Goodreads TBR Declutter #18

More TBR review goodness! Yay!

Oh, and I cheated a bit this time. I decided to remove a book from my TBR that I added more recently, so I’m including it here even though it’s out of order.

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 Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern #1) by Shannon Hale

Anidora-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree spent the first years of her life listening to her aunt’s incredible stories, and learning the language of the birds. Little knowing how valuable her aunt’s strange knowledge would prove to be when she grew older. From the Grimm’s fairy tale of the princess who became a goose girl before she could become a queen, Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original and magical tale of a girl who must understand her own incredible talents before she can overcome those who wish her harm.

Sounds like a cute fairy tale retelling. It can stay.

Verdict: KEEP

2: The Glass Magician (The Paper Magician #2) by Charlie N. Holmberg

Three months after returning Magician Emery Thane’s heart to his body, Ceony Twill is well on her way to becoming a Folder. Unfortunately, not all of Ceony’s thoughts have been focused on paper magic. Though she was promised romance by a fortuity box, Ceony still hasn’t broken the teacher-student barrier with Emery, despite their growing closeness.

When a magician with a penchant for revenge believes that Ceony possesses a secret, he vows to discover it…even if it tears apart the very fabric of their magical world. After a series of attacks target Ceony and catch those she holds most dear in the crossfire, Ceony knows she must find the true limits of her powers…and keep her knowledge from falling into wayward hands.

While I enjoyed the first book in the series, I haven’t felt any desire to revisit the world. I think it’s more because I was a bit meh about the writing style than anything, but still: if I’m not planning to read the book any longer, it should come off the TBR.

Verdict: REMOVE

3: Sabriel (Abhorsen #) by Garth Nix

Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him.

Meh. I know this sounded great when I first added it, but I’m not interested anymore.

Verdict: REMOVE

4: Keeping It Real (Quantum Gravity #1) by Justina Robson

The Quantum Bomb of 2015 changed everything. The fabric that kept the universe’s different dimensions apart was torn and now, six years later, the people of earth exist in uneasy company with the inhabitants of, amongst others, the elfin, elemental, and demonic realms. Magic is real and can be even more dangerous than technology. Elves are exotic, erotic, dangerous, and really bored with the constant “Lord of the Rings” references. Elementals are a law unto themselves and demons are best left well to themselves. Special agent Lila Black used to be pretty, but now she’s not so sure. Her body is more than half restless carbon and metal alloy machinery, a machine she’s barely in control of. It goes into combat mode, enough weapons for a small army springing from within itself, at the merest provocation. As for her heart, well, ever since being drawn into a game by the elfin rockstar Zal (lead singer of the No Shows), who she’s been assigned to protect, she’s not even sure she can trust that any more either.

This still sounds amusing — as long as I take it as a sci-fi romance and not a true sci-fi book. It doesn’t sound (including in the reviews) like this is anywhere close to a hard sci-fi novel.

Verdict: KEEP

5: Enchanted, Inc. (Enchanted, Inc. #1) by Shanna Swendson

Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she’s a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn’t help.

Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that provides tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie’s ordinariness is an asset.

Lacking any bit of magic, she can easily spot a fake spell, catch hidden clauses in competitor’s contracts, and detect magically disguised intruders. Suddenly, average Katie is very special indeed.

She quickly learns that office politics are even more complicated when your new boss is a real ogre, and you have a crush on the sexy, shy, ultra powerful head of the R&D department, who is so busy fighting an evil competitor threatening to sell black magic on the street that he seems barely to notice Katie. Now it’s up to Katie to pull off the impossible: save the world and–hopefully–live happily ever after.

This one still interests me… in spite of the way too long blurb.

Verdict: KEEP

6: Wild Magic (The Immortals #1) by Tamora Pierce

Young Daine’s knack with horses gets her a job helping the royal horsemistress drive a herd of ponies to Tortall. Soon it becomes clear that Daine’s talent, as much as she struggles to hide it, is downright magical. Horses and other animals not only obey, but listen to her words. Daine, though, will have to learn to trust humans before she can come to terms with her powers, her past, and herself.

I’ve been meaning to read this one for a long time. I still want to get to it.

Verdict: KEEP

7: Changeling (Changeling #1) by Delia Sherman

Neef is a changeling, a human baby stolen by fairies and replaced with one of their own. She lives in “New York Between,” a Manhattan alongside our own, home to creatures of folklore. Protected by her fairy godmother until she breaks a Fairy Law, now she must face the challenge of the Green Lady of Central Park or be sacrificed! Neef is determined, but time is running out.

Meh. Just no longer interested.

Verdict: REMOVE

8: Solstice Wood (Winter Rose #2) by Patricia A. McKillip

When bookstore owner Sylvia Lynn returns to her childhood home in upstate New York, she meets the Fiber Guild-a group of local women who meet to knit, embroider, and sew-and learns why her grandmother watches her so closely. A primitive power exists in the forest, a force the Fiber Guild seeks to bind in its stitches and weavings. And Sylvia is no stranger to the woods.

I used to want to read this because it was the sequel to Winter Rose. Now I’m interested in reading it because of the Fiber Guild.

Verdict: KEEP

9: Inkheart (Inkworld #1) by Cornelia Funke

One cruel night, Meggie’s father reads aloud from a book called INKHEART– and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. Meggie must learn to harness the magic that has conjured this nightmare. For only she can change the course of the story that has changed her life forever.

This sounds really cute, but it also sounds like the kind of book I will read if I find it at the library and pick it up. It doesn’t seem like the kind of book that I will ever read because I see it sitting on my TBR list.

Verdict: REMOVE

10: Robot Blues (Mag Force #2) by Margaret Weis & Don Perrin

When their cyborg leader, Xris, is jailed on a trumped-up charge of murder, the Mag Force 7 team realizes that they’ve become pawns in a treacherous game. At the core of the conspiracy is the ultra-secret Hung Syndicate, the most savage and corrupt criminal organization in the history of the galaxy. The Syndicate has big plans for planet Del Sol, but they’ve made one big mistake: leaving Xris and his crew alive to smash and blast their way to the truth

It has been so long since I’ve read anything in this series. I’m still interested in it, so it can stay for now.

Verdict: KEEP


Books were removed today, and they were all ones I’m sure about instead of maybes. That makes me feel good. Now I just need to, you know, READ THE BOOKS that stayed.

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 “Goodreads TBR Declutter #18

  1. I very much enjoyed Inkheart… but there may be a massive nostalgia factor involved with that. The series is now one of the very few Dutch books I have on my shelf. Picking it up from he library sounds like a safe option, I’m not sure its all that good for new, adult readers.

  2. I find that GR blurb about the Goosegirl very misleading. I didn’t find it as a fairytale retelling at all. If I had read that blurb, I wouldn’t have read it at all.

    Of course, it’s been so long since I’ve read Grimm’s that I might simply have forgotten, sigh…

  3. You should definitely read Wild Magic. I love that series (though not quite as much as I love the Protector of the Small series.) If you can get hold of a copy through your library or ILL, I highly recommend the audiobook versions by Full Cast Audio.

    I have The Goose Girl, The Glass Magician, and Sabriel on my Goodreads TBR, and possibly Enchanted, Inc. as well. I’ll probably remove The Glass Magician until I have read the first book in the series (and then decide whether to add it back on), but I’m keeping the other two on there for now. And I haven’t read The Winter Rose, but I’m putting Solstice Wood on my TBR based on the blurb and the fiber-arts connection. Maybe we should buddy-read it sometime?

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