The Road So Far (2)

Hey all, Dani here.

Why mess with the tradition I started last year? I might as well keep using the awesome “Supernatural” reference for my retrospective over the last year. You can find my overview of 2016 here.

Today also happens to be my 2 year blogaversary. I started this blog in 2016 to help me cope with my paternal grandmother’s death. Well, technically that was the catalyst for starting it; I had been thinking of starting up a blog again for a while because I needed to talk about books with someone.

2017 was such a rollercoaster year for me, and yet, looking back I wouldn’t change any of the lows I went through. Not only because the highs really kept me afloat, but also because the lows allowed me to fully understand how great the highs were.

Anyway, in January I found out that I was approved for the vacation days from work that would allow me to go to Book Expo and BookCon. Though I knew I was going alone, I knew that I would have a fun time surrounded by other book lovers and getting to check out a bunch of upcoming releases.

Also in January, my parents separated after 30 years together, and started the process of getting a divorce. The drama and issues from this event would send shockwaves through roughly 2/3 of the year.

I lost myself in books, both reading them and buying them. I pushed myself to work more on my blog, and to start interacting more with other members of the book community. It was the start to me really feeling like a good book blogger. But in those early months it was also the way I had to cope with what was happening in my life. Well, my books and Dungeons & Dragons.

It was Dungeons & Dragons that introduced me to the man who I would start dating in April. As it turns out this would be the event that helped me get through everything else. Admittedly, I know some people in my real life got annoyed with how much I gushed about my guy and how great things were. I can’t help it that my life started to feel like I was part of a romance story.

After my trip to NYC for Book Expo and BookCon, my blog really started to take off. I reached 100 followers, and later in the year 200. I’m not sure when follower 250 came around, but it might have been just before 2017 ended. So thank you to each and every one of you who has joined me in this process. You are all amazing.

Even with my work and my relationship, I somehow managed to still keep up with all of my reading and blogging, and actually I started having posts go up every single day, something I never would have thought I would be able to do.

I participated in quite a few readathons over the course of the year, from both sessions of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathons, to a few other assorted events. All in all I think those helped me connect with more of you, and to read a bunch more books. The 24 Hour events always seem much more successful to me than the week long events, but I still keep trying with them. Hey, any excuse to read more, right?

I rekindled my fondness for manga in 2017, and I can honestly say that I am devouring so many of them. My list of manga reviews waiting to be written up is getting decently long.

Oh, and my boyfriend and I were able to go to Indianapolis in August with another friend of ours for a one day pass to Gen Con, which is a gaming convention. There we were able to get a lot of books, dice, and games, as well as to meet the cast of Critical Role. It was a really fun day.

For the 12th time I participated in NaNoWriMo, and managed to earn my 12th win, but I realize that the novel that came out is mostly incoherent. With any luck I’ll be able to start from scratch and re-write the book in 2018. I’d actually love to be able to share it with the world. And it would be nice to really get back into writing (and possibly publishing) again.

And I managed to do a TBR purge and go through a list of well of 800 books on Goodreads, taking it down to just over 400 books. I imagine this will be something I’ll have to do again soon, but I still feel pretty good with where I’m at now.

But, the greatest event of 2017 was towards the end of December. On Friday, December 22nd, on a day when we thankfully had a shutdown day at work, my boyfriend and I went shopping at Barnes & Noble where he both bought more books than me and spent more money than me. You guys, that rarely happens. You’ve seen my typical book hauls. I usually get a heck of a lot of books.

After that shopping trip, we made our way to the zoo, where we walked around for a couple hours, looking at all of the animals and then also checking out the massive holiday light display they put up each year. And it was while sitting on a bench overlooking Conservation Lake at the zoo, that my wonderful boyfriend sank down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was honestly just like a scene out of a Hallmark channel holiday movie, and I so look forward to seeing what our future will be like.

I hope you all had some moments of 2017 that were really nice as well, and I hope that we all have a very nice 2018.


The 28th (And Final) TBR Purge Post!

Hey all, Dani here.

First of all, Merry Christmas Eve! Or I suppose Merry Christmas for those of you a few time zones ahead of me. Anyway, I hope you are all having a lovely time with family and/or friends, and I hope you get so many bookish presents this holiday season.

Okay, enough of all that. I am here for another post wherein I look at a number of books on my Goodreads to-read list and then decide if I’m keeping them or purging them from the list. Now, I believe I mentioned this yesterday, but all of these books have been added in the past month or so, and I do believe I’m keeping them all. But still, it’s fun to go through the list and show off some of the books I’m hoping to read soon.

Let’s jump into my last round of books for this lovely TBR purge.

Sightwitch by Susan Dennard. The release date has been pushed back to February 13th, but I am still so excited about this book.

Lumberjanes Vol 7 and Lumberjanes Vol 8 by Shannon Watters. Obviously I very much enjoy this series and look forward to reading the newest installments.

King of Scars and King of Scars #2 by Leigh Bardugo. I want Nikolai’s books now! I’m sure these will be worth the wait though.

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young. OMG, this book sounds so good. I can’t wait to read it.

Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed. This one will be out in just a couple more weeks. I absolutely plan on reading it ASAP.

Everless by Sara Holland. Such an interesting concept and the cover is really cool.

Lost Crow Conspiracy by Rosalyn Eves. Okay so I technically need to read the first one, but I just have a feeling that I’m going to love it and will be ready to dive into this one as well.

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian. I like the idea for this one but I’ve heard a couple less than stellar reviews. Still, I’m ready to read it and see what opinion I have of this book.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. I just lucked into an ARC of this via a Goodreads Giveaway so I shall be reading this one soon enough.

Smoke and Iron and The Great Library #5 by Rachel Caine. The Great Library series is amazing! I can’t wait for this fourth installment and then the fifth one.

Hamilton and Peggy! A Revolutionary Friendship by L.M. Elliott. I know, I am such a sucker for anything somewhat Hamilton related. But I like that there is a friendship focused book coming out; I feel like we need more of those in the world.

Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre. Interesting concept and two great authors. I figure it’s worth a shot.

Shooter by Caroline Pignat. I was recommended this by a friend here in book blogger land while discussing school shooting books. It sounds like it’s worth a read.

The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser. I have been wanting to read this book for a year or two now. I love the cover and the concept. Now I just need to finally pick it up and read it.

Kill the Farm Boy by Kevin Hearne and Delilah Dawson. This sounds like a fun fantasy read and again, two great authors.

Furyborn by Claire Legrand. I learned about this book while watching an unboxing video…I believe it was a FairyLoot unboxing. It sounds SO GOOD and I just want to read it right now.

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire. I enjoyed the first two books of the series so I want to check out this one as well. Plus they are good quick reads.

Access Restricted by Gregory Scott Katsoulis. This is probably one of my most anticipated releases for 2018. I devoured the first book, All Rights Reserved this year and it was AMAZING, so I have high hopes for this one as well.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I’ve only read one book by Holly Black and I liked it but I never picked up any others. This one sounds good…plus it involves the fae, so I’m interested.

Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West. I admit it; I find her romances to be fun and cute, and this one intrigues me. Plus it is apparently the first in a trilogy of standalones that feature crossover characters, which sounds pretty cool.

Impostor Syndrome by Mishell Baker. I have this one sitting on my Kindle app right now and I hope to start reading it pretty soon.

Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz. This is the sequel to Alex & Eliza and again…it’s a Hamilton book, plus the first one was so cute, and I loved how witty Eliza, Angelica, and Peggy were.

Well that is the end of my Goodreads to-read list, for now anyway. I may have to do another one of these purges in the future. While it is nice to be down around 400 books on the list, I know that realistically that is still a pretty high number. But I know that any future rounds of TBR purge will be more difficult. This time I was able to get rid of books in series that I won’t get to for a while with the idea being that I can add the next one while I’m currently reading the previous one (like I don’t need book 10 in a series when I’m only on book 2). Any future TBR purges will have me taking a closer look at the books I have and making the difficult decision of whether or not I realistically will ever be getting around to a book.

So thank you so much for following me on this journey. If you are in the middle or just starting your own TBR purge, good luck. I know how difficult it can be to weed through all of those wonderful books.

TBR Purge #26

Hey all, Dani here.

Whew…just one more weekend of these posts and I am done. Can you believe it? Okay, so this particular section of the TBR will probably take less time to get through than the others. Literally the first 15 of the 30 books I have to go through today are from the same author and are the same series/spin-off of that series. It really makes this quite a bit simpler.

Lover Unbound, Lover Enshrined, Lover Avenged, Lover Mine, Lover Unleashed, Lover Reborn, Lover at Last, The King, The Shadows, The Beast, The Chosen, The Thief, Blood Kiss, Blood Vow, and Blood Fury by J.R. Ward. I had heard of these from being a part of the Vaginal Fantasy book club, hosted by Felicia Day, Bonnie Burton, Kiala Kazebee, and Veronica Belmont, but had never actually thought about picking one up…until I started talking to my boyfriend, who is actually a fan of the series. I have since binge-read the first four and I needed to take a break because they were affecting me with their steamy nature. I’m probably going to jump into another binge-read soon and read 4 or so more, but I absolutely plan to devour the rest of these. It’s an easy decision to just keep them on the list.

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee. Okay, so I do enjoy superhero books and this one does still sound fairly interesting, but I’ve passed over getting it a few times at the bookstore already, so for now I’m going to say that I am taking this one off my TBR.

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia. I had heard about this one from Emma at emmmabooks on BookTube and it sounded pretty interesting. And I managed to get the paperback for a pretty decent price. Then add in the fact that I loved Eliza and Her Monsters also by this author, and I’m probably still going to check this one out.

Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely. Technically this one is not on my TBR anymore. I’m currently reading it or I just finished reading it. So yay! There will be a review up soon.

Dear Reader by Mary O’Connell. I do think this one sounds like an interesting premise, but at the same time I have seen a lot of mediocre reviews for this one. So, because I am trying to purge my TBR as well as be realistic about the books I’m keeping on the list as well as my ability to read a lot of them, I’m going to have to pass on this on for now.

Infomocracy and Null States by Malka Ann Older. I need more technology based stories or science-fiction stories in my life. Plus I have a signed ARC of the second book, and then I picked up a copy of the first one, so I definitely need to read these.

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer. I was just granted access to this via NetGalley so I imagine that I will be reading it pretty soon. I am so excited to dive into Rev’s story.

A Curse So Dark and Lovely by Brigid Kemmerer. I honestly don’t even remember what this one is about. However, I love Kemmerer’s books and I’ve pretty much read all of them, so when this one has a cover release and all of that, I”m pretty sure I’m still going to want to read it.

The Adventurer’s Guild by Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos. This was pitched at Book Expo as a middle grade that appeal to fans of Dungeons & Dragons. I am in.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve been meaning to read more by Stiefvater so I still want to pick this one up.

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken. Okay, so this one was on my TBR pile for a couple of months and I just didn’t manage to get around to it, which is sad because I have heard lovely things about it. So, yes, I still do plan on reading this one.

Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle Prendergast. See, now we’ve reached the BookExpo section of my TBR, and obviously I added all these books and tried to get ARCs for them for a reason, so yes, I still want to read this one.

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter. I don’t really read many mystery/thriller type stories, but I loved the Netflix show “Jessica Jones” and this has that same feel to it. Also, I mean it was written by the star of “Jessica Jones,” so I am definitely interested in giving this one a try.

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. Okay, so the rare time on today’s list where I’m actually taking a book off the TBR…but that’s just because I still really need to read the first book before I can move on to this one.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. Finally, we have another middle grade fantasy type story, and it sounds really fun and interesting, so I obviously plan to pick it up at some point in the near future.

Okay, well as you can see I got rid of only 4 (well, technically 5) books on the list today. But several of these should be heading over to the currently reading or read shelf pretty soon anyway, so I’ll still consider this a successful purge post anyway.


25th TBR Purge

Hey all, Dani here.

I’m just going to go ahead and say this right now. The amount of books I purged from today’s selection is way better than tomorrow’s selection. We’re getting towards the very end of my TBR list, so basically books added from February 2017 until now, which means for the most part I am still really excited about reading them and that makes purging quite a bit more difficult.

But I feel like I’m still doing pretty good. So now I’m going to take you through the next 30 books on my Goodreads to-read list and decide which ones to delete (usually just for now) and which ones I’m going to keep.

First Year by Rachel E. Carter. I’ve been meaning to give this one a try.

Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer. Okay, this one still sounds really interesting and I can’t believe I haven’t bought a copy yet.

Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr. The cover is gorgeous and I’m sure the story is probably pretty good too, but I’m going to be realistic and go ahead and say that I don’t see me getting around to this one anytime soon.

Bard’s Exile by Carolyn Gross. First, I love the look of this one’s cover, and it seems like I’ve been collecting stories that focus on bards/storytellers and such. I want to give this one a try.

The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty. This still sounds really awesome and it has been sitting on my shelves for what feels like months already. I need to read it.

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel. Another really cool cover design, and I am still really intrigued by the story. I honestly just need the time to read all of these awesome sounding books.

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. So this one sound really cool and one of my favorite BookTubers won’t stop raving about this series. It’s about time I just start reading them.

Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan. This is the fifth and final book of the series and I have yet to start reading the first one, so this one can leave the list for a while.

Bellamy and the Brute by Alicia Michaels. I got this book in a Lit-Cube box and started reading it but stopped a few chapters in. I remember liking it; I just got distracted by other books….oh, and starting a new relationship. At some point I will get back around to this book.

The Keeper’s Curse by Keifer Duncan. I read and reviewed the author’s first book and he kindly sent me a copy of his second one. I really need to take a couple hours and read this one so I can get a review up.

Peter Darling by Austin Chant. Okay, this one really does still sound interesting and at some point it may find its way back on the list, but I’m not really feeling a Peter Pan type story right now.

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs. I’m intrigued by this one but at the same time it isn’t something I’d normally reach for. So I own it and if the mood strikes I’ll likely pick it up, but I’m still going to take it off this list.

Adam Silvera Fantasy Book. There’s no actual title, no cover, no release day. All I know is that Adam Silvera is writing it and it is supposed to be a fantasy story. But that’s enough for me. I’m keeping it.

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas. Obvious keep. I’ll get around to this one before the final book arrives.

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch. I really enjoyed Snow Like Ashes and this one sounds cool too. I want to give it a try.

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller. I do believe that this one is on my Diverse December TBR. I hope to get around to it before the end of the year.

Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman. Originally I had this one marked to be removed from my TBR, but I recently read the first book, of which this one is technically a companion, not a sequel. So I guess now I’m keeping this one.

Omega by Jus Accardo. I was going to keep this one because I enjoyed the first one and I wanted to see what happens next, but I could have bought this at the bookstore several times and I always set it down, not feeling like I wanted to read it. So either I’m just not in the mood or my fondness for the first one didn’t last long enough to compel me to read this one too.

Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione. Honestly, I flew through the first three books in this series a while ago and they’re not bad at all, but in some ways they blend in with so many other similar books. Right now I’m just not feeling like I want to continue with this series.

The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter. This series on the other hand, I pretty much binge-read, and it’s about time for me to read another four or five of them. I’m keeping this one.

The Masked City, The Burning Page, and The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman. I need to finish reading the first book before I can continue with this series. For now these ones can be removed from the list.

Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Revelations, Allies, and Legends by Lydia Sherrer. I met her at Cincinnati Comic Expo and bought the first two books of the series. I have read the first one and I liked it enough, but at the moment I’m just not ready to continue with the series. Maybe at some point in the future, but right now I have too many other books I’d rather focus on.

The End of the Day by Claire North. What is it about pretty much every Claire North book that comes out? I think their concepts are so fascinating and I add them to my TBRs and that’s about it. I need to just start reading them already. I’m keeping this one.

Accepting the Bear, Releasing the Panther, and A Second Life as a Bear by Josette Reuel. She is my friend and my co-ML for NaNoWriMo. I’ve read the first book in this series and I need to read the rest. For now the second book will stay on my TBR and the other two will go away until I am ready for them.

This time around I kept 16 books out of the 30, which isn’t bad overall. I’m actually feeling really pleased with this whole process.


Purge that TBR #24

Hey all, Dani here.

Welcome back to another TBR purge post. I have the next 30 books from my to-read list on Goodreads to look through and decide what to keep and what to remove from the list.

Oh, and I’ll also say that I did decide to join in on the Readathon by Zoe 24 Hour Readathon that took place yesterday, December 9th, and I did pretty good for not really having a lot of reading time. I finished 4 books, though they were pretty short, and three of them were actually comics. I’ll talk about those more in upcoming reviews and my December wrap up.

Okay, well I guess it’s time to jump into this purge. Let’s get to it.

A World Without Princes, The Last Ever After, and Quests for Glory by Soman Chainani. This is a cute middle grade series and I enjoyed the first book, so I want to keep reading. I am keeping the second book on my list but for now it just makes sense to take books three and four off.

The Last True Hero by Bec McMaster. This is the second book in her Burned Lands series and I haven’t read the first one yet, so this one can go for now.

The Valiant by Lesley Livingston. I can’t believe that this one is still on my TBR. It is about a lady gladiator. I need to read this one soon, especially with the sequel coming out in a couple months.

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr. I own this one and it does still sound kind of interesting, so if the mood strikes I’ll still pick it up, but for the moment, I’m going to pass on this one.

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis. This one still sounds pretty interesting, and at some point in the future I’ll probably get a copy and read it, but I own a couple McGinnis books already and I should probably read those first to see if I like her writing style. For now I’m going to take this one off my TBR.

The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu. I picked up a copy of this one because it sounds interesting and sometimes reading magical realism type stories is interesting, but I have to be in the right mood for them. This book will be taken off my TBR for now, but when the mood strikes, I’ll still probably pick this one up.

A Closed and Common Orbit and Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers. Okay, so technically I have Orbit on my Diverse December TBR, so it will be coming off the list soon, and then I’ll just be anticipating the release of the third book. But I absolutely loved the first book, so I’m hoping to feel the same with these.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Come on, of course I’m going to read this one (hopefully sometime soon). But I do tend to like circus type stories, and the reviews for this have been pretty decent, so hopefully I’ll enjoy this.

Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet. This is the third book and I haven’t even read the first one yet. I can say goodbye to this one for now.

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. Another book on my Diverse December TBR, so hopefully I’ll be able to read this one this month.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. I have been putting off this book for months, yet hearing amazingly wonderful reviews about it. Also, I have this one on my Diverse December TBR. I really want to read this one before the end of the year.

Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines. First Hines is one of my favorite authors. Second, this is basically a story about janitors in space, and that just sounds amusing to me, especially since I enjoyed the web series “Space Janitors” on Geek & Sundry.

The Waking Land by Callie Bates. I still like the idea for this story, and at some point I may still pick it up, but I kind of need to be realistic with my massive TBR at the moment. For now I shall pass on this.

The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories edited by Mahvesh Murad. Okay, so technically this one I’ve read about half of it. So I don’t think it should actually be on the TBR list, but I do need to finish reading it.

Borrowed Souls by Chelsea Mueller. Yep, I am definitely still keeping this one on my to-read list.

Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn. This book still intrigues me, so I still want to pick it up. Plus, the cover is really cool.

A List of Cages by Robin Roe. I have heard great things about this, and I do believe I have a copy sitting on my bookshelves, but for the moment, I’m going to pass on this one. I’m feeling more like I want awesome fantasy reads and light fluffy reads, so when the mood strikes I’m sure I’ll pick this one up.

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin. Sometimes I feel like I want to pick up more historical fiction, like when I stared watching the TV series based on this book. But I don’t know if/when I would actually pick it up. So for now it’s a pass.

Kings or Pawns and Heroes or Thieves by J.J. Sherwood. I picked these up at Cincinnati Comic Expo in 2016, and I also won a giveaway for book three, so I pretty much need to read these. I’ll keep the first on my to-read and take the second off for now.

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman. Obviously I have this one on my most anticipated releases list. I can’t wait to read it.

Beast by Brie Spangler. I’m just not feeling like I want to read this one right now.

This Song is (Not) for You by Laura Nowlin. I think I just went through a list of books categorized as diverse reads and added a bunch of them to my to-read list without necessarily thinking about if I would be in the mood or have the time to really fit them into my reading schedule.

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo. Another book I added from the diverse reads list. I’m finding plenty of diverse reads these days that I really want to read, so ones I added to my TBR just for the sake of diversity don’t rank up there much.

Andromeda Cycle #1 by Jay Kristoff. I have a few other Kristoff books to read before I get around to this one, and technically this one doesn’t even have a title or anything yet. So it could pop back up on this list next year, but for now, I shall pass on it.

Spectacle by Rachel Vincent. This is the second book in a series and I still need to read the first one. It does follow a circus of sorts and the characters are all part of the freak show, so I am really interested in it.

RoseBlood by A.G. Howard. I am very intrigued by this book, a modern take on The Phantom of the Opera, and I’ve actually read almost half of it, so I don’t know that it necessarily qualifies as to-read anymore, but I do plan to finish it at some point so I will keep it on the list.

All in all today was a pretty good purge. I only kept 13 of the 30 books, so I feel pleased with that. There are just four more of these posts to go…maybe 5 with some of the recent additions to my to-read list, but still that’s not too bad.

Until next time, have a nice day everyone.


TBR Purge #23

Hey all, Dani here.

Welcome back to another TBR purge post. A few months ago I saw several people participating in a Down the TBR Rabbit Hole Purge meme, and I thought the idea sounded good, especially when your TBR has grown to unmanageable heights. But those posts had you look at 5 (or 10) books on your list each time and I knew that would make the process take far too long. So I decided to take on 30 books from my TBR with each post, and here we are.

Then, to finish the purge before the new year, I started doing two of these posts each weekend instead of just one each week. So we are nearing the end. Just two more weeks of my purge posts and I’ll be done. It’ll be nice to start my 2018 with a more organized list of books to read.

Okay, let’s just get started.

Mosaic by Sarah Fine. This is the final book of a trilogy I’ve really enjoyed. I guess I just stopped halfway through this one so it wouldn’t actually end. I will finish this one.

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley. I’ve read the first few chapters of this book and it is really interesting so far. I just need to finish it.

The Ferryman Institute by Colin Gigl. This book sounds so interesting and I need to find the time to read it.

Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson. Do I really need to say anything to explain why I’m keeping this one? It’s Brandon Sanderson.

Gifted by J.A. George. Another book I read a few chapters of and then abandoned for no good reason. I do plan on finishing this one as well.

Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story by Ursula K LeGuin. This is one I feel like I need to buy and add to my writing books shelf, but I don’t feel the need to read it at this exact moment.

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge. This book sounds so good. I wish I had more time to read all the books that sound good. I will find the time for this one…at some point.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I will read this one…soon.

The Reader by Traci Chee. This one is still on my radar, and I own it, but I’m just not seeing where I’ll be picking it up to read any time soon.

Genrenauts: Complete Season One by Michael R Underwood. I am actually reading and reviewing these as individual novella “episodes” so it doesn’t make sense to have the omnibus on my TBR as well.

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris. I added this one to the TBR after seeing an early trailer for the TV series. I was intrigued and had to pick up a copy. I do plan on reading this one.

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas. I own this book, and it sounds interesting, so I’ll probably get around to it at some point..just not right now. Bye.

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather. Actually, this one isn’t on my TBR anymore. I read it. Yay, victory!

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu. I am still working on the first book so I don’t need the third one on here yet.

The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I haven’t even started the first one yet, so goodbye for now.

Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey. I’m just not feeling in the mood for this one right now.

Gilded Cage by Vic James. Actually this one is probably more on the pile of “currently reading but also really sort of on hold.” I’m taking it off the TBR for now, but I am working on it.

The Cupid Reconciliation, The Substitute Sleuth, and The Failed Fellowship by Michael R Underwood. These are the remaining “episodes” for Season One of Genrenauts. This is why I removed the omnibus earlier. And I know these are fast reads so I should really just read them already.

The Heart of Betrayal and The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E Pearson. I loved the first book and need to figure out when I’m reading the rest of the trilogy. I’m keeping book two on this list but saying farewell to book three for now.

Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal. This is seriously like an 80 page story. Why haven’t I read it yet?

Long Way Home by Katie McGarry. I have several other McGarry books to read before I make it to this one. Goodbye for now.

The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan. Reading this one soon.

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Just a few more months until a lot of us will be reading this one. I’m looking forward to it.

Rune of the Apprentice by Jamison Stone. This one sounded interesting so I bought a copy, but I have so many books I really want to read right now that I don’t know when I’ll be able to get around to this one. So it’s coming off the TBR, but I’m keeping it in my library.

Heartborn by Terry Maggert. Sounds interesting and it’s actually not that long of a read. Keep.

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. I have owned this book for months; I still need to start reading it. Hopefully soon.

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst. I definitely still want to read this one. Hmm…I might even try to squeeze this one in to my Diverse December reads.

Okay, so I only eliminated 11 books from my list this time around. It’s actually getting harder to do as I get towards the end of my to-read list.


The 22nd TBR Purge

Hey all, Dani here.

I am getting so close to finishing this purge of my Goodreads to-read list. Though I can also say that I’ve added a handful of titles in the past couple weeks. But they are books that I should be reading fairly soon, so they aren’t affecting my overflowing TBR just yet.

Starting where I left off yesterday, the first book I’m keeping is The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. I just need to binge-read the rest of this series and be done with it. I already know I like the characters and the atmospheric feel of the story.

SuperNova: Heroes of Arcania by Liz Long. I added this one when browsing through the Goodreads Giveaways and it sounded interesting, but not to the point of me reading it anytime in the last year or so. Farewell.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab. It’s a Victoria Schwab book. I must read it.

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. This is one that I’m working on slowly, but I didn’t want it to sit on my currently reading shelf forever. I mean this is like an 800 page biography. It’s good, especially considering how fascinating Alexander Hamilton’s life was.

Speaking of Hamilton, Hamilton Writings is a lovely collection of 1000 thin pages with numerous letters, pamphlets, and writings from Alexander Hamilton. Another book that will take me a long time to read.

Replica by Lauren Oliver. I have had this book for a year and a half and I have only read one chapter. I think for now I can say that I’m not in the mood to read it.

Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan. This one still sounds interesting and I do own a copy, but I’m probably not picking it up until I’m in the mood…which might not be for a while, so I can take it off this list.

Dark Magic by Adam J Wright. I own this book. I enjoyed the first one. And he is a self-published author. This is one I need to squeeze into my reading schedule.

Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott. I have not yet read the first book so this one can go.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I still need to read every other book by Meyer that is out, and of all those books this one is probably the lowest on the scale of what I want to read. For now I think I can remove this one.

Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman. Yeah, still need to read the first book. Bye.

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi. Need to read the companion first. Goodbye for now.

Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana. This sounded interesting so I picked up a copy cheap from BookOutlet, but until I’m in the mood to read it, I can take it off this list.

Hunter, Hunted by Ashley Meira. Perhaps when I catch up on some other books I might add this one again. I do follow the author on at least one of my social media accounts, so I likely won’t forget about her.

Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer. I have heard amazing things about this one, and the sequel will be coming fairly soon, so I need to read this.

Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine. Yep, this one still sounds so good. I need to read it.

Hollow Earth, Bone Quill, and The Book of Beasts by Carole E Barrowman and John Barrowman. I still want to read these because John Barrowman co-wrote them with his sister and I love John Barrowman as a person. So I’ll keep the first of the trilogy and take the other two off for now.

2000 to 10000: How to Write Faster, Write Better, and Write More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron. This one might be a handy writer resource to check out at some point, but considering I wrote 50K in only two weeks last month, I’d say I’m okay on the writing front for now.

Evil Spark, New Spark, Guilty Spark, and Swift by Al K Line. I really enjoyed the first of the Dark Magic Enforcer books so I’m going to keep the second one and take the other two off, and then the last book listed here is the first in a different series that I still want to try.

The Witching Elm by C.N. Crawford. This was one of several books I bought because of the cover artist primarily, followed by an interest in the book summary. So I still want to try this one.

Conjuror by Carole E Barrowman and John Barrowman. This is the first book in the spin-off to the trilogy I just talked about a little bit ago, so for now this one can go. It follows the same characters but older, so I can’t read it until I finish that trilogy.

Inherited by Freedom Matthews. I kinda don’t remember adding this to the list. I’m sure I did it because of a Goodreads Giveaway or because it sounded interesting, but for now I shall say goodbye.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. I saw this one while browsing the book section at one of my local grocery stores and it looked interesting. I mean it revolves around a small town and books. Yep, I still want to give it a try.

Into the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson. I need to finish this trilogy already.

Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton. I think I bought this one from Book Outlet, but it was pitched as being something that fans of Station Eleven might like, so I still want to read it.

Whew, another 16 books removed from my list. I think next week is the last week of decent purging. After that the books are all relatively recent adds so I’m more likely to keep them.


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.


My 20th TBR Purge Post

Hey all, Dani here.

Wow, here we are at my 20th purge post. By the time this post is finished I will have gone through 600 books from my to-read list. That is crazy to think about. How did I let my TBR get so large? Really, how do any of us get that point? Obviously so many books sound interesting and so we add them to our list thinking that eventually we’ll get around to them, but we can only read so many books each year and then we end up neglecting a large number of our to-read books.

The problems of being a bookworm.

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal. I started reading this one last year and made it through a few chapters before I set it down and forgot about it. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy what I read. I did, but other new releases started begging for attention. I need to get around to finishing this one.

Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast. I’ve read a lot of Cast books and I’ve enjoyed pretty much all of them. The sequel to this one is out now as well, so I really need to get around to reading this.

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine. Book one of a trilogy and the concluding novel will be out very soon. I still really want to read this one.

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. I have heard several people tell me I would enjoy this series, and I picked up the first book because it sounds fascinating. I definitely still mean to read it.

City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett. I still need to read book one, and then book two, before I can read this one. Farewell for now.

The Aeronaut’s Windlass and The Olympian Affair by Jim Butcher. For now I shall keep the former and eliminate the latter. Obviously I need to read the first book first, and also the second book hasn’t been released yet.

A Grave Magic by Bilinda Sheehan. I started reading this and I guess I wasn’t trying to read it at the right time because I gave up halfway through. However I do like to support indie authors so at some point I’ll probably read this but for now I’m saying so long.

Mission: Improper by Bec McMaster. I absolutely adore everything I’ve read so far from Bec McMaster, so I have to keep this on my to-read list.

Air Awakens by Elise Kova. I read and loved The Alchemists of Loom so I said I wanted to give her other series a chance, especially since so many people seem to praise the series.

The Seduction of Phaeton Black by Jillian Stone. I still think this one sounds interesting but I have a number of other similar titles I’d like to read first. Goodbye.

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. While a good friend recommended this book to me, I’m just not feeling in the mood for it right now.

Golden Son, Morning Star, Iron Gold, Red Rising #5, and Red Rising #6 by Pierce Brown. Obviously I have only read Red Rising so far, but I loved it so much. I’m keeping Golden Son on my list for now, and hopefully soon I’ll be able to get around to Morning Star and then Iron Gold when it is released.

The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley.  I feel like this is still a collection of essays that I want/need to read. Keep.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Everyone keeps gushing about the Lunar Chronicles so I know I need to get around to reading them.

Arena by Holly Jennings. While this does sort of have a Ready Player One or Warcross vibe to it, I’m not feeling like it is a book I want to read right now.

Arcadia by Iain Pears. This still sounds so interesting. Keep.

The Named, The Dark, and The Key by Marianne Curley. Okay, yes these are on my to-read list, but that was because I wanted to read them again. I still do, but I don’t need to have them shelved as to-read when I read them years ago.

Armada by Ernest Cline. Despite my absolute love for RPO, I still have yet to pick up this one. I know I need to.

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima. The main character lives in Ohio like me (so does the author actually) and there is a fantasy adventure involved. Plus, the one Chima book I have read was soo good. I definitely want to read this one.

River of Ink by Paul M.M. Cooper. I’m not really feeling like I want to read this right now.

The Glass Magician and The Master Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg. I know these will be quick reads, and I’m hoping to get an early review copy for the upcoming book four release, so I need to read both of these already.

Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker. Well, I have this one on my TBR for December, so I’ll be moving it off the list very soon–hopefully it will be quickly followed by the third book, since I was approved for it via NetGalley.

It’s an even split today, keeping 15 and eliminating 15. That is still really good considering that these are books I’ve added to my list in the last 12-18 months. The next few weekend purge posts are probably going to be more difficult. I just hope I can be better at monitoring my TBR list in the future; I’d rather not have it get this unruly again.


TBR Purge #19

Hey all, Dani here.

These purge posts get harder and harder the closer I get to the end of my list. I’m getting to the point where I’ve added the books more recently and so I’m more likely to want to keep them. Thankfully I also have many books on here where I am so behind on the series that it will take me a long time before I get to them, which honestly does help me with clearing off this list.

The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson. No matter how long my list is or how many books behind I might be, I will only take a Brandon Sanderson off my to-read list if I am currently reading it or I’ve just finished it. Some time in the future I will catch up with all of his novels.

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones. I like the Charley Davidson books, but I have so many to read before I get to this one. Honestly I’m back at book three, I think, so this one is just taking up space at the moment.

The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter. I greatly enjoy this series and the books are easy to binge-read, something I need to try and do soon-ish. Keep.

Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep. I still need to read the first book in this trilogy so I certainly don’t need the third one on my list.

Imprudence by Gail Carriger. This is a sequel to a spinoff series and I haven’t even finished the main series. Goodbye for now.

Day Zero by Kresley Cole. I’ve just lost interest in this series, to be honest.

Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry. I love Katie McGarry contemporary books, but I still need to read the first book in this particular series before I can read this one. So I will read it, but for now it can leave my list.

Grave Ransom by Kalayna Price. Another series where I enjoyed the first book but haven’t continued on with the series since. I have a couple other books in the series that I need to read before I can add this one to my list again.

Roadside Magic by Lilith Saintcrow. This is a sequel and I haven’t even touched the first book yet. So long.

Steal the Sky by Megan E O’Keefe. This book still has an interesting concept and I’ve heard a lot of great things about it, so I still want to give it a try.

A Darkness Strange and Lovely and Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard. So I read and really enjoyed the first book in this trilogy. I gave it a try when book one was on sale. Now they have updated the covers and I actually like the new ones more, so I plan on buying them and then finally completing the trilogy.

Eidolon by Grace Draven. I loved the first book and really need to get around to reading this one. Keep.

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard. After DNF’ing book three about halfway through, I’ve decided I’m done with this series. It just isn’t keeping my interest anymore.

The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building by David J. Peterson. This is probably going to be a very useful guidebook at some point when I want to try creating a language for a fantasy novel, but I’m not currently feeling the urge to read it for fun. I’ll keep it on my writing resources shelf though.

Cibola Burn, Nemesis Games, Babylon’s Ashes, Persepolis Rising, Expanse #8, and Expanse #9 by James S.A. Corey. I have only read the first book in the series, so I think books 4-9 can leave the list for a while. I do want to try and read more sci-fi though.

Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews. This is a novella pseudo spin-off to the Kate Daniels series, and it takes place after the 8th book in the series. I’ve only read the first book so for now I can say farewell to this one.

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman. I am still very much interested in this, even though I’m sad they changed the covers. The original cover was so cool.

Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake. Library and magic…do I need any other reason to keep this on my to-read list. Nope, not really. I can’t wait to read it.

The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins. Magical history of Ireland. Yep, I’m keeping it.

Blazing Earth by Terri Brisbin. I have a feeling I’m just going to binge-read this trilogy. Keep.

Rise by Cain S. Latrani. This book was written by someone who also happens to be a Critter, a fan of the show Critical Role. And it sounds interesting too. I’d just rather have a physical copy of the book and it’s pretty pricey at the moment.

Firstlife by Gena Showalter. I enjoy her Lords of the Underworld series so I’d like to see what Gena Showalter can do with a YA series.

Starflight by Melissa Landers. This does sound like an interesting YA sci-fi tale, so keep.

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders. I really need to read this book. It is described as science fantasy, blending scientific details with magical ones. That is a trope/concept/genre that I really enjoy. Science Fantasy has basically everything I want in a story.

Whew. Okay so I kept 13 and got rid of 17. Not bad at all. There’s just a few more weekends of these posts and then my TBR will be greatly reduced. I love it.