Read or Roast: January 2022

One of my resolutions for this year was to get my Goodreads TBR to something approaching a manageable level (though we’ll see how that turns out).

So, to start the new year right – and make room for more books on my shelves – I decided to create a monthly post to forcehelp me to reach my goal: every month I’ll go through my TBR and pick at least one book I want to actually read from my TBR, and one book to roast in Dragon Fire!*

If nothing else, I can hopefully get down to half my current TBR list… but that’s assuming I don’t add anything more either. And I can tell you exactly how likely that is.

Let’s get started.

*Important Disclaimer: absolutely no books will be burned in making of this meme. I’m a book dragon not a monster.

Read or Roast…?

The Bone Ships by R.J. Barker

Two nations at war. A prize beyond compare.

For generations, the Hundred Isles have built their ships from the bones of ancient dragons to fight an endless war.

The dragons disappeared, but the battles for supremacy persisted.

Now the first dragon in centuries has been spotted in far-off waters, and both sides see a chance to shift the balance of power in their favour. Because whoever catches it will win not only glory, but the war.


Absolutely, no question about it. Everything I’ve heard about this book and series just makes me want to read it more. Plus, I’m feeling pirate-y lately, and this ticks all of those boxes.

Read or Roast…?

The Vanished Queen by Lisbeth Campbell

When a country is held in thrall to a vicious, despotic king, it’s up to one woman to take him down.

Long ago, Queen Mirantha vanished. King Karolje claimed it was an assassination by a neighboring king, but everyone knew it was a lie. He had Disappeared her himself.

But after finding the missing queen’s diary, Anza—impassioned by her father’s unjust execution and inspired by Mirantha’s words—joins the resistance group to overthrow the king. When an encounter with Prince Esvar thrusts her into a dangerous game of court politics, one misstep could lead to a fate worse than death.

Esvar is the second son to an evil king. Trapped under his thumb and desperate for a way out, a chance meeting with Anza gives him the opportunity to join the resistance. Together, they might have the leverage to move against the king—but if they fail, their deaths could mean a total loss of freedom for generations to follow.


I grabbed this book because I thought the cover looked pretty cool (which is how I normally choose my books and yes I know that makes me a fool) and the plot sounded pretty intriguing. But for whatever reason, I just don’t feel as interested as I did when I first saw this on Goodreads. Maybe I’ll find it again later, but for now, sorry The Vanished Queen. To the roasting bin with you!

That one wasn’t so bad! But I’m sure it will just get harder as the year goes on. One down, only ninety-nine more to go before I reach my goal… at least until I find more books to add again.

Wish me luck! And thanks for reading everyone.

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