Decluttering my Goodreads TBR #5

Hi everyone! Happy Friday!! Sorry I’ve been a little MIA this week. I’ve had a sinus infection (most likely) which has been causing the headache of the century. So I’ve been going to bed at 8 pm and thus haven’t had a lot of time to read posts. I also haven’t had any time to post anything, so today’s a post from my drafts from five months ago lol.

BUT like a month ago I planned a couple weeks of themed posts starting next Monday and I’m super excited about them! So hopefully I’ll be feeling better soon and getting back to normal!

Anyway, here’s the fifth round of decluttering my Goodreads TBR. You’ll see what a success it was at the end (I’m still not very good at this). Read parts one, two, three, and four!

This was started by Lia @ Lost in a Story and is a good way to organize your Goodreads to-read list!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The Queen of Water by Laura Resau

In this poignant novel based on a true story, Virginia’s story will speak to anyone who has ever struggled to find his or her place in the world. It will make you laugh and cry, and ultimately, it will fill you with hope.

Born in an Andean village in Ecuador, Virginia lives with her large family in a small, earthen-walled dwelling. In her village of indígenas, it is not uncommon to work in the fields all day, even as a child, or to be called a longa tonta – stupid Indian – by members of the ruling class of mestizos, or Spanish descendants. When seven-year-old Virginia is taken from her village to be a servant to a mestizo couple, she has no idea what the future holds.

This sounds so interesting! And I don’t read a ton about South America, so I definitely want to try this.

Verdict: Keep

Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks (as “Anonymous”)

A teen plunges into a downward spiral of addiction in this classic cautionary tale.

January 24th
After you’ve had it, there isn’t even life without drugs….

It started when she was served a soft drink laced with LSD in a dangerous party game. Within months, she was hooked, trapped in a downward spiral that took her from her comfortable home and loving family to the mean streets of an unforgiving city. It was a journey that would rob her of her innocence, her youth — and ultimately her life.

Read her diary.
Enter her world.
You will never forget her.

For thirty-five years, the acclaimed, bestselling first-person account of a teenage girl’s harrowing decent into the nightmarish world of drugs has left an indelible mark on generations of teen readers. As powerful — and as timely — today as ever, Go Ask Alice remains the definitive book on the horrors of addiction.

I’ve been wanting to read this for FOREVER, so it stays.

Verdict: keep

Girl, Stolen by April Henry

Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne Wilder is sleeping in the back of the car while her stepmom fills a prescription for antibiotics. Before Cheyenne realizes what’s happening, the car is being stolen.

Griffin hadn’t meant to kidnap Cheyenne and once he finds out that not only does she have pneumonia, but that she’s blind, he really doesn’t know what to do. When his dad finds out that Cheyenne’s father is the president of a powerful corporation, everything changes–now there’s a reason to keep her. 

I mentioned a while ago that I found kidnappings really interesting (morbid, I know, I’m sorry), so this stays!

Verdict: keep

Moonheart by Charles de Lint

When Sara and Jamie discovered the seemingly ordinary artifacts, they sensed the pull of a dim and distant place. A world of mists and forests, of ancient magics, mythical beings, ageless bards…and restless evil.

Now, with their friends and enemies alike–Blue, the biker; Keiran, the folk musician; the Inspector from the RCMP; and the mysterious Tom Hengyr–Sara and Jamie are drawn into this enchanted land through the portals of Tamson House, that sprawling downtown edifice that straddles two worlds.

Sweeping from ancient Wales to the streets of Ottawa today, Moonheart will entrance you with its tale of this world and the other one at the very edge of sight…and the unforgettable people caught up in the affairs of both. A tale of music, and motorcycles, and fey folk beyond the shadows of the moon. A tale of true magic; the tale of Moonheart.

I actually started reading this a while ago and was only able to get like 15 pages in, but it was so good! So I definitely want to keep it!

Verdict: keep

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them—in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul—they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. 

With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love—or even the memory of love—that is often the key to survival.

I read the Kite Runner in high school and loved it. I’ve been meaning to read this for a while, so it also stays.

Verdict: keep


Keep: 5
Delete: 0

Total kept: 16
Total deleted: 5

well ¯\_()_/¯ why am I like this.

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you’ve read any of these and think I should give them a pass!

Ally xx

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