TBR Shelf Cleanup #15


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.

Steal the Sky by Megan E. O’Keefe


Detan Honding, a wanted conman of noble birth and ignoble tongue, has found himself in the oasis city of Aransa. He and his trusted companion Tibs may have pulled off one too many cons against the city’s elite and need to make a quick escape. They set their sights on their biggest heist yet—the gorgeous airship of the exiled commodore Thratia.

But in the middle of his scheme, a face changer known as a doppel starts murdering key members of Aransa’s government. The sudden paranoia makes Detan’s plans of stealing Thratia’s ship that much harder. And with this sudden power vacuum, Thratia can solidify her power and wreak havoc against the Empire. But the doppel isn’t working for Thratia and has her own intentions. Did Detan accidentally walk into a revolution and a crusade? He has to be careful—there’s a reason most people think he’s dead. And if his dangerous secret gets revealed, he has a lot more to worry about than a stolen airship.

I bought this one when it came out because I’ve been a fan of Megan as a person (she used to hang around the r/fantasy sub a lot) and wanted to support her. The book also looked super interesting! I still very much want to get to this one. KEEP

Elidor by Alan Garner


A mechanical street map, a deserted slum, a church in ruins, and a football. Four ordinary things lead the Watson children on an extraordinary adventure to a magical land called Elidor. In pursuit of four ancient treasures, the forces of evil have crossed over into our world, and it falls to the Watson children to find the treasures, seal the bridge between worlds, and guard the strayed unicorn Findhorn . . . even though their heroism may cost them everything.


A few years ago I read and LOVED Alan Garner’s book The Owl Service. That book was so  for me, helping me pin down that weird mythic atmosphere that I love in books. I’ve been wanting to read more of his work ever since and have just…not got around to it. At this point I’m sure when I’ll get around to it though… UNDECIDED

The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

the_hero_and_the_crown_coverAerin could not remember a time when she had not known the story; she had grown up knowing it.

It was the story of her mother, the witchwoman who enspelled the king into marrying her, to get an heir that would rule Damar; and it was told that she turned her face to the wall and died of despair when she found she had borne a daughter instead of a son.
Aerin was that daughter.

But there was more of the story yet to be told; Aerin’s destiny was greater than even she had dreamed–for she was to be the true hero who would wield the power of the Blue Sword…

I’m a huge fan of McKinley–haven’t read a book by her that I haven’t liked yet. I read the first Damar book years ago and for some reason just haven’t set aside the time for the 2nd book. I need to get to this one…  KEEP

Beholder’s Eye by Julie E. Czerneda

beholders_eye_coverThey are the last survivors of their race beings who live on and communicate through energy, who are capable of assuming the shape of any other species. When their youngest member is assigned to a world considered safe to explore, she is captured by the natives. To escape, she must violate the most important rule of her kind, and reveal the existence of her species to a fellow prisoner–a human being. Now her race is in danger of extinction, for even if the human does not betray her, the Enemy who has long searched for her people may finally discover their location.
Esen-alit-Quar, Esen for short, Es in a hurry or between friends. The dear little blob has only begun her adventures.

I picked this one up about a year and a half ago after Julie Czerneda did an AMA or r/fantasy because her books seem like my type of reads! But….they have languished in my TBR siiiighhh. Definitely still intend to get to this one. KEEP

Excalibur by Sanders Anne Laubenthal




Thundering down through the centuries comes the legend of chivalry carved out by EXCALIBUR – the magic sword of Arthur Pendragon – with all the mysticism and heroic courage of the Arthurian legend transmuted to a time and a place remote from Camelot – but linked to it in the still desperate struggle against evil.


I don’t even remember getting this book! Maybe I got it when I went on Arthurian kick five or so years ago? Clearly it’s not made much of an impression. I think we all know what I need to do here:  PURGE

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

Keep Purge Undecided
136 30 21

A little bit of progress–one purge and one more undecided.  What do you think of my choices here? Anything you’d do differently here? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

8 thoughts on “TBR Shelf Cleanup #15

  1. Tammy says:

    I’ve only read one book by Julie Czerneda and I really didn’t like it. (The Gossamer Mage) I’d love to try something else of hers someday.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      I know I picked up a couple of her books after her AMA (last year? what is even time?) because the way they were pitched seemed like my type of thing. I’m hoping these work out for me. Hope you get to try some of her other stuff and find something that gels with you!

  2. Zezee says:

    Oh my gosh! I just talked about the Hero and the Crown in a couple comments on Reenchantment of the World blog. It’s one of my favorite McKinley books. Love the story and the writing.

  3. Sammie @ The Bookwyrm's Den says:

    I hadn’t heard of any of these books before, but Steal the Sky sounds really interesting! Totally approve of your decision to keep it. 😉 I actually love this idea and really need to start going through my books with a more critical lens, too.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      I think this was Megan’s first traditionally published book iirc, her recent book (a scifi) got a lot more traction iirc. But I still want to read this one!
      Thanks! My amount of unread owned books just got overwhelming so I had to do something lol. 🙂

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