(If you like this idea and would like to do it yourself, please feel free! I would appreciate it if you linked back to my blog so I can see your spin on the series!)
- Link back to the original post at Howling Libraries
- Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, ascending
- Find 5-10 (or more, if you feel ambitious!) titles to purge from your TBR (the “lows”)
- Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation of why you removed it
- Next, sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, descending
- List the last 5 (or more!) books you added to your TBR, with a synopsis or your brief summary of why you added it (the “highs”)
Before we jump into my list, here are the posts from other bloggers over the last week:
Make sure you go give them some love, and feel free to join in with us on this meme!
I’ve reached a point in my TBR shelf where I want to keep MOST of what’s on the shelf, so I’m only removing 5 a week starting now! In the next few weeks, I’m actually going to cycle back to the oldest additions and see what I’ve changed my mind on since I first began purging the shelf last fall.
1. What Happened — Hillary Rodham Clinton
This is nothing against HRC at all—hell, I voted for her!—but I’ve come to realize that I have to deal with enough agonizing political dumpster fires through the daily news, and reading this book is just going to make me sad and angry.
2. What the Hell Did I Just Read — David Wong
I totally added this for the hype, and while it does sound interesting, I’d rather read the first 2 John Dies at the End books first.
3. Inkmistress — Audrey Coulthurst
I know a lot of people loved this prequel, but it’s just not something I’m interested in picking up any time soon, and if I were interested, I’d read Of Fire and Stars before this one, because publication order and all that.
4. Lullaby — L.R.W. Lee
I won’t lie, I added this because of the cover. But, first of all, I have heard soooo many reviews saying it is downright AWFUL, and second, the author has actually harassed quite a few of my friends for their reviews, which is an immediate NOPE for me.
5. Art of War — edited by Petros Triantafyllou
I bet this huge fantasy anthology is badass, and I love that the proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders, but the only reason I’m removing this is because quite a few of the stories in it supposedly come from those respective authors’ full series and are spoiler-y. That wouldn’t be a big deal if I didn’t want to read any of those other series, but I do, so I’ll pass on this.
1. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark — Michelle McNamara
If you don’t know, this is a nonfiction/true crime book about the Golden State Killer. I have just been hearing sooo many rave reviews about this lately, and it sounds so fascinating. I’m thinking about the audiobook, since I’m hearing it’s particularly well done!
2. The Last Time I Lied — Riley Sager
You guys may remember that I hated Riley Sager’s last release, Final Girls, but maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment, because I am low key dying to see if this is any better. Scribd.com is supposed to be getting the audiobook at the end of the month, so I’m planning on listening to it some time in September or October.
3. The Siren and the Specter — Jonathan Janz
There are certain things I love in horror: haunted houses, ghosts, and deceased lovers. Don’t judge me, we’ve all got types. 😛 I just received an ARC of this one, but it comes out really soon (September 6th), so I’ll have a review up in time to let you guys know if you should add it to your Halloween reading lists!
4. Kill Creek — Scott Thomas
I’m seeing this everywhere lately, and just dying to read it. Even though my owned horror TBR is huge as it is, I’m definitely planning on purchasing this one to read this October! It’s about a group of horror authors who spend a night together in a haunted house, which is just such a cool vibe if you ask me.
5. Stranded — Bracken MacLeod
Okay, maybe I have a FEW “types” when it comes to horror, because I’m also obsessed with any sort of icy/wintry settings for scary stories. I also love nautical horror, and since this is about a group who gets lost at sea in the Arctic, umm, SIGN ME UP?
6. Hidden Bodies — Caroline Kepnes
I’ll have a review coming up soon for You, but suffice it to say that when I saw that the sequel’s audiobook was narrated by the same guy, between that and how intriguing I found the first book, I knew I have to continue.
7. Give the Dark My Love — Beth Revis
I kept seeing this cover around, but honestly, it kind of struck me as that “generic YA fantasy” vibe, so I kept passing it by until I heard that it had necromancy, and… I can’t explain to you guys how much I love necromancy in books, okay? Then, I read Chelsea’s review, and any part of me that hadn’t been sold before was sold now.
8. The Light We Lost — Jill Santopolo
I have never been an adult contemporary reader until this year, but I’ve learned that I hadn’t given the genre a fair chance in the past, and now it’s like I need to read all of the super emotional recent faves from the genre to make up for it or something? Anyways, this is about love and loss and second chances, and when I saw GabbyReads literally SOBBING over it in one of her booktubeathon vlogs, I was like, yep, I need to get rekt like that sometimes.
9. Sweetpea — C.J. Skuse
I don’t remember where I heard about this, but it’s about a woman who is creating a hit list of people she wants to kill. I feel like you never see women as serial killers in books or media at all, so I’m very intrigued.
10. The Red Scrolls of Magic — Cassandra Clare
A few days ago, I randomly realized I hadn’t added this to my TBR yet, and I mean, obviously I’m here for anything involving my sweet little bisexual warlock baby, so… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
What did you think of this week’s removals and additions? Will you be adding any of these to your TBR?