Book Beginnings, The Friday 56, Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts

This Week We’re Quoting… Shopaholic and Sister

I participate in so many memes that the number of meme posts could be overwhelming each week. This year I decided to break my memes up group like memes together. Some of my favorite memes share quotes, so I’ve put together one post each week for all of my quote memes. Click on the logo for each meme to be taken to the host’s blog.

This week I am featuring quotes from Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic and Sister.

Shopaholic and Sister (Shopaholic, #4)

Join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

OK. I can do this. No Problem.

What is Becky up to now?

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post to the Linky on Freda’s Voice.
*It’s that simple.

Marriages are based on honesty and trust. If I don’t tell him the truth about the Angel bag then I’m betraying that trust.
Bit if I do tell him… I’ll have to tell him about my Def Con One, Code Red Emergency credit card. Which I’m not sure is such a wild idea.
I don’t want to spoil the last precious moments of our honeymoon with a stupid argument.

Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts - (un)Conventional Bookviews

The idea of this feature is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read. Each week there is a link-up at (un)Conventional Bookviews for the current post so that it’s easy to find other participants as well.

“Did you sleep well? Let me get you some breakfast!”
I open the fridge and get out the freshly squeezed orange, grapefruit and cranberry juices. I reach into the bread bin and pull out some seeded granary bread, croissants and muffins. Then I started rooting around in the cupboards for the jams. Three kinds of luxury marmalade, strawberry jam with champagne, wild blossom honey… and Belgian chocolate spread. Finally I get down a range of luxury coffees and teas to choose from. There. No one’s going to say I don’t give my guests a good breakfast.

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday~ It’s Not You, It’s Me

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, created by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is books I’ve lost interest in. I kind of talk about this every week in my Down the TBR Hole posts, but I’m currently looking at books added to my TBR in 2012. I decided to feature some newer additions that I’ve lost interest in here today…

Flirting with Felicity

Flirting with Felicity

Goodbye, Good Girl

Goodbye, Good Girl

Heat

Heat

Beetle Battles the Biotoxic Bulldogs

Beetle Battles the Biotoxic Bulldogs

Frat Girl

Frat Girl

Things I'm Seeing Without You

Things I’m Seeing Without You

Little Gray Dress

Little Gray Dress

The Weight of Guilt

The Weight of Guilt

Land of Nod, The Artifact (Land of Nod, #1)

Land of Nod: The Artifact

What do you think? Should I keep any of these on my TBR?

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

TBR

Down the TBR Hole #35

In mid-2017 I was inspired by a post on Bursting with Books to start tackling my TBR shelf on Goodreads and see if these were books I still wanted to read. The title and premise come from Lost in a Love Story. I eliminated quite a few books, but still have a massive TBR of over 2500 books. This year I’ll be tackling 10 books per week to determine if I am still interested and want to keep them, or if I’m ready to remove them from the list.

How does it work?

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

This week’s selections:

Sugar Daddy (Travises, #1)

Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas
Fiction; Romance; Chick Lit
Added July 2, 2012

SHE’S FROM THE WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACKS
Liberty Jones has dreams and determination that will take her far away from Welcome, Texas—if she can keep her wild heart from ruling her mind. Hardy Cates sees Liberty as completely off-limits. His own ambitions are bigger than Welcome, and Liberty Jones is a complication he doesn’t need. But something magical and potent draws them to each other, in a dangerous attraction that is stronger than both of them.

HE’S THE ONE MAN SHE CAN’T HAVE
When Hardy leaves town to pursue his plans, Liberty finds herself alone with a young sister to raise. Soon Liberty finds herself under the spell of a billionaire tycoon—a Sugar Daddy, one might say. But the relationship goes deeper than people think, and Liberty begins to discover secrets about her own family’s past.

WILL THEY FIND THEIR HEARTS’ DESIRES OR WILL HEARTBREAK TEAR THEM APART?
Two men. One woman. A choice that can make her or break her. A woman you’ll root for every step of the way. A love story you’ll never forget.

Verdict: Remove

Like Water for Chocolate

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Fiction; Romance; Magical Realism
Added July 2, 2012

Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.

The number one bestseller in Mexico and America for almost two years, and subsequently a bestseller around the world, Like Water For Chocolate is a romantic, poignant tale, touched with moments of magic, graphic earthiness, bittersweet wit – and recipes.

A sumptuous feast of a novel, it relates the bizarre history of the all-female De La Garza family. Tita, the youngest daughter of the house, has been forbidden to marry, condemned by Mexican tradition to look after her mother until she dies. But Tita falls in love with Pedro, and he is seduced by the magical food she cooks. In desperation, Pedro marries her sister Rosaura so that he can stay close to her, so that Tita and Pedro are forced to circle each other in unconsummated passion. Only a freakish chain of tragedies, bad luck and fate finally reunite them against all the odds.

Verdict: Remove

A Simple Thing

A Simple Thing by Kathleen McCleary
Fiction; Contemporary; Chick Lit
Added July 2, 2012

A Simple Thing is a lovely, truly heartwarming novel about the drastic measures two mothers take to keep their families safe. Kathleen McCleary, the critically acclaimed author of House and Home, tells the intertwining stories of Susannah Delaney and Betty Pavalak. Susannah moves her family to remote Sounder Island—a primitive retreat with no electricity—to escape television, the internet, and the dangerous, corrupting influences of the modern technological world. Decades earlier, Betty also came to the island to escape her demons. A Simple Thing is a poignant and unforgettable novel in the vein of Jacqueline Sheehan’s Lost and Found and The Art of Saying Goodbye by Ellyn Bache. It is a tale of family and friendship that Kristin Hannah fans will take into their hearts.

Verdict: Remove

Low Pressure

Low Pressure by Sandra Brown
Fiction; Romantic Suspense
Added July 2, 2012

Bellamy Lyston Price was only 12 years old when her older sister Susan was killed on a stormy Memorial Day. Bellamy’s fear of storms is a legacy of the tornado that destroyed the crime scene as well as her memory of one vital fact that still eludes her…

Now, 18 years later, Bellamy has written a novel based on Susan’s murder. It’s her first book, and it’s an instant sensation. But because the novel is based on the most traumatic event of her life, she’s published it under a pseudonym to protect herself and her family.

But when a sleazy reporter for a tabloid newspaper discovers that the book is based on a real crime, Bellamy’s identity – and dark family secrets — are exposed. Suddenly, she finds herself embroiled in a personal conflict and at the mercy of her sister’s killer, who for almost two decades has gotten away with murder…and will stop at nothing to keep it that way.

Verdict: Remove

The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book

The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch
Nonfiction; Memoir
Added July 2, 2012

A book about losing your place, finding your purpose, and immersing yourself in what holds community, and humanity, together—books

Wendy Welch and her husband had always dreamed of owning a bookstore. When the opportunity to escape a toxic work environment and run to a struggling Virginia coal mining town presented itself, they took it. And took the plunge into starting their dream as well. They chose to ignore the “death of the book,” the closing of bookstores across the nation, and the difficult economic environment, and six years later they have carved a bookstore—and a life—out of an Appalachian mountain community.

A story of beating bad odds with grace, ingenuity, good books, and single malt, this memoir chronicles two bibliophiles discovering unlikely ways in which daily living and literature intertwine. Their customers—”Bob the Mad Irishman,” “Wee Willie,” and “The Lady Who Liked Romances,” to name a few—come to the shop looking for the kind of interactive wisdom Kindles don’t spark, and they find friendship, community, and the uncommon pleasure of a good book in good company.

Verdict: Keep

The Things I Do For You

The Things I Do For You by Mary Carter
Fiction; Contemporary; Chick Lit
Added July 2, 2012

After years of supporting her husband Brad’s generally ill-fated career ventures, Bailey Jordan has a job and a life she loves, working as a high profile real estate agent in Manhattan. Things are wonderful, and she’s ready to start a family. Everything changes when Brad is involved in a car crash and dies for thirteen minutes. Previously an agnostic, Brad comes back to life on a mission. Unbeknownst to his wife, he buys a lighthouse on the Hudson River and plans to turn it into a bed and breakfast. Bailey reluctantly joins him, but she’s overwhelmed by business stresses, eclectic guests, and strange rumours. And as Brad’s behaviour grows increasingly erratic, she must find a way to get him to come back down to earth if their marriage is to survive…

Verdict: Remove

Dead Aim (Eve Duncan, #4.5)

Dead Aim by Iris Johansen
Fiction; Suspense; Thriller
Added July 4, 2012

She witnesses death through the eye of her camera…now a relentless killer is focused on her. A celebrated photojournalist, Alex Graham has recorded some of the most tragic and heartbreaking of stories, but her latest assignment has forced her across a dangerous line. At a dam collapse in Arapahoe Junction, Colorado, Alex witnesses a conspiracy that will shock a nation. For the collapse of the Arapahoe Dam was not an accident. The official story is just a cover-up for a truth so frightening, so unthinkable, anyone who threatens to reveal it must be silenced. Forever. Hr only ally is an ex-convert commando with a checkered past, a price on his head, and a deadly assassin at his heels. What happens when a reporter does more than just report? What happens when she becomes involved in the story? She ends up marked for death by an enemy who never misses, by those who’ve already got her centred…dead aim.

Verdict: Remove

One Reckless Summer (Destiny, #1)

One Reckless Summer by Toni Blake
Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Added July 4, 2012

The perfect daughter. The perfect prom queen. The perfect wife. Jenny Tolliver’s been the good girl all her life, and it’s gotten her nowhere. Now that her marriage has been busted up by her cheating ex, she’s decided it’s time to regroup and rediscover herself. This summer she’s headed back to her hometown of Destiny, Ohio, to the very lakeshore cottage where she grew up, to figure out what life holds in store for her next.

She never dreamed the answer would be Mick Brody, Destiny’s #1 hellraiser. He comes from the wrong side of the tracks (or in his case, the lake), and he’s landed in hot water more times than he can count. He’s exactly the kind of guy Jenny’s always kept her distance from . . . but soon the good girl and the bad boy are caught in a raw heat that’s out of control. Too bad Mick’s got a secret that threatens to tear them apart and ruin Jenny’s perfectly, passionately reckless summer .

Verdict: Remove

Backfire (FBI Thriller, #16)

Backfire by Catherine Coulter
Fiction; Romantic Suspense
Added July 4, 2012

San Francisco Judge Ramsey Hunt, longtime friend to FBI agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich, is presiding over the trial of Clive and Cindy Cahill – accused in a string of murders – when the proceedings take a radical turn. Federal prosecutor Mickey O’Rourke, known for his relentless style, becomes suddenly tentative in his opening statement, leading Hunt to suspect he’s been threatened – suspicions that are all but confirmed when Hunt is shot in the back.

Savich and Sherlock receive news of the attack as an ominous note is delivered to Savich at the Hoover Building: YOU DESERVE THIS FOR WHAT YOU DID.  Security tapes fail to reveal who delivered the tapes.  Who is behind the shooting of Judge Ramsey Hunt?  Who sent the note to Savich? And what does it all mean?  Savich and Sherlock race to San Francisco to find out…watching their backs all the while.

Verdict: Keep

Reinventing Claire

Reinventing Claire by Darian Wilk
Fiction; Romance; Chick Lit
Added July 6, 2012

People get divorced, but that’s what happens to other people. That’s what Claire thought anyway, until her husband, Charlie, tells her he wants a divorce.

Claire has no choice but to take on the title of Divorced Woman, and face the question she has no idea how to answer. Who is Claire without Charlie? Her family believes her newly divorced woes can be cured by landing herself a boyfriend. With her dating dunce cap in hand, Claire stumbles her way through the foreign territory of online dating.

A teacher from hell, a softball coach, and a sap later, Claire proclaims herself the dating idiot she thought she was, and fears she’s doomed to be a lonely, crazy cat lady. But an accidental run-in with an old acquaintance might change everything. What starts with comparing dating battle wounds over a cup of coffee, quickly turns into something Claire had given up on.

As Claire discovers maybe there is love after Charlie after all, Charlie realizes his mistake. He wants her back, and he’ll do anything to prove it to her. Now Claire must choose who deserves her heart, and if she’s really willing to give it away again.

Verdict: Remove

This week’s stats: Keep 2; Remove 8

2018 stats: Keep 21; Remove 59

**All covers link to Goodreads; all title link to Amazon {affiliate}

Monday Update, Stacking the Shelves, Sunday Post

My Week in Review 2018 #7

This is my week in review, where I update you on my life~ reading, blogging and general. I will also be linking up with some amazing blogs.

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Life Happenings:

After a very busy week at work, I am currently enjoying a nice 4-day weekend. I’m closing in on finally being done with my apartment. Though a few things will have to wait until I save up some money for a couple of pieces of furniture. I am hoping to finish setting up my office nook before I return to work on Tuesday, so that will just leave the artwork going up on the walls.

Also on this weekend’s agenda is lots and lots of reading! I have been working hard to finally have the time to just sit and read again. I’ve missed it so much! Now if only the weather would warm up so I could sit outside on my porch and read. They’re predicting the possibility of snow today though, so I don’t think a warm-up is in the cards right now. I miss sunshine! Is it summer yet??

I am slowly creeping up on 150 followers on Bloglovin’. I remember when I barely had 10 and now I’m almost to 150. I don’t ever expect to become a huge blogger with a ton of followers, but it’s still nice to see the numbers grow and to comments from new readers crop up {and yes I know I am terrible at commenting, but please believe me, I can almost guarantee I am reading your blog! I currently follow1096 blogs and check them daily.}

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2018 #6
Down the TBR Hole #34
Top Ten Tuesday~ All About Love
This Week We’re Quoting~ Picture Perfect
Bookshelf Tour Part 1
Talking About Memes #7

This Week on the Blog:

Down the TBR Hole #35
Top Ten Tuesday~ It’s Not You, It’s Me
This Week We’re Quoting~ Shopaholic and Sister
February 2018 Wrap Up
Talking About Memes #8

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It’s Monday! What Are you Reading from The Book Date takes a look at the books we have been reading over the past week and what we’re planning to read next.

Currently Reading:

 Parable of the Sower (Earthseed, #1) Necessary Madness Make Me Sin (Bad Habit, #2)  We Were Liars Wrong Question, Right Answer (The Bourbon Street Boys #3) Crimes Against a Book Club

Parable of the Sower//Necessary Madness//Make Me Sin//We Were Liars//Wrong Question, Right Answer//Crimes Against a Book Club

Recently Completed:

Nada again

 

I will also be linking this post to Stacking the Shelves with Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality, a link up to share the new books we’ve added to our shelves over the past week.

Book Haul:

Nothing this week!

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

Book Blogger Hop, My Favorite, TMST

Talking About Memes #7

I decided there were a couple of different discussion memes that I wanted to participate in this year, so like my quote memes, I am combining them into one weekly post.

The first meme is the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week there is a question to answer.

This week’s question:

Have you ever found yourself acting like a favorite character in a novel? If so, which one? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

No, I have never acted like a fictional character. At least not that I’m aware of!

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Also joining my discussion memes is Tell Me Something Tuesday hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. This one shares a discussion topic for each week.
This week’s topic:
Romance Recommendations
I read a lot of romance, so I can recommend a lot of books! My TTT this week listed 10 of my favorite Romance authors, so basically anything of theirs! Some of my favorite titles include the Inn Boonsboro trilogy by Nora Roberts and the Cutter Cay series by Cherry Adair. I also like Jamie Beck, Melanie Shawn, Serenity Woods.

And I’ve added a new-to-me discussion called My Favorite… hosted by Maureen’s Books. Bloggers receive a weekly prompt to discuss their favorite thing about.

This week’s prompt:

Valentine’s Moment

I honestly don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, so really don’t have a favorite moment. There was one year that I decided to celebrate myself though… I bought myself flowers and chocolates and a little stuffed bear and wrote myself a letter about what I loved about me. It was pretty corny, haha.

**All links to Goodreads.

Discussion, Shelf Tour

Bookshelf Tour Part 1

For the first time since I started my book blog, I can finally share my bookshelves! Over the next few months, I’ll be sharing one my bookcases! Here is the first of four bookcases…

We start with the top of the bookcase and my friendly stuffed bears

The top shelf holds my library books, plus my zen items

On the left are the books from the Everett library system and the books on the right are from the Snohomish library system.

 

The next two shelves are the books that I have read and want to keep for re-reading {or are part of a series I am still working on}. The first of these two shelves is my YA keepers

 

The second keeper shelf has my adult fiction books and my nonfiction books

 

And the final three shelves are my current TBR… the books that I hope to read over the next year-ish

   

So that is my first bookcase… there are three more to go… including two more that are entirely comprised of TBR!

 

Book Beginnings, The Friday 56, Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts

This Week We’re Quoting… Picture Perfect

I participate in so many memes that the number of meme posts could be overwhelming each week. This year I decided to break my memes up group like memes together. Some of my favorite memes share quotes, so I’ve put together one post each week for all of my quote memes. Click on the logo for each meme to be taken to the host’s blog.

This week I am featuring quotes from Holly Smale’s Picture Perfect.

Picture Perfect (Geek Girl, #3)

Join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a girlfriend.

We are now up to speed…

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post to the Linky on Freda’s Voice.
*It’s that simple.

What am I supposed to say?
That I’ve spent the entire summer making carefully laminated plans and timetables for the next academic year?
That I have a pencil case full of brand new stationery I haven’t used?
That their timing couldn’t be worse and I hate them, I hate them, I hate them?

Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts - (un)Conventional Bookviews

The idea of this feature is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read. Each week there is a link-up at (un)Conventional Bookviews for the current post so that it’s easy to find other participants as well.

Annabel retreats down the stairs, and I grab a slice of the chocolate cake she’s thoughtfully left on my dresser.
Eating chocolate cake on my own bedroom floor is not exactly how I planned to spend one of the biggest afternoons of my life.
But it’s the only thing left on my list I can still tick off.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday~ All About Love

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, created by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a love freebie for Valentine’s Day. I decided to do my top ten romance authors.

Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts

Jayne Ann Krentz

Jayne Ann Krentz/ Amanda Quick

Cherry Adair

Cherry Adair

Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren

Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella

Lauren Blakely

Lauren Blakely

Cindy Gerard

Cindy Gerard

Suzanne Brockmann

Suzanne Brockmann

Sylvia Day

Sylvia Day

Cora Carmack

Cora Carmack

**All photos link to Goodreads; all names link to author website

TBR

Down the TBR Hole #34

In mid-2017 I was inspired by a post on Bursting with Books to start tackling my TBR shelf on Goodreads and see if these were books I still wanted to read. The title and premise come from Lost in a Love Story. I eliminated quite a few books, but still have a massive TBR of over 2500 books. This year I’ll be tackling 10 books per week to determine if I am still interested and want to keep them, or if I’m ready to remove them from the list.

How does it work?

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

This week’s selections:

Crazy Hot (Steele Street, #1)

Crazy Hot by Tara Janzen
Fiction; Romantic Suspense
Added June 25, 2012

Only the most dire emergency could send paleontologist Regan McKinney racing across the West in search of a man. But her grandfather has mysteriously vanished, and Quinn Younger could be the missing link. What the bad-boy-turned-American-hero is doing in the deserted tumbleweed town of Cisco, Utah, is an even bigger mystery…until danger trails Regan right to his front door and the sexy ex–air force pilot becomes her sole hope of survival.…

Quinn figures things can’t get worse than being stuck in tiny Cisco on an impossible special-ops mission. Then the dinosaur doc’s granddaughter roars into town with bad guys on her tail. Once, Quinn was on the fast track to a life of crime…until Regan’s grandfather rescued him. Now Quinn owes it to them both to find the old guy. But throw in a deadly terrorist and some hot dinosaur bones, and a man could get himself killed. Because facing down danger with this revved-up lady is one endless adrenaline-rush of pleasure—especially when they’re falling crazy in love… and hanging on for dear life.…

Verdict: Remove

Stealing Shadows (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #1)

Stealing Shadows by Kay Hooper
Fiction; Romantic Suspense; Paranormal
Added June 25, 2012

Psychic Cassie Neill helps the L.A. police catch killers – until she makes a terrible mistake and an innocent child dies. Cassie flees to a small North Carolina town, hoping that a quiet life will silence the voices that invade her unwilling mind. But Cassie’s abilities know few boundaries. And she’s become certain – as no one else can be – that a murderer is stalking Ryan’s Bluff.

It’s his fury that Cassie senses first, then his foul thoughts and perverse excitement. Yet she doesn’t know who he is or where he will strike. The sheriff won’t even listen to her – until the first body is found exactly where and how she predicted. Now a suspect herself, she races desperately to unmask the killer in the only way she knows: by entering his twisted mind. Her every step is loaded with fear and uncertainty… because if he senses her within him, he’ll trap her there, so deep she’ll never find her way out.

Verdict: Remove

The Bride's Necklace (Necklace Trilogy, #1)

The Bride’s Necklace by Kat Martin
Fiction; Romance; Historical
Added June 25, 2012

Knowing that she alone can protect her sister from the Baron Harwood, their lecherous stepfather, Victoria Temple Whiting snatches the family’s heirloom necklace, believed to hold the power to bring great happiness or terrible tragedy, to pay for their escape to London. Terrified that the baron will find them, Victoria poses as Tory Temple and finds employment as a servant in the household of handsome Cordell Easton, the scandalous Earl of Brant.

The sisters’ arrival couldn’t have been more welcome. In need of a new mistress, Cord turns to Tory, whose wit and intellect intrigue him. But when the baron discovers the girls’ whereabouts, Cord learns Tory’s secret—her noble birth. Furious that he has compromised the daughter of a peer, Cord must decide—marry Tory and keep her safe, or allow his stubborn pride to deny his heart.

Verdict: Remove

Shadow and Silk

Shadow and Silk by Elizabeth Lowell
Fiction; Romantic Suspense
Added June 25, 2012

Starting over with a new career after a bitter divorce, Dani Warren is approached by ex-mercenary Shane Crowe, who seeks her help in locating a sacred Tibetan treasure.

Verdict: Remove

Something From Tiffany’s

Something from Tiffany’s by Melissa Hill
Fiction; Romance; Chick Lit
Added June 25, 2012

Two very different men are shopping for gifts for the women they love. Gary is buying his girlfriend Rachel a charm bracelet whereas Ethan’s looking for something a little more special – an engagement ring. But when the two men’s shopping bags get confused, the couples’ lives become intertwined.

Verdict: Remove

Mr. Maybe

Mr. Maybe by Jane Green
Fiction; Romance; Chick Lit
Added June 25, 2012

To Libby Mason, Mr. Right has always meant Mr. Rich. A twenty seven-year-old publicist, she’s barely able to afford her fashionable and fabulous lifestyle and often has to foot the bill for dates with Struggling Writer Nick, a sexy but perpetually strapped-for-cash guy she’s dating (no commitments – really). So when Ed, Britain’s wealthiest but stodgiest bachelor, enters the picture, her idea of the fairy tale romance is turned on it’s head.

On one hand, Nick makes up for his low bank-account balance by his performance in the sack, or in the bathtub, as the case may be. But life with him means little more than nightly trips to the bar, a dark and grungy apartment, and plenty of dull political tirades to boot. But those blue eyes, and that tender heart…

On the other hand, there’s Ed, whose luxurious house and gargantuan bank account are quite tempting to the starving Libby. But his unsavory mustache and bumbling ways make Libby wonder if the platinum AMEX and unlimited “retail therapy” are worth it. He may have fallen in love with her at first sight, but nothing seems to solve his lackluster performance in the sack – even speed reading The Joy of Sex. When the diamond shopping commences, Libby is forced to realize that the time for “maybe” is up.

Verdict: Remove

Rescue Me (Last Chance Rescue, #1)

Rescue Me by Christy Reece
Fiction; Romantic Suspense
Added June 25, 2012

A covert operative of Last Chance Rescue (LCR) Enterprises, Eden St. Claire has made secrets her life’s work. Seven years ago, an evening of emotional vulnerability and pure pleasure almost destroyed her. Now Eden wears her beauty like a mask, concealing any hint of vulnerability or the demons of her past.

A daring rescue of an innocent girl on a Greek island leads Eden to a new partner. Jordan Montgomery has been looking for Eden–though he knows her by another name, from another time. But his search for her is overshadowed by a case that’s gone international. A powerful, ruthless, organized network is stealing women and children around the world. And a lover, a traitor, and a killer all wait for Eden’s next move.

Verdict: Remove

Fancy Pants (Wynette, Texas, #1)

Fancy Pants by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Fiction; Romance; Chick Lit
Added July 2, 2012

THEY’RE CAVIAR AND BEER. KEROSENE ON FIRE. AND THEY’RE FALLING HEAD-OVER-HEELS IN LOVE….

She was the most beautiful British bauble in Europe’s jet-set playgrounds. Now she’s broke, furious, and limping down a backwoods road in an ugly pink Southern Belle gown….

He was tall, lean, and all-American gorgeous. He liked his brews cold and women loved to keep him warm. Why in hell is he stopping his car for this woebegone, surly Scarlett?

Meet Francesca Day and Dallie Beaudine, two incredible characters whose tangled love affair is at the heart of this ravishing New York Times bestseller from award-winning author Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Come enjoy the adventure of a lifetime — an irresistible story that’s touching, hilarious, and hellcat-passionate. You’ll never forget Dallie and the sassy lady who needs a good swift kick in her…

Verdict: Remove

The Road Not Taken and Other Poems

The Road not Taken and Other Poems by Robert Frost
Poetry
Added July 2, 2012

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

These deceptively simple lines from the title poem of this collection suggest Robert Frost at his most representative: the language is simple, clear and colloquial, yet dense with meaning and wider significance. Drawing upon everyday incidents, common situations and rural imagery, Frost fashioned poetry of great lyrical beauty and potent symbolism. Now a selection of the best of his early works is available in this volume, originally published in 1916 under the title Mountain Interval. Included are many moving and expressive poems: “An Old Man’s Winter Night,” “In the Home Stretch,” “Meeting and passing,” “Putting In the Seed,” “A Time to Talk,” “The Hill Wife,” “The Exposed Nest,” “The Sound of Trees,” and more. All are reprinted here complete and unabridged.

Verdict: Keep

The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd
Nonfiction; Memoir; Spirituality
Added July 2, 2012

The acclaimed spiritual memoir from the author of The Secret Life of Bees.

I was amazed to find that I had no idea how to unfold my spiritual life in a feminine way. I was surprised and, in fact, a little terrified when I found myself in the middle of a feminist spiritual reawakening.

Sue Monk was a “conventionally religious, churchgoing woman, a traditional wife and mother” with a thriving career as a Christian writer until she began to question her role as a woman in her culture, her family, and her church. From a jarring encounter with sexism in a suburban drugstore to monastery retreats and rituals in the caves of Crete, Kidd takes readers through the fear, anger, healing, and transformation of her awakening. Retaining a meaningful connection “with the deep song of Christianity,” she opens the door for traditional Christian women to discover a spirituality that speaks directly to them and provides inspiring wisdom for all who struggle to embrace their full humanity.

Verdict: Remove

This week’s stats: Keep 1; Remove 9

2018 stats: Keep 19; Remove 51

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Monday Update, Stacking the Shelves, Sunday Post

My Week in Review 2018 #6

This is my week in review, where I update you on my life~ reading, blogging and general. I will also be linking up with some amazing blogs.

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Life Happenings:

Not a whole lot going on this week outside of work. I did hit both libraries and picked up a bunch of new books. I also picked up some more ebooks that were a great deal this week on Amazon.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2018 #5
Down the TBR Hole #33
Top Ten Tuesday~ You’ve Been Here Awhile
This Week We’re Quoting~ The Hating Game
On Regaining Balance
Talking About Memes #6

This Week on the Blog:

Down the TBR Hole #34
Top Ten Tuesday~ All About Love
This Week We’re Quoting~ Picture Perfect
Bookshelf Tour #1
Talking About Memes #7

 

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It’s Monday! What Are you Reading from The Book Date takes a look at the books we have been reading over the past week and what we’re planning to read next.

Currently Reading:

 Parable of the Sower (Earthseed, #1) Necessary Madness Make Me Sin (Bad Habit, #2)  We Were Liars Wrong Question, Right Answer (The Bourbon Street Boys #3)

Parable of the Sower//Necessary Madness//Make Me Sin//We Were Liars//Wrong Question, Right Answer

Recently Completed:

 Nothing this week

I will also be linking this post to Stacking the Shelves with Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality, a link up to share the new books we’ve added to our shelves over the past week.

Library Haul:

RoseBlood The Princess Diarist Bridget Jones's Diary (Bridget Jones, #1) When All the Girls Have Gone (Cutler, Sutter & Salinas #1) Silver Bay The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily The Edge of Everything (The Edge of Everything, #1) Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

RoseBlood//The Princess Diarist//Bridget Jones’s Diary//When All the Girls Have Gone//Silver Bay//The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily//The Edge of Everything//Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

eBooks Purchased:

Under Rose-Tainted Skies Racing Savannah Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1) Things I Should Have Known Wallbanger (Cocktail, #1) 21 Stolen Kisses Lucky in Love

Under Rose Tainted Skies//Racing Savannah//Daughter of the Pirate King//Things I Should Have Known//Wallbanger//21 Stolen Kisses//Lucky in Love

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