Culling the TBR Pile 5

A blogger called Lia from Lost in a Story created a kind of meme thingy called Down the TBR Hole that aims to cut your TBR pile of the books you no longer want to read and remind yourself of the ones you do want to read.

The process:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5-10 (or more if youre feeling adventurous) books.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Culling the TBR Pile This Week:

Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott

This is apparently Memoirs of a Geisha meets Cinderella by way of Othello and Hamlet. I certainly added it a long time ago, but the magical ability of the noble-born girl, the change her appearance at will, sounds pretty cool, so I’m going to keep this one.

Winter Queen by Amber Argyle

I honestly only added this because of the gorgeous cover. It really is breathtaking. But the blurb doesn’t excite me as much as I want it to, and I would only ever want a physical copy of this book because of the cover, and the cover on The Book Depository isn’t as vibrant as the one on Goodreads… plus I already have Amber Argyle’s Witchsong book to read… so this one is getting culled.

The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges

After reading the blurb, I still do really want to read this, even if it’s a mixed reaction from my reviewing friends. I like the idea of a historical Russian YA and I kind of feel that this may have been a little ahead of its time as it was published in 2012 and it’s about a necromancer, and I feel that necromancy might be the Next Big Thing in YA in 2017/2018. I’m going to keep this.

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

This was published in 2011 and in a post-Frozen world, I’m not longer interested in reading about a Snow Queen retelling, even if it does have quite positive reviews. Cull it.

Linked by Imogen Howson

Reading the blurb again does nothing for me, linked twinsies on possibly different planets does sound vaguely interesting but I am trying to cull here and I only want to keep books that truly excite me, not just books I find vaguely interesting. This one is getting culled.


Removed: 3

Kept: 2

What do you think? Should I have kept any books? Have you read any, and what did you think of them? Let me know in the comments!


About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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