Purging the TBR List #21

Hey all, Dani here.

And I’m back with another segment of 30 books from my Goodreads to-read list. For the past couple months I’ve been looking through the books on my list and purging out those that I either am no longer in the mood for, or that are so far down the list in a series that it doesn’t make sense to keep them on the list. Why am I doing this? Well, because looking at a TBR with over 800 titles on it was massively overwhelming. Plus I saw a bunch of other people doing TBR purges and it sounded like a good way to do it (though I knew that limiting myself to only 5-10 books each post would be highly ineffective for me).

So, I guess we should just get started.

A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly. I think I’ve admitted that I have a thing for books with magical alcohol, so I bought this one shortly after I discovered it…and yet it is still on my TBR. I really need to get around to this one soon.

The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler. This one still sounds really interesting to me. And the last book in the series is coming out, so if I end up binge-reading the series, then that’s fine too.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. I keep hearing great things about this one. I just need to read it.

Cursed by the Gods by Raye Wagner. Yes, I own this one, and yes, I still hear lots of very nice things about it. But, right now I just don’t know when I might get around to it, so I’m taking it off the list.

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsburg. Okay, so this one is interesting. I own the e-book and I do still want to read it. When I did the prep work for all of my purge posts, I marked this one to be taken off my to-read list. But this month is Diverse December, so there’s a chance that I can take this one off my TBR list by moving it over to my read list. Then again, I do have 14 books I’m hoping to read this month. Maybe I can squeeze this in. We’ll see. But I’m still taking it off the list.

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. I’ve heard a lot about this one and I do have a copy sitting on my bookshelves, but I just haven’t been in the mood to start reading it and it has been over a year. So for now it can leave the list.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I can’t take this one off the list. I need to read it.

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North. Every book I’ve looked at by North has sounded so intriguing. I really just need to start reading them.

The Exiled Queen, The Gray Wolf Throne, and The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima. The first book was really good and I own them all, so I do plan on finishing the series. For now I’ll keep book two on my list; the other two can leave until I’m actually ready for them.

Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn. Another magical alcohol novel, but this one is a YA story. I borrowed it from the library last year but then ended up not reading it and had to return the book. I imagine someday I’ll actually give it a proper chance, but for now I can pass on it.

Carve the Mark and Carve the Mark #2 by Veronica Roth. To be fair I have read a few chapters of this book, and will probably try and finish it before the sequel finally arrives, so I’ll keep the first and once I’m done I can decide if I’m adding the sequel back to my list or not.

Divine Descendant by Jenna Black. I loved the first three books in this series. So why haven’t I read this fourth (possibly final?) book? Well the first three were released in paperback and this one was digital only until the omnibus paperback was released. Maybe I do this out of spite, but I was not pleased that I couldn’t have a matching set so I just got rid of the three books I already owned.

Breath of Earth by Beth Cato. Before I give this one a try, I want to read the Beth Cato book I own and see if I actually like her writing style. So I’m going to pass on this one at the moment.

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer. At some point I will probably want to give this one a try. But for now I shall say farewell.

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. This one still sounds intriguing, and I believe there is a movie or TV series or something being made based on this. But I just haven’t been in the mood to start reading it.

Shadowbound by Bec McMaster. I love McMaster, and this one sounds really cool. On the other end of the scale is Nobody’s Hero, also by McMaster, which does somewhat still sound interesting, but it isn’t what I’m in the mood for right now.

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken. I bought this shortly after it was released. Why haven’t I read it? Oh yeah, probably because I don’t like it when series end so I put off the last book. This is only a duology; I need to finish it already.

A Season of Spells by Sylvia Izzo Hunter. This is the third book in the series and I still need to read the second. Bye.

Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson. Loved the first book. Need to read this one.

The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye. Another duology I haven’t finished. I need to get better at completing series.

Smoke by Dan Vyleta. This still sounds cool, and the cover is awesome, but I’m not feeling like I want to read it right now. Maybe at some later time.

All the Feels by Danika Stone. Hmmm…I took this one off the list but it is apparently a geeky contemporary. That means I’ll probably still pick it up at some point, but not right now.

Strife by Brigid Kemmerer. The sixth book following the Merrick brothers…if it ever gets finished/published. I guess for now I’ll take it off the list. It is apparently on hold indefinitely.

The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. I need to read more/finish the Raven Boys Cycle. Enough said.


Okay so that is another 16 books I was able to purge from my Goodreads to-read list. We are getting close to the end of these posts everyone. Just three more weekends. I feel rather productive now that I have a tidy TBR list.

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4 thoughts on “Purging the TBR List #21

  1. I’ve heard The Bronze Horseman is rather problematic and full of sexist tropes… so maybe it’s a good choice to skip it. I haven’t read it myself, though, but the blurb really turned me off reading it!

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