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.
The Toynbee Conventor by Ray Bradbury
Bradbury presents 23 enthralling tales in which the wondrous and the unexpected are revealed in hidden facets of the real. A stunning collection of the kind of fiction that has only one source–the unparalleled Ray Bradbury
I don’t actually read a ton of short fiction even though I have a lot of collections and anthologies haha. On the one hand I’d like to read more Bradbury but on the other I don’t know if I’d get around to this. UNDECIDED
Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz
In the kingdom of Gwynedd, the mysterious forces of magic and the superior power of the Church combine to challenge the rule of young Kelson. Now the fate of the Deryni — a quasi-mortal race of sorcerers — and, indeed, the fate of all the Eleven Kingdoms, rests on Kelson’s ability to quash the rebellion by any means necessary . . . including the proscribed use of magic!
I have this and three other Deryni books including the two immediate sequels to this one. I keep meaning to start this series and I’ve actually read one of the later books in the series that was kind of a stand alone and enjoyed that. So I’ll hold on to these for now. KEEP
A Heroine of the World by Tanith Lee
The fortune teller had spoken the words, shown her the cards that predicted she would become the focal point of great events. But now, a captive of those who had invaded her land, Ara could only wait, hoping to discover the true path of her destiny. But in a world ruled by the war, what chance did Ara have to attain her heart’s desire? Carried far from her home, alone among strangers, only the will of the goddess, the Lady Volmardra, could protect and guide her.
Yet the path the Lady had set her upon would lead Ara to the very heart of conflict. And through she might gain great wealth or lose it, become both pawn and player in the power games of princes and warlords, there was only one for whom she would risk everything, a soldier who some named traitor and others liberator, the man for whom she would strive to become-A HEROINE OF THE WORLD.
I’m all for reading more Tanith Lee, I love her prose so very much. Honestly, once you read some of her work you become a bit of a fan. 🙂 KEEP
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, Warbreaker is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn’t like his job, and the immortal who’s still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago.
Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can only be collected one unit at a time from individual people.
By using breath and drawing upon the color in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be accomplished. It will take considerable quantities of each to resolve all the challenges facing Vivenna and Siri, princesses of Idris; Susebron the God King; Lightsong, reluctant god of bravery, and mysterious Vasher, the Warbreaker.
I think maybe Brandon Sanderson just isn’t my jam. I’ve tried and…I don’t know, I just can’t fall in love. That being said I do want to try again! UNDECIDED
The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold
Between the seemingly impossible tasks of living up to his warrior-father’s legend and surmounting his own physical limitations, Miles Vorkosigan faces some truly daunting challenges.
Shortly after his arrival on Beta Colony, Miles unexpectedly finds himself the owner of an obsolete freighter and in more debt than he ever thought possible. Propelled by his manic “forward momentum,” the ever-inventive Miles creates a new identity for himself as the commander of his own mercenary fleet to obtain a lucrative cargo; a shipment of weapons destined for a dangerous warzone.
Honestly want to read this one because I enjoyed the first book in the series but I’ll more than likely listen to it on audio so I don’t need to hang on the physical copy…and it’s not pretty enough to hang on to for the cover alone. 😉 PURGE
That’s all for now! This brings my total count to:
More purges and one more undecided. Things are moving in the right direction! 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 #41”
Warbreaker is one of his more accessible books, and it as the bonus of being a standalone, but if it doesn’t work for you, that’s probably a good litmus test.
That’s good to know. I haven’t tried it out yet, but I think I do want to check out a standalone at some point.
I’ve never read Sanderson but you’re the first person I’ve seen who hasn’t gushed about him. One of these days I need to just jump into one of his big series.
Hahaha, I think it might just be me because I know he’s super popular.
I loved Warbreaker. I do love Sanderson though. However, I feel like Warbreaker is a fresh idea in the world of fantasy. And like someone above said, it’s a good place to try Sanderson because it’s a standalone.
That’s all good to know! Hopefully will get a chance to check it out at some point. 🙂
Not heard of Warbreaker but I like Sanderson so might take a look.
I believe it’s one of his standalones but still in the Cosmere universe?