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 back 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

  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • 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
  • Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold
  • Hall of Smoke by H.M. Long
  • An Impossible Imposter (Veronica Speedwell #7) by Deanna Raybourn
  • The Corpse Queen by Heather M. Herman
  • The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller
  • The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves #2) by Roshani Chokshi
  • Dark Age (Red Rising Saga #5) by Pierce Brown
  • A Far Wilder Magic by Allison Saft DNF
  • The Bone Shard Emperor (The Drowning Empire #2) by Andrea Stewart
  • Electric Idol (Dark Olympus #2) by Katee Robert
  • Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
  • Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
  • The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid
  • The First Sister (First Sister Trilogy #1) by Linden A Lewis
  • 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
  • Fugitive Telemetry (The Murderbot Diaries #6) by Martha Wells
  • Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhourse
  • Vespertine (Vespertine #1) by Margaret Rogerson
  • 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 Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renee Ahdieh removed from TBR
  • Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes
  • The Bronzed Beasts (The Gilded Wolves #3) by Roshani Chokshi
  • 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
  • Sword in the Stars (Once & Future #2) by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
  • His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler
  • Royal Bastards (Royal Bastards #1) by Andrew Shvarts removed from TBR
  • Little Thieves by Margaret Owen
  • Court of Lions (Mirage #2) by Somaiya Daud
  • A Master of Djinn (Dead Djinn Universe #1) by P. Djeli Clark
  • The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young
  • This Woven Kingdom (This Woven Kingdom #1) by Tahereh Mafi
  • Master of One by Jones & Bennett
  • 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
  • The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh removed from TBR
  • Liberte (Echantee #2) Gita Trelease
  • The Half-Class (The Class Chronicles #1) by Kayvion Lewis (FaeCrate)


  • These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights #1) by Chloe Gong DNF
  • The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
  • Lore by Alexandra Bracken DNF
  • The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He
  • The Ivory Key (The Ivory Key Duology #1) by Akshaya Raman (Jan 22)
  • 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
  • This Poison Heart (This Poison Heart #1) by Kalynn Bayron
  • Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen (Dec 21)
  • A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee
  • Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan
  • Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebecca Ross DNF
  • Incendiary (Hollow Crown #1) by Zoraida Cordova
  • The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  • Crier’s War (Crier’s War #1) by Nina Varela
  • A Forgery of Roses by Jessica S. Olson (March 22)


  • Year of the Reaper by Maklia Lucier (Dec 21)
  • Only a Monster (Monsters #1) by Vanessa Len (Jan 22) OwlCrate (Feb 22)
  • Daughter of the Moon Goddess (The Celestial Kingdom Duology #1) by Sue Lynn Tan (Jan 22)

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, 2022 to reflect only unread books going into the new year.