TBR Shelf Cleanup #59


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.

Now Then and Every When by Rysa Walker

In 2136 Madison Grace uncovers a key to the origins of CHRONOS, a time-travel agency with ties to her family’s mysterious past. Just as she is starting to jump through history, she returns to her timeline to find millions of lives erased—and only the people inside her house realize anything has changed.

In 2304 CHRONOS historian Tyson Reyes is assigned to observe the crucial events that played out in America’s civil rights movement. But a massive time shift occurs while he’s in 1965, and suddenly the history he sees isn’t the history he knows.

As Madi’s and Tyson’s journeys collide, they must prevent the past from being erased forever. But strange forces are at work. Are Madi and Tyson in control or merely pawns in someone else’s game?

This is one that I received for review a while back and while the premise seems super intriguing I’m not sure if I’ll ever really be in the mood for this one. But I could change my mind. UNDECIDED

The Cygnet and the Firebird by Patricia McKillip

Following the novel The Sorceress and the Cygnet, McKillip’s characters, the sorceress Nyx and her cousin Meguet, are plunged into the mystery of the firebird, whose haunting cry transforms objects at random. To uncover the identity of the legendary creature who turns into a nameless man at sunrise, they are swept to the edge of the world.

Of course this is McKillip so I’m keeping it even though it’s book 2 of a series and I don’t have book 1. I vaguely remember reading these some time in early high school though, getting them out of the SFF section of the library. Those were the days. KEEP

The Luck of Relian Kru by Paula Volsky

So far this morning Relian Kru has broken three goblets, torn his best doublet, and been insulted by a snake. And those are the disasters he knows about! What he doesn’t know is that he been condemned to death for dressing badly, and that the kindly sorcerer who invited him to dinner actually has in mind something a bit more permanent than a mere meal—like eternal slavery… 

This is another book I have vague memories of. Namely I have vaguely recall someone recommending this on r/fantasy and that being the reason I picked it up. It doesn’t look bad. I just don’t know if I’ll ever get around to it. UNDECIDED

An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows

When Saffron Coulter stumbles through a hole in reality, she finds herself trapped in Kena, a magical realm on the brink of civil war.

There, her fate becomes intertwined with that of three very different women: Zech, the fast-thinking acolyte of a cunning, powerful exile; Viya, the spoiled, runaway consort of the empire-building ruler, Vex Leoden; and Gwen, an Earth-born worldwalker whose greatest regret is putting Leoden on the throne. But Leoden has allies, too, chief among them the Vex’Mara Kadeja, a dangerous ex-priestess who shares his dreams of conquest.

Pursued by Leoden and aided by the Shavaktiin, a secretive order of storytellers and mystics, the rebels flee to Veksh, a neighboring matriarchy ruled by the fearsome Council of Queens. Saffron is out of her world and out of her depth, but the further she travels, the more she finds herself bound to her friends with ties of blood and magic.

I’ve had this one in the TBR pretty much since it came out. I still want to read it though! I just need to make the effort to get to it. KEEP

The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell

Uther, the High King, has died, leaving the infant Mordred as his only heir. His uncle, the loyal and gifted warlord Arthur, now rules as caretaker for a country which has fallen into chaos – threats emerge from within the British kingdoms while vicious Saxon armies stand ready to invade. As he struggles to unite Britain and hold back the enemy at the gates, Arthur is embroiled in a doomed romance with beautiful Guinevere. Will the old-world magic of Merlin be enough to turn the tide of war in his favour?

I got this one a few (okay several) years ago back when I was on an Arthurian kick. But that didn’t last too long and I never got around to reading a lot of the books I picked up during it. I’m fine with letting this one go even though I know a lot of people love this one, I just think it’s probably not for me. PURGE

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


Well, at least I have less in the ‘keep’ pile this time! That’s some progress at least. What do you think about my choices here? Anything you’d do differently? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

12 thoughts on “TBR Shelf Cleanup #59

  1. dianthaa says:

    I read some of The Chronos Files a while back, it went from fun to OMG THIS IS TOO COMPLICATED AND MAKES NO SENSE MAKE IT STOOOP. Which is to say, I have little faith in this author.

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