I’m back with some more “let’s get rid of books from my TBR”. I actually had a good past month for that because I was on holiday for a week with nothing to do but read, but then I got back and about the same number of books as I’d read had been released so we’re back at square one.
This month, I’m going to go through a combination of my adult and YA contemporary books shelves and see what I can get rid of there.
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.
Reality Boy by A. S. King
I have some interest in this book. But it’s also been on my TBR for a long while and I haven’t got to it yet. So, I’m going to be harsh about this. I’m really not at all motivated to read it. Rating: 3. Verdict: remove.
The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George
This book is f/f and that alone is enough for me to want to read it, to be honest. But also, based on some of the top reviews, it may actually be terrible. The question is do I listen to those reviews (although none by people I trust, so), and the answer right now has to be….maybe? Rating: 9. Verdict: keep.
The Sky Always Hears Me by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
I’m a simple person. I see a bi character, I hit want to read. And that’s exactly what’s happened here. I own the ebook though, so the likelihood of me getting to this book has just skyrocketed. Rating: 6. Verdict: keep.
All the Ways to Here by Emily O’Beirne
This is one that I marked TBR after I read the first book. But, in all honesty, I wasn’t super into it. Sure, I liked it, it was cute, but the writing was nothing special, and does it need a sequel? Probably not. Rating: 4. Verdict: go.
There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
I’ve read two of Sandhya Menon’s books, and they’re cute, don’t get me wrong. But, her YA stuff at least, feels a little (excuse the word, read as “I’m getting old”) childish. I can’t wait to see what she does with her adult series, though. Rating: 4. Verdict: remove.
Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
It’s a P&P retelling. The likelihood of me not reading it, even though I’ll probably be bitterly disappointed is so low. Rating: 15. Verdict: stay.
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Someone I trust rated this book highly. It’s gonna stay. Just need to find the right mood to be reading it in. Rating: 6. Verdict: it’s staying.
I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
It’s got fake dating. It has to stay. Rating: 16. Verdict: keep.
Fabulous by Lucy Hughes-Hallett
I saw this in the bookshop with some other gay books so I thought maaaybe, but then there are no other users suggesting it’s gay. And let’s be real it’s probably that kind of literary gay that’s gross and unhealthy. Rating: 1. Verdict: naaah.
I think I’ve cut down my adult contemporary shelf as much as I’m ever going to without reading them, so just going to make a skip over to my new adult shelf and see what I can ditch from there.
Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar
I keep being told to read another of Kirsty Eagar’s books, but I haven’t yet. So I’m thinking I take this off, read the other, and put it back on as necessary. Makes sense, right? Rating: 6. Verdict: gone for now.
First Position by Melissa Brayden
This is a case of that keen sense of betrayal you get when you don’t like a prolific f/f author’s writing style. Because both books I’ve read by Melissa Brayden, I’ve found incredibly boring. Sad. Rating: 4. Verdict: go.
American Queen by Sierra Simone
Don’t ask me why I have this shelved as NA, I don’t know. But anyway. Polyamory? Gotta read it. Rating: 16. Verdict: keep.
So. These are the books that are going (or staying). Speak now or forever hold your peace.