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Goodreads TBR Declutter #19

So I’m on page 7 of 35 of my TBR list on Goodreads. However, before this post I’ve removed the equivalent of 2 pages of books, so that’s not too bad at all! (We’re not going to look at how many pages worth of books I’ve added since starting this blog series…)

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: Jenna Starborn by Sharon Shinn

A baby harvested from the gen-tanks on the planet Baldus.

A girl scorned by the only family she has ever known.

A woman brave enough to follow her heart-wherever in the universe it may lead her.

This sounds good still. It can stay.

Verdict: KEEP


2: This Fallen Prey (Rockton #3) by Kelley Armstrong

When Casey first arrived at the off-the-grid town, an isolated community built as a haven for people running from their pasts, she had no idea what to expect, with no cell phones, no internet, no mail, and no way of getting in or out without the town councils approval. She certainly didn’t expect to be the homicide detective on two separate cases or to begin a romantic relationship with her boss. But the very last thing she expected was for the council to drop a dangerous criminal into their midst without a plan to keep him imprisoned, and to keep others safe.Of course Oliver Brady claims he’s being set up. But the longer Brady stays in town, the more things start to go wrong. When evidence comes to light that someone inside Rockton might be working as his accomplice, helping him to escape, Casey races to figure out who exactly Brady is and what crimes hes truly responsible for committing.

I really love her work… but this particular series is getting too dark for me. I’m going to stop now while I still remember it fondly instead of continuing until it completely sours.

Verdict: REMOVE


3: Rendezvous with Rama (Rama #1) by Arthur C. Clark

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at an inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind’s first encounter with alien intelligence. It will kindle their wildest dreams… and fan their darkest fears. For no one knows who the Ramans are or why they have come. And now the moment of rendezvous awaits — just behind a Raman airlock door.

This is a sci-fi classic, and I have somehow managed to not read enough sci-fi classics. It stays.

Verdict: KEEP


4: Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

Jonathan Livingston Seagull is no ordinary bird. He believes it is every gull’s right to fly, to reach the ultimate freedom of challenge and discovery, finding his greatest reward in teaching younger gulls the joy of flight and the power of dreams.

I’ve wanted to read this one for a long time, and it’s short, so I’m going to keep it on my TBR. I’m also going to bump it to my Top-TBR in the hopes that will prompt me to read it soon.

Verdict: KEEP


5: The Tower of Ravens (Rhiannon’s Ride #1) by Kate Forsyth

Condemned for lacking the horns so prized by her people, One-Horn’s daughter must escape by riding one of the legendary flying horses to freedom-if she can stay on its back long enough. But to save a land where the dead walk and ghosts haunt the living, this strange, feral girl-renamed Rhiannon, the rider no one can catch-must convince the human apprentice witches she meets to trust the word of a wild, half-human girl.

This just doesn’t interest me anymore. It can go.

Verdict: REMOVE


6: On Fire’s Wings (The Final Dance Trilogy #1) by Christie Golden

She was born without caste or position in Arukan, a country that prized both. Then a chance encounter led her to a better life. But it also brought her to danger and destiny. Because Kevla Bai-sha’s fevered dreams – looming threats to their land and visions of dragons that had once watched over her people – held the promise of truth.

Now Arukan – shadowed by mountains and myths – might be overcome by eternal darkness. Kevla, together with Jashemi-kha-Tahmu, rebel prince of the ruling household, would defy all law, all tradition, to embark on a daring quest for the half-forgotten elementals that will save the world.

And so Kevla must sacrifice everything only to be reborn in dragon’s flames.

I’ve liked Golden’s other work that I’ve read, and I want to try more of her books.

Verdict: KEEP


7: Sweet Silver Blues (Garrett Files #1) by Glen Cook

It should have been a simple job. But for Garrett, a human detective in a world of gnomes, tracking down the woman to whom his dead pal Danny left a fortune in silver is no slight task. Even with the aid of Morley, the toughest half-elf around, Garrett isn’t sure he’ll make it out alive from a land where magic can be murder, the dead still talk, and vampires are always hungry for human blood.

I’ve been wanting to start this series for a long time, and need to finally get to it.

Verdict: KEEP


8: The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

The first popular work to combine the spiritual and psychological insights of modern psychoanalysis with the archetypes of world mythology, the book creates a roadmap for navigating the frustrating path of contemporary life. Examining heroic myths in the light of modern psychology, it considers not only the patterns and stages of mythology but also its relevance to our lives today–and to the life of any person seeking a fully realized existence.

Myth, according to Campbell, is the projection of a culture’s dreams onto a large screen; Campbell’s book, like Star Wars, the film it helped inspire, is an exploration of the big-picture moments from the stage that is our world. It is a must-have resource for both experienced students of mythology and the explorer just beginning to approach myth as a source of knowledge.

I read bits of this in school, but never the full volume. I’ve been wanting to go back and read the book in its entirety pretty much since I finished the course which included it, but I never have for some reason.

Verdict: KEEP


9: The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood’s The Robber Bride is inspired by “The Robber Bridegroom,” a wonderfully grisly tale from the Brothers Grimm in which an evil groom lures three maidens into his lair and devours them, one by one. But in her version, Atwood brilliantly recasts the monster as Zenia, a villainess of demonic proportions, and sets her loose in the lives of three friends, Tony, Charis, and Roz. All three “have lost men, spirit, money, and time to their old college acquaintance, Zenia. At various times, and in various emotional disguises, Zenia has insinuated her way into their lives and practically demolished them. To Tony, who almost lost her husband and jeopardized her academic career, Zenia is ‘a lurking enemy commando.’ To Roz, who did lose her husband and almost her magazine, Zenia is ‘a cold and treacherous bitch.’ To Charis, who lost a boyfriend, quarts of vegetable juice and some pet chickens, Zenia is a kind of zombie, maybe ‘soulless'” (Lorrie Moore, New York Times Book Review). In love and war, illusion and deceit, Zenia’s subterranean malevolence takes us deep into her enemies’ pasts.

This is a 500+ page book, and now that I read the full synopsis I am not at all interested in it. (I think I read a much shorter blurb before, because all I remember is the “fairy tale retelling” bit.) No thanks.

Verdict: REMOVE


10: The Flanders Panel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

While restoring a 15th-century painting which depicts a chess game between the Duke of Flanders and his knight, Julia, a young art expert, discovers a hidden inscription in the corner: Quis Necavit Equitem. Translation: Who killed the knight? Breaking the silence of five centuries, Julia’s hunt for a Renaissance murderer leads her into a modern-day game of sin, betrayal, and death.

Oooh. This sounds good. Why haven’t I read this yet?

Verdict: KEEP



BOOKS ANALYZED // 190
BOOKS REMOVED // 47

Hopefully I’ll get to some of these books really soon! Maybe even in the space of time between writing this post and when it’s published, since I like to have a buffer of scheduled posts ready to go. We’ll see…

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?

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