You will probably be able to tell just how short on ideas for posts I am based on how often I bring back this series. The answer is, right now, pretty short. But! There is good news. Next week I’ll have a new and exciting post ready to go (in which I ramble a lot about linguistics because, hey, language is so cool).
But for now, it’s time to (attempt to) organise my TBR just a little more. (It’s still at 760 books because, while I have read a lot since the last post, I’ve also marked quite a bit more to read. It’s a curse.)
Rating system: how motivated am I to read it (/5) x am I actually interested in the premise (/5). Ranges from 1-25. No, there is probably little logic to how I decide which to keep and which to ditch.
As I’ve got older, I’ve stumbled on a little bit of a conundrum. YA fantasy just doesn’t give me the kind of in-depth worldbuilding I want from a fantasy. All too often, I find myself reading something and thinking “since when was that part of the world”. But at the same time? It’s a helluva lot more diverse and interesting than a large chunk of adult fantasy. So I think it’s time to scroll through my YA fantasy shelf and see what I can admit that I’ll just never really get to.
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
Yes, I’m interested in the premise, but how likely am I to read it? I don’t know. Probably not all that likely given that it’s been sat on my TBR for years and I haven’t done anything about it. Rating: 4. Verdict: remove.
Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
The Unwind Dystology is one of my favourite series ever, so of course I have to keep this one on my TBR. Rating: 15. Verdict: keep.
White Cat by Holly Black
Really, I’m here for Holly Black and her writing. And someone whose reviews I trust liked it so. Rating: 8. Verdict: keep.
Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block
It’s gay. I own it. I’ll get round to it. At some point. Maybe. Rating: 9. Verdict: keep.
The Key by Mats Strandberg & Sara B. Elfgren
There’s no way I can get rid of this one when I’ve read over 1000 pages of the slowest f/f slowburn ever. Just gonna have to get hold of it first. Rating: 16. Verdict: keep.
Tides by Betsy Cornwell
I thought it was f/f. It’s not. Rating: 1. Verdict: gone.
A Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith
I feel like, as much as I hate getting rid of sapphic books from my TBR, this would have been better done by a Japanese author. And also, I’m not sure the main character is one I’d like. Rating: 2. Verdict: it’s going.
Nobody’s Goddess by Amy McNulty
To be completely honest, this one I added just based on the blurb because I’ve read a lot of books where the world is misogynistic and women oppressed, but not one where women are “goddesses”. So just for that, I’m keeping it. Rating: 15. Verdict: keep.
Winterbourne’s Daughter by Stephanie Rabig
It’s gay. I added it. Let’s move on. But that Goodreads rating? Maybe. Maybe not. Rating: 8. Verdict: just about keep.
Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne
Someone compared it to Melina Marchetta. Of course I’m going to read it. Rating: 25. Verdict: keep.
The Thorn of Dentonhill by Marshall Ryan Maresca
Okay, listen, this is just a book with a main character it sounds like I’ll love. So that’s why it’s on there. And that is just about enough to keep it there for now. Rating: 8. Verdict: stay.
So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane
I added this one because of graphics I saw, but really, I’m never going to get to it, and it’s such a long series. Rating: 3. Verdict: go.
Hey look! I got rid of 4 books this time. Proof this is actually doing something, however slowly.