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The 18th TBR Purge Post

Hey all, Dani here.

Happy Sunday! Everyone, I’m starting to get really excited. We’re only a few days away from Thanksgiving here in the US, and I already know that I am going to eat WAY TOO MUCH FOOD. Okay, so Thanksgiving is my mom’s favorite holiday, and it’s also important to my boyfriend’s stepmom. So we have to make appearances at both meals. Thankfully my mom prefers to eat around 1 pm, while my boyfriend’s stepmom is more of a 7pm or so mealtime. But my boyfriend is also talking about stopping by his aunt and uncle’s place, and that means I’ll probably end up eating three big holiday meals. It will be interesting.

Anyway, you aren’t here to listen to me ramble on about holidays and food. We’re here to talk books, or rather discuss the overwhelmingly large TBR list that I was drowning under. The more I purge out the to-read list, the better I feel. It is dropping to a much more manageable number.

Okay, well on to the next 30 books from my list.

Brighter Than the Sun by Darynda Jones. I’ve established before that I have a lot of catching up to do with this series, because I’ve only read the first three books. Until I’m in the mood to read them again, and even more than that, until I read the books between where I am and where this one falls in the series, I don’t need it cluttering up my list. Goodbye for now.

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson. Now here’s where my bookish sensibilities might seem odd, seeing as how I just eliminated a book from my list because it is later in the series and I’m not there yet. Because I’m still reading the original Mistborn trilogy, and this book is part of the second trilogy. But, I do love Sanderson’s writing and worldbuilding, and no matter what I will read all of his books, so this one is staying on the list.

Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking. This is going to be the first book in a Valkyrie duology, and I do enjoy Hocking’s writing, so I’m going to give this one a try.

Lion’s Share and Hunt by Rachel Vincent. Hunt is the bridge between the Shifters series and the Wildcats spin-off series. I still have most of the Shifters series to read, if I ever get in the mood to read them, so for now these can go.

Crystal StormImmortal Reign, The Darkest Magic, and The Cursed Heir by Morgan Rhodes. I need to try and do a series re-read/binge read at the end of this year through the beginning of next year so I can be refreshed on everything when Immortal Reign, the final book, releases in February. Plus, I need to actually read the spin-off books as well.

Soldier, Legion, and Inferno by Julie Kagawa. I am a big fan of Julie Kagawa so the rest of her Talon Saga that follows both dragons and dragon hunters is still a must-read for me.

Bloodwitch and Witchlands #4 by Susan Dennard. I’m already looking forward to reading her next release, Sightwitch, so clearly I enjoy the world of the Witchlands.

Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch. I really need to get around to finishing this trilogy.

Forsaken by S.J. Harper. I’ve basically decided that the first book was okay, but I’m not feeling inspired to continue this series anymore. Goodbye.

If Found, Return to Astropop by Lucas Hargis. This is a friend of mine and one of the writers in my NaNoWriMo region. I so cannot wait for the release of his first book, so obviously I am keeping this one on my to-read list. I suppose this is where I should also ask for you lovely readers to go check out this book on Goodreads and if it looks interesting, add it to your to-read lists. Thanks everyone.

The Younger Gods by Michael R. Underwood. I’ve really enjoyed his Ree Reyes series and his Genrenauts stories, but I’m not really feeling in the mood to read this one just now.

Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews. I haven’t read the first book in this series yet, so this one can leave the list until I’m sure I like the previous installment.

Proposal by Meg Cabot. This is the novella that takes place right before Remembrance, which I currently assume is the actual conclusion to the Mediator series. While I’m sure I should read this, right now I’m going to remove it from my list, at least until I actually reach the point where I want to finish this series.

The Forbidden Heir by M.J. Scott. I adored the first book and anticipated this one’s release, which was delayed a couple times. But it is out now and I hope to read it soon.

The Writer’s Guide to Weapons: A Practical Reference for Using Firearms and Knives in Fiction by Benjamin Sobieck. I own this book and I’ll be keeping it on my writing reference shelves, but I’m not feeling the desire to read it cover to cover. Probably I’ll just look up the relevant information when I need it.

Now Write! Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror: Speculative Genre Exercises from Today’s Best Writers and Teachers by Laurie Lamson. Again, I own this and have it on my writing reference shelves, but I don’t see myself reading the whole book in one go.

Radiance by Catherynne M Valente. Yes, this one still sounds fascinating. I’m going to read it at some point.

The Dirt on Ninth Grave and The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones. The same reasoning I gave at the beginning of this post applies to these ones. It’s going to be a while before I get close to being ready to read these.

Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter. I really need to binge-read the rest of the Jane Yellowrock series. I just keep pushing it off. I am going to read them all eventually.

Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter. This is the first of the Soulwood novels, a spin-off to the Jane Yellowrock series, and honestly, as much as I enjoy Jane, Nell’s adventures just sound more interesting to me. I can’t wait to read this one.

Grave Visions by Kalayna Price. I’ve only read the first of this series, and this is the fourth. At this point, I have no idea when/if I’ll get around to continuing on with this…so for now, goodbye.

Bitter Blue by Jennifer Estep. Previous experience has taught me that I cannot binge-read this series. If I read one of these books then I have to wait a month or two before I pick up the next one. Gin Blanco, the main protagonist, is fond of repeating the same phrases and giving the same information over and over again, and that gets annoying if you read those details too often, so I need breaks. I will make it up to this book at some point, but I think I’m currently on book six or seven, so it will be a while. Goodbye.

Okay, well that is all for today. I kept 17/30 books, but several of those books I’m hoping to get moved over to my read list soon enough.

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