Read my review of book:
1. Shadowland
2. Ninth Key
3. Reunion

Length: 336, 288, 336 pages
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance/Mystery

Originally Read: 23-25 January 2007
Re-read Started: 10 April 2016
Re-read Finished: 16 April 2016

Where did it come from? I got Shadowland from the library booksale, then the other five books in the series from a friend who I convinced to read them, but she didn’t want to wait for me to return the library’s copies of the latter books, so she bought and read them all but then gave them to me in a decluttering effort. Friends like that are great to have. :)
Why do I have it? Oooh, I have no idea why I picked it up in the first place. (Actually, I think it was because the sixth book in the series is called Twilight and it had come about the same time as that *other* Twilight and I heard a lot of buzz about one of them and I couldn’t remember about which and so I wanted to read them both. Ah, youth.) I decided to re-read them because Cabot had a new book in the series coming out, over a decade later.

When you’re in love with
a ghost, relationships get
quite complicated.

I’m reviewing these books as a group rather than individually, since a lot of what I have to say about them applies to the series as a whole, rather than any individual entry, and I’d rather not repeat myself six times.

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