Saturday, March 30, 2019

Cleaning Up My TBR Pile #7







I saw this on an amazing blog called Lisa Loves Literature and I immediately fell in love with the idea. It originally comes from a blog called Lost in a Story. It's all about cleaning up our generally overflowing TBR pile, and I for one need some real help with that.

Anyway, it works like this:

  • 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?

Last week I went through my "Maybe" pile and not my TBR pile on my Goodreads shelves. My "Maybe" pile is books I'm thinking about that I may or may not read. I figure if I'm finally cleaning up my shelves I should work on that shelf too. If I decide to keep a "Maybe" book it'll be turned into a TBR pile book. So like last week I did 10 books from my "Maybe" pile. I'm thinking I may need to tag these on my shelf somehow to know which ones I went through. Like, label them "keep" or something.

An arresting story about starting over after a friend’s suicide, from a breakthrough new voice in YA fiction.

dear Caitlin, there are so many things that I want so badly to tell you but I just can’t.

Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend’s suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn’t die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid’s descent into depression becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid—and Caitlin herself.

Thoughts: Honestly, with my job the way it is, I don't really want to be reading about teen suicide when I get home after dealing with it at work.

Decision: Toss

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers: people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn't got magic, so he's an outsider; the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail - he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.

Thoughts: I haven't read any of Holly Black's work, and I think I only added this book because a lot of people had read it. If I start reading her books I can always add it back, but murder mysteries aren't really my thing.

Decision: Toss

Will Scarlet is good at two things: stealing from the rich and keeping secrets - skills that are in high demand in Robin Hood's band of thieves, who protect the people of Nottingham from the evil sheriff. Scarlet's biggest secret of all is one only Robin and his men know...that she is posing as a thief; that the slip of a boy who is fast with sharp knives is really a girl.

The terrible events in her past that led Scarlet to hide her real identity are in danger of being exposed when the thief-taker Lord Gisbourne arrives in town to rid Nottingham of the Hood and his men once and for all. As Gisbourne closes in and puts innocent lives at risk, Scarlet must decide how much the people of Nottingham mean to her, especially John Little, a flirtatious fellow outlaw, and Robin, whose quick smiles have the rare power to unsettle her. There is real honor among these thieves and so much more - making this a fight worth dying for.

Thoughts: This book sounds so good and even after adding it so long ago to my shelves I still find the idea of this story exciting.

Decision: Keep and move to TBR


Shari Jones needs to get a life. Preferably someone else's. Single, homeless and jobless, Indo-American Shari agrees to her best friend's whacky scheme: travel to Mumbai, pose as Amrita, and ditch the fiance her traditional Indian parents have chosen. Simple. Until she's mistaken for a famous Bollywood actress, stalked by a Lone Ranger wannabe, courted by an English lord, and busted by the blackmailing fiance. Life is less complicated in New York. Or so she thinks until the entourage of crazies follows her to the Big Apple and that's when the fun really begins. Shari deals with a blossoming romance, an addiction to Indian food and her first movie role, while secretly craving another trip to the mystical land responsible for sparking her new lease on life. Returning to her Indian birthplace, she has an epiphany. Maybe the happily-ever-after of her dreams isn't so far away?

Thoughts:

Decision: Keep and move to TBR


Abigail thought her life was normal—until she awoke in the year 1692.

Abigail Parker graduated from high school expecting her summer to be spent with friends and prepping for college. But after the sudden death of her mother, she moved to Salem, Massachusetts. Stumbling upon a spell book, Abigail tries her hand at a spell, but something goes terribly wrong. Abbey finds herself three centuries back in the summer of 1692 in the midst of the Salem witch trials. There she meets a young man named William Reed, who shows her a love she had never imagined possible. Abigail discovers a family in 1692 and realizes that she holds a secret that could jeopardize her and Williams love, even risking their lives.

Thoughts: I am not into historical books. Going back in time etc. I like the world with toilets and less obvious racism.

Decision: Toss

An extraordinary tale of an ExtraNormal girl.

Mira Johns is pretty much like any other teenage girl. Except that she knows how to harness electromagnetic energy to communicate without words.

And she's really, really far from home.

Her assignment as an emissary to Earth sounds fairly simple: blend in, observe, and stay away from the planet's primitive males.

But after she finds one boy too irresistible for stupid rules, she realizes the real reason she's supposed to keep her distance: mates from her world can die if separated.

Mira's only hope is to uncover the truth to why she, the most mediocre of candidates, was actually chosen for this assignment--before the agency discovers her secret and sends her back home.

Thoughts: Reading the synopsis again I can't really find that spark of why I added this book to my shelf. Since I have over 2,000 books on my TBR pile I feel like I need something to draw me in and this one doesn't do it for me.

Decision: Toss

Even angels make mistakes in this page-turning epic romance

When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world's past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.

Thoughts: This one seems very fun and I haven't read a decent angel book in some time.

Decision: Keep and move to TBR

Orphaned at the age of six, Jane Williams has grown up in a series of foster homes, learning to survive in the shadows of life. Through hard work and determination, she manages to win a scholarship to the exclusive Birch Grove Academy. There, for the first time, Jane finds herself accepted by a group of friends. She even starts tutoring the headmistress’s gorgeous son, Lucien. Things seem too good to be true.

They are.

The more she learns about Birch Grove’s recent past, the more Jane comes to suspect that there is something sinister going on. Why did the wife of a popular teacher kill herself? What happened to the former scholarship student, whose place Jane took? Why does Lucien’s brother, Jack, seem to dislike her so much?

As Jane begins to piece together the answers to the puzzle, she must find out why she was brought to Birch Grove and what she would risk staying there..because even the brightest people make terrible decisions when they are offered the things they desire most.

Thoughts: I know I've said in the past that I don't really like the whole murder mystery private school thing, but this one sounds too good to pass up!

Decision: Keep and move to TBR pile

Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself – and that’s exactly what the demons are counting on…

Seventeen-year-old Riley, the only daughter of legendary demon trapper Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father's footsteps.  The good news is, with human society seriously disrupted by economic upheaval and Lucifer increasing the number of demons in all major cities, Atlanta’s local Trappers Guild needs all the help they can get – even from a girl. When she’s not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing crush on fellow apprentice Simon, Riley’s out saving distressed citizens from foul-mouthed little devils – Grade One Hellspawn only, of course, per the strict rules of the Guild. Life’s about as normal as can be for the average demon-trapping teen.

But then a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley’s routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood.  And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, sudden tragedy strikes the Trappers Guild, spinning Riley down a more dangerous path than she ever could have imagined. As her whole world crashes down around her, who can Riley trust with her heart – and her life?

Thoughts: I usually never pass up a demon story, but this one just seemed kind of blah and even reading through some reviews I couldn't find myself to be interested.

Decision: Toss


Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything changes when she is awarded a prestigious internship at a posh Chicago hotel under the watchful eyes of a group of gorgeous strangers: the powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; her second-in-command, the dashing Lucian Grove; and their stunning but aloof staff of glamazons called The Outfit.

As Haven begins falling for Lucian, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers the evil agenda of Aurelia and company: they’re in the business of buying souls. Will they succeed in wooing Haven to join them in their recruitment efforts, or will she be able to thwart this devilish set’s plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the hotel?

Thoughts: Again, I just couldn't find myself to be interested.

Decision: Toss

I definitely kept more this week than last, but since this is my "Maybe" pile I'm also officially inviting them to stay on my shelf too so I don't feel as bad.


Any books on here you think I shouldn't have tossed? Are there any I kept that you think are total garbage and need to be gone forever?

How do you keep your TBR Pile clean?

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