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Goodreads TBR Purging #2

June 7, 2019

Last month, I decided to start a mass clean-out of my Goodreads TBR shelf! Naturally, if I’m going to spend the time doing it, I figured I might as well blog about it. I’m just doing it in small chunks to keep it manageable!

If there’s anything in this list that you think I should KEEP on my TBR, please let me know why, and I’ll consider adding it back!

TBR Tracking:

before purge 1: 1,536
after purge 1: 1,496
before purge 2: 1,534

  1. Unbury Carol — Josh Malerman
    • I’ll still try Bird Box, but I’ve sadly started to realize Malerman’s writing doesn’t click with me AT ALL.
  2. Campfire — Shawn Sarles
  3. ELEMENTS: Fire — Taneka Stotts
    • This sounds cool, but no library in my system has it and it’s $20+ for used copies online, so I know I’ll probably never get around to it.
  4. Salt — Hannah Moskowitz
  5. Zodiac Starforce, Vol. 1 — Kevin Panetta
  6. Glimpse — Jonathan Maberry
  7. I Will Always Write Back — Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda
  8. Not the Girls You’re Looking For — Aminah Mae Safi
    • I hated what I read of her new book so much, I’m sorry but I just don’t want to touch anything else by her… :/
  9. Lies You Never Told Me — Jennifer Donaldson
  10. The Goon, Vol. 1 — Eric Powell
  11. Swamp Thing, Vol. 1 — Alan Moore
  12. This Heart of Mine — C.C. Hunter
    • I’m sorry, I know a lot of my friends love this author… but I hated her latest book so much it makes me rage a little to even see her books’ covers at this point.
  13. Questions I Want to Ask You — Michelle Falkoff
  14. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Vol. 1 — Hayao Miyazaki
    • I think I’m content sticking to Miyazaki’s films for now!
  15. If You Could Be Mine — Sara Farizan
    • I added this because I liked a short story from this author, but looking at the synopsis now actually makes me feel extremely uncomfortable. A girl planning to undergo reassignment surgery for her relationship? I don’t know, the apparent attitude seems… kind of shitty towards people who actually want to transition with the help of surgery?
  16. Sorcerer to the Crown — Zen Cho
  17. Swordspoint — Ellen Kushner
  18. Zero Sum Game — S.L. Huang
  19. An Accident of Stars — Foz Meadows
  20. The Turtle of Oman — Naomi Shihab Nye
  21. Shadow of the Lions — Christopher Swann
  22. Flight Season — Marie Marquardt
  23. The Resolutions — Mia Garcia
  24. In the House of the Dark of the Woods — Laird Hunt
  25. The Best Bad Things — Katrina Carrasco
  26. Coldfall Wood — Steven Savile
  27. How to Breathe Underwater — Vicky Skinner
  28. Long Lankin — Lindsey Barraclough
  29. Ten Thousand Thunders — Brian Trent
    • This was an ARC I was sent without requesting it, and I added it to give it a try, but I wasn’t interested then and, sadly, am still not interested.
  30. Cold Iron — Miles Cameron
  31. The Chrysalis — Brendan Deneen
  32. Housewitch — Katie Schickel
  33. Graphic Classics, Vol. 7 — Gerry Alanguilan
  34. The Sword and the Dagger — Robert Cochran
    • This was a very hesitant addition to begin with. 🤷‍♀️
  35. Tarot — Marissa Kennerson
  36. Next Year, For Sure — Zoey Leigh Peterson
  37. The Forgetting — Sharon Cameron
  38. Am I Normal Yet? — Holly Bourne
    • Apparently there are some pretty gross ableist comments made in this. No thanks.
  39. A Dress for the Wicked — Autumn Krause
  40. Courting Darkness — Robin LaFevers
    • I’d rather read the HFA trilogy before this spin-off duology!

Remaining TBR: 1,494

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  • Reply Jess @ Jessticulates June 7, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    I haven’t read Courting Darkness yet, but I’d still definitely recommend reading the original trilogy before picking it up! I still need to read Mortal Heart, but I really enjoyed Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph. 😀

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 25, 2019 at 1:25 am

      Thank you for the recommendation, I’ll definitely be sure to pick up the original trilogy first! 😀

  • Reply Alexa June 7, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    I’m sorry, but I laughed at how you went back to almost where you were before purge 1 😀 I used to have this with my owned shelf, but than I finally convinced myself to delete A LOT of books that I downloaded for free and wasn’t actually interested in, and that helped.
    I heard good things about Accident of Stars, and Salt sounds interesting, but I haven’t actually read either so I can’t exactly recommend them.
    If You Could Be Mine always sounded very transphobic to me from the blurb, so naaaah. I own another book by the author, which I bought before I heard that it’s pretty biphobic, so I still haven’t read it yet :/ It sucks because WOC writing F/F stories should be awesome, but at what cost.
    My problem with my TBR is, there are many that I would probably read if I could get them from the library but I don’t actually want to pay money because they don’t interest me THAT much – but they’ll most likely never end up in libraries near me, especially not in English, and the quality of translations is absymal lately. So I never know if I should take them off my TBR, because I want to READ them, but not enough to buy them when there are others that interest me more, and limited money.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 25, 2019 at 1:29 am

      This is SUCH a late reply and feel free to ignore it, but I literally laughed out loud when your comment reminded me of how hard I FAILED at the TBR purge! I really should delete more, but at the same time, I guess I don’t really mind how high the number is as long as they’re books I’m at least somewhat interested in, so it all works out okay. 😂😂
      That really stinks that you bought one of her books and then found out it’s supposed to be biphobic 🙁 That makes me so sad. I feel lucky I hadn’t spend money on any of her books before hearing about all of this.
      Oof, that’s understandable. :/ I know I have one friend who is on a pretty strict no buy and basically doesn’t add anything at all to her TBR that she can’t immediately get from the library, but I think her options must be easier going since she doesn’t have to wait on translations or anything. I can only imagine that must make your range a bit smaller and I hate that for you 🙁 I wish US-published books were easier to access internationally.

  • Reply Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads June 7, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    A lot of these books I feel I would have added solely based on their cover (shame on me for sure) but I definitely like that you went through them and purged them. I’m bummed that you had such a bad experience with Aminah Mae Safi’s other book, and I totally saw why. I have yet to read either of them but I don’t think I could handle dealing with a bully as a main character and want to get through it either. I also like sticking with Hayao Miyazaki movies rather than books, but that’s just because I like the visuals in the movies better. Good job on the purge <3

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 25, 2019 at 1:30 am

      Haha don’t feel ashamed, I add sooooo many based just on covers it’s unreal! And same on the Miyazaki films, those visuals and aesthetics are to die for 😍 Thank you darling!

  • Reply devouringbooks2017 June 7, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    A few of these I am excited to read. I want to read A Dress for the Wicked, The Sword and the Dagger, Tarot and Courting Darkness. I just checked and my “want to read” shelf is up to 3506 books. I have no self control LOL

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 25, 2019 at 1:31 am

      Bahahaha 3500?!?! That’s AMAZING. I honestly don’t mind how high my number is but sometimes I look at TBRs higher than mine and I’m just so impressed and in awe. 😂 I feel like mine has been skyrocketing lately because my mom added me to a facebook group where people post horror kindle freebies everyday and I’ve been getting a ton of those. I need a good resource for free fantasy stuff, too! I get some daily emails but they’re more for ebooks that are like $2-3 and those rack up after a while so I try to stick to freebies. 😛

      • Reply devouringbooks2017 August 25, 2019 at 2:43 pm

        I am in this facebook group called YA Book Stop and omg all the books for review look amazing! I get daily emails for free fantasy books… We Read Fantasy is a decent one! They have both freebies and sales.

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 26, 2019 at 8:00 am

          Ohhh that’s so cool! And thank you, I’ll check that out! 😀

          • devouringbooks2017 August 26, 2019 at 11:01 am

            I want to accept all the author review copies… but I have too many ARCs as it is right now.

  • Reply evelynreads1 June 8, 2019 at 6:11 am

    Those numbers made me laugh hahah, after the first purge you almost added the same amount hahah
    But then, we always find new books that look interesting!
    (Www.evelynreads.com)

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  • Reply Sarah June 13, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    I need to do some massive purges like these tbh, my TBR is up to around 1250. To support some of your decisions: I didn’t love Nausicaa and felt like I got more out of the movie for sure annd I read If You Could Be Mine quite some time ago and thought it was okay but the plot also made me really uncomfortable from what I remember.

  • Reply rachel @ typed truths June 17, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    the only one i’ve read of these is zodiac starforce, which i loved! i know you’re not a big superhero fan (am i remembering that right??) but it was super fluffy & sapphic.
    i’m so sad to hear about the holly bourne book because i’ve wanting to try something of here’s for ages now

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 25, 2019 at 1:32 am

      Yup you remembered right, not a big superhero fan sadly! 🙁 but hearing that it’s super fluffy and sapphic has me considering adding it back lmao, I am a sucker for soft gay girls <3

  • Reply eLPy June 19, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Good call in making a blog out of this. Clearly people are interested in your reading habits so let’s have it. But I can’t do it, I don’t think I can clear out my TBR even as I know I should. Some part of me will want to document somewhere what I deleted in case I want to go back to it. Lol. Perhaps one day I will. That said my 250 to your 1500+? Maybe it can stay a while longer just the way it is. 😉

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