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?
Created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.
You probably know the drill already: this is that part of the week where we look at 15 books on my TBR and I decide if they should stay or go. Let’s get to it.
- 1) Untitled Loki YA by Mackenzi Lee
I have so many conflicted feelings about this book. A bisexual, genderfluid Loki YA sounds amazing, but I’m just not sure I trust a cis author to write it, especially one that made a post mentioning “both genders”. That is a basic mistake that you shouldn’t make if you’re planning to write a genderfluid protag. (Note: I love Mackenzi Lee’s writing otherwise, but that doesn’t change my feelings on this particular book.)
This book doesn’t have a title or a cover yet, so… I think I’ll remove it for now and possibly add it back closer to the release date when we have more info.
- 2) Not Your Backup (Sidekick Squad #3) by C. B. Lee
I absolutely loved Not Your Sidekick in this series, and I have a copy of Not Your Villain that I haven’t read. The first book has a bisexual main, the second book follows a trans guy, and I think the protag of this third one is a-spec? I also can’t wait to see the cover.
- 3) Warcross by Marie Lu
I hear this book is the perfect example to “not judge a book by the cover”. The book is apparently really good, while the cover is… less so. Most of my friends rated it 4-5 stars and it’s about a virtual reality game if I’m not mistaken. And yet, I’m feeling kind of meh about it? And I promised myself I’d be more critical because my TBR is above 1000, so… maybe one day.
- 4) #Notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
This is an anthology, and I would like to read more #ownvoices works by Native American/Indigenous authors, so I’m keeping it for now.
- 5) The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
This is a cute MG book with a great cover that my friend Laura loved, so I really want to read it. How come Middle Grade books always have the best covers?
- 6) The Circle (Engelsfors #1) by Sara B. Elfgren
I added this on recommendation of someone I don’t talk to anymore, and honestly, meh.
- 7) Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan
This book has a wonderful cover and I heard from a lot of people that it’s good, but it only has queer side characters and my mind forever associates this one with The Mortal Instruments, so eeeh.
- 8) The Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy #1) by Mindee Arnett
I added this book because of the beautiful cover as well, and the blurb sounds kiiind of interesting? But it sounds more like I would have enjoyed this a few years ago. It’s too non-queer for me now. That cover is still beautiful, though.
- 9) Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan
This is a mystery story taking place in Japan that sounds interesting, but it’s contemporary, not YA, and I’m not sure I’m feeling it. Maybe one day.
- 10) The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
I added this book because of the hype and because everyone calls it a great feminist read, but honestly, I’m not sure it’s my kind of book? I’m keeping it for now because it has so many 5-star ratings from my friends.
- 11) A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood
I read the second book in a series (they are both anthologies so they can be read separately) and I absolutely adored it. They are historical fiction anthologies with female protagonists, and the second book, The Radical Element was one of my favourite books ever. So yes, I’m keeping this one. (Plus, it has a pirate flag on the cover and apparently has a pirate story.)
- 12) Fresh Ink: An Anthology edited by Lamar Giles
Careful–you are holding fresh ink. And not hot-off-the-press, still-drying-in-your-hands ink. Instead, you are holding twelve stories with endings that are still being written–whose next chapters are up to you. This sounds like a unique, diverse YA anthology that is a must-read.
- 13) When It’s Time by Zane Riley
I think I added this book because of a giveaway held by the author, but it overstayed it welcome because I’m just not interested in it.
- 14) Unburied Fables anthology by Creative Aces Publishing
From students to seasoned professionals, these writers came together to raise awareness and reinvent classic stories. While they showcase a wide variety of origins, styles, and endings, all the tales in this anthology have one classic element in common: a happily ever after. I love anthologies, and I love fairy tale retellings, so I’m definitely keeping this one. Plus, half the profits goes to support a queer charity.
- 15) If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales
I’m going to be honest here, I added this book 70% because the cover has the ace colours, 20% because the author is called Leila, and 10% because of the blurb. So, maybe not the best reasons. It’s a novel about public shaming and callout culture, so it could be good, but apparently it’s also a painful and difficult read… I’m just not feeling it. Shame, because the cover is so good.
Wow! I actually deleted more books than I kept. I think that’s a first.
Next: Hamilton’s Batallion: A Trio of Romances (page 12)
Do you often judge a book by the cover? What are some books you picked up because of the beautiful cover? Did you like them?