TBR Shelf Cleanup #39


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.

Sebastian by Anne Bishop

SebastianA world of shifting lands connected only by bridges, Ephemera has been kept stable by the magic of the Landscapers. In one land where night reigns and demons dwell, the half-incubus Sebastian revels in dark delights. But then in dreams she calls to him: a woman who wants only to be safe and loved-a woman he hungers for while knowing he may destroy her.

But a more devastating destiny awaits Sebastian, for in the quiet gardens of the Landscapers’ school, evil is stirring. The nearly forgotten Eater of the World has escaped its prison-and Sebastian’s realm may be the first to fall.

Picked this one up years ago because I’m a fan of Anne Bishop’s work but I never got around to it. This, of course, is a familiar refrain. But maybe I’ll be keen to pick this up after I catch up with her Others series. 🙂 KEEP

The Deceiver by Louise Cooper

The Deceiver


After 60 years of peace between the forces of Order and Chaos, the birth of a young girl signals a new attempt by the creatures of Chaos to wrest control of the world. Continuing the story begun in her ”Time Master” trilogy, Cooper spins a complex tale of magic and treachery in a world poised uncertainly between passion and reason.


I don’t know if I heard of this one somewhere and purposefully sought it out or just found it while used book shopping. After reading the description again I’m kind of intrigued. I don’t know if I’ll get to this one but I might want to keep it? Hmmmm. UNDECIDED

Troubling a Star by Madeleine L’Engle

Troubling a star

For her birthday, Vicky receives the gift of a trip to the Antarctic, where her friend Adam Eddington is working as a marine biologist. But as Vicky meets her fellow travelers, it quickly becomes clear that some of them are not what they seem. Vicki’s trip into adventure

becomes a journey into icy danger.


This is book 5 of a series and I don’t have the rest so I’m quite happy to let it go even though I LOVED Madeleine L’Engle’s books as a child (and even more recently when I reread A Wrinkle in Time as an adult). PURGE

Darkness, I by Tanith Lee

darkness iAnna, white-haired and grey-eyed, is born into the luxurious and mysterious family of Scarabae, a family of inhuman age and consuming passions. As she matures, it becomes clear that she shares some of their blood, for at three she appears sixteen, and holds knowledge known only to her dead sister Ruth… Suddenly Anna, along with a score of other children, is kidnapped and carried away to the end of the earth, to the pyramid hidden in the Southern ice that is home to the terrible immortal named Cain. With this volume Tanith Lee continues the entrancing, beautiful saga of the Scarabae.

This is actually the third book in a series but for once I don’t mind hanging on to it because it’s Tanith Lee and I love her writing–so atmospheric and weird. KEEP

Ash by Mary Gentle

ashIn the mid-fifteenth century there was Burgundy, the jewel of Europe – opulant and powerful, the undisputed center of an uncivilized world.

In an epoch of war and madness there was Ash. A girl born in mud and dung, she slew her first men while only eight. Scarred and ravaged, but still beautiful, she rose up to lead a great mercenary army before the age of twenty – and followed a sacred voice wise in the bloody ways of battle to a pinnacle unattainable to even the most potent of legends.

In a time when empires and alliances shifted like sand – when Mithras the bull was worshiped freely alongside the Christ – a great cloud arose out of Africa to darken the sun. The Visgoths came with their terrible machines – powered by magic or a science unknown to this day – and aimed their irresistible might toward the rich Burgundian prize, wrenching the wheel of civilization in an unknown and unexpected direction. And with their coming, one incomparable warrior raised on Destiny’s ash heap became more than anyone thought one woman could be.

One of my book friends recommended this years ago and so I picked it up while out and about. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to it though because it feels like a bit of a commitment? But I’m on the fence. Ugh. Also have two books of a spin off from this. UNDECIDED

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

Keep Purge Undecided
263 91 43

A couple of undecideds and a purge! Things are moving along quite well now. What do you think about my choices here? Anything you’d do differently? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

14 thoughts on “TBR Shelf Cleanup #39

  1. 24hr.YABookBlog says:

    This series is always so much fun to read, I love seeing these kinds of posts! I haven’t read these, but it’s really cool how there’s a lot of older fantasy in this one! Great post! 😄💕

  2. dinipandareads says:

    I read A Ring of Endless Light by L’Engle when I was in middle school and even though I don’t remember much of what it was about now, I do remember how it made me feel and it has stuck with me all these years. I loved it! I had no idea it was part of a series 😂 I’m so curious how I’d see it if I read it now LOL

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Yeah I read the original Time Quartet back in middle school too and those books were so special to me back then! It’s always different when you revisit a book that you read when you were much younger!

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