TBR Shelf Cleanup #67


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.

Riverland by Fran Wilde

When things go bad at home, sisters Eleanor and Mike hide in a secret place under Eleanor’s bed, telling monster stories. Often, it seems those stories and their mother’s house magic are all that keep them safe from both busybodies and their dad’s temper. But when their father breaks a family heirloom, a glass witch ball, a river suddenly appears beneath the bed, and Eleanor and Mike fall into a world where dreams are born, nightmares struggle to break into the real world, and secrets have big consequences. Full of both adventure and heart, Riverland is a story about the bond between two sisters and how they must make their own magic to protect each other and save the ones they love.

This is a relatively newer addition to the TBR, within the last couple of years. I’m such a fan of Fran Wilde’s writing, but I do have a few of her books in my TBR that I need to catch up on now. KEEP

In Shade and Shadow by Barb Hendee

After escaping the castle of ancient vampires with Magiere and Leesil, Wynn Hygeorht has returned to Calm Seatt, home of the Guild of Sagecraft, bearing texts supposedly penned by vampires from the time of the Forgotten History and the Great War. Her superiors seize both the ancient texts and her personal journals, dismissing her tales of the undead as delusional fancies. But the guild’s scholars have not dismissed the texts. Without Wynn’s consent, they begin sending the texts out to scriptoriums for copying. Then one night several pages disappear — and the two sages charged with conveying these pages are murdered. Suspicious of the Guild, separated from the only friends she fully trusts, and convinced the Noble Dead are responsible for the killings, Wynn embarks on a quest to uncover the secrets of the texts, unaware of her allies from unexpected quarters… 

I don’t even remember picking this one up lol. I think the premise sounds interesting though so maybe I’ll hold on to it? Not sure. UNDECIDED

Four Ways to Forgiveness by Ursula K. LeGuin

At the far end of our universe, on the twin planets of Werel and Yeowe, all humankind is divided into “assets” and “owners,” tradition and liberation are at war, and freedom takes many forms. Here is a society as complex and troubled as any on our world, peopled with unforgettable characters struggling to become fully human. For the disgraced revolutionary Abberkam, the callow “space brat” Solly, the haughty soldier Teyeo, and the Ekumen historian and Hainish exile Havzhiva, freedom and duty both begin in the heart, and success as well as failure has its costs.

This one is actually four interconnected novellas. I’m going to hold on to this one for now because it’s LeGuin but I may decide to purge it later at some point–next time I need more room on my shelves. KEEP

The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley

Master storyteller Robin McKinley here spins two new fairy tales and retells two cherished classics. All feature princesses touched with or by magic. There is Linadel, who lives in a kingdom next to Faerieland, where princesses are stolen away on their seventeenth birthdays-and Linadel’s seventeenth birthday is tomorrow. And Korah, whose brother is bewitched by the magical Golden Hind; now it is up to her to break the spell. Rana must turn to a talking frog to help save her kingdom from the evil Aliyander. And then there are the twelve princesses, enspelled to dance through the soles of their shoes every night. . . . These are tales to read with delight!

Well, this is McKinley so I’m definitely hanging on to this whether I get to it or not. I do hope to explore all the McKinley on my shelves one of these days though! KEEP

The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge

The imperious Winter colonists have ruled the planet Tiamat for 150 years, deriving wealth from the slaughter of the sea mers. But soon the galactic stargate will close, isolating Tiamat, and the 150-year reign of the Summer primitives will begin. Their only chance at surviving the change is if Arienrhod, the ageless, corrupt Snow Queen, can destroy destiny with an act of genocide. Arienrhod is not without competition as Moon, a young Summer-tribe sibyl, and the nemesis of the Snow Queen, battles to break a conspiracy that spans space. Interstellar politics, a millennia-long secret conspiracy, and a civilization whose hidden machineries might still control the fate of worlds all form the background to this spectacular hard science fiction novel from Joan D. Vinge.

I have been meaning to read this one for YEARS. And yet. Well, one of these days. Definitely holding onto this one though–that Michael Whelan cover alone is worth it haha. KEEP

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


Three weeks in a row with a lot of keeps–maybe this is because I’m getting near the end of things (only 11 more posts!). Either way, at least one more on the undecided pile so that’s good! Anything you’d do differently? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

14 thoughts on “TBR Shelf Cleanup #67

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery says:

    I remember reading The Snow Queen long ago (it must be at least 30 years), and I’ve forgotten most of the story, but what I remember is that it was an amazing book: just seeing it listed here made me smile… 🙂

  2. 24hr.YABookBlog says:

    I love Fran’s writing too and hadn’t heard of Riverland before, gotta add it to my to-read list now! Really love how this series has introduced me to lots of backlist sff titles, always enjoy reading it! ✨

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