Top Ten Tuesday – keep or toss edition


It’s TTT time! As usual, if you’re curious about this, Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl hosts these weekly challenges (so, see her blog for more info). Today’s topic is about upcoming releases that I am on the fence about. Well, I tend to not focus all that much on upcoming releases when deciding on my TBR, so I don’t feel like I have a strong enough opinion to feel on the fence. Thus, I decided to use a random number generator between 1 and 799 (the current number of my Goodreads want-to-read shelf) instead to find 10 books that I was hoping you could help me decide what to do with it 🙂

The generated numbers were 306, 52, 624, 387, 608, 228, 609, 353, 461, and 791 resulting in these books:


Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton YA, Fantasy, Romance

Djinns, magical beasts, a badass female heroine, potential for love with a handsome fugitive … . This novel seems to have it all but is it just another YA fantasy? Why should I read this one when there are a million others sounding just the same? Is this a series worth getting into? Keep or toss?

The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie Classics, Suspense, Mystery

As a teen, I devoured Agatha Christie books and one day I just added all her books I haven’t read yet to my TBR. But will I actually ever get around to them? I’ll probably toss this one.

Contagion by Erin Bowman YA, Sci-fi

I love sci-fi but I generally don’t read YA Sci-fi. Is this a good book to start with? I am always hesitant to start a series because you essentially commit to several books at once. Keep or toss?

Stiff by Mary Roach Nonfiction, Science

I have this book at home. I really should finally read it. I’ll keep it.

The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olson Scandinavian Lit, Thriller, Suspense

Ugh, another series, but the setting is Denmark. I do like Scandinavian crime novels. Has anyone read this? Is this series worth it? Keep or toss?


20000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne Classics, Sci-fi, Fantasy

I’ve always wanted to read this. I have this book on my shelf and tried last year I think but just couldn’t get into it. I blamed the timing then but was it that? What do you think? Keep or toss this one? Also, how are the other books in this series?

Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg Scandinavian Lit, Crime

Another Danish mystery novel. I honestly don’t even remember putting this on my TBR list. I’ll toss that one I think. Change my mind.

1984 by George Orwell Classics, Sci-fi, Dystopia

Another classic book. I definitely need to read this one. It stays! I’ll keep it.

Atonement by Ian McEwan Classics, Historical Fiction

I put that one on my list last year because it would’ve fulfilled a Popsugar category and it is also on the 1001 books to read list. I feel so meh about it though. I glanced at the first few pages and was bored out of my mind already. Anyone who has read it, is it worth struggling through in the beginning? Keep or toss? I am leaning toward tossing.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal YA, Fantasy

This one comes out in May this year and is a very recent addition to my TBR. It sounds fabulous and I will keep it on the list.

I hope y’all play “Keep or Toss” with me this week. I am enjoying this so much, I might have to make this a regular thing! Leave your comments and suggestions below!

19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – keep or toss edition”

  1. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is slow to start, but very worth the trouble, especially if you liked a few of Verne’s other books. It’s such a gorgeous glimpse into another world! I would highly recommend it!

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  2. I don’t know. I tried reading 1984 but I couldn’t really get past the first page. Everybody seems to love it though. I think I like the *idea* of the book more than the book itself. Maybe you’d have better luck with it.

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  3. I vote yes for Contagion- I really liked it. It’s a very tense read as well at times if you like that sorta thing. 20,000 Leagues kinda bored me, to be honest, but that could just be me.

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  4. I’ve read Rebel of the Sands, and I liked it. The series isn’t exactly my favorite, but I enjoyed reading middle eastern based stories. If you fancy An Ember in the Ashes series, I’d say you keep this one. 🤓

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