Time for another round up of books from my TBR to go through! Each week I’ll be going over a selection from my physical unread books and deciding what to keep and what to purge. There will be a third option–undecided–which I might ask for your input on why you think I should keep or purge that title from my list. You can also check out my full TBR pile here.
Karavans by Jennifer Roberson
A NEW JOURNEY DAWNS
Audrun and her husband Davyd, along with the others of the land of Sancorra, have been left homeless because of the brutal Hecari. Consulting diviners, they learn that their newest child must be born in the peaceful province of Atalanda. They must now travel close to the sinister woodlands of Alisanos, where darkness awaits. Joining a karavan for safety, the family moves ever closer to the dangerous, mystical forest. And, as they are all about to discover, Alisanos is moving ever closer to them.
I’ve read the first two books of Jennifer Roberson’s Tiger and Del series of sword and sorcery books and liked those but have also heard that this series is good too! So while out and about used book browsing I picked it up and it’s remained in my TBR ever since. I love epic fantasy but also it takes so long for me to read, which is why I keep putting certain series off, haha. I’m still interested in this one for now though, so I’ll hold on to it for a bit longer. KEEP
Winter Rose by Patricia McKillip
Sorrow and trouble and bitterness will bound you and yours and the children of yours…
Some said the dying words of Nial Lynn, murdered by his own son, were a wicked curse. To others, it was a winter’s tale spun by firelight on cold, dark nights. But when Corbet Lynn came to rebuild his family estate, memories of his grandfather’s curse were rekindled by young and old – and rumours filled the heavy air of summer.
In the woods that border Lynn Hall, free-spirited Rois Melior roams wild and barefooted in search of healing herbs. She is as hopelessly unbridled – and unsuited for marriage – as her betrothed sister Laurel is domestic. In Corbet’s pale green eyes, Rois senses a desperate longing. In her restless dreams, mixed with the heady warmth of harvest wine, she hears him beckon. And as autumn gold fades, Rois is consumed with Corbet Lynn, obsessed with his secret past – until, across the frozed countryside and in flight from her own imagination, truth and dreams become inseparable…
Another McKillip! Definitely keeping this as I plan to keep all my McKillip books and read them eventually. They’re just too pretty looking to get rid of is my reasoning. Also, McKillip’s prose is amazing so if you haven’t read any of her work yet I highly recommend checking some out. KEEP
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
I picked this one and its sequels up at the thrift store, I can clearly remember doing so. I don’t know why I did except ‘oooh, fantasy!’ and they were cheap. But to be honest I don’t really have much interest in reading this series. PURGE
Last of the Wilds by Trudi Canavan
After pitched battle, The White—the avatars of the Five Gods—have briefly turned back the vicious invaders. And now, the priestess Auraya is sent on an urgent mission to reconcile with the powerful, outcast Dreamweavers, for their magical healing abilities may be the key to saving the land. But as a deadly plague devastates their allies and old adversaries resurface, a dreadful surprise may ruin the chance for peace. For Auraya’s terrible discovery will force her into a desperate choice—one whose consequences will change the world forever.
I read a bunch of Trudi Canavan books a looooong time ago and loved them. I remember liking the first book in this series and can recall a little of the plot and characters. Still, if I decide to continue then I might have to reread the first one as a refresher. And the sequels have been on my shelf for an embarrisingly long time. Am I ever actually going to read these? Ugh, the completionist in me wants to complete the series though. And I do like Canavan’s stuff. Help! UNDECIDED
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
Connie Willis’ Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Doomsday Book uses time travel for a serious look at how people connect with each other. In this Hugo-winning companion to that novel, she offers a completely different kind of time travel adventure: a delightful romantic comedy that pays hilarious homage to Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat.
When too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned’s holiday anything but restful – to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.
I definitely still want to read this book! Several people have told me how great it is and I haven’t yet read any of Connie Willis’ work. That being said, I also have an ebook version of this so I can happily let go of my physical copy. PURGE (sorta)
Well, that’s all for this week. That brings my running total so far:
A few more books leaving my TBR and one undecided that I could use some help with. 🙂 Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!
20 thoughts on “TBR Shelf Cleanup #4”
I haven’t read any Trudi Canavan, so I can’t be much help there. LOL
I have tried 2 of Connie Willis’ novels, and they were interesting, but didn’t hold my attention. Both are lingering in the “maybe I’ll try again someday” pile.
I’ve liked what I’ve read by Canavan but it’s been a LONG time lol. I know I’ll probably enjoy To Say Nothing of the Dog based on what I’ve heard about it.
I don’t have an opinion on your “undecided” book, unfortunately, but you have reminded me I’d love to reread To Say Nothing of the Dog😁
I’ve heard so many good things about that book! I just need to find time in a packed reading schedule….
Aw, I’m actually a little sad about the Lightning Thief purge! The original 5 Percy Jackson books (I haven’t read the spinoffs yet) were really fun middle-grade books. 🙂 But even I’m pretty picky about what MG/YA books I read these days, so if you’re not feeling it, you’re not feeling it. 😀
I hardly read any middle grade these days, I think I read two all last year. I’m sure they are fun but I just don’t see myself making the time for them, unfortunately.
I’ve read many many many first of series, including The Lightning Thief. Liked it… but didn’t continue. I may try it on my kids at some point. I could see the draw, but eh.
I read a lot of first in series too. I think that series looks fun but I just don’t feel like reading it, if I’m being honest with myself LOL.
Aww, I did enjoy the Percy Jackson series (at least the first one…and that WAS 10+ years ago) but in the war on Mount TBR, sacrifices must be made!
Haha, yes indeed. 🙂
Well done with your purse – I need to read Connue Willis – I have her Doomsday book which has good reviews. Not sure about the one you’ve highlighted, can’t say I recall hearing anything about that one.
I know To Say Nothing of the Dog takes place in the same universe as Doomsday book but I’ve also been advised that To Say Nothing of the Dog is probably more my thing, LOL. I’m not surprised a lot of people haven’t heard of that one, it’s been in my TBR for a looooong time and I never see anyone mention that series of hers, only usually her previous trilogy.
I just love To Say Nothing of the Dog, it’s a must-read for me!
I also enjoyed The Lightning Thief as well, I was frankly quite surprised how much I enjoyed it given its MG, and it was a very fast, easy read.
The Last of the Wilds I actually liked more than Canavan’s Black Magician series – not sure if it helps you with your purge, though! 😉
If I get to the Canavan series I’m definitely going to have to reread the first one because it’s been so long (although I can vaguely remember it, maybe I can get away with skimming lol). I actually remember loving Black Magician back in the day even though I was *furious* with out the last book ended hahah.
I am so glad ye are going to read Connie Willis. Doomsday is a more tragic story whereas Nothing of the Dog is sillier. Both are wonderful. I think most people like whichever one they read first the best (Doomsday for me). And thanks for the total counter. I think it be awesome.
x The Captain
I have heard that about these books, not sure if I’ll ever get to The Doomsday Book because I try to avoid tragedy if at all possible, but To Say Nothing of the Dog looks to be my speed for sure.
You’re welcome! Thanks for asking for it, I wouldn’t have thought of it otherwise. 🙂
Ooooh, I remember Jennifer Roberson & Tiger and Del! And there was another series with shapeshifters by her I read. But it’s sooo long ago, I hardly remember! But yeah, they were fun 🙂
I’ve read the first two Tiger and Del, I keep meaning to get back to that series. I think when I started it, I had no idea how many books it consisted of LOL
The Percy Jackson books were such fun, just silly fun. But yea, totally purge if you’re not feeling it. The library always has copies 🙂
Yeah, that’s what I figure. They’re popular so it’s not like I won’t be able to get a hold of them if I want to. 🙂