KEEP IT OR CUT IT | WEEK ONE BOOKS 549 to 539

HEY EVERYONE!

Welcome to KEEP IT OR CUT IT!

In a bid to maybe reduce my TBR I am slowly but surely going to go through my Goodreads TBR and see if I actually want to read the books still.

At present my TBR is at a whopping 549 books long!

I will be looking at ten books each week and as there is 549 that means this will run for a massive 54.9 weeks give or take. Now, I say give or take because I will still be reading so it will reduce by way of that but I will also probably still keep adding to it too. I know, I know but to many good books come to my attention.

I cant and won’t stop!

In order to find out if I wish to KEEP IT OR CUT IT I will do the following:

  • See if the blurb/synopsis still tickles my fancy
  • Check out the reviews
  • Maybe read the sample

I will then in each post showcase the book and whether it stays or goes and why. This is a fun way for me to organise my TBR but I really hope you enjoy it too!

so, I have reversed the TBR list by ‘Date Added’ so in theory and Goodreads isn’t dumb it should give them me in order of when I added them to my TBR, but we shall see.

THE BOOKS…

BOOK #549

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) by N.K. Jemisin

Goodreads Link

Date Added: Feb 2018

Synopsis:

This is the way the world ends. Again.

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze — the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years — collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She’ll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

KEEP IT

Reasons:

  • Despite many saying this is a book that requires patience and knowing quite a few people have DNF’d this book I am still going to give it a go. The synopsis is really intriguing and a lot of reviewers I trust and have very similar tastes with have rated this book very highly. I also want to tackle more SCI-FI so this is perfect for that

BOOK #548

Fool’s Assassin (The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb

Goodreads Link

Date Added: Feb 2018

Synopsis:

Tom Badgerlock has been living peaceably in the manor house at Withywoods with his beloved wife Molly these many years, the estate a reward to his family for loyal service to the crown.

But behind the facade of respectable middle-age lies a turbulent and violent past. For Tom Badgerlock is actually FitzChivalry Farseer, bastard scion of the Farseer line, convicted user of Beast-magic, and assassin. A man who has risked much for his king and lost more…

On a shelf in his den sits a triptych carved in memory stone of a man, a wolf and a fool. Once, these three were inseparable friends: Fitz, Nighteyes and the Fool. But one is long dead, and one long-missing.

Then one Winterfest night a messenger arrives to seek out Fitz, but mysteriously disappears, leaving nothing but a blood-trail. What was the message? Who was the sender? And what has happened to the messenger?

Suddenly Fitz’s violent old life erupts into the peace of his new world, and nothing and no one is safe.

KEEP IT

Reasons:

  • I LOVE Hobb’s writing and have enjoyed the books of hers I have read up to this point so I will be slowly making my way through all of her books. So, yanno…i’m going to keep it.

BOOK #547

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden

Goodreads Link

Date Added: April 2018

Synopsis:

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales. 

KEEP IT

Reasons:

  • I have actually wanted to read this book for sometime, it set an overly large book either only being 323 pages long! So it wouldn’t take me that long to read! I think though I may well read this closer to Christmas.

BOOK #546

Untitled (Crescent City #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Date Added: Nov 2018

KEEP IT

Reasons:

  • Despite this not having a blurb, a cover or a release date yet I will always read SJM’s books. They are my guilty pleasure reads and despite being a pretty flawed writer I usually lover her books, though admittedly the first ones are always a bit iffy.

BOOK #545

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers

Goodreads Link

Date Added: Nov 2018

Synopsis:

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

CUT IT

Reasons:

  • This is a YA book and while I have no issue with YA, and do still read it on occasion I am due to read Red sister and i’m thinking once I have read that most, an adult version of a similar feel this book may pale in comparison.

BOOK #544

A ​Sky Beyond the Storm (An Ember in the Ashes #4) by Sabaa Tahir

Goodreads Link

Date Added: Nov 2018

Synopsis:

Picking up just a few months after A Reaper at the Gates left off…

The long-imprisoned jinn are on the attack, wreaking bloody havoc in villages and cities alike. But for the Nightbringer, vengeance on his human foes is just the beginning.

At his side, Commandant Keris Veturia declares herself Empress, and calls for the heads of any and all who defy her rule. At the top of the list? The Blood Shrike and her remaining family.

Laia of Serra, now allied with the Blood Shrike, struggles to recover from the loss of the two people most important to her. Determined to stop the approaching apocalypse, she throws herself into the destruction of the Nightbringer. In the process, she awakens an ancient power that could lead her to victory–or to an unimaginable doom.

And deep in the Waiting Place, the Soul Catcher seeks only to forget the life–and love–he left behind. Yet doing so means ignoring the trail of murder left by the Nightbringer and his jinn. To uphold his oath and protect the human world from the supernatural, the Soul Catcher must look beyond the borders of his own land. He must take on a mission that could save–or destroy–all that he knows. 

CUT IT

Reasons:

  • While I have read the other books of his series and I do remember enjoying them I have decided to cut this book. Even though I enjoyed this series, I do not remember what happened in much detail nor do I remember the characters so I would have to read these books again and speaking plainly there are other book I would rather read than this series again surely to enjoy this instalment.

BOOK #543

The Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice and Fire #6) by George R.R. Martin

Goodreads Link

Date Added: Nov 2018

Synopsis:

The Winds of Winter is the forthcoming sixth novel in the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin.

KEEP IT

Reasons:

  • I need and want the rest of the story, simple.

BOOK #542

A Dream of Spring (A Song of Ice and Fire #7) by George R.R. Martin

Goodreads Link

Date Added: Nov 2018

Synopsis:

No Cover. No synopsis…

KEEP IT

Reasons:

  • Originally titled A Time For Wolves. The seventh and apparent final book of George R.R. Martin’s acclaimed series, A Song of Ice and Fire.
  • As above!

BOOK #541

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab

Goodreads Link

Date Added: Dec 2018

Synopsis:

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive. 

CUT IT

Reasons:

  • I recently read Schwab’s latest book, one she has been working on for year and one that is stated to be her best. I dint rate it well.
  • Also, a few people I trust and have similar tastes with have said that the issues I had with her most recent book are a common theme among her writing. While there is no doubt she is a talented writer and has incredible story ideas the executions apparently always falls flat as I felt her latest book did and my TBR is huge, so as i’m not likely to read this it has been cut.

BOOK #540

The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black

Goodreads Link

Date Added: Dec 2018

Synopsis:

He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne. 

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power. 

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics. 

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity… 

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, comes the highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy

KEEP IT

Reasons:

  • I actually bought this book so I will be reading it and I did really enjoy the other books of the series.

There it is! So, this week I have cut 3 books and kept 7. What do you think? Are there any books I really should have cut or ones you cant believe I cut?

Thanks for reading!

7 thoughts on “KEEP IT OR CUT IT | WEEK ONE BOOKS 549 to 539

  1. Natacha

    Sad to see that you cut A Darker Shade of Magic. For me it was the book that got me back into reading. Having said that… I can understand and see the issues the book have and that it’s not everybody’s cup of tea. But you kept some other very interesting books!

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    • Yeah, I very well may go back to it at some ooint but I didnt want to risk not loving it like I did Addie LaRue 😩 Yeah, I think I’m going to try and inject a few into my reading schedule by way of audiobook, if they have good narrators, and stop just leaving them unloved 😂

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  2. Rowena Andrews

    This is such a fun idea and I love seeing your reasons for keeping and cutting, plus it’s interesting to nose at what’s on your TBR. I also have the Fifth Season on my TBR, and I’m holding out for those last ASOIAF books although I don’t think I ever added them on goodreads, my goodreads is a mess though.

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    • Awh thanks Rowena!! 😘 When I checked it initially I’d rated them 😂😂 my fat fingers love giving out four and five stars even when I haven’t read them! I’m excited to see hiw much my tastes have changed too and what’s gets cut

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  3. Man, there are a lot of good books on this list! I have to recommend you keep A Darker Shade of Magic, though, it’s very very different than Addie (with a disclaimer that I personally have not read Addie, but I understand it’s totally different in tone, content, style, etc). Loved the Fifth Season and Queen of Nothing, though!

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