Friday Reads

Friday Reads: Goodreads TBR Declutter #5

Here’s another go at my Goodreads TBR list! The original idea is from Lia @ Lost in a Story. 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?

1: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

I want to give this a shot. I don’t know how long it will take me to get around to it (it’s already been on my TBR for three and a half years). Still… maybe eventually.

Verdict: KEEP

2: Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells

The last thing patrol cop Kate Prospero expected to find on her nightly rounds was a werewolf covered in the blood of his latest victim. But then, she also didn’t expect that shooting him would land her in the crosshairs of a Magic Enforcement Agency task force, who wants to know why she killed their lead snitch.

The more Prospero learns about the dangerous new potion the MEA is investigating, the more she’s convinced that earning a spot on their task force is the career break she’s been wanting. But getting the assignment proves much easier than solving the case. Especially once the investigation reveals their lead suspect is the man she walked away from ten years earlier—on the same day she swore she’d never use dirty magic again.

Kate Prospero’s about to learn the hard way that crossing a wizard will always get you burned, and that when it comes to magic, you should be never say never.

Still sounds interesting. I’m keeping it on the TBR for the day when I’m not OD’d on werewolves.

Verdict: KEEP

3: Hell Bent by Devon Monk

Instead of the deadly force it once was, magic is now a useless novelty. But not for Shame Flynn and Terric Conley, “breakers” who have the gift for reverting magic back to its full-throttle power. In the magic-dense city of Portland, Oregon, keeping a low profile means keeping their gifts quiet. After three years of dealing with disgruntled magic users, Shame and Terric have had enough of politics, petty magic, and, frankly, each other. It’s time to call it quits.

This book still sounds good, and I’ve had Monk recommended to me by people whose tastes are similar to mine.

Verdict: KEEP

4: The Shadow Revolution by Clay Griffith

They are the realm’s last, best defense against supernatural evil. But they’re going to need a lot more silver.

As fog descends, obscuring the gas lamps of Victorian London, werewolves prowl the shadows of back alleys. But they have infiltrated the inner circles of upper-crust society as well. Only a handful of specially gifted practitioners are equipped to battle the beasts. Among them are the roguish Simon Archer, who conceals his powers as a spell-casting scribe behind the smooth veneer of a dashing playboy; his layabout mentor, Nick Barker, who prefers a good pub to thrilling heroics; and the self-possessed alchemist Kate Anstruther, who is equally at home in a ballroom as she is on a battlefield.

After a lycanthrope targets Kate’s vulnerable younger sister, the three join forces with fierce Scottish monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane—but quickly discover they’re dealing with a threat far greater than anything they ever imagined.

I’m not over my steampunk kick yet. I think I’ll get to this one sooner (rather than later) — and who knows? It might help me be okay with werewolves again.

Verdict: KEEP

5: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

According to Jenny: “Some people might think that being ‘furiously happy’ is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he’s never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos.”

Jenny’s first book, LET’S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, was ostensibly about family, but deep down it was about celebrating your own weirdness. FURIOUSLY HAPPY is a book about mental illness, but under the surface it’s about embracing joy in fantastic and outrageous ways-and who doesn’t need a bit more of that?

The Bloggess (aka Jenny) is funny, and somehow manages to make her funny also real. (How else to describe it? It’s believable outrageous funny.) I loved her first book and so am looking forward to when I get the chance to read this second book.

Verdict: KEEP

6: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.

I can’t help it. I can’t separate this book from the sexual misconduct claim about the author. Whether the allegations were true or not, or well-handled or not, I can’t read a romance book by him without it being tinged by the news stories.

Verdict: REMOVE

7: Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman

In this new anthology, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath. Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction–stories, verse, and a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved series in 2013–as well “Black Dog,” a new tale that revisits the world of American Gods, exclusive to this collection.

Trigger Warning explores the masks we all wear and the people we are beneath them to reveal our vulnerabilities and our truest selves. Here is a rich cornucopia of horror and ghosts stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry that explore the realm of experience and emotion.

Gaiman short stories. Enough said.

Verdict: KEEP

8: Bathsheba Ironpaws: Zombie Fighter by C. Atkins

When Bathsheba Ironpaws, feline Captain of the deep-space cargo ship Cleopatra, finds that a container of zombies has been smuggled aboard her ship, she is fighting mad. Who is behind the mysterious intergalactic plague of zombies?

A zombie-fighting ship captain… who happens to be a cat. I WANT THIS. Why have I not read it yet?

Verdict: KEEP

9: White Cat by Holly Black

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers: people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn’t got magic, so he’s an outsider; the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail – he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He’s noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.

I’ve liked the Holly Black works I’ve read to date, so I’m going to keep this on the TBR and hopefully get to it soon-ish. The synopsis is still interesting, though not so catchy that I am going to move this to my Top TBR list. Still, I do want to read it. Eventually.

Verdict: KEEP

10: Memories of the Future: Volume 1 by Wil Wheaton

From Encounter at Farpoint to Datalore, relive the first half of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s unintentionally hilarious first season through the eyes, ears and memories of cast member and fan Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher) as he shares his unique perspective in the episode guide you didn’t even know you were dying to read.

Yeah, I don’t even have to think about this one. (Except to again wonder why I haven’t read it yet.)

Verdict: KEEP


Not as good a de-clutter this time, only one book removed from this batch. Still, these books look like fun so there’s no point in removing them. Hopefully I’ll read them soon–that’s another way to get books off my TBR list!

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?


9 thoughts on “Friday Reads: Goodreads TBR Declutter #5

    1. Yup. And while I haven’t followed up on it, and he might have done the right thing (I don’t know, I didn’t look) the allegations are now my first impression of his book.

  1. “A zombie-fighting ship captain… who happens to be a cat. I WANT THIS. Why have I not read it yet?” Umm how have I not heard of this?!? Me ports for plunder list just got longer!
    x The Captain

    1. I don’t remember where I heard of this, but once I saw it I had to read it! I’m still surprised I haven’t read it yet, though I do at least own the ebook now.

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