TBR Shelf Cleanup #38


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.

Tamsin by Peter S. Beagle


Arriving in the English countryside to live with her mother and new stepfather, Jenny has no interest in her surroundings, until she meets Tamsin. Since her death over 300 years ago, Tamsin has haunted the lonely estate without rest, trapped by a hidden trauma she can’t remember, and a powerful evil even the spirits of night cannot name. To help her, Jenny must delve deeper into the dark world than any human has in hundreds of years, and face danger that will change her life forever…


I’ve only read a couple of books by Peter S. Beagle but I have several on my shelves which I keep meaning to get to. He’s such a lovely man (have met him a couple times in person) that I’m going to hold on to this in hopes of getting to it. KEEP

The Voices of Heaven by Frederik Pohl

The Voices of Heaven

On a fragile new world, the only innocents are the indigenous intelligent creatures who volunteer to work for human colonists struggling to survive. Shanghaied from the moon, unlikely hero Barry di Hoa makes an unstable situation explosive. Pohl’s surprising SF thriller is sure to please his legions of fans.


Another book that I don’t know exactly how it ended up on my TBR pile. I…sometimes pick up a lot of random things if books are cheap or they’re given to me. Anyway, no real urge to read this so I’ll let it go. PURGE

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Shadow of Night

Picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night takes Diana and Matthew on a trip through time to Elizabethan London, where they are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the School of Night. As the search for Ashmole 782 deepens and Diana seeks out a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them, and they embark on a very different—and vastly more dangerous—journey.

This is a series that I started and never finished. I’ve heard THINGS about the rest of the books and I’ll admit that maybe they won’t work for me but I still kind of want to read them. So I’ll hang on to them. I have this one and the last book. KEEP

The Changeling Sea by Patricia A. McKillip

The Changeling Sea

Since the day her father’s fishing boat returned without him, Peri and her mother have mourned his loss. Her mother sinks into a deep depression and spends her days gazing out at the sea. Unable to control her anger and sadness any longer, Peri uses the small magic she knows to hex the sea. And suddenly into her drab life come the King’s sons—changelings with strange ties to the underwater kingdom—a young magician, and, finally, love.


Of course this is McKillip so you know I’m holding on to this but I love showing off all her books. I hope that one day I get the chance to read them! Maybe I’ll have to set aside some time to just read McKillip books in a month or something. Hmm. KEEP

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Foundryside RD4 clean flatSancia Grado is a thief, and a damn good one. And her latest target, a heavily guarded warehouse on Tevanne’s docks, is nothing her unique abilities can’t handle.

But unbeknownst to her, Sancia’s been sent to steal an artifact of unimaginable power, an object that could revolutionize the magical technology known as scriving. The Merchant Houses who control this magic–the art of using coded commands to imbue everyday objects with sentience–have already used it to transform Tevanne into a vast, remorseless capitalist machine. But if they can unlock the artifact’s secrets, they will rewrite the world itself to suit their aims. Now someone in those Houses wants Sancia dead, and the artifact for themselves. And in the city of Tevanne, there’s nobody with the power to stop them.

To have a chance at surviving—and at stopping the deadly transformation that’s under way—Sancia will have to marshal unlikely allies, learn to harness the artifact’s power for herself, and undergo her own transformation, one that will turn her into something she could never have imagined.

I definitely plan on reading this one. In fact I was supposed to read it last year but never got around to it. Maybe I’ll work up to it this year, if not then early next year. There’s time and no expiration date on books. KEEP

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

Keep Purge Undecided
261 90 39

Made a tiny bit of progress this time around. My purge pile is now up to 90–getting close to 100 books purged! What do you think about my choices here? Anything you’d do differently? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

10 thoughts on “TBR Shelf Cleanup #38

  1. Terri S says:

    This definitely seems like a FANTASTIC TBR list. These books all sound super unique and interesting. I have added a few to my fall reading as well (thank you!). I am actually a big fan of visionary fiction and although I enjoy fantasy books like Harry Potter (yes, I am an adult!) I do love finding books that incorporate magic but in a super realistic way. I recently finished a book that really captured the essence of magic realism called “Journey: A Novel” by Andrew Zimmerman. The book follows Paul, a man who although has reached success in his career seems to have lost his drive for anything else, including himself and his family. This all changes when he goes to visit friends in Glastonbury and finds himself immersed in a highly spiritual/mystical village. A soul reader changes his perspective on life and he goes home knowing that his life will not be the same. I love a book that shows that it is never too late to change your path and to learn more about yourself. This was a fun and eye-opening read. I highly recommend it!

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