TBR Shelf Cleanup #45


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.

John Carter of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Contains the first five installments of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ beloved Barsoom Series: A Princess of Mars, The Gods of Mars, The Warlord of Mars, Thuvia, Maid of Mars, The Chessmen of Mars

This is a compilation of the first five John Carter books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I don’t know if I’ll ever read these as I don’t get a long with a lot of ‘classics’, especially the old school ones, but I think it’s something nice for my collection so I’ll hold onto this. KEEP

Circle of the Moon by Barbara Hambly

Faced with an attempt by the land chiefs to oust the King, and with the efforts of her own family to re-enslave her, Raeshaldis must play a deadly guessing-game while an even more terrible threat awaits.

This is the 2nd book in a series and I picked it up because I’ve previously enjoyed other books by Hambly but not sure if I want to hang onto this one or not. UNDECIDED

Prince of the Blood by Raymond E. Feist

If there were two more impetuous and carefree men in the Kingdom of the Isles, they had yet to be found. Twins Borric and Erland wore that mantle proudly, much to the chagrin of their father, Prince Arutha of Krondor. But their blissful youth has come to an end. Their uncle, the King, has produced no male children. Bypassing himself, Arutha names Borric, the eldest twin by seconds, the Royal Heir. As his brother, Erland will have his own great responsibilities to shoulder. To drive home their future roles, Arutha sends them as ambassadors to Kesh, the most feared nation in the world. Borric and Erland will be presented to the Queen of Kesh—the single most powerful ruler in the known world—at her Seventy-fifth Jubilee Anniversary.

I’m not sure why I picked this book and one of its sequels up because it’s not really my type of thing at all. I think at one point I was in a ‘grabbing everything fantasy that everyone talks about all the time’ phase. PURGE

The Books of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the timeless and beloved A Wizard of Earthsea—“…reads like the retelling of a tale first told centuries ago” (David Mitchell)—comes this complete omnibus edition of the entire Earthsea chronicles, including over fifty illustrations illuminating Le Guin’s vision of her classic saga.

This is a relatively new purchace. And actually I have read at least the first book of the series. I really love this omnibus edition and the artwork by Charles Vess is so pretty. KEEP

A Thousand Words for Stranger by Julie E. Czerneda

Sira is on the run. The mysterious Captain Morgan has a starship. But if she goes with him, who will be at risk? Meet the Clan, shadowy figures of unfathomable power. Meet Huido, the lobster-like restauranteur. Meet the Trade Pact Enforcers, who have their own intentions. For events are beginning to unfold that will affect them all.

Originally the first of the Trade Pact Universe Trilogy, THOUSAND is now book 4 of The Clan Chronicles. The three books of the Stratification Cycle, REAP THE WILD WIND, RIDERS OF THE STORM, and RIFT IN THE SKY tell the story of the Clan through the eyes of Sira’s direct ancestor. The series will conclude with the Reunification Cycle, currently pestering the author.

I picked this one up because a while back Julie did an AMA on reddit and her work sounded really interesting so I picked up a few of her books at that time. Sadly they remain in the TBR. Still, I hope to get to this one eventually! KEEP

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


One more purge and one more undecided. Things are moving in the right direction event though I had several in the keep pile! What do you think about my choices here? Anything you’d do differently? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

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