~ Goodreads TBR Cleanup #4 (02/04/21) ~

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. Paladin’s Grace (Clocktaur Universe)
by T. Kingfisher [Published April 28th 2020, 364 pages]

Stephen’s god died on the longest day of the year…

Three years later, Stephen is a broken paladin, living only for the chance to be useful before he dies. But all that changes when he encounters a fugitive named Grace in an alley and witnesses an assassination attempt gone wrong. Now the pair must navigate a web of treachery, beset on all sides by spies and poisoners, while a cryptic killer stalks one step behind…


This one still sounds really interesting. It is difficult pinpoint why this book is a keep, but there is something about it that makes me want to keep it. (I realize that it is a terrible justification. haha)

2. All I Want for Christmas

by Joanna Bolouri [Published October 1st 2020, 368 pages]

What if the love of your life was your best friend’s girlfriend, and you were the one that set them up?

When Nick loses his job and is dumped by his glamorous but demanding girlfriend, he is forced to grudgingly accept work as a Santa at a local Christmas grotto. As his friends are getting married or promoted, Nick spends his days being terrorised by unfriendly elves and cried on by snotty, spoiled children.

Then he meets 4-year-old Alfie. All Alfie wants for Christmas is for his mum, Sarah, to be happy again. Moved by the boy’s selfless wish, Nick arranges a date between Sarah and his best friend, Matt. But as Sarah and Alfie become part of all their lives, Nick realises that happiness for Sarah and Matt might mean heartbreak for himself.


This one would have been high on my TBR list as missed connection type stories are great if they are done well. However, my last one, One Day in December, where the girl was “meant” to be with her best friend’s boyfriend, has made me want to take a break from this type, at least for now.

3. Finding Love at the Christmas Market

by Jo Thomas [Published September 24th 2020, 348 pages]

Residential-home caterer Connie has had one online-dating disaster too many. Hurt in the past and with her son to consider, now she’s feeling hesitant. Then one of Connie’s residents sets her up on a date at a beautiful German Christmas market – with the promise she’ll take a mini-bus full of pensioners along with her…

Amongst the twinkling lights and smell of warm gingerbread in the old market square, Connie heads off on her date with a checklist of potential partner must-haves. Baker Henrich ticks all the boxes, but when Connie meets Henrich’s rival William, she starts to wonder if ticking boxes is the answer.

Will Connie’s wish for love this Christmas come true, and if so – with who?


I absolutely love German Christmas Markets! There is delicious food, mulled wine, and just a “homey” Christmas-filled atmosphere. You honestly cannot lose having a story that features the markets. Now that I have said that, I really hope that this book does not disappoint!

4. Throne of Blood (The Demonic Pillars #1)

by Amber Cook [Published December 20th 2020]

The Orbs, the all-powerful deities dwelling inside Adira, influence her every action, from who she kills to how she will one day die. She is cursed to a life of war. Depending on who you ask, the humans she is programmed to destroy or the demons who see her as a means to an end, she’s viewed as both a savior and the devil itself.

That power threatens to shake the cruelest person she knows, her father. And, unfortunately for her, that means invoking the pain of something far worse than death. But what’s worse? Being tortured by her father’s hand, or deceiving him to become the savior of humans, the very creatures she despises, to give her the thing she’s always wanted: the opportunity to die.


This one sounds entertaining, however, it is another series and as I’ve said to myself in the previous TBR Clean-ups, I do have a lot of series and cannot possibly get around to reading them all! Also, the next book/series on this list sounded better to me. (haha)

5. Fear of Fire and Shadow (The Fade #1)

by Samantha Young [Published November 11th 2020 , 318 pages]

As one of the few remaining mage in the world, Rogan was stolen as a child and placed within the palace as handmaiden to Haydyn, the last of the royal family. Now, as adults, the two young women are as close as sisters and when Haydyn falls victim to a sleeping disease only Rogan can save her.

Haydyn’s magic keeps peace across their land and if she dies, their whole world will fall to the darkness of human nature. Setting off on a journey to retrieve the plant that will cure her friend, Rogan is stuck in close quarters with a protector she distrusts above all others:

Wolfe Stovia. The son of the man who kidnapped Rogan and destroyed her family.

At a constant battle of wills with Wolfe, Rogan knows their expedition will be fraught with tension. However, she never imagined that the quest would be so dangerous, that her beliefs would be so shaken, or that she’d find herself falling for her greatest enemy. 


Although this story is a series, it still sounds interesting enough to keep. I greatly enjoy stories of mages and this one has an added aspect of secrets with opposing sides, so it sounds even more intriguing. For now, I think this fantasy series is for the keep pile.

This is my fourth TBR Clean-Up list, yet I feel that my Goodreads pile has grown even more compared to when I started. I believe I am up to 1600 compared to the 1350 I had when I started. I need to start controlling myself better I think (haha). It is very difficult as I keep getting more books when I read posts on other blog pages. I am determined to reduce this number at least by the end of the year! Maybe bringing 1600 back down to 1300 (no way I could read 300, but maybe it will work with a combo of tossing books plus reading others). The books on this list would still be on my TBR forever I think if I did not toss some – they are not novels that I do not think I would enjoy. Tossing a novel for me is just saying it is the worst of the best compared to no longer interesting me as they would not be there in the first place if they did not intrigue me.

6 thoughts on “~ Goodreads TBR Cleanup #4 (02/04/21) ~

    1. I have a love/hate relationship with this clean-up as it is nice to reduce my TBR, but it is also difficult to choose books to toss as I want them all haha. I wish you lots of luck if you decide to do this!

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  1. This is a great way to clean up a tbr! I was doing the Down the TBR Hole challenge for a while, but I haven’t gotten around to doing it again in forever.
    It’s so challenging to keep TBRs under control!

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    1. Agreed! Every time I post these on a Thursday my TBR goes down a little, but then by the following Thursday it is back up as I’ve added new books. It is one step forward and ten steps back some weeks haha

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