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My 20th TBR Purge Post

Hey all, Dani here.

Wow, here we are at my 20th purge post. By the time this post is finished I will have gone through 600 books from my to-read list. That is crazy to think about. How did I let my TBR get so large? Really, how do any of us get that point? Obviously so many books sound interesting and so we add them to our list thinking that eventually we’ll get around to them, but we can only read so many books each year and then we end up neglecting a large number of our to-read books.

The problems of being a bookworm.

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal. I started reading this one last year and made it through a few chapters before I set it down and forgot about it. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy what I read. I did, but other new releases started begging for attention. I need to get around to finishing this one.

Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast. I’ve read a lot of Cast books and I’ve enjoyed pretty much all of them. The sequel to this one is out now as well, so I really need to get around to reading this.

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine. Book one of a trilogy and the concluding novel will be out very soon. I still really want to read this one.

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. I have heard several people tell me I would enjoy this series, and I picked up the first book because it sounds fascinating. I definitely still mean to read it.

City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett. I still need to read book one, and then book two, before I can read this one. Farewell for now.

The Aeronaut’s Windlass and The Olympian Affair by Jim Butcher. For now I shall keep the former and eliminate the latter. Obviously I need to read the first book first, and also the second book hasn’t been released yet.

A Grave Magic by Bilinda Sheehan. I started reading this and I guess I wasn’t trying to read it at the right time because I gave up halfway through. However I do like to support indie authors so at some point I’ll probably read this but for now I’m saying so long.

Mission: Improper by Bec McMaster. I absolutely adore everything I’ve read so far from Bec McMaster, so I have to keep this on my to-read list.

Air Awakens by Elise Kova. I read and loved The Alchemists of Loom so I said I wanted to give her other series a chance, especially since so many people seem to praise the series.

The Seduction of Phaeton Black by Jillian Stone. I still think this one sounds interesting but I have a number of other similar titles I’d like to read first. Goodbye.

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. While a good friend recommended this book to me, I’m just not feeling in the mood for it right now.

Golden Son, Morning Star, Iron Gold, Red Rising #5, and Red Rising #6 by Pierce Brown. Obviously I have only read Red Rising so far, but I loved it so much. I’m keeping Golden Son on my list for now, and hopefully soon I’ll be able to get around to Morning Star and then Iron Gold when it is released.

The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley.  I feel like this is still a collection of essays that I want/need to read. Keep.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Everyone keeps gushing about the Lunar Chronicles so I know I need to get around to reading them.

Arena by Holly Jennings. While this does sort of have a Ready Player One or Warcross vibe to it, I’m not feeling like it is a book I want to read right now.

Arcadia by Iain Pears. This still sounds so interesting. Keep.

The Named, The Dark, and The Key by Marianne Curley. Okay, yes these are on my to-read list, but that was because I wanted to read them again. I still do, but I don’t need to have them shelved as to-read when I read them years ago.

Armada by Ernest Cline. Despite my absolute love for RPO, I still have yet to pick up this one. I know I need to.

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima. The main character lives in Ohio like me (so does the author actually) and there is a fantasy adventure involved. Plus, the one Chima book I have read was soo good. I definitely want to read this one.

River of Ink by Paul M.M. Cooper. I’m not really feeling like I want to read this right now.

The Glass Magician and The Master Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg. I know these will be quick reads, and I’m hoping to get an early review copy for the upcoming book four release, so I need to read both of these already.

Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker. Well, I have this one on my TBR for December, so I’ll be moving it off the list very soon–hopefully it will be quickly followed by the third book, since I was approved for it via NetGalley.

It’s an even split today, keeping 15 and eliminating 15. That is still really good considering that these are books I’ve added to my list in the last 12-18 months. The next few weekend purge posts are probably going to be more difficult. I just hope I can be better at monitoring my TBR list in the future; I’d rather not have it get this unruly again.

6 thoughts on “My 20th TBR Purge Post”

  1. Well good for you for doing something proactive about your TBR pile! I think that, when you’re a bookworm, a towering TBR becomes almost inevitable, especially if you’re also into the world of book blogging. We tend to support each other’s bad habits, and are really bad about always discovering and recommending great books to one another. Even with making a conscious effort to keep the TBR pile from getting out of control, it’s still a challenge!

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    1. Oh, absolutely. So far I’ve cut it down from 800+ to just over 400, which is much more manageable, but still a daunting TBR. Now if I made a living off doing this I’m sure I could double my reading numbers for the year. Right now I read about 120-130+ a year. If I didn’t add books to my list at such a steady rate, I could actually eliminate my TBR after just a couple years. Sadly, I just keep learning about so many awesome books out there that I just need to read. Problems of a bibliophile, lol.

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      1. Haha, yep, too true. That’s still impressive, though! Most posts I’ve seen on cutting back the TBR, the poster usually manages to get rid of 3 out of 15 or something like that. Trimming back from 800+ is inspiring.

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      2. I think getting rid of 3 out of 15 is still pretty impressive. Honestly, the only reason I’m able to trim back my list this much is by getting rid of all those sequels to long series I’m slowly working on. If I’m currently on book 2 of a 12 book series then there is no reason to have books 4-12 on the list. If I continue to like the series then when I start reading book 3, I can add book 4 back to my TBR.

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