Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Spotlight: Books That Need a New Home (Donate Pile)

I have decided that 2016 is the year when I take a look at books on my TBR mountain and read them or donate them. I'm starting with the books that have been on the stack the longest. Hopefully by the end of 2016, my TBR mountain will be only a foothill.

Today I'm looking at some books that have been on the stack since 2008. Here are some of the books from the stack that are being donated (and the reasons why):
  1. Hell's Gate by David Weber - I love the Honor Harrington series but somehow the 800 pages and generally unfavorable reviews have kept this on my stack since 2008. This book came out in 2006 with a sequel in 2007. It looks like a third in the series with a new co-author is coming 2016.
  2. Promise Me by Harlan Coben - I've had the 8th book in the Marvin Bolitar series on my stack since 2008. I just read the first one in the series in 2013. I have the second one but haven't been interested enough to put it on my reading stack yet. It could be years, if ever, before I'm ready for book eight.
  3. The Fire Opal by Catherine Asaro - Asaro writes complex and intelligent science fiction but this is fantasy. This fantasy is fourth in a series and received very mixed reviews. I haven't read any of the other books in the series.
  4. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons - This was recommended by someone I admire. But I don't read classics or parodies. It has been sitting since 2008.
  5. Elemental Magic by Sharon Shinn et al. - I confess; I have a problem with anthologies. I don't care for shorter works and usually buy them because they have one story by an author I read. In this case, I have read books by Shinn. However, I never got to this one and have lost interest.
  6. This Sceptered Isle by Mercedes Lackey and Roberta Gellis - I like Lackey Valdemar books but have never really cared for her fantasy books. Time to move it and its sequel - Ill Met By Moonlight - on to other fantasy fans.
  7. Vanish by Tess Garritsen - This is book 5 in the Jane Rizzoli series. I haven't read nor do I own any of the rest of the series. 
Orphaned Books - Parts of series but not book 1. If I've read book one, I did so before 2008 and don't remember them at all.
  1. Forest Mage by Robin Hobb - Book 2 of the Soldier Son Trilogy - 718 page hardcover - Neither book one or book three are on my stack.
  2. The Clone Republic, The Clone Alliance, and Rogue Clone by Steven L. Kent - This looks like it could be an interesting science fiction trilogy but they look a little bit too hard science fiction and I prefer more character-driven stories these days. They are also the first three books in a series that has now reached ten books. I don't want to make that much of a commitment.
Have you read any of these? Can you give me a reason why I must read them?


  1. You won't get an argument from me. I am unfamiliar with all of those titles. The only authors I am familiar with are Harlan Coben and Tess Garritsen, and then only because of blogging and browsing bookstores. I am just enough OCD, that I must read series in order, so nope! No argument! Donate!

  2. I say lose the anthologies and the Tess Gerritsen - doesn't sound like wither are your thing :)


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