My TBR has inched over 800 in the past few months, which clearly means it’s time, not to make a dent in it by reading books, but by getting rid of them.
Makes sense doesn’t it.
Anyway, I’m going through my fantasy shelf today, so. Let’s go.
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.
Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
I really enjoyed Seraphina when I read it years back, but then I never got around to this one. I think, though, that I do want to read it, really. I’d just have to reread book 1 first. Rating: 9. Verdict: keep.
The Second Mango by Shira Glassman
This book is f/f, but it’s also an author who I’m faiiirly sure I don’t like the writing of (no one is sadder about this than me). But maybe that’ll have changed since I read her last, so. Rating: 9. Verdict: keep.
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
It’s not gay, so what’s the point. Rating: 1. Verdict: remove.
Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
I added it ages back because I liked another by this author but. The likelihood of me reading it is so low. Rating: 2. Verdict: go.
If You Are Afraid of Heights by Raj Kamal Jha
I feel like I want to read this one but also I don’t? Because it’s been on my list for so long and I’ve not got anywhere near even thinking about reading it. Also, it’s Goodreads rating isn’t amazing. Rating: 4. Verdict: remove.
Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes
I got up to book 4 of this series and never read anymore. And I’m not entirely sure I’d still like the writing if I ever went back to it. So yeah. Another one gone. Rating: 4. Verdict: go.
Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake
Hmmm… HMMMM…. Nah sounds boring to me. Rating: 4. Verdict: bye.
The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker
Funny how I’ll initially mark certain books as ‘need to read urgently’ and then come back to them and I’m not even the slightest bit interested anymore. This just so happens to be one of those. Rating: 4. Verdict: go.
Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear
After all the talk about white authors writing fantasies based on non-Western worlds and taking up space that could be used by ownvoices writers, this one feels…less than ideal to say the least. I’m also fairly sure it’s only on there because I wanted to try one of Elizabeth Bear’s books. Rating: 1. Verdict: nope.
The Traitor God by Cameron Johnston
The temptation to read a book about someone deciding to take revenge on behalf of their dead friend is strong but. Straight white man? Tiring. I’m gonna resist. Rating: 6. Verdict: gone.
Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf
Michelle said I had to read this. Rating: 9. Verdict: keep.
Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
It’s on Scribd so that definitely increases the likelihood of me reading it. My only concern is that I’ll find it unbearably straight… Rating: 9. Verdict: keep.
So I managed to remove a few books. Didn’t get down to under 800 though…