~ Goodreads TBR Cleanup 01/21/21 ~

There are two similar challenges: Goodreads TBR Cleanup and Down the TBR Hole that each take your TBR lists on Goodreads and you choose to either keep or toss. The main difference is how you choose your books as Down the TBR Hole has you start with the oldest additions to your TBR list and Goodreads TBR Cleanup uses a random number generator to choose a different place in your TBR list every time.

I decided to go with the Goodreads TBR Cleanup (created by @ Mega Bunny Reads) as the random selections from my 1000+ TBR list sounded like fun. These challenges can be done bi-weekly or weekly (or any other timeframe that suits you). If you’re interest in the other Down the TBR Hole meme, then you can check it out following the links. The meme was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story — she has a new blog though called Sunflowers and Wonder!

How It Works:

  • Go to your Goodreads want-to-read shelf.
  • Ask Siri (or any other generator) to pick a number between 1 and however many books are on the list.
  • Go to that book and look at it and the 4 after it, for a total of 5.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

For the number selection, I used an online random number generator.


  1. The Century’s Scribe (Fantastic Decade #1)
by Brendan Walsh [Published August 27th 2020, 240 pages]

Dreden Sharpstand and his father are poor. All the humans and avehos of Kroonsaed are hardly getting by. If not for the bright, enigmatic sea of gas called the Sunitian Sea, life and resources in the town would be prosperous.

But the Sea has secrets of its own…

One night Dreden and his friends are attacked by mysterious men, with weapons they cannot understand. When they strike a second time, they chase the men into the Sea, and are transported to an alternate world, to a city called Brunswald, where technology exists centuries ahead of their time. Since the new world is only populated by humans, Dreden’s friend Gerrika the aveho, a flightless, humanoid bird, becomes an instant celebrity. When Dreden meets Morell Edland, the son of the richest family in the country, he falls in love with him, and can hardly remember why he ended up in the new world in the first place. Slowly, things start to reveal themselves. A secret, lost history between their two worlds is becoming unraveled, and a seemingly omnipotent force is killing thousands across the world. Just one thing is for sure: Dreden and his friends didn’t end up in Brunswald by accident.


This novel is very tempting to keep on my TBR list as it sounds like a great fantasy read. As it is a series though, it makes it slightly less appealing only because it would be more of a commitment to continue reading. If it was a standalone, I would keep it as it is a short read that most likely I could get through faster. As with most books that I will toss, if I come across them in the future, they could very well find their way back on my TBR list.

2. Gravemaidens (Gravemaidens #1)

by Kelly Coon [Published September 22nd 2020, 416 pages]

The start of a fierce fantasy duology about three maidens who are chosen for their land’s greatest honor…and one girl determined to save her sister from the grave.

In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame.

When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her.

But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is–a death sentence.

Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life–and heart–are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.


Similar to The Century’s Scribe, I struggled with deciding to keep or toss this book due to it being part of a series. Although both sounded like fantastic reads, I think it would be unrealistic of me to keep both on my list. As this one is set to be a duology, I decided of the two series that I would keep this one, at least for now.

3. Camouflage

by Ivy Keating & Scott Spotson [Published March 7th 2019, 240 pages]

A missing man, a new police chief and an unexpected New England town mystery.

When Sean Dermott, the newly appointed police chief, sees the report that a popular local high school coach is missing, his growing fascination with the alluring Vanessa Strauss, who reported the disappearance, makes him determined to solve the case.

The investigation leads him and his team deep into Quarry Head Park, a local scenic preserve with nature trails and expansive views. There is no sign of the missing man, but what he does find terrifies him to the core.

From the depths of the park, a deadly prehistoric looking creature emerges, attacks swiftly and silently, leaving devastation in its wake. In the chaos which follows, it is up to Chief Dermott and a team of scientists to fight for balance by ensuring the safety of his town and preserving this remarkable discovery.

He will risk his career, his reputation and even his own life to stand by what he believes to be right. The question is, will he succeed, or will all be lost?


I do not recall adding this novel to my TBR list, but I’m glad I did as I love a good mystery. This novel seems to add an added factor of a mysterious creature and now my curiosity to read it is reignited. As it is a shorter novel, too, I think that it is worth keeping on my list.

4. Roman and Jewel

by Dana L. Davis [Published January 5th 2021 , 336 pages]

Jerzie Jhames will do anything to land the lead role in Broadway’s hottest new show, Roman and Jewel, a Romeo and Juliet inspired hip-hopera featuring a diverse cast and modern twists on the play. But her hopes are crushed when she learns mega-star Cinny won the lead…and Jerzie is her understudy.

Falling for male lead Zeppelin Reid is a terrible idea–especially once Jerzie learns Cinny wants him for herself. Star-crossed love always ends badly. But when a video of Jerzie and Zepp practicing goes viral and the entire world weighs in on who should play Jewel, Jerzie learns that while the price of fame is high, friendship, family, and love are priceless.


I love retellings when they are done well. For this novel, I find myself on the fence as it sounds like a fun read, but it doesn’t draw me to read it to the point where I feel like I’m anxious to start it. For now, I believe it should remain on my TBR list to give it a chance as it was released less than a month ago. If it’s still there by the end of the year, it might be time to rethink keeping it.

5. A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem (Lady’s Guide #1)

by Manda Collins [Published November 10th 2020, 352 pages]

England, 1865 : As one of England’s most notorious newspaper columnists, Lady Katherine Bascomb believes knowledge is power. And she’s determined to inform and educate the ladies of London on the nefarious-and deadly-criminals who are preying on the fairer sex. When her reporting leads to the arrest of a notorious killer, however, Katherine flees to a country house party to escape her newfound notoriety-only to witness a murder on her very first night. And when the lead detective accuses Katherine of inflaming-rather than informing-the public with her column, she vows to prove him wrong.

Detective Inspector Andrew Eversham’s refusal to compromise his investigations nearly cost him his own career, and he blames Katherine. To avoid bad publicity, his superiors are pressuring him to solve cases quickly rather than correctly. When he discovers she’s the key witness in a new crime, he’s determined to prevent the beautiful widow from once again wreaking havoc on his case. Yet as Katherine proves surprisingly insightful and Andrew impresses Katherine with his lethal competency, both are forced to admit the fire between them is more flirtatious than furious. But to explore the passion between them, they’ll need to catch a killer.


When I read over the description, this novel still sounds like something right up my alley. I do recall starting this novel, but I ended up moving on to another one instead. For now, I’m taking it as a sign that it wasn’t enough to capture my interest and needs to be removed from my TBR. I may change my mind especially if the next novels in the series entice me, but for now this one is a toss.

That’s it for my second TBR Clean-up week. I’m still keeping up with the random number version, but it might change which version that I use in the future. This week’s list was very difficult to choose to either keep or toss as they all still sound ones that I want to keep based on descriptions alone. As this meme is typically done biweekly, I’m still sticking to doing it weekly as I have a very long TBR list that needs editing.

8 thoughts on “~ Goodreads TBR Cleanup 01/21/21 ~

  1. I liked reading about your thought process on your selections. I cleaned out my TBR list this fall but it’s back up there again, dang! It’ll always be a challenge but I’d rather have that, then have nothing to choose from. You did a great job!


    1. There are way too many good books! The good part about posting these challenges is that even if I remove them from my TBR, I can add them again from my posts down the line (even if it’s years from now haha)

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  2. Hope you had fun doing this! I did the down the TBR hole challenge this week but I didn’t manage to remove any books from my list so you did better than me!

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  3. I wish I had known about this cool little challenge a couple years ago when I got so overwhelmed by my TBR that I just deleted everything and figured if I was meant to read it I’d pick it up again. lol, this would have been a much easier way to tackle that problem. I loved seeing your justification for keeping or tossing things!

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    1. I was almost to the point of just deleting everything and starting again! I’m very glad as I found this challenge as it’s nice to think about why I would want to keep or toss a book. Hope you have fun with this challenge, if you decide to do it, with your new TBR list! 😀

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