Goodreads TBR Declutter #23

At this point in my TBR I’ve reached books added in February 2017. I remember adding these books to the list. I remember wanting to read them (though not always why I wanted to read them). It’s amusing to see how many (and how few) of them still hold the same interest they did when I added them. It’s also a bit scary to see that there are still 28 pages of books left to review.

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 Devil’s Right Hand (Dante Valentine #3) by Lilith Saintcrow

Dante Valentine, Necromancer and bounty hunter, just wants to be left alone. But the Devil has other ideas.

The Prince wants Dante. And he wants her now. And Dante and her lover, Japhrimel, have no choice but to answer the Prince’s summons. And to fulfill a seemingly simple task: become the Devil’s Right Hand, hunt down four demons that have escaped from Hell, and earn His gratitude.

It’s a shame that nothing is ever easy when it comes to the Devil. Because of course, he doesn’t tell Dante the whole truth: there is a rebellion brewing in Hell. And there is a good chance that Lucifer is about to be pushed off the throne.

I remember really enjoying this series, even if I remember nothing else about it. And I like Saintcrow’s work. I should pick this one up and see if I can jump back in at book 3.

Verdict: KEEP

2: The Book With No Name (Bourbon Kid #1) by Anonymous

Detective Miles Jensen is called to the lawless town of Santa Mondega to investigate a spate of murders. This would all be quite ordinary in those rough streets, except that Jensen is the Chief Detective of Supernatural Investigations. The breakneck plot centers around a mysterious blue stoneThe Eye of the Moonand the men and women who all want to get their hands on it: a mass murderer with a drinking problem, a hit man who thinks he’s Elvis, and a pair of monks among them. Add in the local crime baron, an amnesiac woman who’s just emerged from a five-year coma, a gypsy fortune teller, and a hapless hotel porter, and the plot thickens fast. Most importantly, how do all these people come to be linked to the strange book with no name? This is the anonymous, ancient book that no one seems to have survived reading. Everyone who has ever read it has been murdered. What can this mean?

It might be interesting. But right now it just sounds gimicky and not like a fun read at all.

Verdict: REMOVE

3: Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less by Tiffany Dufu

Once the poster girl for doing it all, after she had her first child, Tiffany Dufu struggled to accomplish everything she thought she needed to in order to succeed. Like so many driven and talented women who have been brought up to believe that to have it all, they must do it all, Dufu began to feel that achieving her career and personal goals was an impossibility. Eventually, she discovered the solution: letting go. In Drop the Ball, Dufu recounts how she learned to reevaluate expectations, shrink her to-do list, and meaningfully engage the assistance of others–freeing the space she needed to flourish at work and to develop deeper, more meaningful relationships at home.

I still need reminders for how to do what the blurb describes. I can’t say for sure that I’ll read this book cover to cover, but at least reading the parts which interest me should be a good reminder of how to say “no.”

Verdict: KEEP

4: A Story to Kill (Cat Latimer Mystery #1) by Lynn Cahoon

Former English professor Cat Latimer is back in Colorado, hosting writers’ retreats in the big blue Victorian she’s inherited, much to her surprise, from none other than her carousing ex-husband. Now it’s an authors’ getaway, but Cat won’t let anyone get away with murder . . . The bed-and-breakfast is open for business, and bestselling author Tom Cook is among its first guests. Cat doesn’t know why he came all the way from New York, but she’s glad to have him among the quirkier-and far less famous-attendees. Cat’s high school sweetheart Seth, who’s fixing up the weathered home, brings on mixed emotions for Cat . . . some of them a little overpowering. But it’s her uncle, the local police chief, whom she’ll call for help when there’s a surprise ending for Tom Cook in his cozy guest room. Will a killer have the last word on the new life Cat has barely begun?

I’m in favor of cozy mystery series that are themed after my interests. This stays.

Verdict: KEEP

5: The Mermaid’s Madness (Princesses #2) by Jim C. Hines

There is an old story — you might have heard it — about a young mermaid, the daughter of a king, who saved the life of a human prince and fell in love.

So innocent was her love, so pure her devotion, that she would pay any price for the chance to be with her prince. She gave up her voice, her family, and the sea, and became human. But the prince had fallen in love with another woman.

The tales say the little mermaid sacrificed her own life so that her beloved prince could find happiness with his bride.

The tales lie.

This sounds fun, I enjoyed the first book in the series, and Jim C. Hines does wonderful stuff online. I want to support him more, so I’m not only keeping this on the TBR, I’m bumping it up to the Top TBR.

Verdict: KEEP

6: A Kiss Before the Apocalypse (Remy Chandler #1) by Thomas E. Sniegoski

Boston P.I. Remy Chandler has many talents. He can will himself invisible, he can speak and understand any foreign language (including the language of animals), and if he listens carefully, he can hear thoughts. Unusual, to say the least, for an ordinary man.

But Remy is no ordinary man; he’s an angel. Generations ago, he chose to renounce heaven and live on Earth. He’s found a place among us ordinary humans; friendship, a job he’s good at, and love.

Now he is being drawn into a case with strong ties to his angelic past. The Angel of Death has gone missing, and Remy’s former colleagues have come to him for help. But what at first seems to be about tracing a missing person turns out to involve much more; a conspiracy that has as its goal the destruction of the human race.

Still sounds interesting, and I already own it. Not sure why I bought it and then let it linger on my bookshelf. Since I own it, I still intend to read it — or at least try to.

Verdict: KEEP

7: The Witch and the Dead (Wishcraft Mystery #7) by Heather Blake

When Darcy moved to Salem, Massachusetts, she never expected her life to change as drastically as it did. But within a short time, the Enchanted Village has become her home, its mystical residents have become her family, and As You Wish, the personal concierge business formerly run by her Aunt Ve, has become her calling. Still, the time has come for change—and for Darcy to move out of Aunt Ve’s house.

Darcy’s belongings are stashed in Aunt Ve’s garage, alongside a mess of memories, forgotten possessions, and, to both Ve and Darcy’s horror, a pile of old bones. It turns out they belong to Ve’s long missing second husband. Now Darcy must unpack old secrets to solve a cold case—and make sure her aunt isn’t looking at a spell behind bars

I bought this book without realizing that I hadn’t read book 6 yet. I’m sad to admit that I haven’t caught up to this one. I’ll get there, though. Promise.

Verdict: KEEP

8: Missing by Kelley Armstrong

Reeve’s End is the kind of town every kid can’t wait to escape. Each summer, a dozen kids leave, and at least a quarter never come back. I don’t blame them – I’ll do the same in another year. We thought it was just something that happened in town like ours.

We were wrong.

The concept still sounds awesome, but while I was researching this TBR review I saw some trigger warnings for the book about animal cruelty. I don’t remember seeing those before, but then I did also add this to the TBR before it was published. I don’t know how bad the cruelty actually is, so it might not actually bother me, but I don’t need to find out.

Verdict: REMOVE

9: The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl by Tim Pratt

As night manager of Santa Cruz’s quirkiest coffeehouse, Marzi McCarty makes a mean espresso, but her first love is making comics. Her claim to fame: The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl, a cowpunk neo-western yarn. Striding through an urban frontier peopled by Marzi’s wild imagination, Rangergirl doles out her own brand of justice. But lately Marzi’s imagination seems to be altering her reality. She’s seeing the world through Rangergirl’s eyes–literally–complete with her deadly nemesis, the Outlaw.

It all started when Marzi opened a hidden door in the coffeehouse storage room. There, imprisoned among
the supplies, she saw the face of something unknown…and dangerous. And she unwittingly became its guard. But some primal darkness must’ve escaped, because Marzi hasn’t been the same since. And neither have her customers, who are acting downright apocalyptic.

Now it’s up to Marzi to stop this supervillainous superforce that’s swaggered its way into her world. For Marzi, it’s the
showdown of her life. For Rangergirl, it’s just another day….

Still sounds amusing. I’m pretty sure I read and enjoyed a short story by this author and wanted to try some longer fiction, so this can stay. (The story was from the Glitter & Mayhem antho, my review here.)

Verdict: KEEP

10: The Honey Month by Amal El-Mohtar

A fascinating experiment in literary synesthesia in which the scents, tastes and textures of assorted honeys are transmuted into a wordsmith’s cycle of fey mischief. These bewitching poems and stories unwind a fevered world of magic and longing and young women who chance the uncanny and gain wisdom beyond their years.

Sounds really neat. I don’t really know what to expect from this, but it sounds neat.

Verdict: KEEP


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?

7 thoughts on “Goodreads TBR Declutter #23

  1. I’m not familiar with most of these, and haven’t read any of them. But I The Lilith Saintcrow series is on my TBR. Read a short story set in that universe and it always seemed like fun.

    And I’ve been meaning to try Jim C. Hines for awhile. He wrote a book called Terminal Alliance: Janitors of The Post Apocalypse that sounds hysterical and I want to read it.

    1. I’ve seen Terminal Alliance around, and it does sound amusing! I have read a couple of Jim C. Hines’ first books in a series and then inexplicably not finished the series despite enjoying book1, though, so I want to continue with a series of his before I start a new one. 🙂

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