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Cleaning Out My TBR | Part I



This is the closest thing I am going to get to a book unhaul because I don't buy books as I rely on my library to read. I had about 1200 books on my TBR at the time I started to do this, and there is no way I can get to THAT many books. Sure, a good amount of them are manga or graphic novels or short stories, but it is still a substantial number.


I find that the further I go on my reading journey, the more my tastes are subject to change. So, books that I added a while ago may not necessarily be my cup of tea anymore. Another reason why I would choose to remove something from my TBR would be because I looked at the reviews and was discouraged from keeping it on there.


On the bright side, another good reason to do this is that you can re-find books. Keeping track of what I removed from my TBR is also good because then you can always go back if you are interested in reading it again.


Here we go!


 

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


We are going to start with a bang, as this book is pretty popular. Could I possibly like it in the end if I picked it up, maybe? There is only one issue here, however, and it is that I am not a big fan of deception. That is an issue because, well, the name of the book is literally 'we were liars'. I know that I am probably in for a messy wild ride if I read it, so to save myself some frustration, I am simply not going to even bother to try.


The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith


This one is pretty much a no-brainer. If you didn't know, Robert Galbraith is a pen name for J.K. Rowling. So, needless to say, this book isn't going to happen.


Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks


Don't get me wrong, I love a good graphic novel, but what I like less is who this was written by. I have seen that Rainbow Rowell may be a bit problematic, though that necessarily doesn't mean that I still won't pick up someone's novel. What mainly drives me away from her work is the fact that I thought that Carry On was incredibly boring (please don't come for me). That pretty much killed all motivation to read anything else by her.


The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell


Another rather popular novel, I don't think I've ever picked up anything by this author before, but clearly I was willing to give it a shot. Based on the summary, I can see why I thought it would be an interesting read, so why did I decide to remove it from my TBR? Well, I think it all comes down to the fact that it will most likely be filled with family drama, which is not something I am particularly thrilled to read about.


The Young Elites by Marie Lu


Despite there being a large number of ratings on Goodreads, I haven't really seen many people talk about this book. Now, there are a couple of reasons why I decided not to read this. For one, I generally don't tend to get along well with books that have characters on opposing sides Romeo and Juliet style. Secondly, in the synopsis, it say's "It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt." While I am all for revenge stories (in theory), I know that this will probably entail the main character doing things I don't agree with which is a pass for me.


Love Her Wild by Atticus


I have read a grand total of one poetry book, one, and I probably added this to my TBR when I finished it. While I wouldn't say I hate poetry, it's just something I have no real interest in, so I see no point in having this on my TBR.


Emily Winfield Martin


More or less every retelling I have read I didn't really like. I don't know why but they just don't do anything for me. So, needless to say, I don't need this book about a fairy tale on my shelf (even one of the lesser-known fairy tales).


The Curse of Chalion


I don't remember seeing this book let alone adding it to my TBR. It doesn't seem like a bad book and the reviews are mainly positive, so what made me decide to not read it? There was one reviewer who DNFed the book because of the childlike and irrational decisions of the characters, and that's all I really needed to know. I am very picky when it comes to characters I like, and when they act recklessly I am not there for it.


The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski


This kind of screams 'this is not for me'. Slave auctions are the big warning sign. This also looks like it focuses more on the romance than the fantasy which isn't really what I look for in a fantasy.


The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron


I am pretty sure I saw this book only once on Instagram and that's it. I've never seen anyone else talk about it so I was intrigued and put it on my TBR. I think my decision to rethink reading was because it was a dystopian and because it has to do with loss of memory. I've never been a big fan of the dystopian genre and I feel like the time to read it came and went with The Hunger Games. As for the memory loss, I don't like the whole amnesia trope so this is a pass for me.


The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu


I have heard good things about this book, but I have also heard that the author is problematic, so...I don't think I will miss this too much. I do know that there is going to be an adaptation, so maybe, just maybe, I can be persuaded if it is well-received.


Jay Kristoff


In all honesty, the premise for Nevernight and his upcoming book Empire of the Vampire both sound really good. The only issue here is that I have heard that he is a bit problematic, so I am very conflicted. I do want to read these books, but at the same time, I feel guilty about it. So, for now, I am on the fence about taking this off my TBR.

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