Goodreads TBR Declutter #22

Twenty two! Wow, I’ve been going at this a while. I guess it makes sense, though, I have a BIG TBR list…

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: Eifelheim by Michael Flynn

In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and has never been resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical physicist girlfriend Sharon, become interested. Tom indeed becomes obsessed. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn’t and that violates everything Tom knows about history. What’s was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago?

Father Dietrich is the village priest of Oberhochwald, the village that will soon gain the name of Teufelheim, in later years corrupted to Eifelheim, in the year 1348, when the Black Death is gathering strength across Europe but is still not nearby. Dietrich is an educated man, knows science and philosophy, and to his astonishment becomes the first contact between humanity and an alien race from a distant star when their interstellar ship crashes in the nearby forest. It is a time of wonders, in the shadow of the plague.

Tom and Sharon, and Father Dietrich, have a strange and intertwined destiny of tragedy and triumph in this brilliant SF novel by the winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award.

From the reviews, this sounds like a really well researched novel, and I’m still hoping that I can enjoy it. (Reminds me of Connie Willis’ Oxford Time Travel books. Fingers crossed.)

Verdict: KEEP

2: The Mote in God’s Eye (Moties #1) by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

In 3016, the 2nd Empire of Man spans hundreds of star systems, thanks to faster-than-light Alderson Drive. Intelligent beings are finally found from the Mote, an isolated star in a thick dust cloud. The bottled-up ancient civilization, at least one million years old, are welcoming, kind, yet evasive, with a dark problem they have not solved in over a million years.

This sounds (from reviews) like it’s way too long and not enough to hold my interest at the moment. I may revisit it after I read something else by either author (I still want to read Niven’s Ringworld) but for now it can go.

Verdict: REMOVE

3: WebMage (Webmage #1) by Kelly McCullough

Ravirn is not your average computer geek. A child of the Fates—literally—he’s a hacker extraordinaire who can zero in on the fatal flaw in any program. Now that twenty-first-century magic has gone digital that makes him a very talented sorcerer. But a world of problems is about to be downloaded on Ravirn—who’s just trying to pass his college midterms.Great Aunt Atropos, one of the three Fates, decides that humans having free will is really overrated and plans to rid herself of the annoyance—by coding a spell into the Fate Core, the server that rules destiny. As a hacker, Ravirn is a big believer in free will, and when he not only refuses to debug her spell but actively opposes her, all hell breaks loose.

Even with the help of his familiar Melchior, a sexy sorceress (who’s also a mean programmer), and the webgoblin underground, it’s going to be a close call…

This one just isn’t interesting me any more. It can go.

Verdict: REMOVE

4: Hood (King Raven #1) by Stephen R. Lawhead

For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting.

Steeped in Celtic mythology and the political intrigue of medieval Britain, Stephen R. Lawhead’s latest work conjures up an ancient past and holds a mirror to contemporary realities. Prepare yourself for an epic tale that dares to shatter everything you thought you knew about Robin Hood.

I love the concept. I love Robin Hood stories. But I don’t want to “shatter everything I thought I knew about Robin Hood”. I want the Robin Hood I know and love. This can go.

Verdict: REMOVE

5: Cards on the Table (Hercule Poirot #15) by Agatha Christie

It was the match-up of the century: four sleuths–Superintendent Battle of Scotland Yard; Mrs. Ariadne Oliver, famed writer of detective stories; Col. Race of His Majesty’s Secret Service; and the incomparable Hercule Poirot – invited to play bridge with four specially invited guests, each of whom had gotten away with murder! But before the first rubber was completed, the host was dead.

Bridge and a Christie murder mystery. I’m in.

Verdict: KEEP

6: Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany

Babel-17 is all about the power of language. Humanity, which has spread throughout the universe, is involved in a war with the Invaders, who have been covertly assassinating officials and sabotaging spaceships. The only clues humanity has to go on are strange alien messages that have been intercepted in space. Poet and linguist Rydra Wong is determined to understand the language and stop the alien threat.

Space sci-fi with a focus on alien linguistics? Yes please! (Plus, it won the Nebula Award and I want to attempt any of the Hugo or Nebula Award winners which sound interesting.)

Verdict: KEEP

7: Steelflower (The Steelflower Chronicles #1) by Lilith Saintcrow

Thief, assassin, sellsword—Kaia Steelflower is famous. Well, mostly famous, and mostly for the wrong reasons. She’s made a good life for herself, despite being kicked out of her homeland for having no magic. She’s saving up for her retirement, when she can settle down, run an inn, and leave the excitement for others.

Then she picks the wrong pocket, wakes up with a hangover, and gets far more than she bargained for. Now she has a huge, furry barbarian to look after, a princeling from her homeland to fend off, and an old debt to fulfill. And for some reason, the God-Emperor’s assassins want to kill her.

I usually really enjoy Saintcrow’s work, and this one still sounds fun.

Verdict: KEEP

8: The Pajama Girls of Lambert Square by Rosina Lippi

As soon as he arrives in Lambert’s Corner, Dodge falls happily into the whirl of gossip, gifts, and quintessential Southern hospitality. Link Kay, one of his employees, warms up to him after Dodge admires his expertise on pens. Bean Hurt- a feisty and outspoken ten-year-old-becomes a fast friend. And Maude Golden, the mayor, supplies him with indispensable information. But the one person who really catches Dodge’s eye is Julia Darrow-the beautiful but aloof pajama- wearing owner of the Cocoon, a popular store specializing in luxury linens. Dodge tries to befriend her, but she remains elusive and mysterious. Everyone knows that she is a widow, but no one seems to know why she came to town or why she never leaves Lambert Square-or does she?

I want to want to read this one. But every time I have the opportunity to pick it up, I’m never interested. Going to officially pass on this one.

Verdict: REMOVE

9: Storm Born (Dark Swan #1) by Richelle Mead

Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl’s got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy—one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie’s first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne’er-do-well, and the ones who don’t want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her

I’m going to keep this one for now, and we’ll see when (if) I get to it.

Verdict: KEEP

10: White Tiger (Dark Heavens #1) by Kylie Chan

A young woman accepts a position as nanny to the young daughter of a handsome, wealthy, and mysterious Chinese businessman— only to discover her new employer is really a god and every foul demon in creation is out to destroy him!

This book sounds fascinating, but the negative reviews all highlight things that bug me about paranormal romances, so I’m going to pass on this one now.

Verdict: REMOVE


50/50 this time. I feel really good about my choices, both as far as numbers go and the books themselves. I think the ones I left on the TBR are books I’ll actually enjoy.

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?

10 thoughts on “Goodreads TBR Declutter #22

  1. If you want to save time, read the short story version of Eifelheim. That’s the original and when it was successful, he padded it out to a full novel. I wasn’t impressed with the novel and never read the short story. You’d probably like more then me anyway 😀

    Mote was BORING. It was everything that everybody ever claimed was wrong with SF, as far as I’m concerned. If you want to try the authors as a duo, I’d highly recommend Footfall.

    Hood was decent. That whole “shatter” thing was just the publishers being asshats. Lawhead likes to write historical-lite novels, much like he did with his King Arthur trilogy. I don’t know if I’d recommend Hood though, as it has been over a decade since I finished the trilogy?

    Everything else I’m not familiar with, so good luck with your choices…

  2. Its a good thing Hood was already on my TBR or I probably would have added it 😀 I love Robin Hood retellings and I don’t usually mind when they “Shatter everything I know about Robin Hood” so I still want to read it! But I get why you don’t 🙂

    1. I may change my mind at some point, but I’ve also had Hood on my TBR for ages and haven’t picked it up yet even when I walk right past it at the bookstore or library, so it’s not likely that I’ll get to it.

  3. WOW! Bookstooge is a great one to have common reads with!! 😉

    Hercule Poirot is my favorite Agathe Christie detectives. I LOVE him and all of his short stories. Even if they aren’t consistent. hahaha I love the idea of the alien linguistics book I can see why you kept that.. but I’ll wait for your review to read it. Sometimes adult sci-fi is too sciency for me.❤️

    1. Alien linguistics is a neat concept! I read a short story about it once, and that got me interested in the idea, so now I’ve been looking for books featuring it. I’ll be sure to review it when I read it so you know what I thought.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.