TBR Shelf Cleanup #60

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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.

Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Carolyn Stevermer

A great deal is happening in London and the country this season. For starters, there’s the witch who tried to poison Kate at the Royal College of Wizards. There’s also the man who seems to be spying on Cecelia. (Though he’s not doing a very good job of it–so just what are his intentions?) And then there’s Oliver. Ever since he was turned into a tree, he hasn’t bothered to tell anyone where he is. Clearly, magic is a deadly and dangerous business. And the girls might be in fear for their lives . . . if only they weren’t having so much fun!

Quite frankly this seems right up my alley and I don’t know why I haven’t yet read this series since adding it to my TBR! I sometimes feel like my TBR is where books go to die. *crying* Anyway, I have this and its two sequels. KEEP

Belgarath the Sorcerer by David & Leigh Eddings

When the world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to explore the world. Thus began the extraordinary adventures that would mold that youthful vagabond into a man, and the man into the finely honed instrument of Prophecy known to all the world as Belgarath the Sorcerer.
Then came the dark day when the Dark God Torak split the world asunder, and the God Aldur and his disciples began their monumental labor to set Destiny aright. Foremost among their number was Belgarath. His ceaseless devotion was foredoomed to cost him that which he held most dear–even as his loyal service would extend through echoing centuries of loss, of struggle, and of ultimate triumph.

I admit I have a soft spot for the Belgariad, even after all these years knowing that they’re not the best books and they probably wouldn’t hold up to a reread. So I just can’t let this and Polgara The Sorceress go. For now. Maybe one day. KEEP

Through Wolf’s Eyes by Jane Lindskold

Firekeeper only vaguely remembers a time when she didn’t live with her “family,” a pack of “royal wolves”-bigger, stronger, and smarter than normal wolves. Now her pack leaders are sending her back to live among the humans, as they promised her mother years ago.

Some of the humans think she may be the lost heir to their throne. This could be good-and it could be very, very dangerous. In the months to come, learning to behave like a human will turn out to be more complicated than she’d ever imagined.

But though human ways might be stranger than anything found in the forest, the infighting in the human’s pack is nothing Firekeeper hasn’t seen before. That, she understands just fine. She’s not your standard-issue princess-and this is not your standard-issue fairy tale.

I don’t exactly remember how this one got into my TBR but I’m positive it was through a used bookstore. Not sure why I picked it up though! On the one hand I’d love to check out this author but I’m not sure how interested I am in this book. UNDECIDED

Dying to Live by Kim Paffenroth

Jonah Caine, a lone survivor in a zombie-infested world, struggles to understand the apocalypse in which he lives. Unable to find a moral or sane reason for the horror that surrounds him, he is overwhelmed by violence and insignificance.

After wandering for months, Jonah’s lonely existence dramatically changes when he discovers a group of survivors. Living in a museum-turned-compound, they are led jointly by Jack, an ever-practical and efficient military man, and Milton, a mysterious, quizzical prophet who holds a strange power over the dead. Both leaders share Jonah’s anguish over the brutality of their world, as well as his hope for its beauty. Together with others, they build a community that reestablishes an island of order and humanity surrounded by relentless ghouls.

But this newfound peace is short-lived, as Jonah and his band of refugees clash with another group of survivors who remind them that the undead are not the only—nor the most grotesque—horrors they must face.

I think this is one that I picked up from a book festival from a local author and that’s why I have it in my TBR. I try to keep these with all good intentions but honestly not sure if I’ll get to it. UNDECIDED

A Difficulty With Dwarves by Craig Shaw Gardner

When a wizard is unable to cure his malady of magicks, he sends his apprentice Wuntnor to seek aid in the distant land of the Eastern Kingdoms which are ripe with fiendish peril.

This is another one of those books that I think only ended up in my TBR because it was free hahahahaha. I really have a problem passing on free books–thankfully I’m getting better at that. PURGE

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

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Despite the keeps, I feel like I did pretty good this week, lol. What do you think about my choices here? Anything you’d do differently? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

9 thoughts on “TBR Shelf Cleanup #60

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Well, I haven’t read them since early high school but I did love them back then and the Mallorean too! I don’t know how they’d hold up to Adult Lisa’s reading tastes but they were really fun back in the day and I do have a certain nostalgia for them 🙂

      • Jonny Pongratz says:

        Ah, you too eh? I’m curious as well, though my tbr is crazier than ever so I’m not sure I’ll ever reread them. If you do, I’ll be on the lookout for any reviews! 🙂

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