Hey all, Dani here.
What a fun few months it has been going through my Goodreads to-read list and weeding through books to see which ones are just taking up space on the list and reminding myself of some of the books I still want to read. Looking back on the whole experience, I can honestly say that I think it has been very successful and has made me feel more relaxed and more in control of my TBR pile.
With that being said, as we near the end of my over 800 book long list, thank you for going on this book purge with me. And let’s just dive on into the next 30 books I have waiting to be read.
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C Dao. We are pretty much in the middle of books I picked up or discovered at Book Expo earlier this year, which means I am more likely to keep them. I think I picked up this one as part of the Game Changers box set I won, and the fact that it is an East Asian inspired retelling of the Evil Queen from Snow White definitely intrigues me.
Nyxia by Scott Reintgen. I have been hearing so many wonderful things about this book. Plus it sounds cool, and I would like to read a bit more sci-fi, so this definitely seems like something I have to keep on my TBR.
Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore. So, I added this to my TBR because I won it at Book Expo as part of the Game Changers box set along with other books like Warcross, and while this one does sound interesting, it isn’t something that is vying for top position. I don’t feel any sort of need to read it anytime soon, so I’m taking it off the TBR.
Fireblood by Elly Blake. Okay, so this one is leaving the list purely because I do need to finish reading the first book first. Hopefully I can manage that soon.
The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed. From everything I’ve heard of this book, I think it will be an important read.
Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Again, this book sounds interesting and I feel the need for more sci-fi in my reading life. Plus I’ve been starting to read a bit more co-authored books, so I’m willing to give this one a try.
The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli. I waited in line for like 40 minutes to get a copy of this book, so obviously I’m interested in it. The reason I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet is because of how full my reading life has been these past few months. I realize that could sound like I’m complaining, but I’m not. I love how much reading I’ve been doing and how well this blog is doing. I just kind of wish that I didn’t need to spend 40+ hours a week at a job that is so draining and monotonous. Sadly it’s a job that pays my pills pretty well so for now I have to tolerate it.
Caroline: The Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller. I picked this one up because when I was younger I was pretty much obsessed with the Little House on the Prairie books, and getting to see that story through the mom’s eyes did sound like an interesting idea. I’m sure I’ll still pick this one up at some point, but for now I’m going to pass.
The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home by Denise Kiernan. Okay, this is either non-fiction or slightly fictionalized history, but I just remember that when it was pitched to me at Book Expo it sounded good, though it isn’t my normal kind of read. If/when the mood strikes I may actually still pick this up, but not now.
The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco. I LOVED the first book and I need this one now. And I think that’s all I need to say about this one. Though, actually, one other thing–did you see the cover for this book? Absolutely stunning.
Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen. This is a book I learned about at Book Expo but sadly missed out on getting an ARC. But, I can say that I was recently approved for it on NetGalley, so I look forward to reading this fun elemental magic story in the next couple of weeks and getting a review up for all of you.
The Book of Whispers by Kimberly Starr. I honestly don’t remember adding this one to the list, or why I did. I guess I can take it off the list then.
The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead. We finally have a title and a cover for this one and I so can’t wait to read Tamsin’s story.
The Empress by S.J. Kincaid. Why haven’t I read this one yet?
Sparks of Light by Janet B. Taylor. The next time I’m in the mood for a time travel read I am picking this book up.
Vault of Dreams by Luke Taylor. Honestly, I think this might be the book I struggled with coming to a decision on the most. I remember reading a wonderful review for it on a blog and it sounds like an incredible book…but I had to look this up again while writing up this post because I had forgotten what it was about. So I am likely pulling this off the list for now, but this one would probably be the easiest to talk me back into reading, so who knows? I might end up adding this one back to the list myself.
Arena: Part One by Michael D Withrow. I think I added this one because of a review I saw on it, but if I think about it realistically, this one would be low priority on my reading list, so it would probably be years before I got around to it, if I remembered it by the time I got around to it, so it’s probably better just to take it off the list.
The List by Patricia Forde. I have been putting off reading this one for months and I don’t know why. I do really want to read it, but I say that about a lot of books I own.
At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey. This was a book club pick for the Vaginal Fantasy Book Club and it is a modern geeky romance. I’ve read a few chapters of it and have pretty much enjoyed it so far so I’d like to finish it.
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee. Look, I don’t need to have read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue yet to know that I want to read this one too. I can’t wait to see what the cover will look like.
How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry. This sounds kind of cute, and I am a sucker for books about books, or libraries, or bookstores. But honestly, I don’t know that I would actually get around to this one, so I suppose I’m going to pass for now.
The Architect of Song, The Hummingbird Heart, The Glass Butterfly, and The Artisan of Light by A.G. Howard. I’ve only read the first couple pages of book one but it intrigued me, and I’ve heard wonderful things about both of the released books of this series so far. For now I’m just going to keep the whole series on my list.
The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith. This was another Vaginal Fantasy Book Club pick but honestly I don’t see me picking it up any time soon. Bye.
Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu. Okay, so I like Lu’s writing and I did enjoy the Wonder Woman novel. So at some point I’m probably going to pick this one up, but right now it isn’t anywhere close to being an anticipated read or a priority read for me. For the moment I’m going to pass on this one.
Geek Parenting: What Joffrey, Jor-El, Maleficent, and the McFlys Teach Us About Raising a Family by Stephen H. Segall and Valya Dudycz Lupescu. I picked this up when I picked up that geeky guide to dating, and while at some point I’m sure I’ll want to read this, right now I think reading it would give people some wrong impressions about my life.
The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee. The third and final book of The Thousandth Floor series, and I can honestly admit that I am utter trash for this amazing and ridiculous teen drama fest. Plus the cover is so lovely.
The Continent by Keira Drake. I wanted to read this last year, then troubling reviews came in, they called off the release to do more edits, and now a year later it is apparently finally going to be released. But I don’t know if I want to read this one anymore. I think I’ll wait for a few reviews to roll in before I solidify my decision, but for now I’m going to pass.
Okay, so I kept 18 out of 30 this time around. Tomorrow is the last of these purge posts, and honestly I think I’m keeping every one of the books on the list. They’re all books added in the past couple months. Thanks for joining me on this purge adventure.