You know the drill. This is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story, where I’m going to look at the next 15 books on my TBR and see if I want to keep them or not.
Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!
It works like this:
- Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
- Order on ascending date added.
- Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
- Read the synopses of the books
- Decide: keep it or should it go?
Last time, I deleted 7 books, so let’s see how I do this week.
1) Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
This is a middle grade novel with a queer girl who likes to play the drums, and also Laura loved it, so I’m keeping it.
2) Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
Another middle grade book with queer girls, and a beautiful concept + cover at that, so this one is staying as well.
3) P.S. I Miss You by Jen Petro-Roy
Another middle grade book with a questioning girl, and this one also has sisterly relationships.
4) Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender
Four middle grade novels in a row, and yet these are all ones that I actually want to read… some day. Also, the blurb here says “close friendship between girls” but the book is tagged queer, so it’s probably queer.
5) The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
I started reading this when it was free on RivetedLit but didn’t have time to finish it. Honestly, I’m not that interested in it.
6) The Blood of Stars by Elizabeth Lim
This one comes out in 2019 so I don’t know much about it yet, but it’s a Chinese-inspired magical fantasy that sounds pretty interesting.
7) Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
I know this is one of Lia’s favourites, but I’ve only ever seen the movie. Which made me cry. So I’m a little intimidated by this one.
8) Magic & Mayhem: Fiction and Essays Celebrating LGBTQA Romance edited by Nicole Kimberling
So like… I still kind of want to read this, but there’s no ebook and the paperback is super expensive? It’s not very likely that I’d ever buy it, and I can probably live without it.
9) Coffee Boy by Austin Chant
Austin Chant novellas are staying, this is law.
10) Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens
I don’t even remember who recommended this, but it was definitely someone whose opinion I trust. Xan West, maybe? Anyway, this has a questioning protagonist and if I remember well she doesn’t settle on a label in the book, so I want to read it.
11) The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
This is a sci-fi about a girl who is the only surviving member on a spaceship. But it’s also a thriller and there’s some kind of twist? I have no idea what’s going on but I’m really intrigued by this one.
12) Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
No, I still haven’t read this one. Yes, it’s staying. #ownvoices autistic protagonist, and both a F/F and M/F main ships, I think? Also, cons.
13) The New Voices of Fantasy edited by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman
I actually love reading anthologies, and I’m sure this is a great one, but it’s lacking something special for me.
14) No Good Deed by Kara Connolly
This book is about a teenage girl who is a brilliant archer. She ends up transported to medieval England and– becomes Robin Hood. A female Robin Hood story with time travel?! What else do you need? (Okay, but seriously, is archery a number at the Olympics?)
15) The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. I almost deleted this, but then I re-read the blurb and actually, I’m still intrigued. I want to know what happens.
Next book on TBR: Bleeding Earth
Well! I can’t decide if this was a good batch because it had so many interesting books, or a bad batch because I barely reduced my TBR. Maybe next time?
Again, fight me on my choices! Have you read any of these books? Do you agree?