My Goodreads TBR needs desperately to be cleaned out, so I’m doing these posts until I feel it’s manageable, or until I’m back at the beginning of the list.
- 1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
- 2. Order on ascending date added.
- 3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
- 4. Read the synopsis of the books.
- 5. Time to Decide: keep it or should it go
I’m adding my own twist on this and adding a 6th piece: if I’m on the fence about a book after reading the synopsis, I’ll read the preview of a book and make that part of my decision.
Now that I’ve gotten all that out of the way, let’s just get started.
#1 The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
This actually seems like a book that would be perfect for this time of year. I’m trying to read some horror this month so maybe I’ll pick it up from my library once I finish the books I’ve currently got from them. There are some other horror books I’m more excited about, but the premise of this still sounds super intriguing to me so I may not get to it by this Halloween, but it’s definitely something I’m still interested in picking up eventually.
#2 Iron Gold (Red Rising 4) by Pierce Brown
Yeah, I don’t even have to read the description of this. The original Red Rising trilogy was one of those rare cases where I just had to binge-read all the books. I’ve been putting this off until this part of the series is completed because I suspect I’ll want to binge read again, and I tend to be impatient and lose interest in incomplete series.
#3 The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
So, this definitely sounds intriguing, but not nearly intriguing enough for me to prioritize it anytime in the near future. I don’t necessarily dislike the sound of the premise, but it’s a little too vague for me to make a decision, and it makes me feel just… lukewarm. So.
#4 The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
This is a book I’m actively interested in reading. I probably won’t get to it in October, as I have other things I’m prioritizing right now (stuff I planned to read in September that I didn’t finish, as well as those horror books I mentioned above,) but I could potentitally get to this one in November or December. It sounds pretty original, and I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s all about.
#5 The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
I definitely want to read this one. It’ll be a hot minute because it’s such a long book and it’s definitely going to take me probably a whole month to read. It is, at least, a standalone, and I’m always excited to read high fantasy written by women. I’ve heard only good things about this book. But… just thinking about reading it is too much of a commitment at this moment in time. Someday, though.
In total I am keeping 4 books and letting go of` 1. I’ve let go of 2 books so far in doing these posts, but we’re only one the third one. I expect by the next one, or maybe the one after that, this will be more exciting (and more productive.)