Goodreads TBR Declutter #16

It hasn’t been too long since I posted my last TBR review, but I think it’s time for another. I’m only on page 6 out of 32 on my Goodreads Want-To-Read shelf, after all. (For the record, these are all still books I added in December of 2016.)

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: Laced With Magic (Sugar Maple #2) by Barbara Bretton

Knit shop owner and sorcerer’s daughter Chloe Hobbs felt the Fates finally got it right when she met Luke MacKenzie. And no one could have convinced her otherwise-including the trolls, selkies, or spirits who also call Sugar Maple, Vermont, home. But then out of nowhere Luke’s ex-wife suddenly shows up, claiming to see the spirit of their daughter, Steffie — a daughter Chloe knows nothing about.

Steffie’s spirit is being held hostage by a certain Fae leader. And if Chloe weaves a spell to free her spirit, her nemesis will also be free — free to destroy her yarn shop and all of Sugar Maple. But if she doesn’t, Steffie won’t be the only one spending eternity in hell. Chloe’ll be joining her, cursed with a broken heart.

I own this one, and there is a cat on the cover. I’m going to try to get to it soon, before I forget about it again.

Verdict: KEEP

2: The 13 Clocks by James Thurber

How can anyone describe this book? It isn’t a parable, a fairy story, or a poem, but rather a mixture of all three. It is beautiful and it is comic. It is philosophical and it is cheery. What we suppose we are trying fumblingly to say is, in a word, that it is Thurber.

There are only a few reasons why everybody has always wanted to read this kind of story: if you have always wanted to love a Princess; if you always wanted to be a Prince; if you always wanted the wicked Duke to be punished; or if you always wanted to live happily ever after. Too little of this kind of thing is going on in the world today. But all of it is going on valorously in The 13 Clocks.

I remember Thurber from his Many Moons and some of his other work. “The Macbeth Murder Mystery” is one I remember loving even if I remember barely anything about it. Anyway, this one is a keeper for the sake of those other works.

Verdict: KEEP

3: Shadows of Asphodel by Karen Kincy

Wendel may be devilishly handsome, a charming bastard with the manners of disinherited royalty, but he’s an abomination. His skin shivers with the icy fire of necromancy. With one touch, he can raise the dead. Worse still, he’s being hunted by assassins from Constantinople, and he would rather die than confess why.

Ardis escaped her own dark past, fleeing from America as a fugitive to become a mercenary for the Archmages of Vienna. When she discovers Wendel bleeding out on the battlefield, she saves his life with a ransom in mind. She never asked for him to fall to one knee and declare his undying loyalty, or for tension to smolder hot between them. Especially once she discovers his scars run much deeper than his skin.

I Kickstarted this book, received the finished version, and promptly lost interest. I haven’t decided if I’ve lost interest for good (and so I should rehome the book) or if I’ll get interested again. Thoughts? Have you read this one? Or do you want to?

Verdict: UNSURE

4: Ramona’s World by Beverly Cleary

To the delight of Ramona Quimby readers everywhere, Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary has just made Ramona’s world a little bit bigger. As she starts the fourth grade, Ramona believes that this year will be “the best year of her life, so far.” She can show off her calluses from swinging on the rings in the park; the boy she calls Yard Ape sits across the aisle from her; her teacher praises her writing; and she has a new baby sister, Roberta. But best of all, she has a new best friend, Daisy.

Little does Ramona know the challenges her fourth-grade year holds in store. Not only must she improve her rotten spelling, but she must also be a good role model for baby Roberta. And her mother wants her to spend more time with the awful Susan.

I’ve not read a Ramona story in ages. I don’t remember most of the characters, or any of the plot/character development from prior books. Part of me wants to revisit the world, but part of me is just fine being done. I do own this book, though (it was a gift, though I forget who gave it to me), and I’m guessing it will be a quick read, so I’m going to keep it on here for now.

Verdict: KEEP

5: Bloodring by Faith Hunter

In a near-future world, seraphs and demons fight a never-ending battle. But a new species of mage has arisen. Thorn St. Croix is no ordinary “neomage.” Nearly driven insane by her powers, she has escaped the confines of the Enclaves and now lives among humans. When her ex-husband is kidnapped, Thorn must risk revealing her true identity to save him.

This might be a great book, but the blurb doesn’t interest me any more. It can go.

Verdict: REMOVE

6: Minerva Wakes by Holly Lisle

Suburban housewife Minerva and her kids are trapped in alternate universes, all because her Celtic wedding ring controls ultimate power — and both sides in a cosmic struggle won’t hesitate to kill her to get it!

This could be amusing, but reading the blurb and the other reviews, it sounds very 90’s-fantasy, and not super interesting any more.

Verdict: REMOVE

7: Bronze Gods by A.A. Aguirre

Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko work for the Criminal Investigation Department, keeping citizens safe from things that go bump in the night. He’s a hardboiled cynic with an uncanny sixth sense; she’s determined to justify her promotion as the first female detective in her division. Together, they’re trying to keep a black tide from drowning the city.

But when the second body surfaces, murdered with the same type of infernal device, the entire CID must face the truth. There’s a madman on the loose, twining magic and blood… and only Mikani and Ritsuko can unravel the intricate, lethal conspiracy before the Royale killer completes his macabre plan, unleashing old, forbidden magic on an unsuspecting populace. If the maniac succeeds, it could mean the end of everything…

Sounds like a fun steampunk romp, and I love a good steampunk romp. Hopefully it’s a well-written one.

Verdict: KEEP

8: Magic Lost, Trouble Found by Lisa Shearin

Raine is a sorceress of moderate powers, from an extended family of smugglers and thieves. With a mix of street smarts and magic spells, she can usually take care of herself. But when her friend Quentin, a not-quite-reformed thief, steals an amulet from the home of a powerful necromancer, Raine finds herself wrapped up in more trouble than she cares for. She likes attention as much as the next girl, but having an army of militant goblins hunting her down is not her idea of a good time. The amulet they’re after holds limitless power, derived from an ancient, soul-stealing stone. And when Raine takes possession of the item, it takes possession of her.

Now her moderate powers are increasing beyond anything she could imagine—but is the resumé enhancement worth her soul?

I own it, and still think it sounds amusing. I’ll keep it for now at least.

Verdict: KEEP

9: Deathwish by Rob Thurman

Half-human Cal Leandros and his brother, Niko, are barely getting by with their preternatural detective agency when the vampire Seamus hires them. He’s being followed, and he wants to know by whom. But the Leandros brothers have to do more than they had planned when Seamus turns up dead (or un-undead). — Worse still is the return of Cal’s nightmarish family, the Auphe. The last time Cal and Niko faced them, the Auphe were almost wiped out. Now they want revenge. Cal knows that before the Auphe get to him, they will try to destroy everything and everyone he holds dear. Because for the Auphe, Cal’s pain is a pleasure.

I somehow managed to get book 4 of a series without reading the first books in the series. I’m guessing that one of the blog giveaways I won at some point included this in the swag. I have heard great things about this series and author, though, so I am going to hang onto this one. Now I just need to decide if I’m going to jump in to book 4 (accepting spoilers and some confusion) or start with book 1 of the series.

Verdict: KEEP

10: The House of the Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

The tiny nation of Swansgaard is a lovely place with abundant natural resources, including the royal family, which has been blessed with twelve daughters and a son. As this boisterous baker’s dozen approaches adulthood, the king and queen lovingly tell their daughters, “You must make your own fortune, for we cannot enrich you without impoverishing our people or leaving our lands defenceless, and that we will not do.”

Happily, the princesses of Swansgaard are eager to meet this challenge, for they yearn for adventures both near and far from home.

(Interesting. There’s a typo on the synopsis. I wonder if defenseless is spelled wrong in the book, too.)

I’ve pretty much sworn off of any “new” Lackey books, so with this one being written in 2014 I’m very hesitant. I bought it, but now I’m not sure I want to read it.

Verdict: UNSURE

BOOKS REMOVED // 37 (with 2 “MAYBE”s)

So what do you think? Any input on the books this time, especially the ones I’m unsure about?


10 thoughts on “Goodreads TBR Declutter #16

    1. Having a large TBR doesn’t bother me, as long as they’re all still books I might want to read. If I at some point revisit them and still am unsure, though, out they go.

  1. I think I’ve read something by AA Aguirre and it was well written. But it’s been years!

    I dumped Rob Thurman as an author I read after bad online behavior. :/

    1. Ah, bad online behavior does make a difference. I tend to only hear about authors behaving badly from other people (I rarely look at book-related news stories for myself) and so many of my friends redact the author names when they mention misbehaving authors. So I don’t always know who it is they are talking about. However, I do like knowing a bit about the author’s behavior / ethics / etc since there are so many great authors who are also great people. Thanks for the tip.

  2. I haven’t heard of any of these, so I’m no use. but I’m dying at your criteria for keeping ‘Laced with Magic’ – I’m the same, if there’s a cat on the cover, I’m IN.

  3. I LOVE the Ramona books. I read them and reread them over and over as a kid. I’ve thought about revisiting them recently (I like to try to and revisit a series from childhood every year). But I haven’t put it on the top of my list yet.

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