TBR Shelf Cleanup #12


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.

Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson

unwrapped_sky_coverCaeli-Amur: an ancient city perched on white cliffs overlooking the sea; a city ruled by three Houses, fighting internecine wars; a city which harbours ancient technology and hidden mysteries. But things are changing in Caeli-Amur. Ancient minotaurs arrive for the traditional Festival of the Sun. The slightly built New-Men bring their technology from their homeland. Wastelanders stream into the city hideously changed by the chemical streams to the north. Strikes break out in the factory district.

In a hideout beneath the city, a small group of seditionists debate ways to overthrow the Houses. How can they rouse the citizens of the city? Should they begin a campaign of terror? Is there a way to uncover the thaumaturgical knowledge that the Houses guard so jealously? As the Houses scramble to maintain their rule, it becomes clear that things will change forever in Caeli-Amur.

I picked this one up when it first came out in paperback but that’s been a while now, probably several years. I don’t know why I haven’t gotten to it, I guess I got distracted by other books. But it looks weird as hell and that’s one of my jams so I’m definitely hanging onto it. KEEP

The Illeath War by Stephen R. Donaldson

the_illearth_war_coverAfter scant days in his “real” world, Thomas Covenant found himself again summoned to the Land. There forty bitter years had passed, while Lord Foul, immortal enemy of the Land, moved to fulfill his prophecy of doom.

The Council of Lords found their spells useless, now that Foul the Despiser held the Illearth Stone, ancient source of evil power, High Lord Elena turned in desperation to Covenant and the legendary white hold magic of his ring. And nobody knew how to use the white hold–least of all, Thomas Covenant.

Thus continues one of the most remarkable epic fantasies ever written…

This is a series that one of my friends absolutely loves. I don’t know that I’m actually interested in this myself but I saw some of the books in the used store when I was out and about and picked up two of them anyway. This one is not the first of the series, and I also have one sequel. Think I’ll let these go. PURGE

The Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Dougless

the_wayfarer_redemptionA thousand years ago the Acharites drove the Forbidden from their land. Now, strange sightings along Achar’s northern border foreshadow their return. The barbaric tribes of the Ravensbund are pouring south with the tales of fearsome beings who feed on the terror of their prey. Winter has come early, and with it the promise of war. Axis, bastard son of the dead Princess Rivkah, is sent to the battlefront at Gorkenfort with his elite Axe-Wielders. Once there, he must hand over command to his hated half-brother, Borneheld. But travelling north, Axis falls in love with Faraday – Borneheld’s betrothed, and meets two priests who challenge the very essence of his beliefs.

The Sentinels walk the land, the TreeFriend has been found, and the people of the Plough, the Wing and the Horn must set aside their differences and unite under one leader against the evil rising in the north . .

I’ve been wanting to read this series for a long time and haven’t started yet. I’ve had this in my TBR for quite a while, probably five-ish years. I also have four of the sequels. Still interested in getting to this eventually so will hold on to them for now. KEEP

The Imaginary Corpse

tic-coverA dinosaur detective in the land of unwanted ideas battles trauma, anxiety, and the first serial killer of imaginary friends.

Most ideas fade away when we’re done with them. Some we love enough to become Real. But what about the ones we love, and walk away from?

Tippy the triceratops was once a little girl’s imaginary friend, a dinosaur detective who could help her make sense of the world. But when her father died, Tippy fell into the Stillreal, the underbelly of the Imagination, where discarded ideas go when they’re too Real to disappear. Now, he passes time doing detective work for other unwanted ideas – until Tippy runs into The Man in the Coat, a nightmare monster who can do the impossible: kill an idea permanently. Now Tippy must overcome his own trauma and solve the case, before there’s nothing left but imaginary corpses.

This is recent add to the TBR and one I meant to read last year and just have not had the chance to squeeze in yet! Definitely holding onto this one. KEEP

Making Money by Terry Pratchett

making_money_coverIt’s an offer you can’t refuse.

Who would not to wish to be the man in charge of Ankh-Morpork’s Royal Mint and the bank next door?

It’s a job for life. But, as former con-man Moist von Lipwig is learning, the life is not necessarily for long.

The Chief Cashier is almost certainly a vampire. There’s something nameless in the cellar (and the cellar itself is pretty nameless), it turns out that the Royal Mint runs at a loss. A 300 year old wizard is after his girlfriend, he’s about to be exposed as a fraud, but the Assassins Guild might get him first. In fact lot of people want him dead.

Oh. And every day he has to take the Chairman for walkies.

Everywhere he looks he’s making enemies.

What he should be doing is . . . Making Money!

Ah, we’ve come to my Discworld books. Well, I have this and twenty-six other Discworld books in my TBR. One of these days I will get to catching up with this series! Also to the people who are like ‘you could read one of these a day!’ and ‘you could totally go through this series in a month’–A) I do NOT read that fast! I read A LOT, but I do NOT read quickly lololololol. Also, I have other books I want to read in 30 days, I rarely read a series straight through. Anyway. I do plan on reading at least one a  month at some point but I’m going to have to plan it. Maybe I’ll start later this year, should be caught up on obligated reading by they. KEEP

That’s all for now! This brings my total count to:

Keep Purge Undecided
124 26 15

LOL Welp. My keep pile went up significantly, but I knew this would happen with some of the big series I’ve been hoarding. But at least I did add two more two more titles the the purge pile. We’ll see what happens going forward! What do you think of my choices here? Anything you’d do differently? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

14 thoughts on “TBR Shelf Cleanup #12

  1. Captain's Quarters says:

    I am so excited to see unwrapped sky on here! I haven’t read it but have never seen anyone talk about it before and I be curious. Read it so ye can tell me if it is worth it. Love these posts. Arrr!
    x The Captain

  2. Tammy says:

    The Imaginary Corpse was a DNF for me, sadly. But I’m in the minority, you may love it. It just felt really juvenile and way too silly for me.

  3. PerfectlyTolerable says:

    I need to start the Discworld books haha. I own two of them. (Guards! Guards! and I can’t remember the other one) but luckily I don’t have them all on my TBR 🤣 so it doesn’t look as bad!

    • waytoofantasy says:

      I started with Small Gods years and years ago and it’s probably one of my top five books ever. Guards! Guards! Is great too although I will admit it took me a little longer to get into that one at first. 🙂 The only reason I have all of these on my TBR is because my husband bought me the hardcover editions from the UK for Christmas a couple of years ago (I just fell in love with the covers).

  4. Farragut says:

    I’m 4/5 this week, I thought you’d purge Unwrapped Sky! It’s definitely weird, but left me a little cold in some respects.

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