This post was originated by Lost In A Story, who no longer blogs about books it looks like, but this post idea lives on without her! I will take the first five of your TBR and assess if I still want to read them. It’s a way to clean up your list and remember books you wanted to read!
The beginning of my goodreads TBR is pretty old, so I think this will be a fun way to sort out what I am still interested in!
#1: Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Synopsis from Goodreads: Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.
Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
Keep it? Yes!
Here’s why: This book seems like classic Dystopian, my favorite genre, plus this guy was an NBC Page early in his career, just like me! So those two things enough make me want to keep it around.
#2: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Synopsis from Goodreads: Audrey Niffenegger’s innovative debut, The Time Traveler’s Wife, is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.
The Time Traveler’s Wife depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare’s marriage and their passionate love for each other as the story unfolds from both points of view. Clare and Henry attempt to live normal lives, pursuing familiar goals—steady jobs, good friends, children of their own. All of this is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control, making their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.
Keep it? Yes!
Here’s why: I hated the movie but I’m self-loathing and I think there will be a time in the future when I need a good book cry. This one will do just the trick!
#3: The Supreme Court Justices: Illustrated Biographies by Clare Cushman
Keep it? Yes!
Look, this one is a little weird but it’s for research for a project that I’m finally getting around to working on this year.
#4: The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano
Synopsis from Goodreads: Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.
Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.
But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.
With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?
Keep it? Yes!
Here’s why: This book sounds AWESOME! Great job former self putting this on my list! Cursed princess and prince? Yes PLEASE!
#5: Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction by Sharyn November
Synopsis from Goodreads: Firebirds is more than simply an anthology — it is a celebration of wonderful writing. It gathers together sixteen original stories by some of today’s finest writers of fantasy and science fiction. Together, they have won virtually every major prize — from the National Book Award to the World Fantasy Award to the Newbery Medal — and have made best-seller lists worldwide. These authors, including Lloyd Alexander (The Chronicles of Prydain), Diana Wynne Jones (The Merlin Conspiracy), Garth Nix (The Abhorsen Trilogy), Patricia A. McKillip (Ombria in Shadow), Meredith Ann Pierce (The Darkangel Trilogy), and Nancy Farmer (The House of the Scorpion), each with his or her own inimitable style, tell stories that will entertain, provoke, startle, amuse, and resonate long after the last page has been turned.The writers featured in Firebirds all share a connection to Firebird Books, an imprint that is dedicated to publishing the best fantasy and science fiction for teenage and adult readers.
Keep it? No!
Here’s why: They didn’t tell me anything ABOUT THE ACTUAL STORIES. This is some list of accomplishments and they tell me “what the stories will do,” which they can’t assume I feel that way about. Taking it off!
SUMMING IT UP: I kept four and took off one!
This is pretty fun, so I’ll try to do this once a week! Let me know if you do this on your blog too and I’ll follow you! 🙂