Top Ten Tuesday #306

Hi all! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, mine has as always been fairly quiet, there’s never very much to say about life under lockdown!

Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week our topic is a Spring Cleaning Freebie, so I’m going to be talking about Books I Added To My Goodreads TBR More Than Two Years Ago That I’m Considering Getting Rid Of. Like all of us, I add far more books to my Goodreads TBR than I will ever be able to read, and after a while, I forget about why I added them in the first place. So for this week, I’ve gone through my TBR and weeded out some of the books that I’m not sure I’m interested in anymore:

  1. All My Secrets-Sophie McKenzie

I used to really love Sophie McKenzie’s books when I was a teenager, but I’ve not read any of her books in the past few years and have kind of lost interest after feeling fairly lukewarm about her adult thrillers. I added it around when it first came out, but over five years later, I’ve still not read it. I have liked her YA thrillers in the past though, so I don’t know if I should give it a chance.

2. The DUFF-Kody Keplinger

I watched the film for this and it was okay, nothing massively special, just your average teen film really. But back when I added it to my list, I read more YA contemporary than I do now, and to be honest, my interest in YA contemporary now is fairly limited, as I feel a bit old for high school drama! So I’m not sure if it’s something I’ll ever read, especially as I’ve already seen the film.

3. The Testing-Joelle Charbonneau

I added this one to my TBR when I was still in my dystopian phase in 2015, and to be honest, I’m kind of over that now especially as most YA dystopian books I’ve read have felt very same-y. If it felt like this book added something new to the genre then I might be more interested, but from the description, it sounds exactly like 10,000 other dystopian books.

4. The Next Together-Lauren James

I think I added this one after hearing about it at YALC, and it did sound cool at the time, but looking back on it, it’s basically a romance story even with the time travelling aspect and given my lack of patience for most romances in books, I’m just not sure if I would actually enjoy it.

5. Those Who Save Us-Jenna Blum

I thought this one sounded really interesting when I added it, a mother/daughter story surrounding secrets from the mother’s past in WWII but it’s been sitting on my TBR for almost five years and I haven’t yet felt the need to pick it up which make me think that maybe I’m not that interested after all.

6. Shatter Me-Tahereh Mafi

Ah another victim of my growing out of my dystopian phase. I know a lot of people like this book which is why I added it to my TBR in the first place, because I’d heard good things about it, but I’ve not really felt the need to pick it up over the last few years and I’m like 90% sure that this series has a love triangle, so that is quite off-putting to me.

7. Mechanica-Betsy Cornwell

I added this a while back when I was adding a lot of fairytale retellings to my TBR, and it sounded good at the time but now I’m not so sure. It seems basically like Cinder without the space aspects and I wasn’t a big fan of that book, and I’m also not really a massive fan of Cinderella in general, so I don’t really know if this one would be for me (Cinderella Is Dead being an exception).

8. The Winner’s Curse-Marie Rutkoski

Another victim of the end of my dystopian phase! I have heard such good things about this one, but I just don’t know if I’m interested anymore. I don’t really know how I feel about a romance that starts with a master/slave vibe and I’m just generally not massively interested in dystopian books anymore because they all started to feel very same-y.

9. The Girl of Fire and Thorns-Rae Carson

Honestly this sounds like literally every other YA fantasy book, I mean I do get that a lot of them are very same-y and I accept that, but this one doesn’t really seem to have anything particularly interesting to set it apart from all the others I read, so I’m just not that sure if I’m interested anymore.

10. Assassin’s Heart-Sarah Ahiers

I thought this sounded interesting when I first added it, but the reviews I’ve seen haven’t been great and the longer it’s on my TBR, the less interested I’ve been in it. It seems like a Romeo and Juliet kind of story, with the main characters being assassins from rival families who have been in a secret relationship. I don’t know it just seems like it probably has too much focus on romance for me and since I’ve heard fairly lukewarm reviews of it, my interest has waned.

11. Burning Midnight-Will McIntosh

I thought this sounded quite unique when I first saw it, a world where these magic spheres are used as currency, but in the years since I added it to my TBR, my interest has waned. I don’t really know why, I have a lot of other books to read I guess and this one just hasn’t really stood out as something I’m desperately excited to read.

12. Henge-Realm Lovejoy

I do love Arthurian myths, so I can see why I added it to my TBR in the first place, but it’s been several years, it’s not a book that really seems to be around anywhere in the UK, so I don’t really know if it’s worth keeping on my TBR when I’m likely to never read it.

13. Why We Broke Up-Daniel Handler

I thought this sounded like a cute story when I first added it, but again, it’s a contemporary mostly based around a romance (albeit a break-up) so I’m not actually sure how much I’d like it. I’ve also heard some not great things about Daniel Handler in recent years and I’m not sure if I want to support his work anymore (I did read A Series of Unfortunate Events when I was younger).

14. These Rebel Waves-Sara Raasch

I do love pirates, so that aspect of this book really appealed to me, but I wasn’t a big fan of Raasch’s Snow Like Ashes, so I don’t really know if I want to read anymore of her books.

15. The Hidden Memory of Objects-Danielle Mages Amato

I’m kind of torn on this one because the story does sound interesting (a girl tries to solve the mystery of her brother’s death after the police rule it a suicide) but at the same time, it’s been on my TBR for years and I’ve not picked it up or even really thought about it, so that suggests that perhaps I wasn’t as interested as I thought.

16. Bridge of Clay-Markus Zusak

I’ll be honest, I added this to my TBR because I love The Book Thief so much, but I’m not really sure if this one appeals to me, the description on Goodreads is kind of confusing and I don’t really get what it’s about!

So there we go, those are some of the books I’m considering removing from my TBR? Any that I should definitely get rid of? Any that you think I should give a chance? Basically I want to know what you thought of these books, so let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is our annual Spring TBR topic, so you can all hear about how much I failed on my Winter TBR and watch me still make ridiculously ambitious reading plans for the Spring!

67 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #306

  1. Catherine 09/03/2021 / 4:29 pm

    The pirate-y one sounds good – I never know whether to give authors a second try if I don’t like the first book I read by them, I’m never sure whether it’s the writing style or just the story I don’t get on with

    • iloveheartlandx 16/03/2021 / 1:39 pm

      It does! I mean usually I do, so maybe I should cut Raasch some slack, but I have so many other books to read!

  2. Jess @ Jessticulates 09/03/2021 / 4:42 pm

    Great list! I really want to read These Rebel Waves. I’ve heard so many good things about The Winner’s Curse but, like you, I don’t know if I’ll ever get to it!

    • iloveheartlandx 16/03/2021 / 1:38 pm

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy These Rebel Waves. Yeah, it’s one of those that I’m very on the fence about.

  3. mirareads13 09/03/2021 / 4:47 pm

    I used to love shatter me but now I think I’m not that interested to read the rest of the books

  4. Katie Brock | sherlockianbooklover 09/03/2021 / 5:48 pm

    Oh Shatter Me….. I’m the same. It’s on my kindle and has been there almost five years. I don’t think I’m going to read it 😂

  5. Georgia @ Lost in Neverland 09/03/2021 / 7:43 pm

    I really like The Winner’s Curse! I did read The Next Together and it was good but there was nothing special about it, and I don’t think I’ll ever read it again!

    • iloveheartlandx 16/03/2021 / 1:36 pm

      I’m glad to hear that. Oh okay, so maybe that one’s not worth it.

  6. Poinsettia 09/03/2021 / 8:03 pm

    I’m not a big fan of dystopian either so I can understand wanting to clean some of those out. Thanks for visiting Long and Short Reviews! 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx 16/03/2021 / 1:35 pm

      I did like them a while back, I’ve just not been as interested lately.

    • iloveheartlandx 16/03/2021 / 1:35 pm

      I just read so many from 2012 to about 2015 that I think I just oversaturated myself with those books and now they don’t appeal as much.

  7. Theresa @ TheCalicoBooks 09/03/2021 / 10:44 pm

    So many of these books are on my Goodreads tbr, and like you, just don’t know if I’m interested in reading them anymore. There’s just been so many more new releases that I think I’ll like better now.

    • iloveheartlandx 16/03/2021 / 1:32 pm

      Yeah there are so many new releases that I’m excited to read that some of these older books definitely don’t seem as appealing anymore.

  8. Greg 09/03/2021 / 11:15 pm

    I like what I’ve read by Betsy Cornwell but yeah Mechanica didn’t really appeal to me either.

  9. 1girl2manybooks 09/03/2021 / 11:34 pm

    I read Shatter Me and really didn’t like it enough to go on with the series – and then the love triangle really turned me off it.

    • iloveheartlandx 16/03/2021 / 1:31 pm

      Ah okay, that’s interesting. The love triangle is definitely a big turn off for me too.

  10. Cheri 10/03/2021 / 12:43 am

    I commend you. My Goodreads TBR is Out. Of. Control!

    • iloveheartlandx 16/03/2021 / 1:31 pm

      Ha ha so is mine to be fair, I’m just trying to get it less so.

  11. Leah's Books 10/03/2021 / 2:20 am

    Nice list – the only one I’ve heard of/read is Shatter Me, and there’s definitely a love triangle in it. I wound up reading the whole series, but it isn’t one that I was overly enthusiastic about.

    • iloveheartlandx 16/03/2021 / 1:30 pm

      Thank you! Yeah see I’ve heard that, and I just have so little patience for love triangles anymore, they’re so rarely done well.

  12. Leslie 10/03/2021 / 2:45 am

    I love this because I do this all the time. Soooo… Shatter me is GREAT but if you do pick it up STOP at the third book. Anything after that is just plain trash. The Winner’s Curse is excellent but it’s been years. I did really enjoy it though! I own all three books in the Testing series on kindle. I completely forgot about them! I might have to give those a go sometime.

    • iloveheartlandx 16/03/2021 / 1:29 pm

      I don’t do it as often as I probably should! Yes, I’ve definitely heard polarising things about the other books in the series. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed The Winner’s Curse. I definitely have books like that, so many books, I forget about some of them from time to time.

  13. Holliehocks 10/03/2021 / 6:34 am

    I was going to clear out my Goodreads TBR as well, but I haven’t been using it long/serious enough to have anything to get rid of yet. I imagine it’ll get there eventually. I’ve heard of a good amount of these, but none I’ve read. I did try to read The DUFF in college… I got about 5 pages into it when I decided I didn’t want anything more to do with it. Never did watch the movie either.

    • iloveheartlandx 16/03/2021 / 1:25 pm

      Oh definitely, I’ve had Goodreads for about 7 or so years now, so you definitely amass a lot of books on your TBR over that time.

  14. Louise 10/03/2021 / 9:22 am

    Great post! I still have These Rebel Waves to read too.

  15. Marianne Maurer 10/03/2021 / 9:51 am

    Interesting list. I like how you describe all the books right here.

    “The Bridge of Clay” is on my TBR pile. Looking forward to it.

    My TTT.

  16. Rabeeah 10/03/2021 / 11:06 am

    Nice list! Lots of YA romance/dystopian, which makes sense — I think lots of people are in the same boat, where they realise they are maybe no longer the intended audience!

    I actually also have Bridge of Clay on my bookshelf waiting to be read, and I also am still unsure what it is about! But I dont think Im removing it anytime soon!

    • iloveheartlandx 16/03/2021 / 1:23 pm

      Thank you! Yes, I still like reading YA but I’ve definitely reached a place where I know certain YA books won’t be for me anymore. I hope you enjoy Bridge of Clay if you do read it.

  17. thebookishlibra 10/03/2021 / 12:48 pm

    I purged a few for this topic too. I’ve not read any of these so I can’t say if they’re worth keeping. I will say that Shatter Me has been on my kindle for like three years now and I still haven’t read it so I may purge that one too, lol.

    • iloveheartlandx 16/03/2021 / 1:22 pm

      It’s always good to do a purge of the TBR every now and then. Yeah if it’s been on your kindle for three years and you still haven’t read it, that’s not a great sign!

  18. dinipandareads 10/03/2021 / 3:25 pm

    I haven’t read any of the books on this list although there are a few that I also decided over the last year that I wouldn’t be reading. The Shatter Me series is one of them. I tried a sample of the book and I was like what on earth am I reading 😂 I don’t know how it’s so loved but it was definitely not the book for me! All of these spring cleaning TBR lists is kinda making me wanna clean up my Goodreads TBR even more now! LOL

    • iloveheartlandx 16/03/2021 / 1:21 pm

      Interesting…I can’t say I’ve tried a sample of the book but I’ve heard some things about the writing style that makes me think it’s probably not for me. It’s definitely quite satisfying streamlining your Goodreads TBR, it’s a nice feeling knowing that you’re excited about everything on it.

  19. FangirlFlax 10/03/2021 / 6:19 pm

    There’s loads I want to read on your list here too! Good luck to us both getting through them 😅

    • iloveheartlandx 16/03/2021 / 1:17 pm

      These are actually books I’m considering taking off my TBR, sorry if that was confusing!

      • FangirlFlax 16/03/2021 / 1:54 pm

        🤦🏻‍♀️ I did know that, and forgot the actual TTT theme!

  20. HerBookishDesires 10/03/2021 / 8:42 pm

    I really enjoyed Shatter Me when I read it… I recently re-read it and I felt that, while it was a good read, I definitely did not love it as much as I did when I first read it. I also thought that the author should have left the series at three books. Not sure if that is a very popular opinion but 🤷🏽‍♀️I debated not reading Ahier’s Assassin’s Heart but ended up keeping it on my TBR just because I own the physical copy and I don’t want my money to be wasted 😂 I thought that The Winner’s Curse was okay… I didn’t really feel like picking up the second book after I read it.

    Great post! Happy reading!

    • iloveheartlandx 16/03/2021 / 1:16 pm

      Thank you! Well that’s interesting, I’ve heard a lot of people who loved it but not so many who’ve said it wasn’t as good on reread. I’ve definitely seen mixed reactions to her continuing the series though. I definitely feel that, if I’ve bought a book I’m very reluctant to part with it even if my interested has waned because books are not cheap! Ah okay, see if the first book was only okay and the sequel isn’t worth it then maybe it’s not worth reading.

  21. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies 10/03/2021 / 10:06 pm

    I’ve had a copy of Those Who Save Us on my shelf for years as well. Like you, I thought it looked good at the time, but I’ve never found myself actually picking it up to read it!

    • iloveheartlandx 16/03/2021 / 1:01 pm

      I tend to give books I’ve actually bought a bit more slack than ones I’ve added on Goodreads as if I’ve paid for a book, I generally do intend on reading it even if it does take a few years to actually pick it up!

  22. lindseyhabets 11/03/2021 / 6:28 pm

    I did enjoy Shatter Me and The Winner’s Curse when I read them,, but I agree that a lot of that was probably due to the time I read them and I might not love them as much now. The DUFF is also one I’m not interested – I saw the movie and I’ve no need to also still read the book.

    • iloveheartlandx 16/03/2021 / 12:12 pm

      Yeah I reckon I would have liked them maybe five or so years ago, but now my interest has definitely waned. Same, I do sometimes read the book after watching the adaptation but it’s fairly rare for me. Usually when I watch film adaptations of rom-com books, I specifically watch them because I don’t really like romance books and prefer to consume that kind of story in film format.

  23. I had a YA dystopian phase many years ago which last year resulted in a large amount going to the charity shop including Shatter Me. I have read The Duff and watched the film. The film was good but the book was better!

    • iloveheartlandx 16/03/2021 / 12:00 pm

      Yeah, I definitely had quite a few dystopian books go to the charity shop the last time I did an unhaul. I’m sure it was, I just don’t really feel the need to read it since I’ve already seen the film.

  24. Rissi 16/03/2021 / 3:35 am

    I always think looking at your TBR (whether actual or virtual) is always a good way to gauge what books to “spring clean.” Since my GR is never up to date, I always look at my actual shelves, and sometimes you just have to let go of the books we keep around too long. To me that usually means we’re really not all that into the book. 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland on this week! 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx 16/03/2021 / 11:59 am

      I don’t tend to do it with my actual bookshelves all that often because if I’ve bought the book it tends to be a pretty good sign that I’m very interested in reading it, but I do clear my Goodreads shelf quite a lot as I add more books on there than I could ever read.

  25. Annemieke 16/03/2021 / 6:54 am

    I read The Girl of Fire and Thorn and immediately got rid of it and its sequel #oops. It wasn’t bad, a 3 star rating still, but it just didn’t make me excited.

    • iloveheartlandx 16/03/2021 / 11:56 am

      See that’s kind of how I feel about it too, I’m sure it will be fine, but I don’t feel massively excited about it either.

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