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 Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning Empire #1) by Andrea Stewart
  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black DNF
  • We Free the Stars (Sands of Arawiya #2) Hafsah Faizal
  • 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
  • The Mask Falling (The Bone Season #4) by Samantha Shannon
  • Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold
  • The Mortal Word (The Invisible Library #5) by Genevieve Cogman
  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern DNF
  • Hall of Smoke by H.M. Long
  • The Corpse Queen by Heather M. Herman
  • The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller
  • A Vow so Bold and Deadly (Cursebreakers #3) by Brigid Kemmerer
  • The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves #2) by Roshani Chokshi
  • Dark Age (Red Rising Saga #5) by Pierce Brown
  • Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
  • Defy the Night (Defy the Night #1) by Brigid Kemmerer
  • The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid
  • The First Sister (First Sister Trilogy #1) by Linden A Lewis
  • The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
  • Bone Crier’s Dawn (Bone Grace #2) by Kathryn Purdie
  • Ember Queen (Ash Princess Trilogy #3) by Laura Sebastian
  • The Lights of Prague by Nicole Jarvis
  • Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhourse
  • The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah
  • Crown of Cinders (Wings of Fury #2) by Emily R King
  • Wings of Fury (Wings of Fury #1) by Emily R. King
  • The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow #1) by Margaret Owen DNF
  • The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renee Ahdieh
  • The Bronzed Beasts (The Gilded Wolves #3) by Roshani Chokshi
  • Iron Gold (Red Rising #4) by Pierce Brown
  • The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine
  • A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4) by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Song of the Dead (Reign of the Fallen #2) by Sarah Glenn Marsh
  • Soul of Stars (Heart of Iron #2) by Ashley Poston
  • Once Upon a Broken Heart (Once Upon a Broken Heart #1) by Stephanie Garber
  • Sword in the Stars (Once & Future #2) by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
  • His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler
  • What We Devour by Linsey Miller DNF
  • Royal Bastards (Royal Bastards #1) by Andrew Shvarts
  • Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo
  • Court of Lions (Mirage #2) by Somaiya Daud
  • Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo
  • Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers removed from TBR
  • The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young
  • Master of One by Jones & Bennett
  • Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft DNF
  • Ravage the Dark (Scavenge the Stars #2) by Tara Sim
  • The Death of Jane Lawerence by Caitlin Starling
  • The Hanged Man (Her Majesty’s Psychic Service #1) by P.N. Elrod
  • Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy #1) by Kerstin Grier donated
  • The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh
  • Liberte (Echantee #2) Gita Trelease


  • These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights #1) by Chloe Gong
  • The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
  • Lore by Alexandra Bracken
  • Lakeside (World at Lake’s Edge #1) by Lyndall Clipstone
  • The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He
  • Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley DNF
  • Witches Steeped in Gold (Witches Steeped in Gold #1) by Ciannon Smart
  • The Gilded Ones (Deathless #1) by Namina Forna
  • Goddess in the Machine (Goddess in the Machine #1) by Lora Beth Johnson
  • Amber and Dusk (Amber and Dusk #1) by Lyra Selene
  • Sisters of the Snake (Ria & Rani #1) by Sasha Nanua and Sarena Nanua
  • All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth #1) by Adalyn Grace DNF
  • Scavenge the Stars (Scavenge the Stars #1) by Tara Sim
  • This Poison Heart (This Poison Heart #1) by Kalynn Bayron
  • A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee
  • Incendiary (Hollow Crown #1) by Zoraida Cordova
  • Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston
  • Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
  • Legendborn by Tracy Deonn DNF
  • 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
  • Crier’s War (Crier’s War #1) by Nina Varela


  • Iron Widow by Kiran Jay Zhao
  • Lying with Lions by Annabel FIelding
  • A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw
  • Traitors of the Black Crown by Cate Pearce
  • The Family Plot by Megan Collins

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 1, 2021 to reflect only unread books going into the new year.