My TBR shelf is over a 1,000 books strong and I just added two more series today… I know, I know I have a problem. To help me I created a “must read soon” shelf on goodreads with the books I want to read by the end of this year. And another shelf “to read someday” which are low priority books. Now I need your help as I sort through my tbr shelf to find the 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?
The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade
The first in a middle grade series that combines Steampunk, spying, and a fantastic Victorian London. Modo is a hunchback saved from the freak show due to his ability to transform his appearance. He and Octavia, another Association agent uncover a plot by the Clockword Guild.
I have been having lots of success lately with middle grade novels. Steampunk books that are good are rare so I’m keeping this one. I also love the fact there are lots of odd and quirky side characters in this (according to reviews I scanned)… Plus the first villain sounds intriguing with making orphans into clockwork people.
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Another steampunk set in World War I. Prince Alek, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run in a battletorn war machine with a loyal crew of men. Deryn is disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. When their paths cross they go on an around-the-world adventure together.
I’ve heard a lot about this book and I do enjoy reading books that have hype surrounding them to examine why they are so popular. I’m not in a rush though… This steampunk sounds a lot more adult and less fun. The plot sounds very non-specific so there is not much compelling me to pick it up…
The Gentlemen’s Alliance †, Vol. 1 by Arina Tanemura
A shoujo manga where a prestigious family gives their daughter away for a 50 million yen business loan. Haine, now an Otomiya, is appointed to the student council of her exclusive Academy where she struggles in the face of the president, Shizumasa Togu, aka “the Emperor.”
I haven’t read this yet because my library hadn’t gotten it yet the last time I check several years ago… but now they have it!! So I put volumes 1 and 2 on hold… manga are easy to read so I hate to let them go if I can find them easily… And having your family SELL YOU must be traumatic…
Paradise Kiss, Vol. 1 by Ai Yazawa
A josei manga, Yukari, a hard working student, is kidnapped by a group of fashion mavens called “Paradise Kiss.” Suddenly she’s a part of the fashion world, guided by George, art-snob extraordinaire who turns her from a bookworm into an exclusive clothing model.
I’ve always wanted to read a josei manga which are written for an older audience woman just to see the difference between them and shoujo… I read a review and they kind of spilled the beans about the end so now I’m over it. If josei means unhappy ending then I don’t need that…
Bloody Kiss, Vol. 01 by Kazuko Furumiya
A two volume shoujo manga, Kiyo inherits her grandmother’s house and the two vampires, Kuroboshi and his servant Alshu living there! In fact Kuroboshi wants to make Kiyo his bride, meaning that she will be the only human he sucks blood from.
This sounds super cute and if I had access to it then I’d gobble it up quickly since it is only two volumes. Alas my library doesn’t have it and really these small volumes series are very shallow and under developed. They are almost practice for their manga-ka to get experience and are unexpectedly popular which propels their next series.
Trinity Blood, Vol. 1 by Sunao Yoshida
Based on light novels with an anime series these shoujo manga are about a dark and distant future where a war rages between vampires and humans. Ester and Abel Nightroad sent from the Vatican form a holy alliance to battle Gyula, the leader of the vampires.
I totally watched the anime series with my brother who loved it! (It was quite good…) I wanted to read the manga and compare the two as I love adaptions and seeing how with different people making creative choices changes the end product… but my library doesn’t have it… so my wonderful blog idea will have to go to the back burner until I find a copy…
Not a lot of books this time… that was how my tbr list sorted this time. Manga are fun and easy to read and make a great palette cleanser after an intense book. 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!