That Dreaded TBR #38

Back with another instalment as I try to reduce the books on my Want to Read shelf. For those who like numbers, as I have done this 37 times before, I have gone through 185 books. I have actually managed to remove 93 books – the first book on the list today is currently number 93 in the shelf. This is definitely good, and means I’ve managed to remove pretty much half of the books. Hopefully I can keep that up!

Part 37


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?

A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away – Christopher Brookmyre

This unfortunately just sounds a bit…boring for me. The Goodreads summary is basically “Oh no, by your mid-30s you should give up on your dreams!” It very much seems to fit into that “man child has to grow up” thing that seemed so popular in comedies during the 2000s, but this one is just over 500 pages! Absolutely no way I’m dedicating that kind of time to…this.

Status: Gone

Ghost Story – Peter Straub

I had a quick check to see if I’d read Straub before, and there are so many of his books on my want to read shelf. The summary for this just doesn’t intrigue me anymore. It sounds very much like King, and if I want to read King I’ll just…read King. Maybe one of Straub’s other books will intrigue me down the line enough for me to check him out.

Status: Gone

Don’t Die, Dragonfly – Linda Joy Singleton

This sounds like it could be fun – a teenage girl, sent to live with her grandmother, hides her psychic gift. Young Adult with paranormal elements is, to be fair, very much up my street, and I might enjoy this one.

Status: Keep

Looking for Jake – China Miéville

This is one of those situations where yes, I do still want to read this book – I wanted to read Miéville anyway, just haven’t managed to do so yet – but I know there are other books by the same author I’ve already kept on the list, and I’d rather check that out first before branching into others. In this instance, removal doesn’t mean never going to read, it’s more like removed for now.

Status: Gone

Freeground – Randolph Lalonde

Meh. Even just glancing at the shelves this is on puts me off. I like some sci-fi, though not a whole lot, and definitely not ones with a war/military focus. It just doesn’t interest me, and it feels like military in space is so overdone. I find it boring. Give me sci-fi with a lighter touch, and a bit more humour, and actually something interesting to say about humanity.

Status: Gone

So there we have it – 4 books removed from my Goodreads Want to Read shelf. Not too bad, and I am definitely whittling it down. And if you’ve read any of these, what do you think? Agree or disagree with my choices?

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