TBR Shelf Cleanup #34


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.

Cardcaptor Sakura:ย  Clear Card by CLAMP

cardcaptor sakura clear cardGuided by the Key of Dreams, Sakura embarks on a new adventure! It is spring, with cherry trees in full blossom, and Sakura is just entering middle school. Her beloved Syaoran has returned from Hong Kong, and life couldn’t be better. But when she awakens from a strange dream to find her Sakura Cards powerless, how can she protect Tomoeda from disaster?! With over 15 million copies in print in Japan alone, plus translations in over a dozen languages, the original Cardcaptor Sakura is an international phenomenon you can’t miss! And now, the long-awaited new chapter begins!

I’m a huge CCS fan, have been for years (was part of fandom and everything), so you can imagine my excitement when they announced a continuation of the series. My favorite characters are back! But I haven’t read these yet. I keep collecting them intending to binge read them at some point. I have this one plus six sequels! KEEP

Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones

dark lord of derkholmEveryone – wizards, soldiers, farmers, elves, dragons, kings and queens alike – is fed up with Mr Chesney’s Pilgrim Parties: groups of tourists from the world next door who descend en masse every year to take the Grand Tour. What they expect are all the trappings of a grand fantasy adventure, including the Evil Enchantress, Wizard Guides, the Dark Lord, Winged Minions, and all. And every year different people are chosen to play these parts. But now they’ve had enough: Mr Chesney may be backed by a very powerful demon, but the Oracles have spoken. Now it’s up to the Wizard Derk and his son Blade, this year’s Dark Lord and Wizard Guide, not to mention Blade’s griffin brothers and sisters, to save the world from Mr Chesney’s depredations.

I really love Diana Wynne Jones and I’ve collected quite a few of her books over the years with the intention to read more and yet haven’t gotten to many of them. I still intend to read these for now so I’ll hold on to them but I might change my mind later… I have this plus one sequel. KEEP – for now

The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander

the black cauldron

Taran, the Assistant Pig-Keeper, and his friends are led into a mortal struggle with Arawn and his deathless warriors. Taran must wrest the black cauldron from them, for it is the cauldron that gives them their evil strength. But can he withstand the three enchantresses, who are determined to turn him and his companions into toads? Taran has not foreseen the awful price he will have to pay in his defence of Prydain…



I don’t remember picking this one up! It must have been one of those ‘oh everyone says this is a classic so maybe I should read it’ type of things and when I saw it out in the wild I just picked it up. I’m not actually sure if I want to read it still? UNDECIDED

Monstress by Marjorie Liu

monstress vol 1

Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers. Collects MONSTRESS #1-6



Picked the first two volumes of this up last year some time when I was looking for more graphic novels to read and I know this one is popular. Definitely plan on reading this still. Not sure why I keep putting it off as I’m sure it will be a quick read as well… KEEP

Shardik by Richard Adams

shardikShardik is a fantasy of tragic character, centered on the long-awaited reincarnation of the gigantic bear Shardik and his appearance among the half-barbaric Ortelgan people. Mighty, ferocious, and unpredictable, Shardik changes the life of every person in the story. His advent commences a momentous chain of events. Kelderek the hunter, who loves and trusts the great bear, is swept on by destiny to become first devotee and then prophet, then victorious soldier, then ruler of an empire and priest-king of Lord Shardik only to discover ever-deeper layers of meaning implicit in his passionate belief in the bear’s divinity.

I don’t remember picking up this one either haha. I really have no clue why I even picked it up. Did someone somewhere recommend this to me? Maybe? No idea. But I have no interest in it now even though it does sound kind of intriguing–willing to let someone else have a go at it. PURGE

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

Keep Purge Undecided
225 84 39

One more purge and one more undecided, even though my ‘keep’ pile went up a bit I feel like I’m on a good path! What do you think about my choices here? Anything you’d do differently? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

18 thoughts on “TBR Shelf Cleanup #34

  1. imyril @ There's Always Room For One More says:

    The Chronicles of Prydain (The Black Cauldron is the second, but you can read them out of sequence and it is probably my favourite) are fabulous fast childrenโ€™s reads. Youโ€™ll tear through this in an hour or two of delight. Oracular pigs, stubborn assistant pig keepers with heroic aspirations but much to learn, honour, treachery and friendship. Definitely read.

  2. Farragut says:

    If you ever read King’s The Dark Tower series, he references Shardik at one point. I actually have a copy of it, so you can’t “gift” it to me *this time* ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Thanks, Lynn! I’m actually going to start pulling them from my shelves and boxing them up this weekend. Since the work on my bathroom my shelves are covered in dust so it’s a good time to clean up!

  3. celinelingg says:

    I’ve never heard of The Black Cauldron before! And I know the feeling when books are being kept too long until we are forgetting why in the first place we’re having this book๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  4. Zezee says:

    Oh my gosh! Monstress is SO good!! Halloween season is coming. It’s a perfect read for then since it’s kinda dark.
    The Black Cauldron was an okay read for me. The series is certainly a children’s fantasy classic, but the books were hit or miss.
    And, oh man, I seriously need to read some Diana Wynne Jones books.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Oh, that’s a good point maybe I’ll read it for October….
      Yeah, I feel like that’s how The Black Cauldron will be for me too, just ‘okay’.
      Diana Wynne Jones is fantastic! I’ve read at least four of her books but I definitely want to read more myself.

  5. Realms of My Mind says:

    I remember starting Monstress, but fell off because I’m terrible at keeping on top of comics/graphic novels. I’ll go through a mood where I’m devouring them and then just stop. It’s got gorgeous art though!

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