Right, so I know my Goodreads TBR isn’t nearly as big as some people’s, but there are a ton of books on it that I’m no longer interested in. Plus, I found a new tag- Down the TBR Hole from Lia @Lost in a Story, and I might as well try cleaning up a bit. The gist is that you take 5-10 books from your Goodreads TBR, after putting it in ascending order, post the synopsis and cover from said Goodreads page, and decide whether to keep it or take it off.
So. I maaaayyyy have some books to trade after this, since this’ll end up including books I own as well.
This might end up as a weekly thing, it may end after today. Thoughts?
1. Of Metal and Wishes, by Sarah Fine
There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally.
Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her… for a very long time.
As deadly accidents fuel tensions within the factory, Wen must confront her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the Ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or imagined. She must decide whom she can trust, because as her heart is torn, the factory is exploding around her… and she might go down with it.
I adooooored The Imposter Queen, so I went ahead and added all of Sarah Fine’s other books to the Want-To-Read shelf. But going back and reading this summary, as well as looking at the reviews of several other bloggers I follow, I think I’m going to have to mark this as a go book. I just can’t see myself enjoying this book, and there are too many others I need to read.
2. The Broom of the System, by David Foster Wallace
Published when Wallace was just twenty-four years old, The Broom of the System stunned critics and marked the emergence of an extraordinary new talent. At the center of this outlandishly funny, fiercely intelligent novel is the bewitching heroine, Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman. The year is 1990 and the place is a slightly altered Cleveland, Ohio. Lenore’s great-grandmother has disappeared with twenty-five other inmates of the Shaker Heights Nursing Home. Her beau, and boss, Rick Vigorous, is insanely jealous, and her cockatiel, Vlad the Impaler, has suddenly started spouting a mixture of psycho-babble, Auden, and the King James Bible. Ingenious and entertaining, this debut from one of the most innovative writers of his generation brilliantly explores the paradoxes of language, storytelling, and reality.
So one of the main reasons this got put on the list in the first place was because my David Foster Wallace was my dad’s best friend in sixth grade. So I’ve always been kinda curious to read his books, I guess, hearing stories from then compared to the kind of person he grew up to be. I also bike past his childhood home on a regular basis so… yep. Anyway, those things put aside, this book just really, really intrigues me. It’s a definite keep.
3. The Architect of Song, by A.G. Howard
A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.
For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.
To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures and heartfelt notes … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.
Okay so I adore A.G. Howard. I adored RoseBlood, I’m currently adoring Splintered, and guys she can just write gorgeously. So yes. Yes. A thousand times, yes. Keep.
4. Words in Deep Blue, by Cath Crowley
Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.
Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction, and the escape. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. She can’t see her future.
Henry’s future isn’t looking too promising, either. His girlfriend dumped him. The bookstore is slipping away. And his family is breaking apart.
As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.
I’m not a huge romance person, honestly, but THIS IS SET IN A BOOKSTORE SO. Also apparently Rachel used to live by the sea and I like the sea so yes to that as well. And I’ve always been tempted to put letters into all of my favorite books at the library/random bookstores, so maybe this’ll finally put me over the edge? I don’t know. WHO KNOWS. I’ll have to keep it.
5. White Cat, by Holly Black
Cassel comes from a family of curse workers: people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn’t got magic, so he’s an outsider; the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail – he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He’s noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.
Alright YES TO THE MAGICAL CONMEN. Cait from PaperFury says that it’s “Supernatural meets the mafia” and to steal her gif
All right so I kinda did horribly in terms of eliminating stuff… 1/5? Ha? Ha ha? But I mean, I took the sequel to Of Metal and Wishes off, as well, so I guess it’s two. WE’LL COUNT IT OK
I think I’ll definitely have to do this next week.
How bad is your Goodreads TBR? What about your actual TBR? Do you think you’ll pick up the tag? (hint: if you have a Goodreads account and have had it for more than a year, I highly recommend it. Backlists tend to get really bad really fast. But also don’t listen to me because