Goodreads TBR Cleanup – December 26, 2019

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 😉

I know I did this last week, but my other bi-weekly Thursday post is on hiatus for the holiday, so I thought we may as well make some more room on the TBR! Especially since I definitely added more to it over the holiday 😉

I asked Alexa for a number this week, and she chose 82. That brings us the following!


Vixen by Jillian Larkin

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Jazz . . . Booze . . . Boys . . . It’s a dangerous combination.

Every girl wants what she can’t have. Seventeen-year-old Gloria Carmody wants the flapper lifestyle—and the bobbed hair, cigarettes, and music-filled nights that go with it. Now that she’s engaged to Sebastian Grey, scion of one of Chicago’s most powerful families, Gloria’s party days are over before they’ve even begun . . . or are they?

Clara Knowles, Gloria’s goody-two-shoes cousin, has arrived to make sure the high-society wedding comes off without a hitch—but Clara isn’t as lily-white as she appears. Seems she has some dirty little secrets of her own that she’ll do anything to keep hidden.

Lorraine Dyer, Gloria’s social-climbing best friend, is tired of living in Gloria’s shadow. When Lorraine’s envy spills over into desperate spite, no one is safe. And someone’s going to be very sorry.

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I actually have this physical book on my TBR cart. It popped up recently for a Goodreads Monday, so I even did a small write-up. I definitely have plans to read this, but it will come at a time when I am feeling something from the 20s.

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Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede

Thirteenth Child

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Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he’s supposed to possess amazing talent — and she’s supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild.

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I have no recollection of adding this to my list, but it sounds super interesting so I can see why I did! Magic, the wild west, curses? Sounds like my kind of book!

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Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

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I had this entire series on my shelves for YEARS, but never picked it up. In fact, I recently passed it on to a friend during a recent shelf purge. It freed up SO MUCH space, especially since the series is super long.

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The Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan

The Voyage of the Basilisk

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Devoted readers of Lady Trent’s earlier memoirs, A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents, may believe themselves already acquainted with the particulars of her historic voyage aboard the Royal Survey Ship Basilisk, but the true story of that illuminating, harrowing, and scandalous journey has never been revealed—until now.

Six years after her perilous exploits in Eriga, Isabella embarks on her most ambitious expedition yet: a two-year trip around the world to study all manner of dragons in every place they might be found. From feathered serpents sunning themselves in the ruins of a fallen civilization to the mighty sea serpents of the tropics, these creatures are a source of both endless fascination and frequent peril. Accompanying her is not only her young son, Jake, but a chivalrous foreign archaeologist whose interests converge with Isabella’s in ways both professional and personal.

Science is, of course, the primary objective of the voyage, but Isabella’s life is rarely so simple. She must cope with storms, shipwrecks, intrigue, and warfare, even as she makes a discovery that offers a revolutionary new insight into the ancient history of dragons.

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First off, I ADORE the covers for this series. I already have this on my shelf, and just haven’t found time to continue with the series. Fortunately I am planning to join a Finish the Series challenge for 2020, so this will definitely make it’s way to the TBR for that!

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In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan

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Even those who take no interest in the field of dragon naturalism have heard of Lady Trent’s expedition to the inhospitable deserts of Akhia. Her discoveries there are the stuff of romantic legend, catapulting her from scholarly obscurity to worldwide fame. The details of her personal life during that time are hardly less private, having provided fodder for gossips in several countries.

As is so often the case in the career of this illustrious woman, the public story is far from complete. In this, the fourth volume of her memoirs, Lady Trent relates how she acquired her position with the Royal Scirling Army; how foreign saboteurs imperiled both her work and her well-being; and how her determined pursuit of knowledge took her into the deepest reaches of the Labyrinth of Drakes, where the chance action of a dragon set the stage for her greatest achievement yet.

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More cover love! I don’t think I need to expound on this one, since I just talked about the other book in the series five seconds ago.

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We hit on a good spot on my TBR list, I’d say! Only one book got the ax today, and the remaining four get to live to see another day. What’s on your Goodreads TBR? Tell me in the comments below, or feel free to join in on this bi-weekly challenge!

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