I always try to keep my TBR under 200. Right now, I have more than 220 books on my “to-read” and “maybe” shelves on goodreads. Not a lot, but still more than I’d like, so today I’m going to remove the ones I don’t want to read anymore, and I’m going to read a chapter or the preview of the ones I’m undecided about.
Or, the books I just have no interest in anymore:
- Finding Baba Yaga by Jane Yolen: I just don’t think this is my thing. Poetry novels don’t seem to work for me in fantasy – I just DNFed one.
- Noumenon by Martina J. Lostetter: I’ve tried the excerpt of this sci-fi book multiple times and we just don’t get along.
- New Suns (edited) by Nisi Shawl: I usually don’t care for anthologies and hate reviewing them so I’m not going to add to my TBR ones I’ve never heard of.
- Starless by Jacqueline Carey: this is not happening. I mean, a book that almost reaches 600 pages on my “maybe” shelf? It’s not that I don’t want to read it – trans characters in fantasy! – it’s that the length and the fact that it’s not a priority mean that I’m never going to get to it.
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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor: if Binti and Lagoon didn’t work for me, I can say that I loved her writing in this prologue. I hope the pacing won’t be as much a problem for me as it was in her other books. ✔️
Annex by Rich Larson: I know this is science fiction with a trans girl main character, but I was bored after three pages. I guess I’ll pass on this one. ❌
The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim: diverse middle grade is important and this cover is gorgeous (this is what I mean when I say I want illustrated covers in YA) but I just don’t think I’m interested in this story at the moment. I need to realize that “low-priority” and “the ebook costs almost 10€” means “you’re never going to read that”. ❌
White Rabbit by Caleb Roherig: two pages in the preview, and I already don’t like the writing. Considering that most reviews of my goodreads friends haven’t been positive, I don’t think I need to keep this one on my TBR. ❌
Borderline by Mishell Baker: this does seem interesting. It’s an urban fantasy book with a main character with borderline personality disorder who is also a suicide attempt survivor, and there are faeries. ✔️
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo: I have to admit that I have many doubts about this one, because it’s m/f YA fantasy, but those doubts have nothing to do with the excerpt. The preview is actually great and sirens are scary. ✔️
Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry: I am an atheist – and always have been, as long as I remember – who spent eleven years in an Italian Catholic school, from age three to age thirteen. The religious aspect was a nightmare. This is both the reason I want and do not want to read this book, but the fact that after a few pages the main character’s narration is getting on my nerves (or maybe I’m just… really not in the mood for this) makes me think I probably won’t like it. ❌
A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn: my interest in m/f historical fiction set in London is very low and I managed to be bored just after a few paragraphs. Why did I even add this in the first place? ❌
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo: I may not read this now, but I loved this first chapter. I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this because, while I loved Goo’s The Way You Make Me Feel, I’ve heard very mixed things about this one, but now I know I’m going to get to this for sure. ✔️
Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz: I love previews because they help me realize when a book isn’t for me. If ARCs had previews, I would have rates less books two or one stars this year. Anyway, this is a no. ❌
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst: I’ve heard this is a mediocre book in terms of writing and plot but it has a great f/f romance. As worldbuilding is really important for me in high fantasy, I don’t think this book will work for me. ❌
Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender: see The Crystal Ribbon. I want to start reading diverse middle grade at some point, but 9€ for an ebook? No. Anyway, this is one I’m going to consider if the price ever goes down, because it seems interesting – it’s f/f middle grade with a black girl main character, written by a black author. I can’t say the writing impressed me, though (too many long sentences). ❌
Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty: Finally another preview that convinces me? I am going to read this one at some point, even if it’s not a priority – it seems a quick read. ✔️
Love and Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves: I almost feel like I should know better – the average rating is really low – but I really liked the narration and it looks like a quick read? Also, it’s f/f with a main character recovering from an eating disorder. ✔️
I finally have only 200 books on my TBR! Also because I removed some 2020 releases (why should I keep a book on my TBR if I know nothing about it?). I probably won’t have as much time to read in the future, and I think having a smaller TBR will help me not waste my time.
Have you read any of these? Do you think I should have kept/removed of any of them?