TBR Shelf Cleanup #13


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.

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury



It’s the week before Hallowe’en, and Cooger and Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois. The siren song of the calliope entices all with promises of youth regained and dreams fulfilled… as two boys trembling on the brink of manhood set out to explore the mysteries of the dark carnival’s smoke, mazes and mirrors, they will also discover the true price of innermost wishes…


I’ve only read one Bradbury before (The Martian Chronicles) and I loved that one. I also plan on reading Fahrenheit 451 later this year. Not sure if I want to hold onto this one or not though–I have so many other things I want to read so much more. Might depend on how I like Fahrenheit!  UNDECIDED

Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb


Fifteen years have passed since the end of the Red Ship War with the terrifying Outislanders. Since then, Fitz has wandered the world accompanied only by his wolf and Wit-partner, Nighteyes, finally settling in a tiny cottage as remote from Buckkeep and the Farseers as possible.

But lately the world has come crashing in again. The Witted are being persecuted because of their magical bonds with animals; and young Prince Dutiful has gone missing just before his crucial diplomatic wedding to an Outislander princess. Fitz’s assignment to fetch Dutiful back in time for the ceremony seems very much like a fool’s errand, but the dangers ahead could signal the end of the Farseer reign.

I’m really looking forward to getting to this series! I’ve read the Farseer Trilogy and I plan on starting Rain Wild Chronicles some time this year. I also have the other two in this trilogy waiting for me and these are definitely staying in my TBR. KEEP

Valor’s Choice by Tanya Huff


In the distant future, humans and several other races have been granted membership in the Confederation – at a price. They must act as soldier/protectors of the far more civilized races who have long since turned away from war… — Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr was a battle-hardened professional. So when she and those in her platoon who’d survived the last deadly encounter with the Others were yanked from a well-deserved leave for what was supposed to be “easy” duty as the honor guard for a diplomatic mission to the non-Confederation world of the Silsviss, she was ready for anything.

At first it seemed that all she’d have to contend with was bored troops getting into mischief, and breaking in the new Second Lieutenant who had been given command of her men.

Sure, there’d been rumors of the Others – the sworn enemies of the Confederation – being spotted in this sector of space. But there were always rumors. The key thing was to recruit the Silsviss into the Confederation before the Others either attacked or claimed this lizardlike race of warriors for their own side. And everything seemed to be going perfectly. Maybe too perfectly…

I also have one sequel. I’m fine with purging these as I think I’ll probably wind up listening to them on audio shortly. So not really a true purge but a so long for now. 🙂  PURGE (sort of)

The Sleeping Beauty by Mercedes Lackey

the_sleeping_beauty_coverHeavy is the head–and the eyelids–of the princess who wears the crown…

In Rosamund’s realm, happiness hinges on a few simple beliefs:

For every princess there’s a prince.

The king has ultimate power.

Stepmothers should never be trusted.

And bad things come to those who break with Tradition….

But when Rosa is pursued by a murderous huntsman and then captured by dwarves, her beliefs go up in smoke. Determined to escape and save her kingdom from imminent invasion, she agrees to become the guinea pig in one of her stepmother’s risky incantations–thus falling into a deep, deep sleep.

When awakened by a touchy-feely stranger, Rosa must choose between Tradition and her future…between a host of eligible princes and a handsome, fair-haired outsider. And learn the difference between being a princess and ruling as a queen.

The moral of the story? Sometimes a princess has to create her own happy endings….

This is part of her Five Hundred Kingdom series. I had fun with two of these books and so picked up two more when I was out and about but never got around to them. I kind of want to read these but I also am wondering if I lost interest in this because I’m having trouble deciding if I should hold on to these books. UNDECIDED

The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell

the_devils_thief_coverEsta’s parents were murdered. Her life was stolen. And everything she knew about magic was a lie. She thought the Book of Mysteries held the key to freeing the Mageus from the Order’s grasp, but the danger within its pages was greater than she ever imagined.

Now the Book’s furious power lives inside Harte. If he can’t control it, it will rip apart the world to get its revenge, and it will use Esta to do it.

To bind the power, Esta and Harte must track down four elemental stones scattered across the continent. But the world outside the city is like nothing they expected. There are Mageus beyond the Brink not willing to live in the shadows—and the Order isn’t alone in its mission to crush them.

In St. Louis, the extravagant World’s Fair hides the first stone, but an old enemy is out for revenge and a new enemy is emerging. And back in New York, Viola and Jianyu must defeat a traitor in a city on the verge of chaos.

This is book two of a series and I randomly got sent this in the mail. I don’t really have any interest in this one unfortunately. PURGE

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

Keep Purge Undecided
127 29 18

Hey, I had some purges this week, phew! Also a couple of undecideds. What do you think of my choices here? Anything you’d do differently? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

19 thoughts on “TBR Shelf Cleanup #13

  1. Bob says:

    I still need to finish Rain Wild Chronicles, Liveship Traders, and Soldier Son, but the core Fitz books – Farseer Trilogy, Tawny Man Trilogy, and Fitz and the Fool Trilogy – are amazing. Happy reading!

    As for Mercedes Lackey, I always keep way too many of her books on the shelf. She’s one of my go-to authors when I’m in the mood for a good old fashioned fantasy. 🙂

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Thanks, I’m planning on trying to read the realm books in order but we’ll see how it goes. 🙂

      I love Lackey! But some of her stuff is way better than others for sure.

  2. Farragut says:

    Dang it, Lisa! I’m only 3/5 this week because I went the wrong way on Huff. “Of course, she’ll keep it, she loves Tanya Huff!” 😛

  3. Zezee says:

    YES!! Keep the Hobb books!! 😀 😀
    The Tawney Man trilogy was my favorite. Oh man! After reading Farseer and then the Liveship Traders books, it was nice to return to Fitz in the Tawney Man books.

      • Zezee says:

        I’m so happy! 😀 The Liveship ones were a little difficult for me to get into but the story gets better and better after the first couple chapters. I’m listening to the audiobook of the first Liveship novel now and am enjoying it although the narrator’s style really annoys me. It’s not distracting though.

  4. Kitty Marie's Book Reviews Blog says:

    It’s so hard to decide what to chuck from the TBR sometimes. I’m tempted to just clear mine all out and start over but would probably end up with 1000+ books again anyway lol. Hope you enjoy the ones you’ve decided to plan on reading if/when getting to them. Have heard great things about the Bradbury title.

  5. Sammie @ The Writerly Way says:

    You know, I’ve never read Something Wicked This Way Comes, but I think I’ll have to add it to my Halloween TBR this year. It sounds like it’d be a good Halloween read.

    You’ve reminded me that i need to read The Devil’s Thief still! I read the first book and enjoyed it, but never really felt the need to immediately pick up the second one when it released … and so i just … haven’t. xD My bad? I don’t blame you for purging it if you haven’t even read the first one yet. They’re pretty chunky books, too.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      I never heard of that series until The Devil’s Thief arrived on my doorstep! If I had read the first or had time to go back and read it I would have been happy to check it out but I really try to balance my review books with mood reads so it just had to be a no for me. :/

  6. @lynnsbooks says:

    Something Wicked is definitely a ‘dark nights’ type of book. One for Halloween. Its very different from Fahrenheit so you might like one more than the other.
    Lynn 😀

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