TBR Shelf Cleanup #61


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.

Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits by Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson

Seven tales describe magical beings that inhabit our waters. Some are familiar mer-people; some as strange as as a golden eye in a pool at the edge of the Great Desert Kalarsham, where the mad god Geljdreth rules; or the unknowable, immense Kraken, dark beyond the darkness of the deepest ocean, who will one day rise and rule the world.

This is a short story collection and even though I usually don’t get to these it’s got McKinley’s name on it so it stays in my TBR. 🙂 KEEP

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next. 

This is one of my Owlcrate books that I haven’t yet read (I have many siiiiigh). I keep meaning to check this one out and I still want to. I am hoping that sometime in 2021 I’ll get the mood for it. KEEP

Fires of Nuala by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel

From the acclaimed author of Fire Sanctuary comes a fascinating novel of life on the poisoned planet of Nuala and its inhabitants’ unique battle for survival. A brilliantly constructed world and an intricate plot that should appeal to male and female readers alike.

I don’t know where I got this book or why I picked it up but it does still sound interesting. I especially love the part that it will appeal to male and females *eyeroll* lol. Still, I think I’ll hold on to this one until I can take a closer look. KEEP

The Well of Tears by Cecilia Dart-Thornton

Jewel’s world cruelly shatters when her parents are suddenly killed and she and her uncle Eoin are forced to flee. Leaving the only home she has ever known, Jewel learns that her parents, caught in a tangle of a tragic prophecy, had hidden in the marshland for years to protect the secret knowledge that Jewel is the last of the line of the Janus Jaravhor, the dreaded sorcerer of Strang. That she might be the one person in the world who could unlock the mysterious Dome that is told to hold all of Janus’s secrets. And that King Maolmordha now knows of her existence and will stop at nothing to find her.

This is book two of a series, not sure about hanging on to it. Feeling kind of meh. UNDECIDED

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Honestly I think I might have aged out of this before I had a chance to read it. I did try it at one point but it just didn’t hold me. I kind of want to try again? Not sure though. UNDECIDED

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


Although there are no purges this time there are at least a couple in the undecided pile so that’s some progress, right? Anything you’d do differently? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

10 thoughts on “TBR Shelf Cleanup #61

  1. Susy's Cozy World says:

    I have only read Ergon, but I did it a lifetime ago. At the time I loved it, even if I didn’t love all the sequels in the same ways. But I honestly don’t know what I would think of it if I would read it now!

  2. Zezee says:

    I liked Eragon when I read it before really getting into the fantasy genre. Now that I have, it’s less appealing. The audiobook is good and I enjoyed rereading the first book couple years ago, but the second one bored me so I’ve yet to continue. I do plan to return to it though to continue to the reread. I recommend the audio, if you decide to read it.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Yeah I’m sure it’s fun but also I’m afraid I may be too jaded of a Fantasy reader at this point LOL. Thanks, I didn’t think about the audio, that might work if I decide to check it out!

  3. Mary Drover says:

    I have long wanted to go back and reread the entire Eragon series, but I, too, fear that I’ve aged out of it. It was really excellent when I was a teenager, but I think it’s probably too juvenile now.

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