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Goodreads TBR Declutter #1

I’ve seen several book bloggers tackling their TBR lists and getting rid of the books that they no longer want to read. I first saw about it from Zuky @ BookBum, who credits Lia @ Lost in a Story for the original idea. Here’s how it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order by ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I’m planning to do 10 every time I do it (which will be on a regular basis but not weekly). This is because most of these books *should* be ones I want to keep on there, since I did an informal culling of the list about a year ago now as part of my 101 in 1001 challenge.

That said, my first TBR book on my GR list is from August 2008. That’s nearly 10 years ago. I think it’s time to cull the list even more than I have already.

For a fun look at where I’m starting, I have 393 books currently on my Goodreads TBR list. (I haven’t listed all the books I want to read on here yet, either. I have a short list of other books elsewhere which haven’t been added.)

With the instructions and intro out of the way, let’s get started!

1: Way of the Wolf (Vampire Earth #1) by E.E. Knight

Louisiana, 2065, 43rd year of the Kurian Order. Possessed of an unnatural hunger, bloodthirsty Reapers rule the planet, sucking out human blood and souls. Starting in revenge for the loss of his parents, on to fellow soldiers, Lieutenant David Valentine intends to fight back in this western-style frontier.

A couple friends have read and liked this, but I haven’t heard anything about it. I don’t see reviews by any friends on GR, either. I’m not hurting for good books on my TBR, and this one has been there for the longest (aka 10 years). If I haven’t gotten to it yet, I don’t think I’m going to.

Verdict: REMOVE

2: Heat Stroke (Weather Warden #2) by Rachel Caine

Mistaken for a murderer, Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin is hunted down and killed by her colleagues. Reborn as a Djinn, she senses something sinister entering earth’s atmosphere-something that makes tomorrow’s forecast look deadly.

LOTS of my friends have read this one and rated it highly on GR. I remember really liking the first book in the series. I think this one is going to stay, even though it’s been on my TBR for nearly 10 full years, too.

Verdict: KEEP

3: Mall, Mayhem, and Magic by Holly Lisle

What do a spellbook that works, larcenous elves, a wild-eyed monster and a two-centuries-old virgin on the run have in common? Jim Franklin, bookseller in the mall, wishes he knew. He’d better figure it out fast–because in five days the world of physics and the world of magic will collide, and mayhem is too kind a word for what will happen.

This sounds like a corny ’90’s fantasy novel (and I’ll face it, it probably is). But it still sounds super amusing.

Verdict: KEEP

4: The Devil and Dan Cooley (Devil’s Point #2) by Holly Lisle & Walter Spence

Holly Lisle scored a hit with Sympathy for the Devil, in which Satan’s minions made a home for themselves in North Carolina. Now the story continues with radio disk jockey Dan Cooley.

I really, REALLY liked Sympathy for the Devil, which is why this sequel is on here in the first place. I’m going to try to read this one soon in the hopes that Lisle managed to make lightening strike twice with this premise.

Verdict: KEEP

5: Hell on High (Devil’s Point #3) by Holly Lisle & Ted Nolan

In Devil’s Point Amusement Park, customers flock to the site of such unusual attractions as the Extinct Species Petting Zoo, the waterpark and its real mermaids, and Desire Point, which requires a special fee for admittance.

I’m going to reserve judgment on this one until I’ve read the second in the series. (This is the third.) If I like book 2, then book 3 can stay on my TBR. If not, I’ll revisit it again at that time. For now, though, since I’m keeping book 2, I’ll keep book 3.

Verdict: KEEP

6: Killashandra (Crystal Singer #2) by Anne McCaffrey

At first Killashandra Ree’s ambitions to become a Crystal Singer, get rich, and forget her past, were going just as she had hoped. But after she grew wealthy, a devastating storm turned her claim to useless rock. In short order she was broke, she had crystal sickness so bad she thought she was going to die, and the only way she could be true to the man she loved was to leave him.

I know I enjoy McCaffrey’s books, but the synopsis on this one isn’t grabbing me. I may eventually re-read Crystal Singer, so this one may go back on the TBR list at some point. For now, though… it’s gone.

Verdict: REMOVE

7: Blood Pact (Vicki Nelson #4) by Tanya Huff

It began with the call no daughter ever wants to get, the call that told private investigator Vicki Nelson her mother had died. Mrs. Nelson’s coworker at the Queen’s University Life Science Department told Vicki that the cause of death was a heart attack, and that they’d be waiting for her to arrive in Kingston to make the funeral arrangements. But what started as an all too normal personal tragedy soon became the most terrifying case of Vicki’s career. For when Marjory Nelson’s body mysteriously disappeared from the funeral home, Vicki, her sometime lover and fellow investigator, vampire Henry Fitzroy, and her former homicide squad partner, Detective-Sergeant Mike Celluci, realized that there was something unnatural about her mother’s demise. Vicki swore she’d find the culprit, and see that her mother was properly laid to rest. But what she hadn’t counted on was that someone at Queen’s University seemed determined to keep Mrs. Nelson on the job — alive or dead!

I really enjoy Huff’s writing, and I thought this series got better as it went on. I’m certainly willing to try book 4 and see if I still like the series.

Verdict: KEEP

8: Blood Debt (Vicki Nelson #5) by Tanya Huff

Henry Fitzroy, vampire, writer, and bastard son of Henry VIII, had survived for centuries by obeying the vampire’s code. He did not slaughter needlessly, did not draw attention to himself, and never invaded another vampire’s territory. But now Henry was about to do the unthinkable. He was going to break the code. — It began when Henry woke to the twilight — and the discovery that a ghost had invaded his inner sanctum. This was the start of a dangerous nightly game. Henry was allowed to ask one question of his mysterious visitor. If the answer was no, someone — innocent and unsuspecting — would die. It soon became clear that what this wraith — and the others who eventually joined it — wanted was revenge on those responsible for killing them.

Henry could not find the source of these murders on his own, nor could he ignore his unwanted guests. He had only one choice — to call private investigator Vicki Nelson and ask for help. Henry only hoped that he and Vicki would both survive the experience.

As with the Holly Lisle book above, I’m going to tentatively keep this one on the TBR list. I’ll revisit it after reading book 4 in the series, and see at that point if I want to continue. I still like the sound of the synopsis, at any rate.

Verdict: KEEP

9: Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley

All the creatures of the forest and field and riverbank knew the infant was special. She was the princess, spirited away from the evil fairy Pernicia on her name-day. But the curse was cast: Rosie was fated to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a poisoned sleep-a slumber from which no one would be able to rouse her.

I love fairy tale re-tellings, so this one is no-brainer. I’ve even bumped it to my Top-TBR list so that I’ll hopefully get to it soon.

Verdict: KEEP

10: Midnight Never Come (Onyx Court #1) by Marie Brennan

England flourishes under the hand of its Virgin Queen: Elizabeth, Gloriana, last and most powerful of the Tudor monarchs.

But a great light casts a great shadow.

In hidden catacombs beneath London, a second Queen holds court: Invidiana, ruler of faerie England, and a dark mirror to the glory above. In the thirty years since Elizabeth ascended her throne, fae and mortal politics have become inextricably entwined, in secret alliances and ruthless betrayals whose existence is suspected only by a few.

Two courtiers, both struggling for royal favor, are about to uncover the secrets that lie behind these two thrones. When the faerie lady Lune is sent to monitor and manipulate Elizabeth’s spymaster, Walsingham, her path crosses that of Michael Deven, a mortal gentleman and agent of Walsingham’s. His discovery of the “hidden player” in English politics will test Lune’s loyalty and Deven’s courage alike. Will she betray her Queen for the sake of a world that is not hers? And can he survive in the alien and Machiavellian world of the fae? For only together will they be able to find the source of Invidiana’s power—find it, and break it…

A breathtaking novel of intrigue and betrayal set in Elizabethan England; Midnight Never Come seamlessly weaves together history and the fantastic to dazzling effect.

It’s still a fun premise, but it’s not helped by this synopsis. This synopsis is too long, and I was bored by the end of it. Based on that, and the fact that I added this to my TBR in 2008, I’m going to assume I won’t even get around to reading it.

Verdict: REMOVE



What about your TBR? Are any of these books on your shelves, either as to-read or have-read books? Are there any I removed which you think I should reconsider?


2 thoughts on “Goodreads TBR Declutter #1

    1. I’m looking forward to Spindle’s End! Have been for a while, though, so I should probably pick the book up and READ IT ALREADY. 😉

      MMMV with the Weather Warden series, but then again it’s taken me what? 10 years? and I still haven’t returned to that world, so… that kinds speaks for itself…

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