Welcome to my bi-Weekly meme, The Goodreads TBR Cleanup! This is all about clearing out the MULTITUDES of books we have in our “want to read” lists, which are never ending and often filled with books we have completely forgotten about!
How It Works:
- Go to your Goodreads want-to-read shelf.
- Ask Siri to pick a number between 1 and however many books are on the list.
- Go to that book and look at it and the 4 after it, for a total of 5.
- Read the synopses of the books.
- Decide: keep it or should it go?
- Discuss here.
I’m going to aim to do this twice a month, every other Thursday! Fortunately my Goodreads to-read shelf is ever growing, so I should have PLENTY of books to work with for a good long time 😉
This week I asked my Alexa to pick our starting number, and she gave us 122. And so, without any further ado, let’s start purging!
The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
Before he knew about the Roses, 16-year-old Jack lived an unremarkable life in the small Ohio town of Trinity. Only the medicine he has to take daily and the thick scar above his heart set him apart from the other high schoolers. Then one day Jack skips his medicine. Suddenly, he is stronger, fiercer, and more confident than ever before. And it feels great – until he loses control of his own strength and nearly kills another player during soccer team tryouts.
Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself: he is Weirlind, part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. At their helm sits the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing The Game – a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death. The winning house rules the Weir.
As if his bizarre heritage isn’t enough, Jack finds out that he’s not just another member of Weirlind – he’s one of the last of the warriors – at a time when both houses are scouting for a player.
I often find that I am not a fan of contemporary fantasy, which seems so backwards since I love Harry Potter and the Shadowhunter books. However, this sounds like something I probably wouldn’t like at this point in my reading life.
Eon by Alison Goodman
For years, Eon’s life has been focused on magical study and sword-work, with one goal: that he be chosen as a Dragoneye, an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune.
But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a twelve-year-old boy. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; if anyone discovers she has been hiding in plain sight, her death is assured.
When Eon’s secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a deadly struggle for the Imperial throne. Eon must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic… and her life.
So this book sounds like it would be right up my alley. It has some Mulan vibes, dragon magic, and all the fantasy awesome. HOWEVER, I have danced around this book for literal years, and always pass it by. In the same note, I do enjoy Alison Goodman’s writing style, so there is still a chance I will pick it up some day.
Eona by Alison Goodman
Eon has been revealed as Eona, the first female Dragoneye in hundreds of years. Along with fellow rebels Ryko and Lady Dela, she is on the run from High Lord Sethon’s army. The renegades are on a quest for the black folio, stolen by the drug-riddled Dillon; they must also find Kygo, the young Pearl Emperor, who needs Eona’s power and the black folio if he is to wrest back his throne from the selfstyled “Emperor” Sethon. Through it all, Eona must come to terms with her new Dragoneye identity and power – and learn to bear the anguish of the ten dragons whose Dragoneyes were murdered. As they focus their power through her, she becomes a dangerous conduit for their plans.
So obviously this is the sequel to the last book. As I said before, I have passed this duology by, and still have yet to pick it up. SO, in the interest of taking some of the pressure off myself, I will actually kick this book off the list for now. This will maybe make it seem less daunting, and I can always add it back on if I FINALLY read Eon and need to finish the duo.
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer—they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.
So I definitely loved the TATBILB movie, but I enjoyed the book far less. Since TSITP is sort of in the same vein, but is also a coming of age story of sorts, and I just find myself not enthusiastic to read it every time I come across it. I love a good YA Contemporary, but this just isn’t resonating with me.
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.
Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.
Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.
First off, TL;DR on the description! Slow your roll, book. Leave me some story for the pages. Secondly, I have zero recollection of adding this book to my TBR (yes, I added it in 2017, but even so). Long winded summary aside, I don’t know that this sounds like something I want to read these days.
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I read holding up the universe… Wasn’t a fan lol! So I agree with tossing it 😂😂
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