TBR Shelf Cleanup #47


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 Witch of the Low Tide by John Dickson Carr

This murder admits of no solution said Doctor David Garth. “But she was strangled to death. And the murderer had to leave after he had killed. He’s not here now. But in some fashion, explain it how you like, he or she or some damnable witch of the low tide managed to leave without a footprint in all that wet sand!

I have no idea what this is. Actually I think it’s a book my husband picked up somewhere. I honestly don’t know why he picks up books because he rarely reads lol. PURGE

The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks

For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city’s most accomplished artist.

For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he’s grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly – and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.

But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics – and cultivate a flair for death.

I actually started reading the first book and bounced off of it pretty hard. Some of my friends really like this series so I was keen to try it again but I’m not sure if it’s really my type of thing. I have all three in the trilogy as well. UNDECIDED

The Ambassador’s Mission by Trudi Canavan

Sonea, once the despised commoner in the Magicians’ Guild, is now a Black Magician of Kyralia. Though she is now part of the establishment, she comes to find that the past is not so easily left behind…
Lorkin, Sonea’s rebellious son, has volunteered to join the formidable Lord Dannyl in his new post as Guild Ambassador to Sachaka – a land ruled by cruel, slave-owning black magicians. There is suspicion that some of the Sachakans still harbor dreams of conquest, so when word comes that Lorkin has gone missing, Sonea is desperate to find him. However, Guild law states that if a Black Magician leaves the city he or she will be exiled forever.

I was a HUGE Trudi Canavan fan way back in the day. I picked this one up not long after it came out but haven’t gotten around to it. Still, I would love to check it out some day. KEEP

Growing Up Weightless by John M. Ford

It’s not that Matt Ronay, the protagonist of this novel, is weightless; it’s just that he lives on the Moon, and he has the ability to flow gracefully through the low gravity. There’s a figurative weightless to the story as well, that of Ronay’s life and decisions he faces growing up as an adolescent in lunar society. Ronay, a brilliant youth, takes a trip to distant city, acts in theater and dreams of flight to far-off worlds. His father, a leader in lunar politics, doesn’t always understand, though he may have had some of the same yearnings as his son.

A long time ago I read a short story by Ford and became a fan but have never got around to reading his novels despite having scrounged up a few (since then I think some have been republished as they were out of print). I still want to read this! KEEP

The Claidi Collection

The first three novels in Tanith Lee’s popular Claidi Journals series are now available in this handsome hardcover three-in-one omnibus volume, which includes the complete texts of Wolf Tower, Wolf Star, and Wolf Queen. Fantasy fans can immerse themselves in Claidi’s adventures as she unlocks the secrets of her past and finds the love of her life.

This is an omnibus and I can’t remember where I got it at but it’s Tanith Lee so I’m keeping it. KEEP

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


One purge, a few keeps and a few to the undecided pile this time around. What do you think about my choices here? Anything you’d do differently? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

6 thoughts on “TBR Shelf Cleanup #47

  1. Tammy says:

    I would like to read that John Ford book too! Ha ha so funny that your husband randomly buys books. If he’s buying them for you, that’s so sweet, even if they aren’t your type of books😁

  2. @lynnsbooks says:

    Brent and Canavan are both authors that I would like to read more of but just never seem to get on the bandwagon at the right time and then up desperately behind. Still, never say never, right.
    Lynn 😀

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Yeah, I’d definitely love to read more of Canavan. Who knows, maybe 2021 will be the year? I had taken a long break from Anne Bishop as well and 2020 was the year of the return for that. 🙂

  3. Zezee says:

    I have that Trudi Canavan book too. Been saying for years that I’ll get to it eventually one day, lol.
    And, oh man!, Way of Shadows was a good read. I really enjoyed it. Well, maybe not the greatest book, but it was very entertaining if you like badass ninja assassins, which I do, so I really enjoyed it. Some parts of the story weren’t to my liking but I was mostly entertained. The audio book is pretty good too, if you’d rather try again with that format instead.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      LOL. Well, one day…maybe we’ll both get to the Canavan haha.
      Glad you liked Way of Shadows. For some reason it just wasn’t clicking with me when I had started it before. Thanks! Maybe I will try the audio at some point. 🙂

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