Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted as always by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s theme is “Spring Cleaning Freebie,” which could be anything from books that feel fresh & clean after a long winter, books that you’re getting rid of, or books that you’re removing from your TBR: your choice!
Man, I wish I had done this tag several weeks ago, because I just removed a TON of books off my GoodReads to-read list (from giveaways I’d entered and decided I didn’t want anyway, from books I’d added when I was in high school and decided I didn’t want anymore, and so many others). And before that, last year I donated a ton of books to my mom’s library book sale because Steven moved in and we were running out of room on the bookshelves. I still think I can squeeze ten books out of my GoodReads lists, though, so let’s see what we got. (We’ll split this into two categories: 5 to donate and 5 to remove from my TBR.)
1 – Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford
I purchased this late last year after seeing that it was the only Fantastic Stranglings Book Club book that I missed from 2020, and instantly regretted it. It was an utter disappointment. I was expecting a much better story, one that was entertaining and interesting, and instead I got a gross ball of incest and gore and the author even managed to turn the most interesting part of the tagline (burying people in ground to revive them) into something that I didn’t even care about. Now it sits on my shelf, looking absolutely gorgeous, but I know what decay it holds in its pages.
2 – The Frame-Up by Meghan Molin
I can’t technically donate this one because I got it as a Kindle First book, but it was such a disappointing anti-feminist book (but the author totally thought she was being super girl-power, feminist-forward, while bashing on all guys and “other girls,” which isn’t what feminism is). It was poorly written, and if I keep thinking about this book I’ll go crazy, so you can read my full review here.
3 – My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand
Man, I wanted to love this book so much. It deals with Lady Jane Grey, who was Queen of England for only nine days before being beheaded. (She even practiced bending down and putting her head on the block while she was in the tower!) However, Hand turned it into a story that made me roll my eyes at every turn and went completely over-the-top. I was going to pre-order the rest of the books in the series, but after the utter disappointment of My Lady Jane I put them out of my mind. Now it sits on my shelf, taunting me.
4 – Bloodline by Jess Lourey
This is another Kindle First book that I didn’t finish (it’s my only DNF of 2021 so far!), because the writing was nauseating. I’ve read a lot of reviews saying “What happened in this book?” because apparently Lourey’s other books are super well-written, but this one is just mind-numbingly awful.
5 – Ulysses by James Joyce
So I wondered about putting this on my “To Donate” list, because while I’ve read this book (and written an essay on it, which was the main reason I started this blog in the first place!), I kind of want to mount it on the wall and scream to anyone who passes by that I did it. I defeated Joyce and got an A in the class. Also, I don’t want to subject anyone else to this horror of a book.
To Remove From TBR:
6 – Writings to Young Women from Laura Ingalls Wilder: On Wisdom and Virtues by Laura Ingalls Wilder
I was a HUGE fan of Little House on the Prairie when I was younger. I read Little House on the Prairie like, twelve times after I first got it, but I didn’t want to read any of the other books in the series because they weren’t as interesting. (Especially when her husband got involved.) I’m really not sure why this book is on my TBR list, because I’m never going to pick it up, so off it goes.
7 – The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World: Love, Loss, and Other Catastrophes—through India, Italy, and Beyond by Torre DeRoche
This is another one where I literally have no recollection as to why it’s on my TBR, and re-reading the synopsis makes me know that this is going to be a book that I will ever read, so off it goes!
8 – Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
Does it count as being on my TBR if I’ve tried to read it like three times and never gotten past the first four chapters? (I’ve tried in every emotional state and in every season, and it just isn’t doing it for me.) It’s disappointing because The Book Thief is such a good book, and Bridge of Clay is…not.
9 – Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era by Michael Kimmel
While I think we all need to be reading more about social topics, I absolutely need a break from white masculinity at this point in time, because I am exhausted. I live in the Southern US, where masks have been made political and people still worship Trump as the next coming of Christ. I’ve dealt with so much and I want to find something more relaxing to read when I get a chance, not make myself angrier/more heartsick.
10 – The Curse of Allie Mae by Aiden James
This is a horror book. Why is this book on my TBR list? Off it goes! (I’m sure there are many more like this, ones that probably got put onto my TBR because I entered a contest, and I really need to get them all of of my TBR.)
And there we go! Five books I want to get off my shelves (physical or virtual), and five books that I deleted from my TBR list. I feel a lot lighter already!
What books do you want to get rid of – or did you go the other way and pick five books that feel fresh to you? Let me know in the comments!
And as always, keep reading.