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 Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) by Roshani Chokshi (Owl Crate)
  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
  • Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller
  • A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  • My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) (book donated to library)
  • Hunted by Meagan Spooner
  • Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber
  • Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
  • A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir
  • Spectacle by Jodi Lynn Zdrok DNF
  • Dark Age (Red Rising Saga #5) by Pierce Brown
  • Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Taherah Mafi
  • The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow #1) by Margaret Owen
  • Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
  • Nocturna (A Forgery of Magic #1) by Maya Motayne
  • Courting Darkness (Courting Darkness Duology #1) by Robin LaFevers
  • Iron Gold (Red Rising #4) by Pierce Brown
  • The Song of the Dead (Reign of the Fallen #2) by Sarah Glenn Marsh
  • Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) by Shelby Mahurin
  • Soul of Stars (Heart of Iron #2) by Ashley Poston
  • Bryant and May and the Burning Man (Bryant and May #12) by Christopher Fowler
  • The House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig (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
  • Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard
  • Royal Bastards (Royal Bastards #1) by Andrew Shvarts
  • Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) by Emily A. Duncan (OwlCrate)
  • 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)
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson (OwlCrate)
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte (Owl Crate) DNF
  • The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1) by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya #1) by Hafsah Faizal (OwlCrate)
  • Once & Future (Once & Future #1) by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
  • The Hanged Man (Her Majesty’s Psychic Service #1) by P.N. Elrod
  • Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy #1) by Kerstin Grier
  • Enchantee by Gita Trelease
  • Lady Smoke (Ash Princess Trilogy #2) by Laura Sebastian
  • 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
  • Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff (audio)
  • Timekeeper (Timekeeper #1) by Tara Sim
  • Grace and Fury (Grace and Fury #1) by Tracy Banghart
  • Malice (The Faithful and the Fallen #1) by John Gwynne
  • Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  • Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
  • The Queens Rising (The Queen’s Rising #1) by Rebecca Ross
  • Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicles #3) by Jay Kristoff (audio)
  • The Fever King (Feverwake #1) by Victoria Lee
  • The Falconer (The Falconer #1) by Elizabeth May
  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (audio)
  • Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha #1) by Tasha Suri
  • Kingdom Cold (Kingdom Cold #1) by Brittni Chenelle
  • The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5) by Samantha Shannon
  • 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
  • Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle #2) by Jay Kristoff (audio)
  • Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad #1) by Scott Reintgen (currently DNF @ 50%)
  • 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
  • Cold Hearted Rake (The Ravenels #1) by Lisa Kleypas


  • House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin. A Craig DNF @ 33%
  • Blood Heir (Blood Heir #1) by Amelie Wen Zhao (pulled from publication)
  • A Dangerous Collaboration (Veronica Speedwell #4) by Deanna Raybourn
  • The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork DNF @ 40%
  • The Mortal Word (The Invisible Library #5) by Genevieve Cogman
  • The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young
  • King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2) by Amanda Foody
  • Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford
  • Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

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.