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Cleaning Up My TBR

I am quite bored. I am trying to look for jobs, since I am still without one but I am struggling to find motivation. I decided to start a Reading Journal and I am working on setting that up. While I was going through my wish-list and my Goodreads’s Want To Read list I noticed a huge discrepancy. While I have only 37 books on my “physical” handwritten wish-list/TBR, there are 177 books on my Want To Read shelf…. Yeah… I don’t know what went wrong…

While I am pretty confident I will solve this mystery during the lockdown and I will make sure to clean up my Goodreads shelves. I have also decided to face reality and remove a few titles from my wish-list, as I am never going to read them (sadly). Here’s the list of titles I brokenheartedly removed from my TBR. But if you think I am making a huge mistake and I should keep them, please make your case. Happy to change my mind!

Smoke – Dan Vyleta

In an alternate Victorian England those who are wicked are marked by the smoke that pours out of their bodies. The aristocracy are clean, proof of their virtue and right to rule, while the lower classes are drenched in sin and soot.

Thomas Argyle is the only son of a wayward aristocrat. Charlie Cooper is his best friend. When Thomas finds himself under the boot heel of a sadistic headboy in the treacherous halls of their elite boarding school, he and Charlie begin to question the rules of their society. Then the boys meet Livia, the daughter of a wealthy and powerful family. She leads them to a secret laboratory where they learn that smoke may not be as it seems, and together they set out to uncover the truth about their world.

Haven – Mary Lindsey

We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.

Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere, He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.

Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.

The Witch Hunter – Virgina Boecker

Your greatest enemy isn’t what you fight, but what you fear. Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that’s been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth’s witch hunting past–if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she’s thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

The Unintentional Time Traveller – Everett Maroon

Fifteen-year-old Jack Bishop has mad skills with cars and engines, but knows he’ll never get a driver’s license because of his epilepsy. Agreeing to participate in an experimental clinical trial to find new treatments for his disease, he finds himself in a completely different body—that of a girl his age, Jacqueline, who defies the expectations of her era. Since his seizures usually give him spazzed out visions, Jack presumes this is a hallucination. Feeling fearless, he steals a horse, expecting that at any moment he’ll wake back up in the clinical trial lab. When that doesn’t happen, Jacqueline falls unexpectedly in love, even as the town in the past becomes swallowed in a fight for its survival. Jack/Jacqueline is caught between two lives and epochs, and must find a way to save everyone around him as well as himself. And all the while, he is losing time, even if he is getting out of algebra class. 

Fighting Destiny – Amelia Hutchins

Have you ever heard of the old Celtic legends of the Fae—beautiful, magical, and deadly creatures that have a love of messing with humans just for kicks and giggles? Welcome to my world.

What started out as a strange assignment, lead to one of the most gruesome murder mysteries of our times. My friends and I are set and determined to find out who is killing off Fae and Witches alike.

Couple of problems in the way – I hate the Fae and the Prince of the Dark Fae is bound and determined that I work for him. He’s a rude, overbearing egotistical ass with a compulsive need to possess, dominate and control me. Oh—did I mention that he is absolutely sex-on-a-stick gorgeous and he makes me feel things that I never ever wanted to feel for a Fae… every time he touches me or looks at me with those dangerous golden eyes he seems to pull me further in under his spell, despite my better judgment.

My friends and I can’t trust anyone and nothing is as it seems on the surface—not even me.

I removed these titles with a heavy heart. I mostly looked up the reviews and if they didn’t sound convincing I removed the book. Also, the decision was made easier if the title was part of a duology or series, because at the moment I am reading too many series and there are already way too many out there. Also, a few of them I don’t really remember why I decided to add them to my TBR list – I often act according to my weird impulse to buy books with no reason. But as I said, if you think I am making a huge mistake, that I should give these titles a chance, please feel free to stop me.

6 thoughts on “Cleaning Up My TBR

      1. I feel a little bit of weight off my shoulders when I can take a few books off my list, makes me feel like one day maybe I’ll get through the entire thing, HA!

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