Features, Keep it or Skip it?

Keep it or Skip it? Split x4

My TBR shelf is over a 1,000 books strong and this week I’m up 30 books that I added since last month! *sigh* TOO MANY GOOD BOOKS! …I know I have a problem, so I created a “must read soon” shelf on goodreads of the books I want to read by the end of this year. And another shelf “to read someday” which are low priority books. Help me out as I sort through my tbr shelf…

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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?

Barajou no Kiss, Vol.1 by Aya Shouoto

Barajou no Kiss mini coverAlso called Kiss of the Rose Princess… When Anis Yamamoto loses the rose choker (a protective amulet which would safeguard her from harm) her father gave her as a child, she’s afflicted by a “punishment” for removing it. Which is a bit more than she bargained for!read soon splatter

Punished when you stop wearing jewelry that is just twisted enough to be fascinating especially when you add in four knights that have something to do with it all! I maybe would have skipped it but my library has it so it goes onto the read soon! If I don’t like the first couple volumes I’ll let it go…

Silence by Michelle Sagara West

Silence coverBook 1 of The Queen of the Dead series. Emma has been haunting the graveyard ever since her boyfriend dies in an accident. One night she runs into Eric the new boy and the old woman he’s with touches her awakening a power within her to speak and touch the dead. Now the new boy has to kill her but she is determined to save the ghosts she finds…

skip splatterAt the time this sounded intriguing to me but now there are a ton of necromancer type gifts out there. On top of that a blogger I like who I follow on Goodreads totally panned it. I agree with her that it’s probably going to be just okay… it’s how I already feel about the blurb and the cover… I can skip it!

Vagabond, Vol.1 by Takehiko Inoue

Vagabond, Vol1 coverShinmen Takezo is a cold-hearted killer, who will take on anyone in mortal combat to make a name for himself. He is also destined to become the most renowned samurai of all time. The journey of a wild young brute who strives to reach enlightenment by way of sword–fighting to the edge of death.someday splatter

I’d love to BUDDY READ this with someone (which is totally possible because I can get it from the library…) who is excited to read it… (I’ve never done a buddy read before, but…) it seems like the sort of manga that I need another person’s perspective to totally enjoy as much as I would like… So I think I’ll keep it for my someday pile…

Three Shadows by Cyril Pedrosa & Edward Gauvin

1823114A graphic novel where three spectral shadows come for a couple’s son. They know there is nothing they can do to stop them but they also know they can’t let their son die without at least trying to flee death. someday splatter

I heard good things about this graphic novel which is why I put it on my TBR… I would love to try a graphic novel sometime so I think I’ll toss it on my someday pile. If I were going to read one I’d love to start with one whose art is seriously breathtaking… this is said to be like a pixar movie… high praise if it’s true!

The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer


When a confused and frightened demon imp pops appears in a Sicilian theater, Artemis is there to meet him. But he is not alone. Someone else has unlocked the secrets of the fairy world and managed to solve complex mathematical problems that only a genius could. And she is only twelve years old…

skip splatterBook #5 in the Artemis Fowl middle grade series… I read the first couple books when this series first came out… I was a fan and planned on reading the entire series. I can’t remember the last book I read nor had I been keeping track on Goodreads at the time. I think I’ll skip this as I would have to start over…

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

12578077Katy has just moved to West Virginia only to be attacked by a stranger. When her hot but infuriating neighbor freezes time with a wave of his hand he unexpectedly marks her, lighting her up to a galaxy of his enemies. The only way to stay alive is to stick by Daemon but not kill him until her alien mojo fades.

keep splatterJennifer Armentrout is known to me and I quite enjoyed The Problem with Forever. I’d like to see what I think about this one despite mixed reviews and association with Twilight. Freezing time is a cool ability and there is also Daemon’s sister…

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? BTW Should I do this feature twice a month to speed up the thinning process? Let’s chat… I value your comments!

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28 thoughts on “Keep it or Skip it? Split x4”

  1. Interesting books! I’ve wondered if I should ever give Artemis Fowl a shot in the future if I ever crave for a middle-grade book for some reason hahah Interesting that you managed to get to book #5! Did the series become less interesting or did you just forget about it unintentionally? 😛

    1. The wait for the sequel… Then when its been so long you’ve forgotten how things work and *shrug* just not interested anymore… Artemis Fowl is the ultimate in anti-heroes… and actually if you read straight through he meets his match near the end of the series… *grins like a Cheshire cat* You’re more interested now, right…? LOL!

  2. I’ve heard mixed things about Obsidian, so I’m really on the fence about it. And I definitely agree with you about Artemis Fowl- I read the first few years ago, but lost track and never finished the series either- I can’t see myself finishing it now

  3. I have never heard any of these books/manga’s before apart from Obsidian, it was actually on my tbr for a long time before I decided to remove it and just read it a later on date. I am really interested in the first manga, Barajou No Kiss seems definitely up my ally!

  4. I love how all over the place you are. Keep up the great work! Culling a TBR can be quite the challenge.

    The only book on this list I’m familiar with even remotely is the Artemis Fowl book– but I haven’t read them! They have been hovering on the back of my TBR for a while. Once you mark a book as Some Day or Skip, what do you do with that particular book?

    1. Hi Jackie! I am all over the place! I think that’s why I love bloggers who are eclectic readers… I can so relate. (Me pointing to you ❤️)

      I have obscure taste *cringe* 😁😭😅 if it’s on someday I have one of the special shelves (at the top) marked to read someday. And if it’s skip I pull it from my shelves (a link inside edit the book). That way if someone convinces me to read a skipped book I can just treat it like new 😁

      1. I am certainly an eclectic reader! That’s for sure. It feels good not to be alone on that. So many things appeal to me. Just… nothing graphically violent or psychological. #BigBaby

        OH! You use shelves! That’s brilliant. Goodreads? If so, I had best stalk your cataloging system then.

  5. Ha, Obsidian has been on my TBR forever. I still haven’t read it but I still keep it. Maybe you’ll read it before me and convince me I should pick it up sooner 😉

      1. Yes I enjoyed it! It’s very similar to Twilight. If you’ve read it you’ll notice the similarities. Then the next books in the series are quite different.

      1. I haven’t really read many… unless they are thriller / suspense, they probably haven’t found their way into my reading lists… not sure I know specifically any good ones to start with tho either

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