Hey all, Dani here.
As I write this my TBR list on Goodreads is at 764 books, so I am seeing it slowly but surely decrease as I continue this purge. But once again I’m here to tackle the next 30 books in my to-read list and determine which ones will stay and which ones will go. This series of posts is inspired by the Down the TBR Rabbit Hole posts I have seen around the book blogs lately. But I knew the 5-10 books suggested by that post would not truly help me cull out my massive stack of books so I went the extreme route and chose 30 books for each round.
Let’s just go ahead and get started.
First up: Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer. I’m not going to spend much time talking about this one as I have already removed the first books of the series from the list, so this one is leaving as well.
Next there’s The Mage in Black, Green-Eyed Demon, Silver-Tongued Devil, and Blue-Blooded Vamp by Jaye Wells. I read the first book several years ago for the Vaginal Fantasy book club and I really enjoyed it. Yes, I will need to reread the first book before I continue with the series, but I also remember it being a quick read. And I would like to read them all.
After that is Goddess of the Rose, Goddess of Love, Goddess of Legend, and Warrior Rising by P.C. Cast. These are mythological modern romances and I have read 3 or 4 of them so far and have enjoyed them. And since each book follows a different couple, I can just jump in where I left off without a reread, so I’m keeping these.
Rain Village and The Next Full Moon by Carolyn Turgeon are next on my list. I have had Rain Village on this list since I read Turgeon’s Mermaid. I still really want to read it. Now, for The Next Full Moon, I already own it and I do like Turgeon’s books, but this is her only book aimed at a younger audience and I’ve been a bit leery about actually reading it. So perhaps someday I will, but for now I don’t see it happening.
Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl’s Beautiful Darkness and Beautiful Chaos are next. I thought that Beautiful Creatures was pretty good, but the farther I get away from finishing it, the more I am certain that I have no desire to continue on with the series. Goodbye books.
Next up is The Lucky Ones and Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen. I remember that I really enjoyed the first book, probably because I just really like the 1920s and Jazz Age setting in books. So I’m not saying that I’ll never return to finish this trilogy, but for now I’m just not in the mood for them.
Fate’s Edge by Ilona Andrews. This is another book in a series I’ve talked about before. I own them all, and I believe that I kept the first book on my list, but I think I can safely remove the rest of the series from my list until I actually read the first one.
Tricks of the Trade by Laura Anne Gilman. I started reading this series before I realized that it was a spin-off of another series. So I bought all of that series and then never read it. I have heard the author say that you don’t need to have read the Retrievers books to read these ones, so perhaps at some point I’ll return to them, but for now I can say goodbye.
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin. Obviously I plan on reading the rest of this series, so this one is a keeper.
Okay, so the books in this next section are all media tie-in novels revolving around a show I like watching: Supernatural. Sadly though, I’m just not in the mood to read the books that go along with the series. So farewell to: Heart of the Dragon by Keith R.A. DeCandido, The Unholy Cause by Joe Schreiber, One Year Gone by Rebecca Dessertine, Coyote’s Kiss by Christa Faust, Bone Key by Keith R.A. DeCandido, War of the Sons by Rebecca Dessertine, and Night Terror by John Passarella.
Only the Good Spy Young and Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter. I adored the first book in this series, which I believe is considered a Middle Grade read. If it is YA then it is a very young YA. Still, perhaps when I need something fast and cute and fun, I might consider picking up the next book in this series, but for now I don’t need these cluttering my list.
Neferet’s Curse by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. Somewhere around the 8th or 9th book of the House of Night series, I started to lose interest. I already got rid of all of the books I had owned. I won’t say that I’ll never return to the series, but I would need a reread of the books and right now I’m just not quite in the mood for YA vampire novels.
Another Ilona Andrews book on the list: Magic Slays. I have book two still on the list, and I will at some point work my way through the series, but I can add the next book once I’ve started reading the one preceding it. So for now, this one can leave my list.
Finally today there is Dragon’s Lure, an anthology edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail. The only reason I wanted to read this was for a story by C.E. Murphy. So at some point I’ll want to read the story, but for now I think I can just get rid of this book.
Okay, this time around I am keeping 10 of the 30 books listed above, so not as good a cull as last time, but still really good. I already have notes compiled for the next 6 of these posts, and that will get me just over 1/3 of the way through my total TBR list. I am really curious to see just how many books I can cull by the end of this. We’ll find out in a couple months, I guess.