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TBR Tidy-Up – Maximum Removal!

Tis the season for Christmas, and with it will come books, book vouchers, and money to buy – books. Hopefully, also a new bookshelf.

So while I have given out lists of my TBR to friends who have asked “what books  do you like?!” I still need to reduce this wanting-to-read list simply because there is no way I will be able to read all the books I’ve put on here AND new releases I’m hankering for.

Time turner? Invent one, please.

SO in this post I’m going to try and get rid of 10.

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THE RULES

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

 

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I would buy this for the COVER ALONE look at that!!! It’s beautiful. Plus space, crews, intrigue!!! This book has me written all over it.

KEEPING

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m not sure “baby with a defect” is entirely unproblematic? Either way I’m not feeling post-apocalyptic space dramas with people wanting babies rn.

BYE

 

 

 

 

 

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This is a Middle Grade, and I didn’t know I had any of this on my list, so I’m keeping it – a delightful weird girl who can talk to ghosts? Yes. Gimme.

KEEPING

 

 

 

 

 

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Aaaaagh I mean I like the sound of this ish? But then there are some trope-y things I’m not sure about. Portal fantasy is dead right now but it seems to have been published when it was popular… I’m not sure. It seems like there’s some sort of love triangle and over sexualised shit.

Be strong. No.

BYE.

 

 

 

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Reading the synopsis of this religion-meets-mental-illness book, I was like oh, no. But then I realised it’s supposed to be a horror novel and it scared Stephen King.

KEEP (but probably won’t get to any time soon)

 

 

 

 

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Psychics in Victorian England…. like need I say more?!

KEEPING

 

 

 

 

 

I HAVE ONLY GOT RID OF TWO BOOKS. I NEED TO UP THE ANTE.

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Ok so this was probably added when I was crushing on a Swedish guy in my workplace, so I’m going to remove this.

BYE

 

 

 

 

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Wow, this preview is so small and it won’t get any bigger. Not to worry, though, since this is about alien/zombie/vampire hybrids and I have no interest in it any more.

BYE

 

 

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I’m a bit confused about what this is meant to be. Something about hallucinations and wrongful imprisonment and murder… I’m not feeling it, to be honest.

BYE

 

 

 

 

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I’ve had this on my TBR FOREVER. Maybe 2018 will be the year I finally read this fking thing.

KEEPING

 

 

 

 

 

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Nnnnngh. I think I added this since I was doing my own psychic detective story at the time, and right now I don’t really want to read this sort of stuff. It’s average is 3*

NAH SORRY

 

 

 

 

 

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A QUEER WOMAN OF COLOUR WITH AN ILLNESS – I don’t care about the mixed reviews I’m getting this.

KEEP

 

 

 

 

 

I must point out that I’ve now got rid of some other reference books, because I didn’t need any more, but I won’t include them here cause boring.

Where are we, 5 out of 10? Sigh. Ok I’m going to do THREE MORE books.

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A beautiful cover, and absolutely great premise, and though I try not to check there’s great reviews from friends.

KEEP

 

 

 

 

 

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A dear friend recommended this to me after I came out of hospital with a crush on my surgeon, since the protagonist here also has the same issue. But I no longer have  a crush on my surgeon (he’s probably still pretty hot to be fair) and I won’t ever read this, so.

BYE

 

 

 

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NNNGH. I really wanted to end on a definitive “no”. But this book has 3 POVs in a high fantasy (I mean… the book I’ve written may have similar ahem) so… God.

I’ll keep it.

 

 

 

 

 

SIX GONE. Not including the reference books. Now I’m up to my 2016 adding spree, where there could be more up to date titles and become more difficult for me. So I’m now on page 3 of my TBR, with 14 pages to rifle through total. This is gonna be a loooong series.

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Update & TBR Tidy Up

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about anything… at all. I haven’t finished reading a book since the PitchWars picks were announced in August.

THIS WILL CHANGE. I’m 90% through The Hate U Give and I have other lovelies waiting on my TBR. However… I still need to get this stuff down.

So! Back we go, down the TBR hole, clearing out the 266 titles remaining.

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THE RULES

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

 

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Hmm. Hmmmmmmmm.

This sounds fascinating. It’s got Zimbabwe history, folklore, tourists, murders. I’m hoping to get more diverse reads in next year so

KEEP

 

 

 

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Ok so this cover does NOT reveal it’s about aliens and mind control. From this you’d think it was a nice, magical-realism or contemporary romance or something, but no. It’s aliens. And it’s about Special Characters Who Don’t Conform.

Getting rid.

 

 

 

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Honestly, I’m not sure if I want to absorb a government conspiracy, kamikaze bird novel soon but I can see my friends dig it. So I’m going to

KEEP

 

 

 

 

 

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I’ve heard so many things about this particular book and I’ve heard of the author. Another government thing, maybe I was on a destroy-the-government high when I added the last two books?

KEEP

 

 

 

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Oh my god, assassin girl?! Yes please.

Again with the government thing, though…. still

KEEP

 

 

 

 

I’m not doing a very good job of getting rid of things, am I?

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This is a book 2. Of a series I don’t even read. Why did I put this on?!

NOPE SORRY

 

 

 

 

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Ok so…. this sounds good? It’s set in a graveyard about a girl with powers and her reaper cousins. I like that spooky shit. Nobody I know has read it but I might give it a go if I can find a copy.

KEEP

 

 

 

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As much as I LOVE witchy books I’m not sure that this is something I’ll ever get to.

NOPE

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m not convinced. I don’t even know what the premise is. All I know is walled city and coming back changed? That doesn’t tell me anything.

Sorry, NOPE

 

 

 

 

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This includes revenge and Australia and it’s historical fiction but I honestly believe I’ll take up other historical fiction before I read this so, sorry but you gotta go.

NOPE

 

 

 

 

OKAY. SO that’s a bit better, got rid of more this time than previous rounds. My New Year’s Resolution is to buy a book a month from a physical store – something an agent on Twitter said would help secure the business if everyone who wrote, edited or agented a book actually did it. I hope to get to some of these!

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TBR tidy-up, or “Jade Still Wants To Read All The Things”

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While I’m still in the throws of PitchWars, I am making myself clip the TBR pile because it’s currently overwhelming…

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

 

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To be honest this sounds so strange – a Peter Pan retelling-ish that’s dark and twisty, and I’ve heard little of “Brom” but enough to know their name and… yeah I’ll keep this.

DECISION: STAY

 

 

 

 

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Let’s be honest – the cover isn’t the best. It doesn’t really give a sense of what the story is about BUT – I never try to judge a book by its cover, and the synopsis sounds cool (witch and knight and power and CRUSADES) as well as the reviews, so I’ll give this one a go.

DECISION: STAY

 

 

 

 

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I’ve heard SO MUCH about this book and most of my friends love it so I’m not getting rid of this at all. I can only hope someone buys it for my birthday or something because I never seem to have it top of my list :S

DECISION: STAY

 

 

 

 

 

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There’s been some half and half reviews on this and to be honest my heart isn’t into the story premise… though I know I should read books I don’t think I’ll like, I’m not sure this is one I want to keep immeditely.

DECISION: BYE

 

 

 

 

 

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This sounds intriguing – phantoms, darkness, fantasy – but also according to reviews, confusing. A very tentative keep…

DECISION: STAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The consensus with is… as well as what I’ve actually heard from friends – is that the romance gets in the way of plot with this one. And right now I’m not in the mood. The author is absolutely lovely but I’ll check out her other works instead.

DECISION: BYE

 

 

 

 

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Two of my favourite authors have waxed lyrical over this magical book and so I’M KEEPING IT.

DECISION: KEEP DAMNIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Zoraida Cordova is an author I’ve yet to read – I know, bad Jade – but I remember putting this one on my list ages ago and then recognising her name because her premises always sound amazing. So I’ll..

DECISION: KEEPITY KEEP KEEP

 

 

 

 

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I am such a sucker for an Arthurian tale, and this centers on young Merlin and – while I’m not 100% sure that this will be a book for me I’ll give it a go.

DECISION: KEEP

 

 

 

 

 

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I AM SUPPOSED TO BE GETTING RID OF BOOKS NOT KEEPING THEM ALL BUT THIS SOUNDS SO COOL I AM KEEPING.

AGAIN.

 

 

 

 

 

Honestly…. I will continue doing this exercise because I need to narrow this down but it’s not working as much as I hoped because I want to read ALL THE THINGS.

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Down the TBR hole

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AGH so in the heat of the moment which was PitchWars I forgot to do this on Friday! How this works –

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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I definitely want to read this one it sounds like delightful magical realism, and I also haven’t read anything from this author so…

KEEP

 

 

 

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I forgot this existed, but it’s definitely something I want to read!

KEEP

 

 

 

 

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I read the first one, NIGHT WATCH and it really annoyed me. I think it’d take a lot to make me pick up this one, so I’m going to unfortunately…

DITCH

 

 

 

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I BOUGHT THIS RECENTLY IT’S WAITING TO BE READ!

KEEP

 

 

 

 

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This is such a classic I’m not getting rid of this.

KEEP

 

 

 

 

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I read an excerpt of this and it was painful.

DITCH

 

 

 

 

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Dude it’s Tolkien, of course I’m going to read this.

KEEP

 

 

 

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This has got some hype around it but also mixed reviews…. I’ll keep it for now

KEEP

 

 

 

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The plot on Goodreads really doesn’t seem to hold much information about it but I will reserve judgement, because a lot of people say this is a great fantasy

KEEP

 

 

 

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This really doesn’t float my boat. Talking dogs and stuff, sounds zany, but…  not really for me.

DITCH

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The lovely Lost In A Story came up with the idea for cutting down extensive TBR’s and I’m thinking yes…. yes I will do this. Why? Because I have SO MANY that’s why.

Maybe I’ll do this every week? Every Friday perhaps… SO LET’S GO –

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  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

THE GOLDEN BOUGH 

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This is essentially a book I wanted to read because a witch in my class recommended it. It’s an extensive history of magic and how it was perceived, and magical practices.

I don’t know WHEN I’ll get to read it but I still want to eventually.

DECISION: STAY

 

THE WITCHES’ GODDESS

841539Again a reference book I’m going to keep because it’s about how the goddess has been perceived in years gone by and her identities – it’s great for magical lore and mythology.

DECISION: STAY!

 

 

 

 

THE SHERLOCK CASE BOOK – ONE

13536554 This was clearly when I loved Sherlock and everything about it. Before series 3 and 4 robbed my heard of the glorious duo, and didn’t made John a sodding filanderer and Sherlock some… I dunno.

Do I want it? Kinda. But I’m also not… as involved. So… sadly it’s going to be

DECISION: SEE YA

 

 

THE NAME OF THE WIND

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

This comes highly recommended and it’s on so many people’s lists, it’s a no brainer.

DECISION: STAY

 

 

 

 

THE DARKNESS THAT COMES BEFORE

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Reading the blurb, I have no clue what the hell this is about nor why it’s on my TBR list.

DECISION: SEE YA

 

 

 

 

THE BLADE ITSELF

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I’ve never read Joe Abercrombie and I’m not sure this is the best introduction to him, HOWEVER – I’m not going to remove it just in case. Some of my GR friends liked it so I’m going to keep it.

DECISION: STAY

 

 

 

DREAMS UNDERFOOT

Dreams Underfoot (Newford, #1)I cannot find this book ANYWHERE – it’s really expensive to buy from the USA / Canada, and my love for urban fantasy ebbed. I’m not sure I have the patience to read so many short stories right now and… sadly…

DECISION: SEE YA

 

 

 

THE VILLAGE SANG TO THE SEA

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I haven’t seen anything but praise for this but even reading the blurb made me tired. Despite that, it sounds interesting – northern italy, magic, Mary Shelley.

DECISION: STAY

 

 

 


DRACULA

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I haven’t read this yet!! I need to! It’s staying it’s staying!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE RAVEN’S HEAD
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This sounds delightfully creepy and the reviews are also delighted with the creepiness, and I apparently love books with Crows or Ravens in the title. So I’m going to keep this.

DECISION: STAY

 

 

 

 

RESULTS OUT OF 10:

STAYING: 7

GOING: 3

Not too bad but can do better. How do you organise your TBR?

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April Wrap Up

So I read…. three… books?! What?!

Queen of the Tearling, ACOTAR and ACOMAF.

I half-read several kindle books, but when you have a mother who steals your kindle to play games and you’re busy on the computer a lot of the time, it’s difficult to steal it back from her.

Because of this, it isn’t going to be a particularly wonderful round up so I might just ignore it altogether. BUT – the want to read list for MAY is-

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The FairyLoot April book!

This looks really good and I’ve heard things about Mandy McGinnis before, so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy even though it doesn’t look QUITE like my usual taste.

 

 

 

 

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One day,  when I’m not totally tired and can keep up with the sharp wits and twisty language, I will finish you!!!

 

 

 

 

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I’m gonna give it another go. Because. I just think I’m so far behind on this but maybe it’s for when you were younger and loved it? As an almost-30 year old I don’t think I’ll connect to this style of writing or characters. But we’ll see.

I may have to DNF though.

 

 

 

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I have this in my list from NetGalley and I reeeeally want to read it!

 

 

 

 

 

So that’s it. For now. I’m hopefully going to up my game in May.