TBR Shelf Cleanup #18

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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.

Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra

markswoman_quoteKyra is the youngest Markswoman in the Order of Kali, one of a handful of sisterhoods of highly trained elite warriors. Armed with blades whose metal is imbued with magic and guided by a strict code of conduct, the Orders are sworn to keep the peace and protect the people of Asiana. Kyra has pledged to do so—yet she secretly harbors a fierce desire to avenge her murdered family.

When Tamsyn, the powerful and dangerous Mistress of Mental Arts, assumes control of the Order, Kyra is forced on the run. She is certain that Tamsyn committed murder in a twisted bid for power, but she has no proof.

Kyra escapes through one of the strange Transport Hubs that are the remnants of Asiana’s long-lost past and finds herself in the unforgiving wilderness of a desert that is home to the Order of Khur, the only Order composed of men. Among them is Rustan, a disillusioned Marksman whose skill with a blade is unmatched. He understands the desperation of Kyra’s quest to prove Tamsyn’s guilt, and as the two grow closer, training daily on the windswept dunes of Khur, both begin to question their commitment to their Orders. But what they don’t yet realize is that the line between justice and vengeance is thin . . . as thin as the blade of a knife.

This is a fairly recent add (the last two years) and I definitely am still interested in reading it so I’m going to keep it in my pile. Also, I just love that cover. 😀  KEEP

The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams

the_dragonbone_chair_coverA war fueled by the powers of dark sorcery is about to engulf the peaceful land of Osten Ard—for Prester John, the High King, lies dying. And with his death, the Storm King, the undead ruler of the elf-like Sithi, seizes the chance to regain his lost realm through a pact with the newly ascended king. Knowing the consequences of this bargain, the king’s younger brother joins with a small, scattered group of scholars, the League of the Scroll, to confront the true danger threatening Osten Ard.

Simon, a kitchen boy from the royal castle unknowingly apprenticed to a member of this League, will be sent on a quest that offers the only hope of salvation, a deadly riddle concerning long-lost swords of power. Compelled by fate and perilous magics, he must leave the only home he’s ever known and face enemies more terrifying than Osten Ard has ever seen, even as the land itself begins to die.

I picked up this trilogy in that giant haul of books from my friend’s shop a while back and I think I kept this one because it’s so highly praised but I honestly have no interest in reading it myself. Letting these go, may they find a good home. 🙂  PURGE

The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

the_war_of_the_worlds_coverWhen an army of invading Martians lands in England, panic and terror seize the population. As the aliens traverse the country in huge three-legged machines, incinerating all in their path with a heat ray and spreading noxious toxic gases, the people of the Earth must come to terms with the prospect of the end of human civilization and the beginning of Martian rule.

Inspiring films, radio dramas, comic-book adaptations, television series and sequels,The War of the Worlds is a prototypical work of science fiction which has influenced every alien story that has come since, and is unsurpassed in its ability to thrill, well over a century since it was first published.

I picked this up because it’s a classic and I feel a certain obligation sometimes to at least check out the classics. It’s not that long of a book and I might enjoy it but do I want to read this just to satisfy some stupid fan obligation? Has anyone actually read the book to this? Let me know what you think because I’m on the fence. UNDECIDED

Kushiel’s Scion by Jacqueline Carey

kushiels_scion_coverImriel de la Courcel’s blood parents are history’s most reviled traitors, but his adoptive parents, the Comtesse Phèdre and the warrior-priest Joscelin, are Terre d’Ange’s greatest champions.

Stolen, tortured, and enslaved as a young boy, Imriel is now a Prince of the Blood, third in line for the throne in a land that revels in art, beauty, and desire. It is a court steeped in deeply laid conspiracies … and there are many who would see the young prince dead. Some despise him out of hatred for his birth mother Melisande, who nearly destroyed the realm in her quest for power. Others because they fear he has inherited his mother’s irresistible allure – and her dangerous gifts. And as he comes of age, plagued by dark yearnings, Imriel shares their fears.

At the royal court, where gossip is the chosen poison and assailants wield slander instead of swords, the young prince fights character assassins while struggling with his own innermost conflicts. But when Imriel departs to study at the famed University of Tiberium, the perils he faces turn infinitely more deadly. Searching for wisdom, he finds instead a web of manipulation, where innocent words hide sinister meanings, and your lover of last night may become your hired killer before dawn. Now a simple act of friendship will leave Imriel trapped in a besieged city where the infamous Melisande is worshiped as a goddess; where a dead man leads an army; and where the prince must face his greatest test: to find his true self.

So, I’m a HUGE fan of the original trilogy (especially the first two books) and I enjoyed the Namaah trilogy as well! But for some reason I’ve never read Imriel’s story! I know, shock, right! I think because after the first trilogy is was just DONE with Melisande and didn’t want to have anything to do with anything that was related to her in any way (I hated that woman so much). But I still do want to read these because I’m also a bit of a completionist. So I supposed I’ll get to them one day. I have this and one of the sequels in my TBR. KEEP

Quatrain by Sharon Shinn

quatrain_cover1 Flight (Samaria) To be chosen as the lover of an angel is the highest honor in Samaria, but narrator Salome knows the hidden dangers of such a life and tries to warn her niece Sheba.
2 Blood (Heart of Gold) As a gold-skinned gulden man, Kerk values race and pride above all, until he meets blue-skinned Jalcie and his decades-past well-missed runaway mother.
3 Gold (Summers in Castle Auburn) On the eve of war, royal guard Orlain escorts his beloved Princess Zara, narrator to seductive elvish Alora, that lures her away.
4 Flame (Twelve Houses) Roaming Mystic Senneth rescues a town from burning but a rogue fire power forces her into captivity.

This is actually a collection of 4 shorter works set in different universes she’s written in before. I’m looking forward to this one a lot still so definitely keeping. I love Shinn’s work. KEEP

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

Keep Purge Undecided
154 35 23

Added several to the purge and I have one undecided so I think that’s pretty good progress this week! Anything you’d do differently here? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

26 thoughts on “TBR Shelf Cleanup #18

  1. cryptomathecian says:

    Never ever more than 10 books on my TBR list. When the list is full, and I want to add one, another one HAS to go. Otherwise I’ll spend more time despairing and organizing my list than do some actual reading. And my reading time is already very limited.

  2. Bob says:

    Oooh, looks like I need to finish off the Namaah trilogy and get onto the Imriel trilogy because, in all honesty, I was absolutely fascinated by Melisande (plus, I just love the world/writing).

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Melisande…I have such a hard time with her. I’m like Phedre–I am fascinated but I also hate her! I really need to read that trilogy so I can finish up all the Kushiel books. I know a lot of people didn’t like the Naamah books (especially compared to the first trilogy) but I actually loved those.

  3. Tammy says:

    I’ve heard good things about Markswoman so I’m glad you’re keeping it. And I love HAVING classic books on my shelf, even if I never read them. Because you just never know. So I would keep War of the Worlds😁

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Haha, I know what you mean about the classics. I used to feel the same way but I feel like I’m starting to run out of room again so might have to trim some from the collection. 😀

  4. Farragut says:

    War of the Worlds is in the public domain, so if you ever *really* want to read it, you can download it off Project Gutenberg or some other site! 😀

      • Farragut says:

        I mean, I enjoyed it, but it was also during a “read some old-timey classics!” phase. It’s always nice to take a look at the original to see what the real story was (vs. TV or movie interpretations–Frankenstein and Dracula fell in that same boat for me).

      • waytoofantasy says:

        I’m hardly ever in a ‘read some old-timey classics’ phase…so might be worth just giving this back to the community for now. I don’t know why I keep picking up such classics–I think just to have them because they’re classics lol.

      • Farragut says:

        Yep, this was one of the ones I thought you wouldn’t keep. 😀 I knew you’d keep the other, though!

        I think one of the best things about being as wide-ranging a reader as we are is that we (usually) figure out our own tastes, even if we can’t control our wallets, *ahem*. 😉

  5. Realms of My Mind says:

    I purged my Dragonbone Chair last year, I’m sure it’s lovely, but I didn’t see it getting to the top of my stack anytime soon (I got a free copy at Comic Con). I think War of the Worlds actually holds up really well, and it’s a pretty quick read!

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Yeah, that’s why I was like ‘I should probably give this away…’ lol. I might still read War of the Worlds but I can probably find a copy pretty easily without having one take up space in my library so I might just give that one away too…

  6. @lynnsbooks says:

    Glad you’re keeping the Carey book. The first two series are my favourites, I think I read two of the Moirin books I should really go and finish.
    Lynn 😀

    • waytoofantasy says:

      I liked the Moirin series but not as much as the first trilogy. Although in some ways i did like it more because I just loved Moirin as a character, but she’s not as complex a character as Phedre.

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