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June 2017 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

July 2, 2017

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started June with 213 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …214! I got a good amount of reading done this month, even though quite a bit of it was re-reading, and none of it was from my TBR pile. But hey, reading is reading! I also (finally) (FINALLY) got some reviews written. I’m trying to work at my review backlog from both ends, working on the oldest books first but also reviewing new books as I finish them. Some of them have been (and are going to be) pretty short, since I don’t always remember a lot of details of stuff that I read more than a year ago. But I’ll keep chipping away.

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

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

Audiobooks
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Read But Not Owned (Books)
The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Read But Not Owned (Graphic Novels)
Soviet Daughter by Julia Alekseyeva
The Wicked and the Divine Vol. 4: Rising Action by Kieron Gillen
Paper Girls Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan (review coming soon)

Re-Reads
Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon
The Wicked and the Divine Vol. 3: Commercial Suicide by Kieron Gillen

Changes to the TBR pile

 
Non-TBR acquisitions (storage-space-related shame!) Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
Saga, Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan Saga, Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan
 
Added to my eTBR pile (non-storage-space-related shame!)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King
* 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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Leigh Bardugo – Siege and Storm

June 28, 2017

33. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (2013)
The Grisha Trilogy, Book 2

Read my review of book:
1. Shadow and Bone

Read By: Lauren Fortgang
Length: 11h 52m (448 pages)

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Started: 15 June 2017
Finished: 26 June 2017

Where did it come from? Audible.
Why do I have it? I’d enjoyed the first one so I figured what the heck?
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 13 Jul 2016.

Alina summons
the sun’s power, but what is
it doing to her?

Read the full summary and review

Kieron Gillen – The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 4: Rising Action

June 27, 2017

32. Rising Action by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie (2016)
The Wicked + The Divine, Volume 4

Read my review of volume:
1. The Faust Act
2. Fandemonium
3. Commercial Suicide

Length: 144 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Graphic Novel

Started/Finished: 25 June 2017

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? It’s one of my new graphic novel series to read.

When the gods turn on
each other, the results will
be catastrophic.

Read the full summary and review

Suzanne Collins – Gregor and the Code of Claw

June 26, 2017

34. Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins (2007)
The Underland Chronicles, Book 5

Read my review of book:
1. Gregor the Overlander
2. Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane
3. Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods
4. Gregor and the Marks of Secret

Read By: Paul Boehmer
Length: 9h 03min (413 pages)

Genre: Mid-grade, Fantasy

Started: 07 July 2017
Finished: 13 July 2017

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? I wanted to finish the series, of course.

To save the humans
from the rats, the prophecy
says Gregor must die.

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Katarina Bivald – The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

June 25, 2017

31. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald, translated by Alice Menzies (2013; translation 2015)

Length: 402 pages
Genre: General Fiction

Started: 19 June 2016
Finished: 22 June 2016

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? This month’s selection for one of my book clubs.

What is a Swedish
tourist going to do in a
tiny Midwest town?

Read the full summary and review

Kieron Gillen – The Wicked and the Divine, Vol. 3: Commercial Suicide

June 24, 2017

19. Commercial Suicide by Kieron Gillen (2016)
The Wicked and the Divine, Volume 3

Read my review of volume:
1. The Faust Act
2. Fandemonium

Length: 200 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Graphic Novel

Started/Finished: 24 May 2016

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? One of the new series of graphic novels I’ve gotten into.

The lives of the gods
are somewhat less glamorous
than you’d imagine.

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Mallory Ortberg – Texts from Jane Eyre

June 23, 2017

20. Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg (2014)

Read By: Zach Villa and Amy Landon
Length: 2h 22min (220 pages)

Genre: Humor

Started/Finished: 30 May 2016

Where did it come from? From Audible.
Why do I have it? I’d read and enjoyed Mallory Ortberg’s posts on The Hairpin and The Toast, and this was Audible’s deal of the day.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 05 May 2016.

What would happen if
you gave Hamlet or Ahab
a cell phone? This book.

Read the full summary and review