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Bank It Or Bin It [organising my goodreads want to read list #15]

My Goodreads Want To Read List has just over 400 books on it and sadly I have neither the money or the shelf space (heck, I don’t even own shelves yet), so it’s time to PURGE.

I’m going to choose a few books once a fortnight and Bank Them, by moving them to a new shelf, or Bin Them, removing them from my wishlist entirely.

Let’s go!

Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that’s made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead of moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan – a race of sentient alien ships – to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.

[Add To Goodreads]

Just give me all the epic space-misfit-team-ups, I cannot resist them and I need to them all. I’m already fascinated by Zara and I want to know what would cause her to let her family leave her behind.

Verdict – Bank It

The Life and Medieval Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton

Moxie meets A Knight’s Tale as Kit Sweetly slays sexism, bad bosses, and bad luck to become a knight at a medieval-themed restaurant.

Working as a wench – i.e. waitress – at a cheesy medieval-themed restaurant in the Chicago suburbs, Kit Sweetly dreams of being a knight like her brother. She has the moves, is capable on a horse, and desperately needs the raise that comes with knighthood, so she can help her mom pay the mortgage and hold a spot at her dream college.

Company policy allows only guys to be knights. So when Kit takes her brother’s place and reveals her identity at the end of the show, she rockets into internet fame and a whole lot of trouble with the management. But the Girl Knight won’t go down without a fight. As other wenches join her quest, a protest forms. In a joust before Castle executives, they’ll prove that gender restrictions should stay medieval – if they don’t get fired first.

[Add To Goodreads]

I added this to my list back in March, but since then I’ve lost interest in reading it, from reading other reviews I really think I’ll be bored throughout most of the book.

Verdict – Bin It

Gilgi, One of Us by Irmgard Keun

The stirring, never-before-translated story of a single, pregnant, and wickedly nervy young secretary making her way through a Germany succumbing to the Nazis.

Irmgard Keun’s first novel Gilgi was an overnight sensation upon its initial publication in Germany, selling thousands of copies, inspiring numerous imitators, and making Keun a household name – a reputation that was only heightened when, a few years later, the nervy Keun sued the Gestapo for blocking her royalties.

The story of a young woman trying to establish her independence in a society being overtaken by fascism, Gilgi was not only a brave story, but revolutionary in its depiction of women’s issues, at the same time that it was, simply, an absorbing and stirring tale of a dauntless spirit. Gilgi is a secretary in a hosiery firm, but she doesn’t intend to stay there for long: she’s disciplined and ambitious, taking language classes, saving up money to go abroad, and carefully avoiding both the pawing of her boss and any other prolonged romantic entanglements. But then she falls in love with Martin, a charming drifter, and leaves her job for domestic bliss—which turns out not to be all that blissful– and Gilgi finds herself pregnant and facing a number of moral dilemmas.

Revolutionary at the time for its treatment of sexual harassment, abortion, single motherhood, and the “New Woman,” Gilgi remains a perceptive and beautifully constructed novel about one woman’s path to maturity. It is presented here in its first-ever translation into English.

[Add To Goodreads]

This sounds so good and so feminist, and how can I not stan someone who literally sued the Gestapo?! I don’t remember originally adding this, so thanks past Vee.

Verdict – Bank It

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish – and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure – one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll… at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.

With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.

[Add To Goodreads]

I’m really not sure about this, because I have fantasy burn out right now but it’s going on my list anyway. Why? This magical sentence that makes books appear in my basket, “the unlikeliest of allies at her side”.

Verdict – Bank It

The Thief Knot (Greenglass House #4) by Kate Milford

Ghosts, a kidnapping, a crew of young detectives, and family secrets mix in this new standalone mystery set in the world of the best-selling Greenglass House, from a National Book Award nominee and Edgar Award–winning author.

Marzana and her best friend are bored. Even though they live in a notorious city where normal rules do not apply, nothing interesting ever happens to them. Nothing, that is, until Marzana’s parents are recruited to help solve an odd crime, and she realizes that this could be the excitement she’s been waiting for. She assembles a group of kid detectives with special skills – including the ghost of a ship captain’s daughter – and together, they explore hidden passageways, navigate architecture that changes overnight, and try to unravel the puzzle of who the kidnappers are – and where they’re hiding. But will they beat the deadline for a ransom that’s impossible to pay?

Legendary smugglers, suspicious teachers, and some scary bad guys are just a few of the adults the crew must circumvent while discovering hidden truths about their families and themselves in this smart, richly imagined tale.

[Add To Goodreads]

I don’t have any of the other books on my Want To Read list, and I’ve never read them either, so I have no clue why this is on my list but the cover is great? I’m going to add the first book to my list and ditch this one.

Verdict – Bin It

Everlost by Neal Shusterman

Nick and Allie don’t survive the car accident…

…but their souls don’t exactly get where they’re supposed to get either. Instead, they’re caught halfway between life and death, in a sort of limbo known as Everlost: a shadow of the living world, filled with all the things and places that no longer exist. It’s a magical, yet dangerous place where bands of lost children run wild and anyone who stands in the same place too long sinks to the center of the Earth.

When they find Mary, the self-proclaimed queen of lost kids, Nick feels like he he’s found a home, but Allie isn’t satisfied spending eternity between worlds. Against all warnings, Allie begins learning the “Criminal Art” of haunting, and ventures into dangerous territory, where a monster called the McGill threatens all the souls of Everlost.

In this imaginative novel, Neal Shusterman explores questions of life, death, and what just might lie in between. 

[Add To Goodreads]

Neal may just be the weirdest YA writer currently around and I’m never quite sure what to expect when I pick up one of his books. This one sounds like scary Narnia, The Woods Between The Worlds. I’m here for it.

Verdict – Bank It

An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley

No one looks kindly on the killer of a king.

After unwittingly helping her mother poison King Louis XIV, seventeen-year-old alchemist Mirabelle Monvoisin is forced to see her mother’s Shadow Society in a horrifying new light: they’re not heroes of the people, as they’ve always claimed to be, but murderers. Herself included. Mira tries to ease her guilt by brewing helpful curatives, but her hunger tonics and headache remedies cannot right past wrongs or save the dissenters her mother vows to purge.

Royal bastard Josse de Bourbon is more kitchen boy than fils de France. But when the Shadow Society assassinates the Sun King and half of the royal court, he must become the prince he was never meant to be in order to save his injured sisters and the petulant dauphin. Forced to hide in the sewers beneath the city, Josse’s hope of reclaiming Paris seems impossible – until his path collides with Mirabelle’s.

She’s a deadly poisoner. He’s a bastard prince. They are sworn enemies, yet they form a tenuous pact to unite the commoners and former nobility against the Shadow Society. But can a rebellion built on mistrust ever hope to succeed?

[Add To Goodreads]

This plot definitely deviates from history, but it is true that the Palace Of Versailles did have a spate of poisonings during the reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV. I will basically read anything set in France.

Verdict – Bank It

DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff
(LIFEL1K3 #2)

Lemon Fresh has seen better days.

After the climactic battle in Babel, she finds herself separated from Ezekiel and Cricket in the wastelands. Lemon’s abilities to manipulate electricity mark her as a deviate, and deadly corporate operatives are hunting her to use as a weapon in the war between BioMaas Incorporated and Daedelus Technologies. Instead, Lemon finds herself falling in with a group of fellow deviates—a band of teenagers with astonishing abilities, led by an enigmatic figure known as the Major, who may hold the secrets to Lemon’s past.

Meanwhile, Cricket finds himself in possession of the puritanical Brotherhood, a religious cult set for a head-on collision with the Major and his band. Searching for Lemon, Ezekiel finds a strange ally in an old enemy, and uncovers a plot that may see him reunited with his beloved Ana.

And inside Babel, a remade Eve hatches a plan to bring an end to the world.

[Add To Goodreads]

On the plus side, this reminded me that I have this from the library and I needed to renew it. On the down side I’m a day late and the app won’t allow me to renew it unless I physically go to the library. Ergh.

Verdict – Library Pile

Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones

Something mysterious and terrible is happening throughout Victorian London: Ghosts are disap­pearing. When this reaches the attention of the Ghost Bureau, the diligent but clueless Mr. Lapsewood, a paranormal paper-pusher, is sent to investigate, and what he discovers is grave. The Black Rot has arrived – a voracious spiritual infestation whereby empty haunted houses suck in unsuspecting ghosts and imprison them.

Lapsewood’s investigation weaves through the plotlines of several other memorable characters – both living and dead – including an undertaker’s son who can see ghosts, a serial throat-slasher reminiscent of Jack the Ripper, an evangelical exorcist, and many more. The living and dead must work together if they hope to destroy the Black Rot – before it destroys both the ghost and human worlds.

[Add To Goodreads]

I cannot resist a Victorian Ghost Story. Self control? Don’t know her.

Verdict – Bank It

Witchworld by Emma Fischel

The witches of Witchworld have no need for old-fashioned wands or broomsticks, not when they have shiny Spellsticks and super-whizzy Skyriders instead. And no one has a cauldron anymore, just a cupboard full of Potions2Go.

Flo Skritchett lives with her mother, the editor-in-chief of celebrity and Lifestyle magazine, Hocus Pocus, and her witchteen sister. All is well, until her grandmother flies in to town and warns them that Witchworld is in danger from a Ghoul Attack! No one believes her – after all, Ghouls died out years ago and she still rides around on a broomstick, for goodness’ sake!

But Grandma’s right, and soon Flo starts to wonder if modern witchcraft can save them or whether they’ll have to look to the Old Ways after all…

[Add To Goodreads]

I know I added this because Chris Riddell illustrated the cover! I will read anything he does, which is a staggering amount. If you ever stop by his Instagram you’ll see just how prolific he is, and how fast he is at drawing.

Verdict – Bank It

Did any of these books find their way on to your shelves? Let me know in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “Bank It Or Bin It [organising my goodreads want to read list #15]

  1. I love this idea for a post series! Wish I hadn’t gone through and purged my GoodReads earlier in the year now, haha! I look forward to seeing what else you bank and bin!

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