The Great TBR Purge: Revenge of the TBR (Part 2)

Last week, I kicked off the new year by trying to clean out my incredibly long to-be-read list. Out of the 10 books I shared, I only 5 of them survived. I have to admit though, I’m already starting to second-guess myself on a few of them…

Anyway, I’ve got another group of 10 books to weed through this week, so without further ado, let’s get started!

11) Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

Year added: 2019

Why is it on my TBR? I think I saw another book blogger talking about it oh-so-long ago.

Will it survive? No. “Game of Thrones meets the Grimm’s fairy tales.” I’m already asleep, friend. It does seem to have some high praise, so maybe I’ll reconsider one day, but not today.

12) The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Year added: 2016

Why is it on my TBR? I don’t really remember. 2016 was at least three lifetimes ago. I think a book blogger I follow must’ve written about it?

Will it survive? Yes. I read Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle series for the first time in January 2020 (which was at least five lifetime ago) and loved it, so I’m excited to read more of her work!

13) Starflight by Melissa Landers

Year added: 2019

Why is it on my TBR? I think this was on some list of “underrated sci-fi” or “best enemies-to-lovers” books.

Will it survive? No. It seems… unremarkable. Also, the blurb says the main character “indentures herself” to a male character in order to escape where she’s originally from and just… yeah, no. That’s a weird power dynamic for me, even if it (supposedly) doesn’t last very long.

14) Magic of Madness – Justine Larbalestier

Year added: 2015

Why is it on my TBR? I remember seeing this at the library and almost checking it out, but putting it back in favor of something else. I always meant to come back to it though…

Will it survive? No. I can’t really explain why. And I’m not trying to bash it because it’s an older book, but it is from 2005, and the blurb reads like it. I just don’t know if I’d enjoy it at this point in my life.

15) Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Year added: 2019

Why is it on my TBR? I saw it at Barnes & Noble at a time when I (thankfully) did not have money to spend.

Will it survive? No. I know I wrote somewhere that I love the “unlikely allies” trope, so you would think this is right up my alley, but I can already tell you it isn’t. I know it get s a lot of hype, but it doesn’t look like anything particularly unique or interesting (much like how I feel about the Throne of Glass series). The cover’s pretty though.

16) Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Year added: 2019

Why is it on my TBR? Ok this book is also older, but I seem to remember it having a comeback sometime in the last 5 or so years? I thought it might’ve been made into a movie but it seems I was wrong on that, so I have no idea where I first heard of it.

Will it survive? Yes. I don’t read a lot of contemporary fiction, and this seems like a really good one.

17) Havenfall by Sara Holland

Year added: 2019/2020?

Why is it on my TBR? So funny story about this: I saw it on a blog, and I ended up giving it a try last year (2020), but I ended up not sticking with it and it went back on the TBR.

Will it survive? Yes. It really does look like something I’d enjoy, I just don’t think I came to it at the right time. I think I’d like it if I gave it another try.

18) Storming by K.M. Weiland

Year added: 2016

Why is it on my TBR? I used to follow K.M. Weiland’s blog, Helping Writers Become Authors, and I remember when she was publishing this book.

Will it survive? No. I don’t really have any strong feelings about this book, good or bad. I just thinnk I’m over whatever steampunk phase I was in during high school.

19) We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Millen

Year added: 2016

Why is it on my TBR? I’m starting to wonder why I even mention this if my memory is so bad I can’t remember half of these books in the first place.

Will it survive? Yes. The characters seem endearing, and I’m always interested in books written in unusual formats like letters. And like I said before, I’m still trying to find more contemporary fiction that I enjoy.

20) Anastasia and Her Sisters by Carolyn Meyer

Year added: 2017

Why is it on my TBR? A remnant of the handful of years when I was strangely obsessed with the Romanovs.

Will it survive? No. I’m over it. Also, this book doesn’t sound like it does anything different than anything else in this specific niche.


I’ll pose the same question as I did last week: Do you think I should reconsider any of my decisions on these books? What’s something you’re hoping to read (or avoid) this year?

Until next time!

3 thoughts on “The Great TBR Purge: Revenge of the TBR (Part 2)

  1. I think it’s so funny that Justine Larbalestier wrote that book, disappeared for years, came back with My Sister Rosa (one of my favorite books) and then hasn’t released anything since. If you’re gonna pick up any of her work, I’d highly suggest My Sister Rosa for its themes and discussion on nature vs. nurture!

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  2. I had a stack of books someone had given me, all relatively short, first-person accounts of various adventures. I read one of them, started three more but the latter ones didn’t hold my attention after a chapter or two. A few more to get through…

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