Everyone’s TBR shelfs are overflowing with books that we can’t hope to get to in our lifetime. Recently I created a “must read soon” shelf on goodreads of the books I want to read by the end of this year. There are some biggies on there like A Darker Shade of Magic, Six of Crows and The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. Now I need your help as I sort through my tbr shelf to find the other must reads…
Regularly I’m going to hit up my TBR shelf and pick off six books that have been there the longest and examine the pros and cons to keeping them or skipping them. My first aim is to cut my TBR shelf down by a third. My second aim is to sort those I keep into three piles: read soon, “keep” or someday. Did I make the right choice?
Black Powder War by Naomi Novik
Book #3 in the Temeraire series about war dragons during the Napoleon war. This time Will and his dragon Temeraire are ordered to retrieve and escort a precious cargo of valuable dragon eggs from Istanbul to England. They take the Old Silk Road from China to Istanbul.
I love books about dragons and I do enjoy Temeraire. The second book was not as good as the first book but a historical set along the Old Silk Road could be really neat…
Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor & Jim Di Bartolo
A series of 3 short stories centered of a kiss that is no mere kiss. Will young Victorian girls sell their souls for goblin fruit? A curse on an English girl in India is tested when she falls in love. 6 days before her 14th birthday her left eye turns from brown to green.
Laini Taylor is a great world builder and she’s sure to do supernatural love in a crazy cool way so I’m totally interested… Yet I’m not a particular fan of short stories… so I’m not in a hurry to read these anytime soon… maybe someday.
Partials by Dan Wells
The first book in the Partials Sequence, where engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. A weaponized virus leaves a fraction of survivors huddled on Long Island. Things change when Kira starts asking questions about the war’s origin no one knew to ask.
This dystopia series would make a great book for my dystopia challenge this year, not a must read but close. Plus a goodreads friend suggested it as a medical thriller (an interesting take on dystopia) and more post-apocalyptic in nature (something I seriously enjoy).
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
The first book in the Delirium series. In an alternate USA, love is a disease, but the government has the Cure. Lena is looking forward to being cured after watching her mother destroy her life over love. This changes when she meets Alex from the Wilds who lives free from the government.
Lauren Oliver won a couple reader’s choice awards for this book plus my goodread friends almost all concur this is at least a 3 star+ book. And it is another possible candidate for my dystopia challenge this year… unfortunately I read the first chapter and was underwhelmed… maybe someday?
The Ancient Realm by Sarah Leith Bahn
The first book of a middle grade fantasy series centered on the natural world and concerns about our global ecosystems. Agnes’ 11 year old life changes when her new babysitter Octavia introduces her to the Ancient Realm, a secret society of Guardians who protect the precious natural resources of planet Earth.
I’ve read a couple excellent middle grade book recently; it’s a great place to find strong stories with almost zero romance. And it pushes ideas about preserving our environment! I’m totally into that… but unfortunately investigating a little further, this was published in 2011 and there has yet to be a second book in the series.
Dead on the Delta by Stacey Jay
“Once upon a time, fairies were the stuff of bedtime stories and sweet dreams. Then came the mutations, and the dreams became nightmares. Mosquito-size fairies now indulge their taste for human blood—and for most humans, a fairy bite means insanity or death.” An urban fantasy about a woman who is immune to fairy venom, and able to do the dirty work most humans can’t.
I’m a total sucker for fairies! And killer fairies sound even better! An urban fantasy though is all about the world building and while the blurb makes it sound very good the series is only 2 books strong and the last was in 2012. I have another book on my tbr shelf that is a good place to start with this author.
Please weigh in on how you feel about the books above… Did I cut a favorite of yours? Did I keep a stinker? Is there a book I must read ASAP? Let’s chat… I value your comments!