Happy Thursday everyone! This post was scheduled since I’m traveling again. But I have been seen this wonderful meme run by the fantastic Destiny @ Howling Libraries which discusses the highs and lows of the ever growing TBR pile. Here are the rules:

  1. Link your post back to the original creator Howling Libraries
  2. Sort your GR TBR under “Date Added”, ascending
  3. Find 5-10 (or more) titles to purge from your TBR and why (“lows”)
  4. Next, sort your GR TBR under “Date Added”, descending
  5. List the 5 most recent titles with a summary of why you added it to your TBR (“highs”)

I’ve been trying to purge my TBR a little bit lately, since you go through changes in your mood reading or your reading preferences. This post is great to remind ourselves what we don’t think we will actually read and keep the excitement for the ones we’ve added alive! I’m surprised of some of the “lows” on this first list, so let’s get started!

The Lows

1. The Grace of Kings #1 by Ken Liu

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At first, this Asian inspired fantasy sounded very original and very epic so I got the audio book from Audible. My husband and I tried the first few hours and it never really caught our interest, so we put it down. But he continued listening to it during commutes and just wasn’t impressed by the bogged down pacing, not so great moral decisions of characters and a weak magic system that he didn’t think it was worth continuing. We have similar tastes to fantasy books and I trust his thoughts. From what I do remember listening to, I found it confusing of trying to picture what was happening and the writing didn’t inspire me to keep going.

2. The Looking Glass Wars #1 by Frank Beddor

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The main reason I’m getting rid of this is because I’m not a Alice in Wonderland type person. I hated Heartless by Marissa Meyer, tried and failed to read Splintered by A.G. Howard three different times and I don’t like the original animated Disney film. The only version I like is Tim Burton’s first film and that was it for me. Since the weirdness of the original story isn’t for me, I haven’t been convinced to try another retelling of this odd story again.

3. Legacy of Kings #1 by Eleanor Herman

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A book series centered around Alexander the Great? Sure, it sounds like a cool concept. But I have read many reviews on this book series and it sounds like it’s more focused on the romances rather than a fun and epic ancient history plot.The dialogue from the pieces that I have read are way too modern and sound like teens that took a time machine back to Macedonia. Plus five POV’s for a YA fantasy is pushing it for the sake of messing up the pace and not giving some characters enough development. Over time, I have lost more interest due to the bad, but well detailed reviews of the series.

4. Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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When I heard that this was a necromancer fantasy, I was SO ready when this book came out. But as reviews started coming in from people I trust, I’m deleting it from the TBR. Many reviews have pointed this book out to be purely set up for the supposed action packed final volume. While I like the idea of duologies now, I don’t like the idea of reading 300+ pages of a very slow plot, where things will actually happen in the next book. I have also heard too that while the protagonist is grieving, many people haven’t enjoyed the decisions the character makes and some say the romance is kinda weird. Also whenever I see the book on the shelves, I never feel like picking it up at all. So sadly, this is getting purged.

5. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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Sorry guys….I just can’t do it. I have tried now three times to get further into this story but I can’t get past the first 8 chapters or so. I tried the audio book twice and the physical copy I had temporarily once for the first 75 pages before putting it down. This book doesn’t catch my interest enough to keep going. I like the story told about the frost demon in the beginning but then it moves to a very slow, prose heavy and little dialogue of a story. Many people have said that it takes more than 100 pages for the main synopsis about Vasa to even kick in. Right now, my reading mood is bad and after three attempts, I’m giving up. While I won’t completely put this to the side, I can’t try again right now :/

The Highs

1. The Storm Runner #1 by J.C. Cervantes

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This book of all the Riordan imprint books caught my eye the most with taking on Maya mythology! I have always wanted to know more about the Mayans and it’s so cool that a middle grade is getting a book. It’s about a boy named Zane whose trying to escape bullying in school due to a disability, but finds himself trying to not awaken an evil god. I think this blurb right here made me immediately want to read this book: “Feisty heroes, tricky gods, murderous demons, and spirited giants are just some of the pleasures that await in this fresh and funny take on Maya mythology, as rich and delicious as a mug of authentic hot chocolate.” YES PLEASE!

2. Chime by Franny Billingsley

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I’ve been seeing this book checked out a lot at my local library and since it’s YA, I couldn’t help but be curious. It’s blurbed by authors like Holly Black and Libba Bray which is quite the praise given how popular these ladies are. It’s about Briony who has secrets and tells her stories to the Old Ones, the spirits who haunt the marshes. But only witches can see the Old Ones. Then a boy comes to town with golden eyes and while that sounds cheesy, I’m wanting to give this witchy book a go with Halloween coming up.

3. Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

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Since I’ve been branching out to read contemporary more, this one sounds really good! It’s about a girl who thinks she’s bad luck after her house catches fire, a roller coaster getting off track and the car crash she survived but killed her dad and brother. Her therapist keeps trying to help her work through her PTSD, suggesting to make a list of 7 challenges to accomplish. Then she meets a boy named Jordy, an aspiring tennis star. I hear amazing things about this book being about a girl who finds someone who helps her become better and also finding an outlet for her mental health. I hope to read it for a readathon but if not, I’m keeping it towards the front of my mind for the future.

4. The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson

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*Spoiler for one book for my book haul this month* I just got this ARC from NetGalley within the last two weeks after reading the interesting synopsis. It follows a girl who is being hunted every Christmas by this group of boys called the Judges. She is an Augur and the Judges are trying to get rid of the Augurs for good. When she decides to go undercover within the Judges ranks to influence one of them, she learns about a trans formative spell that could end this conflict for good. The premise itself sounds purely up my alley and I hear the atmosphere, writing and nods to Irish mythology are very well done. I haven’t heard anything about this book yet and that’s always good to go into a book with a clean slate 🙂

5. Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

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An adult fantasy with a city that has industrialized magic? Say what now? I have heard of this author’s Divine Cities trilogy and the praise for its originality, twists and overall story structure. This book is about a girl who is a thief who has to steal an object that can revolutionize the magic known as scriving. And course, with her stealing this artifact, she becomes a target. People like Brandon Sanderson, Sebastien De Castell and Tamora Pierce sing this book’s praises and I’m signing up too. I haven’t heard of a book with magic like that, so it’s gonna be a vacation audio book and I have my fingers crossed for hopefully another favorite fantasy series 🙂

What books did you add or purge from your TBR? Do you want to read any of these? Have you done this meme?