Hello everyone! How are we all doing?
First of all, sorry for not posting last week! I was actually working on a non-bookish post most days last week, but STILL didn’t get it finished, and by the time I noticed I just hadn’t posted anything 😦 I’ll try and finish it soon though so hopefully you’ll get 2 posts this week~
For today’s post I have kept it simple and revisited a challenge/meme I have been doing for a while, the Down the TBR Hole posts. I am making slow progress with this so it is definitely good to get more opportunities to come back and do some more TBR cleaning!
This meme is created by Lia at Lost in a Story. For those who don’t know what Down the TBR Hole is, Lia has provided a wonderful explanation:
Most of you probably know this feeling. Your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!
Essentially it is all about cleansing your TBR list on Goodreads. All you have to do is:
Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
- Order on ascending date added.
- Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re 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?
When I did this last month I ended up on number 25 on my ever-growing list of 680 books on my “Want-To-Read” list on Goodreads. I’m still on books I added back in 2016 so there is definitely no harm in going back and reviewing what books I want to keep on there! Let’s get started:
~Tomorrow the Killing by Daniel Polansky (Date added: 20th August 2016)
Synopsis: Once he was a hero of the Great War, and then a member of the dreaded Black House. Now he is the criminal linchpin of Low Town.
His name is Warden.
He thought he had left the war behind him, but a summons from up above brings the past sharply, uncomfortably, back into focus. General Montgomery’s daughter is missing somewhere in Low Town, searching for clues about her brother’s murder. The General wants her found, before the stinking streets can lay claim to her, too.
Verdict: KEEP. I read the first book in this series, Low Town, years ago but I really enjoyed it, so I’ve always wanted to read the next book in the series. I actually own this book, so this one is a keeper!
~The Builders by Daniel Polansky (Date added: 20th August 2016)
Synopsis: A missing eye.
A broken wing.
A stolen country.
The last job didn’t end well.
Years go by, and scars fade, but memories only fester. For the animals of the Captain’s company, survival has meant keeping a low profile, building a new life, and trying to forget the war they lost. But now the Captain’s whiskers are twitching at the idea of evening the score.
Verdict: KEEP. Another book by Polanksy. I was actually in two minds about this one, as books where are characters are talking animals is not really my sort of thing. But I do like the author and this did get a lot of positive hype around its release… I’m intrigued enough to keep it on the list for now 🙂
~Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence (Date added: 20th August 2016)
Synopsis: The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire dread her like no other. For all her reign, she has fought the long war, contested in secret, against the powers that stand behind nations, for higher stakes than land or gold. Her greatest weapon is The Silent Sister—unseen by most and unspoken of by all.
The Red Queen’s grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth—drinker, gambler, seducer of women—is one who can see The Silent Sister. Tenth in line for the throne and content with his role as a minor royal, he pretends that the hideous crone is not there. But war is coming. Witnesses claim an undead army is on the march, and the Red Queen has called on her family to defend the realm. Jal thinks it’s all a rumor—nothing that will affect him—but he is wrong.
After escaping a death trap set by the Silent Sister, Jal finds his fate magically intertwined with a fierce Norse warrior. As the two undertake a journey across the Empire to undo the spell, encountering grave dangers, willing women, and an upstart prince named Jorg Ancrath along the way, Jalan gradually catches a glimmer of the truth: he and the Norseman are but pieces in a game, part of a series of moves in the long war—and the Red Queen controls the board.
Verdict: KEEP. Wow, I’m not doing well so far am I? This book is another ‘undecided’ one really. I have only read one book by Mark Lawrence- Prince of Thorns- but it was so long ago I don’t remember if I had any strong feelings for it. I think I want to reread that one and see if it something I like; if so then I will keep this one on my list. If I don’t like it, then I can remove Prince of Fools, since they are two series set in the same world.
~Lorali by Laura Dockrill (Date added: 21st August 2016)
Synopsis: Colourful, raw, brave, rich and fantastical – this mermaid tale is not for the faint-hearted.
Looking after a naked girl he found washed up under Hastings pier isn’t exactly how Rory had imagined spending his sixteenth birthday. But more surprising than finding her in the first place is discovering where she has come from.
Lorali is running not just from the sea, not just from her position as princess, but her entire destiny. Lorali has rejected life as a mermaid, and become human.
But along with Lorali’s arrival, and the freak weather suddenly battering the coast, more strange visitors begin appearing in Rory’s bemused Sussex town. With beautifully coiffed hair, sharp-collared shirts and a pirate ship shaped like a Tudor house, the Abelgare boys are a mystery all of their own. What are they really up to? Can Rory protect Lorali? And who from? And where does she really belong, anyway?
Verdict: GO. Finally, some progress! I think I added this because it was getting a lot of hype at the time, but I really cant see myself reading this. I’m not a huge fan of mermaid stories at the best of times, and the synopsis on Goodreads no longer appeals to me. Definitely time to clear this one out!
~The Amber Isle by Ashley Caps (Date added: 21st August 2016)
Synopsis: After years of running down dead-end clues, the rogue Never has nearly given up his quest for answers; his blood is cursed and his true name a mystery, yet no library, no healer and none who claim to know dark magics have ever been able to help.
Until he steals a map to the mysterious Amber Isle, which might just hold the answers he needs.
But Never isn’t the only one who wants the map – an old enemy, Commander Harstas, also seeks it and Harstas craves revenge for the deaths of his men.
Forced to flee through a war zone, Never soon stumbles across a group of treasure-hunters hoping to discover the wonders of the Amber Isle for themselves. But the deeper they venture into the Isle, the more deadly it grows.
Trapped between the greed of the treasure hunters, cunning traps in the Isle itself, the threat of Harstas’ fury and his own desperation to finally uncover answers, Never must find a way to unlock the Isle’s ancient secrets and escape – or perish without ever learning the truth.
Verdict: KEEP. Ok, so I remember wanting to read this novella for the longest time, but I just never got round to it?! It seems to have some good reviews and it is only 130 pages, so I think I’ll keep it on the list and when then time comes I can just whizz through it. I do like a good “I don’t know my true name” storyline, I have to admit~
So compared to the last time I did this post, this clear out did not feel very successful, haha! I guess in a way it is a nice thing, as it should that some of the books I add are actually one I want to read! 😛 Now all I have to do is buy and read them, haha!
Have you done a TBR clear out recently? Was it successful? Did you get rid of anything in particular? Let me know in the comments~