Goodreads TBR Declutter #27

After one of last time’s extremely long blurbs annoyed me, I decided to highly edit the book blurbs from here out. I’m not going to change the actual text, but I will shorten as needed. And sadly so many of them need it.

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: A Dark and Stormy Murder (A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery #1) by Julia Buckley

Camilla Graham’s bestselling suspense novels inspired Lena London to become a writer, so when she lands a job as Camilla’s new assistant, she can’t believe her luck. […] But Lena’s fortune soon changes for the worse. First, she lands in the center of small town gossip for befriending the local recluse. Then, she stumbles across one thing that a Camilla Graham novel is never without—a dead body, found on her new boss’s lakefront property.

I’m almost always willing to keep a new cozy mystery series on the TBR, especially if the focus is on one of my interests or hobbies. (Knitting, writing, cats, etc.) So I’ll leave this one on here and see what I think when I get to it.

Verdict: KEEP

2: Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World by Bill Nye

With a scientist’s thirst for knowledge and an engineer’s vision of what can be, Bill Nye sees today’s environmental issues not as insurmountable, depressing problems but as chances for our society to rise to the challenge and create a cleaner, healthier, smarter world. […] As Bill shares his vision, he debunks some of the most persistent myths and misunderstandings about global warming. When you are done reading, you’ll be enlightened and empowered. Chances are, you’ll be smiling, too…

I already own the audiobook of this, I just need to determine that the time is right to listen to it. I’ve been trying to clear out my Audible back-log for a while, so I’m hoping to get to this soon.

Verdict: KEEP

3: The Martian (The Martian #1) by Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

Really want to read this one.

Verdict: KEEP

4: Dead Man’s Hand: An Anthology of the Weird West short story anthology


From a kill-or-be-killed gunfight with a vampire to an encounter in a steampunk bordello, the weird western is a dark, gritty tale where the protagonist might be playing poker with a sorcerous deck of cards, or facing an alien on the streets of a dusty frontier town.

Contributors to this anthology include Seanan McGuire, Laura Anne Gilman, Kelley Armstrong, Ken Liu, and Elizabeth Bear. Why would I not want to read this? The real question is why haven’t I read it yet?

Verdict: KEEP

5: The Fixer (The Fixer #1) by Jennifer Lynne Barnes

Sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick has spent her entire life on her grandfather’s ranch. But when her estranged sister Ivy uproots her to D.C., Tess is thrown into a world that revolves around politics and power. She also starts at Hardwicke Academy, the D.C. school for the children of the rich and powerful, where she unwittingly becomes a fixer for the high school set, fixing teens’ problems the way her sister fixes their parents’ problems.

I want to want to read this. But it doesn’t sound like the kind of thing I’m interested in right now.

Verdict: REMOVE

6: Pocket Apocalypse (InCryptid #4) by Seanan McGuire

Endangered, adjective: Threatened with extinction or immediate harm.
Australia, noun: A good place to become endangered.

Survival is hard enough when you’re on familiar ground. Alex Price is very far from home, but there’s one thing he knows for sure: he’s not going down without a fight.

I really like the InCryptid series so far. (I’ve read 3 novels and a whole slew of short stories in this world.) And I love the Aeslin Mice. I don’t want to read this while I’m working on McGuire’s October Daye series though, so I’m not going to be picking this up at least for the rest of this year. But hopefully I’ll be able to get back to the world of InCryptid very soon.

Verdict: KEEP

(note: I have InCryptid books 4-7 on my TBR, but unless something major happens in book 4 to change my mind, I want to keep them all. The rest of this series can stay with no other review at this point.)

7: Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #1) by Ilona Andrews

On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast. But Dina is… different: Her broom is a deadly weapon; her Inn is magic and thinks for itself. […] now, something with wicked claws and deepwater teeth has begun to hunt at night… and putting herself between this creature and her neighbors might just cost her everything.

I want to read this a lot. So I bought the ebook, but haven’t opened it yet. Hopefully owning it will help get me to read it soon — maybe I can guilt trip myself into it at least.

Verdict: KEEP

8: Games Creatures Play short story anthology

Welcome to the wide world of paranormal pastimes, where striking out might strike you dead. Editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner are your announcers for this all-new story collection of the most peculiar plays ever made…

Sports fans live and die by their teams’ successes and failures—though not literally. But these fourteen authors have written spirited—in more ways than one—new tales of killer competitions that would make even the most die-hard players ask to be benched.

Short stories about supernatural sports? SIGN ME UP. Especially when contributors include Mercedes Lackey, Seanan McGuire, Brandon Sanderson, and Ellen Kushner.

Verdict: KEEP

9: Shadowed Souls short story anthology

In this dark and gritty collection—featuring short stories from Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, and Rob Thurman—nothing is as simple as black and white, light and dark, good and evil..

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what makes it so easy to cross the line.

MORE SHORT STORIES! And since I love anthologies so much, you know this one isn’t going anywhere. Plus, it will give me a way to re-test Butcher’s style without needing to tackle a full-length novel.

Verdict: KEEP

10: Dark Alchemy (Dark Alchemy #1) by Laura Bickle

Geologist Petra Dee arrives in Wyoming looking for clues to her father’s disappearance years before. What she finds instead is Temperance, a dying Western town with a gold rush past and a meth-infested present. But under the town’s dust and quiet, an old power is shifting. […] Armed with nothing but shaky alliances, a pair of antique guns, and a relic she doesn’t understand, the only thing Petra knows for sure is that she and her coyote sidekick are going to have to move fast, or die next.

I keep reading this blurb and thinking I’m not sure, but then I keep going back to “geologist” and “gold rush town” and I get interested all over again.

Verdict: KEEP


I must have been in an anthology mood when these books got added to my TBR! I do love reading short stories, but I don’t often go looking for the anthos unless I’m about to actively start reading one.

What about your TBR? Do you like adding short story anthologies to your reading list? Is the book I removed this time one you think I should reconsider?

12 thoughts on “Goodreads TBR Declutter #27

    1. Yeah, starting at the beginning of a series is usually a good idea. One good thing about some series, though (like InCryptid) is that when you have narrator changes mid-series that often ends up being a good place for new readers to start the series if they don’t want to start all the way at the beginning.

  1. I think I need to add The Martian to my TBR. I can see the appeal, but I always just worried I’d be bored just watching one guy on Mars trying to grow some lettuce… lol!

      1. Haha- that’s good to know! I’ve also heard great things about the movie, and I love Matt Damon, but I don’t think I ever made it through. It wouldn’t be the first time I struggled with a one pony show.

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