That Dreaded TBR #19

I am back with another dive into my way too long TBR. This week, we’re sitting quite comfortably in August 2013. Last time, I only managed to get rid of one book out of the five, so hopefully I’ll do better today!

Part One / Part Two / Part Three Part Four / Part Five / Part Six / Part Seven / Part Eight / Part Nine / Part Ten / Part Eleven / Part Twelve / Part Thirteen / Part Fourteen / Part Fifteen / Part Sixteen / Part Seventeen / Part Eighteen

I originally saw this on Becky’s Book Blog


Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
Order on ascending date added.
Take the first 5/10/however many books. If done again, start from where you left off.
Read the synopses of the books
Decide: should it stay or should it go?

Murder of Angels – Caitlín R. Kiernan

This gained a place on my To Be Read shelf as I’d previously read Silk. I can’t quite remember that book now, unfortunately, maybe it’s one I should try and pick up again. But checking the reviews it seems this could still work as a stand alone. I’ve read enough of Kiernan’s shorts through various anthologies to still be intrigued by this one.

Status: Keep

Beowulf – Caitlín R. Kiernan

I know exactly why I added this – because I’d not long read Silk, and sometimes after reading a book from a particular author I’d go and just add anything that caught my eye to my Want to Read. It’s how it got so long! This is a novelization of the film version, but I feel like if I was going to read any version of Beowulf, I’d rather one completely adapted from the source material, rather than something that was made into a film then a book. This just really doesn’t hold my interest any longer.

Status: Gone

Magician: Apprentice – Raymond E. Feist

Orphan boy finds himself working under a magician and oh look there’s a princess and oh look there’s a battle between Good and Ev – sorry, Order and Chaos. This might have been intriguing when it originally came out (1982) but even just reading that description exhausts me now. I don’t think I’d enjoy this at all.

Status: Gone

The Fall of Ossard – Colin Taber

This sounds like it could be slightly interesting, but the blurb itself feels a bit…off. It feels almost like it’s trying too hard, if that makes sense. And the cover…the cover isn’t that good, either. There’s nothing here that totally grips me, especially compared to a lot of other books out there!

Status: Gone

The Landing – Colin Taber

The idea itself sounds intriguing, but the blurb seems to spend too long on ‘future ideas’ rather than what the actual book is about, which comes in later. This seems to be the first book in a series, and looks at Viking settlers reaching North America. Which is okay, but I just feel like if this is going to be done, there’s a lot of issues and themes which probably won’t be tackled in a series like this, and deserve to be, especially around the treatment of Native Americans. This is a miss for me.

Status: Gone

A lot better than last time, I actually managed to remove 4 books! That is definitely a success, and reduces my list of books I’d like to eventually read. As always, let me know if you’ve read these, or if you agree/disagree with my choices.

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