Sunday, April 03, 2011

Week in Review (13)

Random Thoughts

I wasn't going to post this because I just did my month in review yesterday, but I find these posts useful when I am looking for specific things. So, you will just have to put up with it. Or, not read it. Either option. Like I said in my month end post, this was the week of book purging. I took a huge amount of books to the second hand bookstore. This is problematic. It's good because I don't have to pay for books, but it is bad because I will have a very hard time not wanting to add even more books to my TBR pile. I am going to do some rearranging and such, so hopefully I can get things organized so I can resume reading my own books. I joined the library in 2009 because my books were disorganized, and since that hasn't really improved, I have gotten very slack with reading my own books. My TBR pile has been crazy for a while, but it is not really changing the last couple years. Getting things in order is my first priority in the book land.

Challenge News

The Great Reading Swap of 2011: We are about to start the read fourth month of the year and I have only read 5 books! Since some of them will work for the Once Upon a Time challenge, I should try and get to some of them in April.

Once Upon a Time V: I have read 2 books. One was this week when I read Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones. Movie-wise I have watched Inception and Sin City. I need to review some things, though. I have a non-fiction book on the go, but haven't finished it yet. I am only halfway through. As to the short story portion, I am reading collections, so while I have finished a bunch of short stories I am mostly waiting to finish the books before reviewing them.

Manga Challenge: I have read 4 books for this challenge. The most recent was One Piece Volume 4. I was stalled in that challenge since 2009. Finding out that there is 54 of them sort of makes me want to stall for a while... I only have to read two more, so that's pretty good.

2011 Aussie Author Challenge: I have read 1 book for this challenge: Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan. That means that I have 2 more to go.

Historical Fiction Challenge 2011: I have to read 10 books and I have only read 2. That's so weird for me... I used to read lots and lots of historical fiction, but off to a slow start this year. Will have to do better!

Essay Reading Challenge: I finally figured out what I am going to read for this challenge, but I haven't actually done so yet.

Ireland Reading Challenge: Okay, so I was supposed to have finished a book for this challenge this week and I forgot to read it! So, I am still 0 for 2.

The TwentyEleven Challenge: I need to take some time and get myself organized with this challenge...

Weekly Reads

76. The Worlds of Chrestomanci: Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones (Book 1) (Completed March 28, 2011)
77. The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan (Completed March 29, 2011)
78. By the Time You Read This, I'll be Dead by Julie Anne Peters (Completed March 30, 2011)

Only three this week... I am reading a lot lately, but not finishing anything... Hopefully this week I will finally clean things up a bit.

New Additions

Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine
The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington by Jennet Conant
Among Others by Jo Walton
The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
I also took advantage of my credit and got a few things, but I think I might do a post with pictures... I also should have kept track of how many books I got rid of...

Dragon Seer by Janet McNaughton
Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce (Currently Reading)
The Very Best of Charles de Lint
A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
Conrad's Fate by Diana Wynne Jones
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
The Lives of Christoper Chant by Diana Wynne Jones
Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones
Off With Their Heads! by Maria Tatar
Trickster by Matt Dembicki

Nothing this Week...

Nothing this week...


  1. No worries on the Ireland Challenge - you have until November 30th! Have a great week, K. :)

  2. I keep thinking I should put the challenges I'm participating in on my sidebar as I used to do in 2006; it's so nice to see what others are reading as you lay out for us! You're doing so well in fulfilling your challenges.

    Wish I had a second-hand bookstore nearby. Instead, I just seem to donate my books to friends or Goodwill. I can see that if I went into a used book store it would be practically death for me! ;)

  3. *Carrie: I still feel terrible that I forgot about the book!

    *Bellezza: Last time I got rid of books I donated them to the library... This time I decided to just get credit. It might not have been the best idea, but it will be fun. :)

  4. Yay! I'm looking forward to pictures of your other acquisitions. :D And oh, how I'm envying some of those purchases you made.

  5. *Debi: I know. I need to use my camera more. :)


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