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 Giver by Lois Lowry
The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.
I don’t know how I haven’t read this one–I guess I was out of the age bracket when it came out so I missed out. I think I’d like to check it out because I like the specific genre, but also I’m not sure I really want to spend time on this book. Hmm. UNDECIDED
The Dream Master by Roger Zelazny
His name is Charles Render, and he is a psychoanalyst, and a mechanic of dreams. A Shaper. In a warm womb of metal, his patients dream their neuroses, while Render, intricately connected to their brains, dreams with them, makes delicate adjustments, and ultimately explains and heals. Her name is Eileen Shallot, a resident in psychiatry. She wants desperately to become a Shaper, though she has been blind from birth. Together, they will explore the depths of the human mind — and the terrors that lurk therein.
This is an award winning book and yet I’m not sure about it. What I’ve read from Zelazny I’ve loved but it’s also been years ago and I’m not sure if I’ll get to this one. UNDECIDED
The Dolphin’s Bell by Anne McCaffrey
A tale of the second crossing. When the original colonists find that the Southern Continent is too geologically unstable, they need to find a way to transport the growing colony and its possessions to the Northern Continent. Working with the intelligent dolphins who helped to colonize Pern with humans is key if they are to be successful…
I haven’t read any Pern books in years–or any McCaffrey at all, really. Yet, I really keep hanging on to these because of nostalgia reasons–Pern was one of the first SFF series that really hooked me back in the day. I have this and four other unread Pern books. KEEP
A Sorcerer and a Gentleman by Elizabeth Willey
Centuries ago, the wizard Prospero was cut out of the imperial succession by his brother Avril. In the intervening years Prospero has found his own land and people to rule, but he has not given up his claim to the throne. Now, finally, he is going to war.
I have this second book to the series and book three. I got these in a huge free book haul and they looked really intriguing so I’ve been hanging on to them. (I also ordered the first book–it may be here before this post goes up!) KEEP
Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip
Ombria is a place heaped with history — and secrets. There is a buried city beneath it inhabited by ghosts, accessible only through magical passages and long-forgotten doorways. When the Prince of Ombria dies suddenly, his wicked great-aunt Domina Pearl seizes power by becoming regent to the prince’s young son, Kyel. Minutes after the prince’s death, Domina kicks Lydea, the prince’s longtime mistress, out into the streets to die. But she is saved by a strange girl named Mag, a supposed waxling created by a powerful sorceress who lives underneath the city. With the help of Mag and the prince’s bastard nephew, a strange, silver-eyed man obsessed with drawing, Lydea tries to save Kyel and somehow defeat Domina.
At this point I’m just posting the McKillip books to show off the covers because I’m definitely keeping all of my McKillip. 🙂 KEEP
That’s all for now! This brings my total count to:
Well, there is a lot of keeps this time around, haha. But at least two more added to the undecided pile. I’m still making progress. What do you think about my choices here? Anything you’d do differently? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!