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 DNF
  • A Heart so Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer
  • Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller
  • The Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning Empire #1) by Andrea Stewart
  • Hunted by Meagan Spooner
  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
  • A Song of Wraiths and Ruin (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin #1) by Roseanne A. Brown
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January Alix E Harrow
  • Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold
  • The Mortal Word (The Invisible Library #5) by Genevieve Cogman
  • 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
  • Ember Queen (Ash Princess Trilogy #3) by Laura Sebastian
  • Mirage (Mirage #1) by Somaiya Daud
  • The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow #1) by Margaret Owen
  • Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
  • The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
  • The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renee Ahdieh
  • Nocturna (A Forgery of Magic #1) by Maya Motayne (DNF @ %47)
  • Iron Gold (Red Rising #4) by Pierce Brown
  • A Murderous Relation (Veronica Speedwell #5) by Deanna Raybourn
  • The Song of the Dead (Reign of the Fallen #2) by Sarah Glenn Marsh
  • Soul of Stars (Heart of Iron #2) by Ashley Poston
  • Sword in the Stars (Once & Future #2) by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
  • His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler
  • House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas
  • 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
  • Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers
  • The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young
  • The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1) by Kiersten White
  • The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1) by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • The Hanged Man (Her Majesty’s Psychic Service #1) by P.N. Elrod
  • Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy #1) by Kerstin Grier
  • The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh
  • Rosemarked (Rosemarked #1) by Livia Blackburne
  • There Will Come a Darkness (The Age of Darkness #1) by Katy Rose Pool DNF


  • Crown of Feathers (Crown of Feathers #1) by Nicki Pau Preto (removed from TBR)
  • We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya #1) by Hafsah Faizal
  • The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
  • Goddess in the Machine (Goddess in the Machine #1) by Lora Beth Johnson
  • Bone Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace #1) by Kathryn Purdie
  • Amber and Dusk (Amber and Dusk #1) by Lyra Selene
  • All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth #1) by Adalyn Grace
  • Scavenge the Stars (Scavenge the Stars #1) by Tara Sim
  • Incendiary (Hollow Crown #1) by Zoraida Cordova
  • Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
  • Horrid by Katrina Leno
  • The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  • Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1) by Janella Angeles
  • Spin the Dawn (The Blood Stars #1) by Elizabeth Lim
  • Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw
  • The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
  • Crier’s War (Crier’s War #1) by Nina Varela

eBooks (including audiobooks)

  • From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2) by Jennifer Armentrout
  • 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
  • The Never Tilting World (The Never Tilting World #1) by Ron Chupeco
  • Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha #1) by Tasha Suri
  • Kingdom Cold (Kingdom Cold #1) by Brittni Chenelle
  • The Gilded King (Sovereign #1) by Josie Jaffrey
  • 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.