Organising My Goodreads #4

We’ve reached the point of my Goodreads which is mostly very random. I remember sitting down one day and adding loads of books to my to be read just based on the title and cover, a few of those are in this post. I’m still terrible for doing this, I don’t think I’ll ever stop to be fair.

Anyway onto the Goodreads organise, let’s see which books I decide to keep or get rid of.

13. Tess of the Road (Tess of the Road #1) by Rachel Hartman 

This is one of the random books I added based on its name and cover. Terribly shallow, I know. The title is cool though and the cover definitely draws the eye, but is that enough of a reason to want to read something? Not really.

Honestly, this does sound pretty good, but it’s been on my Goodreads for years now and I’ve never thought about it since adding it. For this reason, I think I’ll have to remove it. If I’m meant to read it, I’ll come across it again someday.

Verdict: Remove

Synopsis: In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.

Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it’s a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl—a subspecies of dragon—who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she’s tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.

Returning to the fascinating world she created in the award-winning and New York Times bestselling Seraphina, Rachel Hartman introduces readers to a new character and a new quest, pushing the boundaries of genre once again in this wholly original fantasy.

14. A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

I’m not even sure when or why I added this to my to be read. I’ve never read anything by Frances Hardinge and the cover is particularly appealing to me. 

If I’m being completely honest the synopsis doesn’t sound that interesting to me and I don’t know if I can read a book about a character called ‘Makepeace’. A little too on the nose for me. 

Verdict: Remove

Synopsis: This is the story of a bear-hearted girl . . .

Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide.

Some people have space within them, perfect for hiding.

Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard.

And now there’s a spirit inside her.

The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, and it may be her only defence when she is sent to live with her father’s rich and powerful ancestors. There is talk of civil war, and they need people like her to protect their dark and terrible family secret.

But as she plans her escape and heads out into a country torn apart by war, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession – or death.

15. The Girl the Sea Gave Back (Sky and Sea #2) by Adrienne Young 

I read Sky in the Deep a few years ago and loved it which is why I’ve got The Girl the Sea Gave Back on my to be read. As far as I know they aren’t actually connected, but I do want to check this out at some point. 

The ‘first’ book was on Kindle Unlimited so I may have to check if this one is too. If it is, I’ll definitely give it a go.

Verdict: Keep

Synopsis: For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.

For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound power? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again—a home.

16. Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan

I’m a big fan of these types of stories. Anything to do with the Riot Grrrl movement instantly has my interest. I studied this at university, so it’s a special interest of mine. 

Back when Spotify had free audiobooks I had this saved to listen to, but sadly that option is no longer available. Not that I specifically want to listen to the audiobook, but the free option for this book was nice to have. Well for a while, shame I didn’t get around to it. 

For now, I’m going to keep this on my to be read as the premise is really interesting. 

Verdict: Keep

Synopsis: It’s 1992, and there’s a rumor spreading in Baton Rouge…

When it comes to being social, Athena Graves is far more comfortable creating a mixtape playlist than she is talking to cute boys—or anyone, for that matter. Plus her staunchly feminist views and love of punk rock aren’t exactly mainstream at St. Ann’s, her conservative Catholic high school.

Then a malicious rumor starts spreading through the halls…a rumor that her popular, pretty, pro-life sister had an abortion over the summer. A rumor that has the power to not only hurt Helen, but possibly see her expelled.

Despite their wildly contrasting views, Athena, Helen and their friends must find a way to convince the student body and the administration that it doesn’t matter what Helen did or didn’t do…even if their riot grrrl protests result in the expulsion of their entire rebel girl gang.


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