Happy Monday lovelies!
It has been WAY TOO LONG since I’ve done a TBR cleansing! A few months ago I didn’t even want to think about my TBR, and, now that I am out of that horrendous reading slump, it’s time to whittle this thing down so I can get back to reading for pleasure!
Here is how this TBR cleansing works:
The Creator and the Rules
- Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
- Order on ascending date added.
- Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
- Read the synopses of the books.
- Decide: keep it or should it go?
- Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!
P.S. I ordered my books by average rating (ascending) and then picked the first 20 that I wasn’t already sure I was keeping. Honestly, this process is therapeutic no matter how you order the list, as long as you are able to re-assess your TBR!
Down the Hole We Go!
Book Title: Of Thorns and Beauty
Added to TBR: January 25th, 2020
Synopsis: An arranged marriage, a viking king, and a castle full of secrets make this a Beauty and the Beast retelling unlike any you’ve heard before.
Keep or Delete: Keep since it was added recently, and I love a good faerie tale retelling!
Book Title: The Last Legend of Ireland
Added to TBR: March 4th, 2017
Synopsis: Every legend has its heroes. Every legend has its villains. Every legend has its beginnings . . . In ancient Ireland, in a land known as Fal, fairies and kings maintain a balance of peace and harmony. But one fairy, propelled by envy, will do everything in her power to get herself a queen’s crown, even destroying this precious balance. In her wake, she will cause a war the likes of which the human and fey world has never seen. Thus begins a tale of brutal monsters, arrogant kings, greedy queens, and vengeful fairies. This is their story. This is their legend. The Last Legend of Ireland . . .
Keep or Delete: Delete. I think I’m over the whole envious female bit.
Book Title: Death Catch
Added to TBR: November 22nd, 2017
Synopsis: A former U.S. Navy SEAL discovers that one of the scientists working on board the research vessel he commands has brought a deadly artifact aboard his ship. Death Catch is the debut novel from author T. R. Schumer, a genre-bending, supernatural sea adventure that reads like a high speed chase.
Keep or delete: Delete. I just don’t feel an interest anymore :(.
Book Title: Rumpelstiltskin – And Other Angry Imps with Rather Unusual Names
Added to TBR: December 28th, 2017
Synopsis: Rumpelstiltskin – Origins of the Fairy Tale from around the World’ contains seven different versions of the ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ story. It includes an in-depth introduction to the fairy tale genre itself, as well as the provenance of ‘Rumpelstiltskin’. It encompasses ‘The Seven Bits of Bacon Rind’ by Giambattista Basile, ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ by the Brothers Grimm, ‘Tom Tit Tot’ by Joseph Jacobs, the Scottish tale of ‘Whuppity Stoorie’ and the Mongolian narrative of ‘The Use of Magic Language’. What is a fairy tale? The ‘Origins of Fairy Tales from around the World’ series helps to answer this question, by showcasing the amazing breath and diversity involved in classic fairy tales. It focuses on the unusual phenomenon that the same tales, with only minor variations, appear again and again in different cultures – across time and geographical space. Traditionally told as short stories for children, and for adults too, these popular fairy tales will be sure to delight both young and old. Beautifully illustrated, these story books combine the best story-telling, with the best art-work, in order that the two may be fully appreciated.
Book Title: The Elven Tales
Added to TBR: February 13th, 2017
Synopsis: Prudence Clark lives a seemingly normal life in Cambridge with her best friend’s family. But a series of strange events compounded by a wave of kidnappings is about to turn everything she believed about her existence upside down.
A brutal attack catapults her into a new reality – one that makes her the most important refugee of the Council of the Five Kingdoms. Now, she’s charged with the task of finding the King’s runes to stop Alanel, the most malicious and ruthless being, following his escape from prison.
Alanel has declared war on the king of Arkana. Now, even more shocking truths come forth, exposing long-held secrets about Prudence’s past and her destiny. Her newfound knowledge will prompt her to embark on a treacherous journey to face dangerous beasts in the most inhospitable of places. But her journey will not be alone, she’ll be joined by the Company of the Rose, brave warriors that will fight by her side, and hopefully, lead to the retrieval of the runes before it’s too late.
Keep or Delete: Delete. Meh, I’m just not feeling it anymore.
Book Title: Alice: Curse of Stars
Added to TBR: April 30th, 2017
Synopsis: Sabi Perez is the last Diamond Crier, only she doesn’t know it. Not until a crazed ruler from another world comes to collect her priceless tears and won’t take no for an answer.
Living in New York, Sabi’s seen some nasty things, but the lengths to which her captor will go to keep his crown are things found only in the darkest nightmares. Afraid and alone, Sabi finds solace in her cellmate, Anya, and Cabal, a fellow Crier who also has powers, a rare combination that buys his favor from the ruler. Only it’s a favor he doesn’t want.
In a fit of rage, power erupts out of Sabi, the same power Cabal has, and a spark of hope ignites. Together they may have a chance at escape, something no other Crier has done. Except a ruler hellbent on draining them of every last diamond tear isn’t their only hurdle. If they escape they’ll be hunted to the ends of the earth, if they survive the trek to safety. If they stay the ruler will leech them dry. Sabi would rather die trying than lie down and die, even if that means running away into even more danger.
Keep or Delete: Delete. Not feeling the interest anymore.
Book Title: The Monstrous Child
Added to TBR: May 1st, 2017
Synopsis: Meet Hel, teenager and Queen of the Dead. Daughter of a giantess and a god. Sister to Fenrir the wolf and Jormungand the snake.
This is her testament.
Hel never wanted to be queen, but being a normal teenager wasn’t an option either. Now she’s stuck ruling the underworld. For eternity. She doesn’t want your pity. But she does demand you listen. It’s only fair you hear her side of the story…
It didn’t have to be like this.
Keep or Delete: Delete. Apparently this is book 3 in a series, so i’m not sure why I added it in the first place…
Book Title: Another Place
Added to TBR: August 14th, 2017
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Claudette Flint is coming home from hospital after an escalating depression left her unable to cope. Released into the care of her dad, she faces the daunting task of piecing herself back together.
She may look unchanged; but everything’s different. The same could be said about her seaside hometown: this close-knit community seems to be unspooling in the wake of the sudden disappearance of one of her schoolmates, Sarah.
As the police investigate and the press dig around for dirt, small town secrets start to surface – and Claudette must do everything in her power to keep her head above water.
Keep or Delete: Delete.
Book Title: The Longing and the Lack
Added to TBR: September 18th, 2017
Synopsis: Lucinda Hightower is no stranger to death.
Since she was a child, Lucinda has been haunted by rabid dogs, suicidal crows, and the ghost of a woman in white. All are omens signaling someone’s imminent demise—except Lucinda’s friends and family are still breathing.
The omens follow her to Ireland and the quiet university in her father’s hometown, increasing in strength and frequency once she meets Damien Reed. A handsome third year student, Damien thrusts himself into Lucinda’s life almost immediately and caresses away the unsavory reputation that shadows him.
It’s not until the ghost sinks her nails into Damien that he reveals his secret: the death omens are for him.
They’re the manifestations of a curse that claims the life of the eldest Reed son every generation. Damien’s time is nearly up. If Lucinda is to save him, she must solve the mystery of her family curse, and lay a spirit’s rage to rest.
Keep or delete: Meh, delete.
Book Title: Illusionarium
Added to TBR: August 10th, 2017
Synopsis: What if the world holds more dangers—and more wonders—than we have ever known? And what if there is more than one world? From Heather Dixon, author of the acclaimed Entwined, comes a brilliantly conceived adventure that sweeps us from the inner workings of our souls to the far reaches of our imaginations.
Jonathan is perfectly ordinary. But then—as every good adventure begins—the king swoops into port, and Jonathan and his father are enlisted to find the cure to a deadly plague. Jonathan discovers that he’s a prodigy at working with a new chemical called fantillium, which creates shared hallucinations—or illusions. And just like that, Jonathan is knocked off his path. Through richly developed parallel worlds, vivid action, a healthy dose of humor, and gorgeous writing, Heather Dixon spins a story that calls to mind The Night Circus and Pixar movies, but is wholly its own.
Book Title: Shining Sea
Added to TBR: May 1st, 2017
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Arion Rush has always played the obedient sidekick to her older sister’s flashy femme fatale—until a mysterious boating accident leaves Lilah a silent, traumatized stranger. As her sister awaits medical treatment with her mother, Arion and her father head to his hometown in Maine to prepare a new life for them all. Surrounded by the vast Atlantic, she finds solace in songwriting, her only solid ground.
Unexpectedly, Arion blossoms in the tiny coastal town. Friends flock to her, and Logan Delaine, a volatile heartthrob, seems downright smitten. But it’s Bo Summers—a solitary surfer, as alluring as he is aloof—that Arion can’t shake. Meanwhile, Lilah’s worsening condition, a string of local fatalities, and Arion’s own recent brushes with death seem ominously linked…to Bo’s otherworldly family. As Arion’s feelings for Bo intensify and his affections turn possessive, she must make a choice. How will Arion learn to listen to her own voice when Bo’s siren song won’t stop ringing in her ears?
Keep or Delete: Delete.
Book Title: First We Were IV
Added to TBR: July 20th, 2017
Synopsis: It started for pranks, fun, and forever memories.
A secret society – for the four of us.
The rules: Never lie. Never tell. Love each other.
We made the pledge and danced under the blood moon on the meteorite in the orchard. In the spot we found the dead girl five years earlier. And discovered the ancient drawings way before that.
Nothing could break the four of us apart – I thought.
But then, others wanted in. Our seaside town had secrets. History.
We wanted revenge.
We broke the rules. We lied. We told. We loved each other too much, not enough, and in ways we weren’t supposed to.
Our invention ratcheted out of control.
What started as a secret society, ended as justice. Revenge. Death. Rebellion.
Keep or Delete: Delete. Just lost the interest. Meh.
Book Title: Humanity’s Hope
Added to TBR: July 30th, 2017
Synopsis: Caleb, a 17-year-old boy, survived the zombie uprising, but he didn’t come out of the ordeal unscathed. He’s been scarred—both mentally and physically. The rest of humanity is trying to rebuild, to make the world normal again. Caleb is trying to return to a normal life also, but after all he’s seen, after the loss of his family and friends, the transition is difficult. The darkness that led him down a path of self-doubt and self-harm keeps trying to creep back into his mind.
Things only become worse when he discovers he’s immune to whatever makes a zombie a zombie. Fighting zombies was predictable. He knew what to expect. Fighting humans is volatile. They are malicious and treacherous. They won’t stop to get what they want, and Caleb has to figure out exactly what that is.
Keep or Delete: Delete
Book Title: No Filter
Added to TBR: August 21st, 2017
Synopsis: Emerald has grown up in a privileged world – the beloved daughter of a wealthy family, friends with all the right people, social media addict. But Emerald’s family has secrets – and when Emerald finds her mum unconscious on the bathroom floor, no one can pretend any more. Now she’s being packed off to stay with her grandma in Ireland while her mum recuperates and her dad just works and works and works.
Grandma’s big, lonely house is set back from the beach, and there’s no phone signal or wifi. It’s going to be a long summer … Until she meets Liam.
When you’re falling in love, it’s hard to tell someone everything. Even if you’ve got nothing to hide any more. And when secrets and lies are all you’re used to, how do you deal with real love – brave and true – with no filter?
Keep or delete: Delete. I love the cover but I don’t feel the interest anymore.
Book Title: The One Memory of Flora Banks
Added to TBR: February 13th, 2017
Synopsis: I look at my hands. One of them says FLORA BE BRAVE.
Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can’t remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is.
Then she kisses someone she shouldn’t, and the next day she remembers it. It’s the first time she’s remembered anything since she was ten.
But the boy is gone. She thinks he’s moved to the Arctic.
Will following him be the key to unlocking her memory? Who can she trust?
Book Title: Arrowood
Added to TBR: July 18th, 2017
Synopsis: London Society takes their problems to Sherlock Holmes. Everyone else goes to Arrowood.
The Afghan War is over and a deal with the Irish appears to have brought an end to sectarian violence, but Britain’s position in the world is uncertain and the gap between rich and poor is widening. London is a place where the wealthy party while the underclass are tempted into lives of crime, drugs and prostitution. A serial killer stalks the streets. Politicians are embroiled in financial and sexual scandals. The year is 1895.
The police don’t have the resources to deal with everything that goes on in the capital. The rich turn to a celebrated private detective when they need help: Sherlock Holmes. But in densely populated south London, where the crimes are sleazier and Holmes rarely visits, people turn to Arrowood, a private investigator who despises Holmes, his wealthy clientele and his showy forensic approach to crime. Arrowood understands people, not clues.
Keep or Delete: Delete.
Book Title: The Snow Rose
Added to TBR: February 13th,, 2017
Synopsis: Kate is on the run with her daughter, her identity hidden and her destination unknown to her husband and family. She’s found a place where she and Heather can be alone and safe, a huge old house full of empty rooms. But it turns out she’s not alone. There are the strange old ladies in the cottage next door, Matty and her blind sister Sissy. How long can Kate hide Heather’s presence from them? And then the newcomers arrive, the band of eccentrics led by the charming and charismatic Archer. Kate begins to realize that she is involved in something strange and dangerous, and the past she’s so desperate to escape is about to find her . . .
Keep or Delete: Meh, delete.
Book Title: A Drop of Night
Added to TBR: November 17th, 2017
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Anouk has finally caught the break she’s been looking for—she’s been selected out of hundreds of other candidates to fly to France and help with the excavation of a vast, underground palace buried a hundred feet below the suburbs of Paris. Built in the 1780’s to hide an aristocratic family and a mad duke during the French Revolution, the palace has lain hidden and forgotten ever since. Anouk, along with several other gifted teenagers, will be the first to set foot in it in over two centuries.
Or so she thought.
But nothing is as it seems, and the teens soon find themselves embroiled in a game far more sinister, and dangerous, than they could possibly have imagined. An evil spanning centuries is waiting for them in the depths. . .
Keep or Delete: Delete.
Book Title: The Collective
Added to TBR: August 29th, 2017
Synopsis: Tilly Gregson never knew a world outside hers existed. If four years of the starving-university-student diet didn’t kill her, this dissertation just might. All that is on Tilly’s mind is finishing her work, getting her degree, and spending time with her friends before the end of the school year.Then along comes Harvey, and he shows her a world beyond her imagination full of magic and time-travel and pirates.As if that wasn’t enough, Jenny who is a member of a secret order, waltzes into Tilly’s life to add one final nail to her dissertation’s coffin. Nothing prepared either of them for the hardships they are about to endure. The girls have to work together to survive, but as it turns out Harvey is more dangerous than he first let on.Will they be able to stop Harvey before he destroys Jenny’s order?On their adventure, Tilly and Jenny find friends in the most unlikely of places–and betrayal just around the corner.
Keep or delete: Delete.
Book Title: Cemetery Girl
Added to TBR: May 2nd, 2017
Synopsis: Sketching was always a special gift and talent for Janie. It was her release from the pressures of growing up and her escape from feeling like she didn’t fit in. One day while sitting and creating illustrations in a cemetery, “special” took on a whole new meaning for Janie. Her drawing appears to reveal a hidden message from beyond the grave where she was drawing. Journey with Janie as she comes to realize that sometimes images can say more than words. With the help of her friends, she searches for the meaning behind the messages being revealed to her. As she tries to unravel the mystery, she also tries to make sense of her growing feelings for two special guys: her best friend Bobby, and a new student at school Keith, who just arrived from California with his dad, a deep tan, and his own car.
Books Deleted: 18
TBR Count: 523
I actually feel like I made a tiny dent! Do you think I made good choices? Lol. If I inspired you to cleanse your own TBR, tag me so I can see what you choose to keep and delete! ❤
Blogger/ Punk Rocker / Quirky