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Theresa Carle-Sanders – Outlander Kitchen

June 9, 2017

LibraryThing Early Reviewers33. Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook by Theresa Carle-Sanders (foreward by Diana Gabaldon) (2016)
Outlander, companion volume

Length: 336 pages
Genre: Non-fiction; Cookbook

Started: 06 July 2016
Finished: 12 July 2016

Where did it come from? LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Why do I have it? Outlander! And cooking!
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 06 July 2016.

The quickest way to
Jamie Fraser’s heart is through
his wame, dinnae ken?

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Jo Walton – Farthing

June 7, 2017

32. Farthing by Jo Walton (2006)
Small Change, Book 1

Read By: John Keating and Bianca Amato
Length: 9h 46min (320 pages)

Genre: Alternate History, Mystery

Started: 03 July 2016
Finished: 08 July 2016

Where did it come from? Audible.
Why do I have it? I *think* I heard about this from Ana, although it might have been Clare or Jenny or Memory. Plus I’d enjoyed Jo Walton’s other books that I’d read, and then this was Audible’s Deal of the Day.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 10 May 2016.

Lucy’s parents don’t
like her husband, but would they
frame him for murder?

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Seth Hunter – The Winds of Folly

June 5, 2017

LibraryThing Early Reviewers59. The Winds of Folly by Seth Hunter (2016)
Nathan Peake, Book 4

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

Length: 384 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

Started: 12 November 2016
Finished: 26 December 2016

Where did it come from? LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Why do I have it? Honestly, when it came up for request, I think my general fondness for stories about the British Navy made me forget that I was mostly ambivalent about the first two in the series.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 17 February 2016.

Nathan is better
prepared to deal with French ships
than Venetian spies.

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May 2017 Wrap-Up: Books and Reviews

June 4, 2017

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge Update

I started May with 214 unread books sitting around my house. And I ended with … *drumroll* …213! May was pretty good – maybe not quite as much paper-book reading as I was hoping, but not too bad! It was also apparently the month of "read this book so you can watch the recent TV adaptation" – American Gods, Haindmaid’s Tale, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks… guess what I’m doing with my June? :) And I finally started chipping away at my year’s worth of backlogged reviews. Whoops.

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

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

Audiobooks
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (reviews coming soon)

Re-Reads
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (review coming soon)

Changes to the TBR pile

Read from my TBR pile (huzzah!)
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield
Yvain: The Knight of the Lion by M. T. Anderson (reviews coming soon)

Added and then read (um… huzzah?)
A Fine Imitation by Amber Brock

 
 
Added to my TBR pile (all-around shame!)
The Wind’s Twelve Quarters by Ursula K. LeGuin Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell
 
Non-TBR acquisitions (storage-space-related shame!)
Proposal by Meg Cabot  
 

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Leigh Bardugo – Shadow and Bone

May 29, 2017

23. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (2012)
The Grisha Trilogy, Book 1

Read By: Lauren Fortgang
Length: 8h 55min (416 pages)

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Started: 06 June 2016
Finished: 14 June 2016

Where did it come from? Audible.
Why do I have it? I don’t remember where I heard about it first, but I read a few of Leigh Bardugo’s short stories from Tor and quite enjoyed them, so when this was a daily deal, I picked it up.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 30 Nov 2015.

Only the power
of light can save Ravka from
literal darkness.

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Amber Brock – A Fine Imitation

May 24, 2017

26. A Fine Imitation by Amber Brock (2016)

Length: 304 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

Started: 21 May 2017
Finished: 23 May 2017

Where did it come from? Amazon.
Why do I have it? It was the pick of the month for one of my book clubs.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 16 May 2017.

Wealth comes with privilege,
but also with some stifling
expectations, too.

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Andrew Dickson – Worlds Elsewhere

May 23, 2017

LibraryThing Early ReviewersDNF. Worlds Elsewhere: Journeys Around Shakespeare’s Globe by Andrew Dickson (2016)

Length: 512 pages (of which I read 127)
Genre: Non-Fiction

Started: 07 March 2016
Finished: Nope! (I finally admitted defeat on 18 December 2016, but it had mostly just sat on my nightstand since May.)

Where did it come from? LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Why do I have it? I love Shakespeare, and I thought the premise sounded super-interesting.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 15 January 2016.

Shakespeare never left
England, but his influence
has traveled the world.

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