TBR Shelf Cleanup #36

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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.

Virtual Mode by Piers Anthony

Virtual ModeColene does not know what to think of the stranger she has rescued. Darius tells her he has traveled from “his reality” to find her. In proving to Colene that other worlds do exist, he uses up the power of the artifact that would allow them to travel back to his universe.

They must try a slower, more dangerous method: the creation of a four-dimensional universe. Darius picks five anchor points in five different universes to set up a skew path, a “Virtual Mode,” on which the anchors can walk.

Thus begins a tale of romance, danger, adventure, and intrigue as the two travel through a myriad of alternate realities where anything is possible.

I don’t know why I have this one? But I have no real desire to read it because Piers Anthony ugh. It does sound kind of interesting but I just don’t want to read it. PURGE

Stoned in Charm City by Kelly A. Harmon

Stoned in Charm CityForty dollars. Two crisp twenties. All that stands between Assumpta Mary Margaret O’Connor and homelessness.

For the price of forty dollars, she helps archeologist Greg LaSpina find something he’s lost–and causes all Hell to break loose.

Literally.

With demons tormenting their every step, Assumpta and Greg become both hunted and hunter in their search for a way to send the demons back to Hell. One careless mistake could cost them their lives.

Wrestling with her faith, Assumpta considers an offer made by one very sexy demon: sleep with him, and learn how to rid the world of the escaped evil.

But the offer comes with a steep price: her immortal soul.

I picked up this one and one sequel from the author at the Baltimore Book Festival a few years ago. I love getting books from local authors! This is an urban fantasy and I think it sounds fun so I’m hanging on to it (plus it’s signed!). KEEP

The Riddlemaster of Hed by Patricia A. McKillip

The Riddlemaster of HedLong ago, the wizards had vanished from the world, and all knowledge was left hidden in riddles. Morgon, prince of the simple farmers of Hed, proved himself a master of such riddles when he staked his life to win a crown from the dead Lord of Aum. But now ancient, evil forces were threatening him. Shape changers began replacing friends until no man could be trusted. So Morgon was forced to flee to hostile kingdoms, seeking the High One who ruled from mysterious Erlenstar Mountain. Beside him went Deth, the High One’s Harper. Ahead lay strange encounters and terrifying adventures. And with him always was the greatest of unsolved riddles; the nature of the three stars on his forehead that seemed to drive him toward his ultimate destiny.

Of course you all know I love McKillip and am not purging any of her books but I still like showcasing them here and also reminding myself that I have to get to them. 🙂 I have this and two sequels. KEEP

The Broken Crown by Michelle West

The Broken Crown

 

The Dominion, once divided by savage clan wars, has kept an uneasy peace within its border since that long-ago time when the clan Leonne was gifted with the magic of the Sun Sword and was raised up to reign over the five noble clans. But now treachery strikes at the very heart of the Dominion as two never meant to rule–one a highly skilled General, the other a master of the magical arts–seek to seize the crown by slaughtering all of clan Leonne blood.

 

I LOVE Michelle’s Chronicles of Elantra series and have been wanting to try some of her epic fantasy for some time. I picked up these a while ago and have been meaning to read them ever since. Now this is a complicated one because this series is part of a larger series that has many other books to it and it’s in the middle of those I think? There’s a ‘preferred reading order’ but I’m sure it will also be perfectly fine for me to just dig into this one series, right? I’ll get to these one of these days. I have this and its five sequels. KEEP

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

The Illustrated ManA peerless American storyteller, Ray Bradbury brings wonders alive. In these eighteen startling visions of humankind’s destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin, living cities take their vengeance, technology awakens the most primal natural instincts, and dreams are carried aloft in junkyard rockets. Provocative and powerful, The Illustrated Man is a kaleidoscopic blending of magic, imagination, and truth—as exhilarating as interplanetary travel, as maddening as a walk in a million-year rain, and as comforting as simple, familiar rituals on the last night of the world.

This is another one of those books that I picked up because why not, Ray Bradbury, this is a classic, right? But I have a love hate relationship with classics and I doubt that I’ll actually get to this one so I’m okay letting it go. PURGE

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

Keep Purge Undecided
242 87 39

I added a good amount of books to my keep pile this time around but also purged two so that’s not bad! At least I’m still purging some. 🙂 What do you think about my choices here? Anything you’d do differently? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

8 thoughts on “TBR Shelf Cleanup #36

    • waytoofantasy says:

      I think I got my first signed copy the year I graduated high school and then it was few and far between. I’m lucky that I live in an area where lots of author evens are though! Once I got over my fear of meeting authors it became really fun to go to events. Hope you can get a signed book sometime!

  1. Zezee says:

    I feel that way about some classics, but I really want to read the Illustrated Man. A friend loves it and keeps recommending it, so I’m mad curious about it.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Yeah, I get that angle too! I think sometimes it’s still good to take a chance on a book. If my TBR pile wasn’t so immense I’d probably leave more of them in it for ‘maybe someday’ reads. 🙂

  2. @lynnsbooks says:

    I’ve read a couple by Bradbury but not the one you’ve highlighted so no idea if it’s good or bad but I understand your comment about the classics being hit or miss for you. I enjoyed Something Wicked by the author.
    Lynn 😀

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