Down the TBR Hole #2

I actually spent a fair amount of time this past week going through my Goodreads To-Read shelf and removing books I’m no longer interested in reading. To be honest, I think a lot of them I added because I was entering a giveaway. Others I was on a major kick about space operas, or mermaids, or krakens, or Christmas romance, or memoirs, or… whatever other random obsession to read about popped into my mind, haha.
Anyhoo, Before we begin today, my Goodreads Want To Read shelf is sitting at 1,836 books. I’m sorting them on date added (ascending) and since I removed so many since last week, I’m scrolling through until the first one I hit that I didn’t already touch with my purge by author (I made it up to Campbell). I’m also going through and adding some tags (genre, character types, etc) to the books I keep, so when I’m in the mood for (for example) a fairy tale retelling I haven’t read yet, I can check out that shelf on my To Read list and see what I’ve got marked there.

The Adamantine Palace by Stephen Deas
Eh, it’s got an overall rating of 3.3 and I have a lot of books about dragons on my list. This was can be released back into the wild, I think.
Decision: Go 

Elegance by Kathleen Tessaro
Another one with an overall rating of 3.3, and none of my friends have added it. Meh, it can go.
Decision: Go

The Diamond Secret (A Retelling of Anastasia) by Suzanne Weyn
I’ve read most of the rest of the books in this series a hundred years ago, and I seem to recall liking the others by Suzanne Weyn.
Decision: Keep

To Kiss A Frog by Elle James
It’s rated 3.89 and it’s The Princess and the Frog set in the Bayou (before the Disney movie, I have to say) and she’s a scientist and he’s been cursed into a frog by the Voodoo Queen. Yeah, I think this one’s a keeper. I think I own the paperback of this one, but it looks like it was rereleased as Voodoo on the Bayou in 2013 and again a few times in 2015 with sexier covers.
Decision: Keep

Once Upon a Winter’s Night by Dennis L. McKiernan
This is another one I own, and in hardback even! That’s how badly I wanted to read this. It’s got some really awful reviews, but an overall rating of 3.75… somehow. I love the East of the Sun and West of the Moon story so much that I’m not quite ready to give up on this one yet.
Decision: Keep

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dia Sieji (translated by Ina Rilke)
Here is the beginning of a big clump of books with east Asian influences, because I was on one of those binges I talked about earlier, haha. It’s historical fiction about some city boys being sent to the country during China’s Cultural Revolution, and I’m keeping it purely because the blurb talks about them finding western classics in Chinese translation and learning about the wonder of reading. The reader in me says I must read it.
Decision: Keep

The Girl Who Played Go by Shan Sa (translated by Adriana Hunter)
In the interest of actually weeding down my list, I’m going to let this one “go.” (Haha, see what I did there?)
Decision: Go

Empress by Shan Sa
Based on the true story of the only female Chinese Emperor. I let my other Shan Sa novel go (and I down both this and The Girl Who Played Go in physical copies, so I really am physically getting rid of it, not just deleting it from a list), so I’m keeping this one. 😛
Decision: Keep

The Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz
I really struggled with my decision on this one, one moment for sure determined to let it go and the next to keep it. Guess I’ll keep it (for now… DUN DUN DUNNNN!)
Decision: Keep

Peony in Love by Lisa See
Ahh, now I remember. This must have been about the time that I first read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. It looks like a lot of the reviewers who read this did the same, and totally hated it. I’m going to keep my love for Lisa See pure and let this one go.
Decision: Go

Starting total: 1,836 (but if you go by my total last week, it was 2,524 I should have started at!)
Total kept: 6
Total eliminated: 4
New total To Read: 1,832

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