TBR Take Down

Let us all be honest with each other right now, all of our TBRs are completely out of control. There are books on books on books. You are drowning in books. You finish one and three more seem to pop up as if from nowhere. They multiply. It is like if you feed a stray cat then the next morning your entire yard is filled with hungry feline faces looking at you with disdain and expectation.

So, I decided to issue myself a challenge. I took stock of all the books I personally possess which includes physical copies, ebooks, and ARCs. Each month I am going to pick a book off of this list to read. If the mood strikes me, I’ll pick a second book, but at least one book a month will be struck from this TBR.

I’m sure throughout the year I’ll purchase more books and will add them to this list as they come. Before I started blogging I would have maybe one or two books owned that I hadn’t read yet. Since starting Literary Weaponry things have become a little out of control and it is time to get it under control before my TBR breaks me. Or falls over onto my foot and breaks a toe.

Without further ado, here is The List in no particular order.

Physical Copies

  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
  • A Heart so Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer
  • Crier’s War (Crier’s War #1) by Nina Varela (OwlCrate)
  • Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller
  • Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw (OwlCrate)
  • Hunted by Meagan Spooner
  • A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir
  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  • Dark Age (Red Rising Saga #5) by Pierce Brown
  • Mirage (Mirage #1) by Somaiya Daud
  • The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow #1) by Margaret Owen
  • Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
  • The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renee Ahdieh
  • Nocturna (A Forgery of Magic #1) by Maya Motayne
  • Iron Gold (Red Rising #4) by Pierce Brown
  • The Song of the Dead (Reign of the Fallen #2) by Sarah Glenn Marsh
  • Soul of Stars (Heart of Iron #2) by Ashley Poston
  • Scavenge the Stars (Scavenge the Stars #1) by Tara Sim (OwlCrate)
  • The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones (OwlCrate)
  • Spin the Dawn (The Blood Stars #1) by Elizabeth Lim (OwlCrate)
  • The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2) by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf #1) by Ryan Graudin
  • Royal Bastards (Royal Bastards #1) by Andrew Shvarts
  • Amber and Dusk (Amber and Dusk #1) by Lyra Selene (OwlCrate)
  • Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers
  • The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young
  • Descendant of the Crane by Joan He (OwlCrate)
  • The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1) by Kiersten White
  • The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1) by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya #1) by Hafsah Faizal (OwlCrate)
  • The Hanged Man (Her Majesty’s Psychic Service #1) by P.N. Elrod
  • Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy #1) by Kerstin Grier
  • Rosemarked (Rosemarked #1) by Livia Blackburne
  • Crown of Feathers (Crown of Feathers #1) by Nicki Pau Preto (OwlCrate)

eBooks (including audiobooks)

  • The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox
  • Air Awakens (Air Awakens #1) by Elise Kova
  • Grace and Fury (Grace and Fury #1) by Tracy Banghart
  • Malice (The Faithful and the Fallen #1) by John Gwynne
  • The Queens Rising (The Queen’s Rising #1) by Rebecca Ross
  • The Fever King (Feverwake #1) by Victoria Lee
  • The Falconer (The Falconer #1) by Elizabeth May
  • Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu
  • Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha #1) by Tasha Suri
  • Kingdom Cold (Kingdom Cold #1) by Brittni Chenelle
  • Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon
  • Winter’s Reach (Revanche Cycle #1) by Craig Schaefer
  • Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1) by Julie Kagawa
  • Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
  • Mayan Mendacity (Dr. Pimms, Intermillenial Slueth #2) by L.J.M. Own
  • The Glass Spare (The Glass Spare #1) by Lauren DeStefano
  • Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1) by Kiersten White


  • The Mortal Word (The Invisible Library #5) by Genevieve Cogman
  • The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young
  • Diamond & Dawn (Amber & Dusk #2) by Lyra Selene
  • Ink and Arrows by Shruthi Viswanathan

This list was originally compiled on February 2, 2019. I know this list and post will grow and change with time but I wanted somewhere to keep track of my unread owned books outside of Goodreads and hopefully inspire me to read more of them.

Anyone else feel overwhelmed by the unread books that are slowly overtaking all reasonable living space in your home? Send help. I may need a shovel soon.

List updated on January 2, 2020 to reflect only unread books going into the new year.