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?
As of my last Cleaning Up post I had 2,002 books on my TBR pile. Last week I was trying to figure out how many books were on my TBR pile that is part of different series that I haven't read yet. This lead to me going through a lot of my books and I am now at 1,965 books on my TBR pile. I cleaned almost 40 (37) off my shelves, which feels really good.
At this point, my only goal is to get through the books that I don't already own in some way.
Ien Montgomery wants nothing more than to find love and compose music, something impossible under the weight of his family's expectations. When he meets a beautiful violin-prodigy, Kiera McDougal, he is certain he has found his one true love. With her, he imagines a future outside of his parents' control. That is, until a horrible accident tears them apart.
Disfigured and abandoned, Ien thinks of nothing but returning to Kiera and exacting revenge on the people that ruined his life - his parents. But, vengeance is empty. Betrayed by those closest to him, Ien discovers that the price for his happiness may be his sanity.
Set amidst the landscape of New York's Gilded Age, and inspired by Phantom of the Opera, TRANSCEND takes a journey through Ien's psyche and exposes the fine line between love and madness.
Thoughts: This book seems very unique and has a lot of likes, but I can't see myself picking it up considering it's been on my shelf since 2012.
When I look in the mirror, I see a stranger. When I look over my shoulder, no one's there…
Yet I feel watched. Hunted. Afraid.
And then he tells me I’m beautiful.
He tells me I’m safe.
I believe him.
Until someone tries to kill me.
Secrets abound, danger is near, and still… my heart desires a boy with whiskey-colored eyes and far too many secrets.
Secrets that could cost me my life.
To stay alive I have to look deep, beneath the masks everyone wears, to find the truth.
To find myself.
Thoughts: I must have been in a mood when I added these last two books. Two books back-to-back where the characters are scarred. This one seems interesting, but I can't see myself getting to it ever.
As if Isaac’s betrayal isn’t enough, Adria learns that there are things out there older and more powerful than werewolves could ever be. An archaic entity known only to few as the Praverian, unlike anything Adria has ever known or heard of.
As Adria struggles with her own fateful dilemmas, she must also try to find out why the Praverian is so interested in her and do everything in her power to stay out of its way.
Thoughts: I have a weak spot for werewolves, but this synopsis seems like book one is starting in the middle of an already developed series and I don't want to spend most of it confused. Also, it's not available in Kindle anymore so that doesn't help.
Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe - a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fills her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn't get any stranger. She's wrong...
Thoughts: Since I just entered a giveaway for this one, I think I'll be keeping it. Dragons are a weak spot for me as well.
Thoughts: This sounds like a really unique story, but I don't think it's for me.
Miss Caroline Bristol is reluctant to work for a bachelor but she needs a position, and these former street children touch her heart. While she tends to break any mechanical device she touches, it never occurs to her that she might be something more than human. All she knows is that Merrick is the most dangerously attractive man she's ever met—and out of reach for a mere governess.
When conspiracy threatens to blur the distinction between humans and monsters, Caroline and Merrick must join forces and the fate of humanity hinges upon their combined skills of steam and sorcery...
Thoughts: I know you aren't supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I seriously didn't expect to like this book because of it. This book seems 100% up my alley
But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart . . . misses.
Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?
Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.
Thoughts: This one sounds really good and unique. Plus, I am seriously swooning over this cover.
Charming and gorgeous, JP is also fiercely private, a charismatic enigma with his fair share of secrets—not to mention a string of romantic conquests a mile long. He could make Vega’s career, or destroy what credibility she has left—because JP has made it very clear that his interest in Vega is anything but professional. Vega should know better than to trust a man like him. But kiss by heated kiss, she discovers this man may be worth the risk.
Thoughts: This sounds interesting and like my kind of read, but I don't think I'll ever get to this one.
Ronnie Rose is trying to cope with the loss of her father; now it looks like she might lose everything else that's dear to her too. Huge debts threaten to destroy her family, her childhood home and her future. Only one person cuts through her pain. Kalen Smith has just moved to town. He's trouble and everyone knows it. He and his mysterious friends keep to themselves and the town likes it that way. But when Kalen mourns at her dad's funeral, Ronnie wants to know why and her investigation plunges her into a dangerous world of murky government secrets, with deadly consequences. Ronnie knows she should walk away from Kalen before it's too late. Problem is, she's falling for him...
Can we choose who we fall in love with?
Thoughts: This one I'm unclear how it ended up on my TBR pile. This isn't my usual and I don't think it's for me.
In another riveting tale of life and death, Megan Miranda's masterful storytelling brings readers along for a ride to the edge of sanity and back again.
Thoughts: This is another one I'm not sure I know how it ended up on my shelves. Must have been adding stuff willy-nilly.
Carmen knows that dating Jeremy can't end well, but she just can't stay away. Nobody else understands her - and riles her up - like he does. Still, she can't trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win she takes anti-anxiety drugs to perform and what started as a quick fix has become a hungry addiction. But now Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even more sick of always doing what she's told, doing what's expected.
And, as Carmen starts to open up to Jeremy, she realizes that sometimes being on top just means you have a long way to fall...
Thoughts: This sounds great, but considering I deal with issues like this on a daily, I don't really want to bring that home with me.
As a child, she fantasized about having magical powers . . . making things happen. But Ava grew up and eventually accepted the fact that her childish dreams were just that, and maybe a normal life wasn't so bad after all.
Now a young college student, Ava meets Caleb Foster, a brilliant and mysterious man who’s supposed to help her pass Physics, but in reality, has another mission in mind. What he shows Ava challenges her view of the world, shaking it to its very core.
Because Caleb isn't quite what he seems. In fact, he's not entirely human, and he's not the only one.
Together, the duo faces a threat from an ancient race bound to protect humans, but only after protecting their own secrets—secrets they fear Ava may expose. Fighting to survive, Ava soon learns she's not actually normal . . . she's not even just special.
She's a little bit more.
Thoughts: All I can think is that I'm good and that I've read several books like this before.
Overall: Tossed 9 and kept 3. Total on TBR pile=1,956
Any thoughts on my choices this week?
Did I toss too many? Not enough?