Challenges

Winter Bloggiesta!

It’s time for Bloggiesta again! I love these little mini challenges and the opportunity to get some behind the scenes work done for the blog. Of course I’ll be working all weekend again, so my to do list will be pretty short…

  • Schedule 4 posts
  • Update Sidebar
  • Update Review Policy
  • Add Blogroll

I’ll be updating this post as I complete these projects throughout the weekend.

Are you participating in Bloggiesta? If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do so here.
What projects are you planning to complete?

 

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

This Week We’re Quoting… Since You’ve Been Gone

Over the last year, I discovered that I love participating in memes! But 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 Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone.

Since You've Been Gone

 

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.

The list arrived after Sloane had been gone two weeks.

What list? And where did Sloane go?

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.

I kept the Volvo’s light off until I reached the street, even though the curtains in my parents’ study were drawn. And once I’d made it down my street without my cell lighting up with calls and texts asking me where I thought I was going, I figured that I was in the clear.

 

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.

It was months away from being apple season, but I was hoping there would be a few. The apples I did see looked like the tiny, sour ones, and I had resigned myself to one of these when I spotted one, just a little out of reach. It wasn’t as big or perfectly formed as a supermarket apple, but it was the best one that I could see. I grabbed it, and made sure to hold on to the ladder with my other hand as I gave it a hard yank. It came free of the tree, and I polished it on my tank top before I turned around and leaned back against the top step. Then, making sure I was balanced, I took a bite.
It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t quite ripe yet, but it wasn’t bad. And it really was pretty up here– maybe Beckett was onto something after all. I leaned more fully against the ladder and looked out at the view as I ate my apple, slowly, in the moonlight.

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday~ I Can’t Believe I Read You!

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 that I can’t believe I read. I chose books for this list that were outside my normal reading preferences, books that stretched my comfort zone.

The Martian

The Martian

All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See

The Food of Love

The Food of Love

Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet

Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet

Angels & Demons  (Robert Langdon, #1)

Angels and Demons

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

I Am Malala

Riley Unlikely: How One Young Woman's Heart for Africa Is Changing the World

Riley Unlikely

Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)

Ready Player One

The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train

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

TBR

Down the TBR Hole #32

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:

Good Girls Don't

Good Girls Don’t by Kelley St. John
Fiction; Chick Lit; Romance
Added May 11, 2012

In high school, Bill Brannon was head over heels for his childhood friend Lettie Campbell. Twelve years later, Bill has almost forgotten his crush on the wild and feisty Lettie. Almost. But when fate reunites them, he realizes that some opportunities shouldn’t be missed. Lettie Campbell wants to start her own business designing lingerie. Her dream is going to become a reality with the cash she’s bringing in as a cheating consultant at My Alibi, a company that lies for cheaters 24/7. When her sister, Amy, asks her to help a friend by providing an alibi, Lettie agrees. Lying to strangers is easy. But lying to the friend you’ve had since third grade is hard. As the lies pile up and Lettie and Bill burn up the sheets, she will have to come clean. Because the person she’s lying to is Bill, and no amount of lies will help her when he discovers that he’s been conned.

Verdict: Remove

Little Black Dress

Little Black Dress by Susan McBride
Fiction; Chick Lit; Romance
Added May 11, 2012

Two sisters whose lives seemed forever intertwined are torn apart when a magical little black dress gives each one a glimpse of an unavoidable future.

Antonia Ashton has worked hard to build a thriving career and a committed relationship, but she realizes her life has gone off-track. Forced to return home to Blue Hills when her mother, Evie, suffers a massive stroke, Toni finds the old Victorian where she grew up as crammed full of secrets as it is with clutter. Now she must put her mother’s house in order—and uncover long-buried truths about Evie and her aunt, Anna, who vanished fifty years earlier on the eve of her wedding. By shedding light on the past, Toni illuminates her own mistakes and learns the most unexpected things about love, magic, and a little black dress with the power to break hearts…and mend them.

Verdict: Remove

A Single Thread (Cobbled Quilt #1)

A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick
Fiction; Chick Lit
Added May 11, 2012

It’s a long way from Fort Worth, Texas, to New Bern, Connecticut, yet it only takes a day in the charming Yankee town to make Evelyn Dixon realize she’s found her new home. The abrupt end of her marriage was Evelyn’s wake-up call to get busy chasing her dream of opening a quilt shop. Finding a storefront is easy enough; starting a new life isn’t. Little does Evelyn imagine it will bring a trio like Abigail Burgess, her niece Liza, and Margot Matthews through her door.

Troubled and angry after her mother’s death, Liza threatens to embarrass her Aunt Abigail all over town unless she joins her for quilting classes. A victim of downsizing at the peak of her career, Margot hopes an event hosted by the quilt shop could be a great chance to network-and keep from dying of boredom.

As they stitch their unique creations, Evelyn, Abigail, Liza, and Margot form a sisterhood they never sought-but one that they’ll be grateful for when the unexpected provides a poignant reminder of the single thread that binds us all.

Verdict: Remove

Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James
Fiction; Chick Lit; Romance
Added May 11, 2012

Behind closed doors, they’re laying down the law.

When it comes to the laws of attraction…

Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson are lawyers who know the meaning of objection. A feminist to the bone, Payton has fought hard to succeed in a profession dominated by men. Born wealthy, privileged, and cocky, J.D. has fought hard to ignore her. Face-to-face, they’re perfectly civil. They have to be. For eight years they have kept a safe distance and tolerated each other as coworkers for one reason: to make partner at the firm.

…There are no rules.

But all bets are off when they’re asked to join forces on a major case. Though apprehensive at first, they begin to appreciate each other’s dedication to the law—and the sparks between them quickly turn into attraction. But the increasingly hot connection does not last long when they discover that only one of them will be named partner. Now it’s an all-out war. And the battle between the sexes is bound to make these lawyers hot under the collar…

Verdict: Remove

After Hello

After Hello by Lisa Mangum
Fiction; Young Adult; Contemporary
Added May 11, 2012

What if the first day of your relationship was the only day you had?

Seventeen-year-old Sara is a seeker. She’s always on the lookout for the perfect moment to capture with her ever-present, point-and-shoot camera, especially on her first trip to New York City. Sam is a finder. He has a knack for finding what other people can’t—a first-edition book or the last two tickets to a sold-out Broadway show.

When Sam and Sara’s paths cross, they form an unlikely partnership in search of a seemingly elusive work of art. They have one day to find the impossible. Fate brought their talents together, but what happens when time runs out? Will love be able to overcome fate?

Verdict: Remove

Summerland

Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
Fiction; Chick Lit
Added May 11, 2012

It’s June 15th, the night of Nantucket High School graduation. Four juniors are driving home from a party when something goes horribly wrong and there is a crash. The driver of the car, Penny Alistair, is killed, and her twin brother, Hobby Alistair, is left in a coma. Penny’s boyfriend, Jake Randolph, and Penny’s friend Demeter Castle are unhurt–but suffer tremendous emotional damage. Jake and his family move to the other side of the globe–to the west coast of Australia–in order to escape the horrors of the accident. Demeter falls prey to alcohol abuse and other self-destructive behaviors that nearly lead to her destroying her own life.

SUMMERLAND delves into the circumstances surrounding this accident, the roots of which lie deep in the past, with the first interactions between these four friends and their parents. It’s a novel about how tragedy affects individuals, families, and the island community as a whole, and how healing can happen, in even the most devastating circumstances.

Verdict: Remove

Next to Love

Next to Love by Ellen Feldman
Fiction; Historical; Romance
Added May 11, 2012

It’s 1941. Babe throws like a boy, thinks for herself, and never expects to escape the poor section of her quiet Massachusetts town. Then World War II breaks out, and everything changes. Her friend Grace, married to a reporter on the local paper, fears being left alone with her infant daughter when her husband ships out; Millie, the third member of their childhood trio, now weds the boy who always refused to settle down; and Babe wonders if she should marry Claude, who even as a child could never harm a living thing. As the war rages abroad, life on the home front undergoes its own battles and victories; and when the men return, and civilian life resumes, nothing can go back to quite the way it was.

From postwar traumas to women’s rights, racial injustice to anti-Semitism, Babe, Grace, and Millie experience the dislocations, the acute pains, and the exhilaration of a society in flux. Along the way, they will learn what it means to be a wife, a mother, a friend, a fighter, and a survivor. Beautiful, startling, and heartbreaking, Next to Love is a love letter to the brave women who shaped a nation’s destiny.

Verdict: Remove

Buddhism for Beginners

Buddhism for Beginners by Thubton Chodron
Nonfiction; Spirituality
Added May 26, 2012

This user’s guide to Buddhist basics takes the most commonly asked questions—beginning with “What is the essence of the Buddha’s teachings?”—and provides simple answers in plain English. Thubten Chodron’s responses to the questions that always seem to arise among people approaching Buddhism make this an exceptionally complete and accessible introduction—as well as a manual for living a more peaceful, mindful, and satisfying Life. Buddhism for Beginners is an ideal first book on the subject for anyone, but it’s also a wonderful resource for seasoned students, since the question-and-answer format makes it easy to find just the topic you’re looking for, such as:

• What is the goal of the Buddhist path?
• What is karma?
• If all phenomena are empty, does that mean nothing exists?
• How can we deal with fear?
• How do I establish a regular meditation practice?
• What are the qualities I should look for in a teacher?
• What is Buddha-nature?
• Why can’t we remember our past lives?

Verdict: Keep

Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts

Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon
Fiction; Chick Lit; Romance
Added May 26, 2012

Thirty-nine year old Rachel is having a really bad year. After losing her job and breaking up with her boyfriend, Rachel has inherited her late aunt’s house, her beloved border collie, and a crowded rescue kennel, despite the fact that she knows almost nothing about dogs. Still, considering her limited options, she gamely takes up the challenge of running the kennel. And as Rachel starts finding new homes for the abandoned strays, it turns out that it might not just be the dogs that need rescuing.

Verdict: Remove

Let Love Find You (Reid Family, #4)

Let Love Find You by Johanna Lindsey
Fiction; Historical Romance
Added May 26, 2012

London society has its very own Cupid. Renowned horse breeder and occasional matchmaker Devin Baldwin pairs eligible young ladies with suitable gentlemen based on his theory of animal magnetism. Unafraid of ruffling the ton’s feathers, this darkly handsome Cupid doles out tips for bettering one’s chances of meeting a mate that are as pointed as the love legend’s sharpest arrows!
Lovely Amanda Locke, the daughter of a duke, is everything a nobleman could desire, yet she enters her third Season still searching for a match. Gossipmongers’ tongues are wagging, and her mystified family is considering drastic measures to find her a husband. But the insufferable advice of this Cupid fellow is the last thing Amanda wants.
When an earl passionate about horses becomes the target of her husband hunt, Amanda knows it’s time to overcome her fear of riding. With her sister-in-law Ophelia hastening the romance along by arranging riding lessons, Amanda is soon taking instruction from infuriating Devin Baldwin. Astonishingly, in her daily encounters with Devin—who treats her as an ordinary young woman, not a prize to be won at the marriage mart—Amanda experiences passion for the first time. Now, her search for a match takes her in an unexpected direction as she finds herself falling in love with Cupid himself.

Verdict: Remove

This Week’s stats: Keep 1; Remove 9

2018 Stats: Keep 14; Remove 36

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

Monday Update, Stacking the Shelves, Sunday Post

My Week in Review 2018 #4

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:

I basically spent most of this week watching Netflix when I wasn’t at work. I’ve been sampling a bunch of different shows to see what I want to watch first. I’m disappointed that some of my favorites are no longer available there. So again this week not a lot of reading was done. I’m starting to feel like a fraud as a book blogger… but I know my reading will kick back in soon.

Saturday was also the 2 year anniversary of Disney crossing the Rainbow Bridge… I miss her every single day. And I have about 3 more weeks before Cheshire will finally be up here with me. I can’t wait for kitty snuggles!

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2018 #3
Down the TBR Hole #31
Top Ten Tuesday~ I Really Like You, I Just Don’t Remember Why
This Week We’re Quoting~The Zookeeper’s Wife
January 2018 Wrap Up
Talking About Memes #4

This Week on the Blog:

Down the TBR Hole #32
Top Ten Tuesday~ I Can’t Believe I Read…
This Week We’re Quoting~Since You’ve Been Gone
My TBR List~ February 2018
Talking About Memes #5

 

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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:

You're Welcome, Universe Parable of the Sower (Earthseed, #1) Joyfully His: A Novella (Sterling Canyon Book 4) Necessary Madness Make Me Sin (Bad Habit, #2) Love May Fail

You’re Welcome, Universe//Parable of the Sower//Joyfully His//Necessary Madness//Make Me Sin//Love May Fail

Recently Completed:

Still Nothing!!

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.

New to the Shelves:

Nothing!

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

Book Blogger Hop, My Favorite, TMST

Talking About Memes #4

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:

Do you ever go back to older posts and change things? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

I generally don’t go back and change anything, unless I find a typo, which I will correct. Other than that I let my older posts stand as they are written.

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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:
How do you beat the winter blues?
My favorite way to beat the winter blues is to curl up under a blanket in front of a fire with a book and a cup of tea or cider. I am not a fan of being cold, but I do enjoy the snow. I grew up in Southern California and moved to the Pacific Northwest about 7 years ago, so we don’t get a lot of snow, but I love to watch it fall and take walks in it. I also try to keep upbeat music playing and find fun things to do indoors other than reading (crafts, games, movies) so that being cooped up inside isn’t so bad.

 

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:

Biography

In all honesty, I don’t really read biographies, though I do enjoy memoirs. I think it goes back to middle school and having to write reports on really dry biographies of people I didn’t care anything about. It’s a category that I may need to explore again as an adult.

 

**All links to Goodreads.

Wrap Up

January 2018~ Wrap Up

For 2018, I’ll be doing a monthly wrap-up post on the last Thursday of each month. I’ll be looking back at my reading for the month and seeing how I am doing with my goals. It’s hard to believe that it’s already time for January’s Wrap Up!

This month my wrap-up is a little early, since there is still almost an entire week left in the month, but here is where I stand right now… after a very rough January.

Total Books:

1

FORMAT

Physical Books:

1

Audiobooks:

0

Ebooks:

0

SOURCE

Books I Own:

0

Library Books:

1

Review Books:

0

 

 

 

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

This Week We’re Quoting… The Zookeeper’s Wife

Over the last year, I discovered that I love participating in memes! But 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 Diane Ackerman’s The Zookeeper’s Wife.

The Zookeeper's Wife

 

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.

At dawn in an outlying district of Warsaw, sunlight swarmed the trunks of blooming linden trees and crept up the white walls of a 1930s stucco and glass villa where the zoo director and his wife slept in a bed crafted from white birch, a pale wood used in canoes, tongue depressors, and Windsor chairs. On their left, two tall windows crowned a sill wide enough for sitting, with a small radiator tucked below. Oriental rugs warmed the parquet floor, where strips of wood slanted together as repeating feathers and a birch armchair squared one corner of the room.

Nice room.

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.

Gathering up Rys, she climbed down the four flights of dark stairs and knocked on a door which opened to reveal two elderly women, Mrs. Caderska and Mrs. Stokowska.
“Come in, come in.” They glanced around the hallway after her and quickly fastened the door.

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.

At first when Rys sat down to dinner, Wicek draped himself along Rys’s foot like one furry black slipper, instinctively crouching as hares do in arctic windstorms. Then, as Wicek grew large and muscular, he bounced around the house like hard rubber, and at meals hopped from the floor straight into Rys’s lap, thrust his front paws onto the table, and grabbed Rys’s food. Naturally vegetarian, arctic hares may resort to tree bark and pinecones at times, but Wicek preferred stealing a horse cutlet or slice of beef, bounding away to devour it in a shadowy corner. According to Antonina, he’s zoom into the kitchen whenever he heard the thud of her meat-tenderizing hammer, hop onto a stool, leap from there to the table and snatch a slice of raw meat, then dart away with his trophy and feast like a small panther.

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday~ I Really Like You, I Just Don’t Remember Why

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 we enjoyed but don’t really remember. This seems to be a problem most bookworms have, though I have usually been pretty good about remembering the books that I read… at least for the most part. But here are the books that my memory isn’t as good for…

Fired Up (Arcane Society, #7; Dreamlight Trilogy, #1)

Fired Up

Jewels of the Sun (Gallaghers of Ardmore, #1)

Jewels of the Sun

The Year that Everything Changed

The Year Everything Changed

Fanta C (Mason Sisters, #1)

Fanta C

Smoke in Mirrors

Smoke in Mirrors

The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

Tempted

Tempted

The Wyndham Legacy (Legacy, #1)

The Wyndham Legacy

Afterglow

Afterglow

Before You Go (Impossible Love, #1)

Before You Go

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

TBR

Down the TBR Hole #31

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:

The Art of Eating

The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher
Nonfiction; Memoir; Food
Added May 7, 2012

This contains the author’s five most popular books – “Consider the Oyster”, “The Gastronomical Me”, “Serve it Forth”, “How to Cook a Wolf”, and “An Alphabet for Gourmets”. The volume contains an array of thoughts, memories and recipes.

Verdict: Keep

The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life

The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life by Steve Leveen
Nonfiction; Reference
Added May 7, 2012

Do not set out to live a well-read life but rather your well-read life. No one can be well-read using someone else’s reading list. Unless a book is good for you, you won’t connect with it and gain from it. Just as no one can tell you how to lead your life, no one can tell you what to read for your life.

How do readers find more time to read? In The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life, Steve Leveen offers both inspiration and practical advice for bibliophiles on how to get more books in their life and more life from their books.

His recommendations are disarmingly refreshing, as when he advises when not to read a book and why not to feel guilty if you missed reading all those classics in school. He helps readers reorganize their bookshelves into a Library of Candidates that they actively build and a Living Library of books read with enthusiasm, and he emphasizes the value of creating a Bookography, or annotated list of your reading life. Separate chapters are devoted to the power of audio books and the merits of reading groups.

Verdict: Keep

Light in Shadow (Whispering Springs, #1)

Light in Shadow by Jayne Ann Krentz
Fiction; Romance; Paranormal
Added May 7, 2012

Zoe Luce is a successful interior designer in the Arizona town of Whispering Springs who’s developed an unusual career specialty-helping recently divorced clients redesign their homes, to help them forget the past and start anew. But Zoe knows that some things can’t be covered up with a coat of paint. And when she senses that one of her clients may be hiding a dark secret, she enlists P.I. Ethan Truax to find the truth.

Working together, they solve the mystery… and barely escape with their lives. But Ethan’s exquisite detection skills are starting to backfire on Zoe: she never wanted to let him find out about her former life; she never wanted to reveal her powerful, inexplicable gift for sensing the history hidden within a house’s walls; she never wanted him to know that “Zoe Luce” doesn’t really exist. She never wanted to fall in love with him.

Now, no matter how much she resists, Ethan may be her only hope-because the people she’s been running from have found her. And just when Zoe dares to dream of a normal life and a future with the man she loves, her own past starts to shadow her every step-and threatens to take her back into a nightmare.

Verdict: Keep

Fabulous Beast

Fabulous Beast by Jayne Ann Krentz
Fiction; Romance
Added May 7, 2012

Much More Than He Seemed…

Tabitha Graham thought she had found a soul mate when she rescued Dev Colter from a dangerous situation. She thought he was a kindred spirit: gentle, shy and in need of love.

But Dev had a secret life that made him as dangerous as any of the fabulous, legendary beasts the bookstore owner had studied. When she fled from his sensual claim, his pursuit was relentless. Once he had tasted Tabitha, Dev had no intention of relinquishing his prey!

Too late Tabitha discovered she had roused a sleeping dragon…

Verdict: Keep

The Cowboy (Bitter Creek #1)

The Cowboy by Joan Johnston
Fiction; Romance; Western
Added May 7, 2012

Trace Blackthorne was taught from the cradle to take what he wanted. And he wanted Callie Creed. Eleven years ago, the feud between their families had torn them apart. But now Trace has come home, a ruthless hard-eyed stranger, making her an offer she couldn’t refuse: marry him and save her struggling family from financial ruin. But the secrets of the past return to haunt them. And Callie is once again compelled to make an impossible choice – between the family who desperately needs her and the only man she has ever loved.

Verdict: Remove

Sleeping Tigers

Sleeping Tigers by Holly Robinson
Fiction; Chick Lit; Romance
Added May 7, 2012

Jordan O’Malley has everything she ever wanted: a job she loves, a beautiful home, and a dependable boyfriend. When her life unravels after a breast cancer scare, Jordan decides to join her wildest childhood friend in San Francisco and track down her drifter brother, Cam, who harbors secrets of his own. When Cam suddenly flees the country, Jordan follows, determined to bring him home. Her journey takes her to the farthest reaches of majestic Nepal, where she encounters tests-and truths-about love and family that she never could have imagined.

Verdict: Remove

Learning to Breathe: My Yearlong Quest to Bring Calm to My Life

Learning to Breathe by Priscilla Warner
Nonfiction; Memoir; Spirituality
Added May 7, 2012

Priscilla Warner has had a great life: a supportive husband, a flourishing marriage, two loving sons, and a bestselling book, The Faith Club. Despite all her good fortune and success, she suffers from anxiety and panic attacks so debilitating that they leave her unable to breathe. She’s tried self-medicating—in high school, with a hidden flask of vodka—and later, with prescription medications—daily doses of Klonopin with a dark chocolate chaser. After forty years of hyperventilating, and an overwhelming panic attack that’s the ultimate wake-up call, Warner’s mantra becomes “Neurotic, Heal Thyself.” A spirited New Yorker, she sets out to find her inner Tibetan monk by meditating every day, aiming to rewire her brain and her body and mend her frayed nerves. On this winding path from panic to peace, with its hairpin emotional curves and breathtaking drops, she also delves into a wide range of spiritual and alternative health practices, some serious, and some . . . not so much.

Verdict: Remove

Then Came You

Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner
Fiction; Chick Lit
Added May 7, 2012

Jules Strauss is a Princeton senior on a full scholarship who plans on selling her “pedigree” eggs to help save her father from addiction.

Annie Barrow, a struggling Pennsylvania housewife, thinks that carrying another woman’s child will help her recover a sense of purpose and will bring in some much-needed cash.

India Bishop, thirty-eight (really, forty-three) and recently married to the wealthy Marcus Croft, yearns for a baby for reasons that have more to do with money than with love. When her attempts at pregnancy fail, she turns to Jules and Annie to make her dreams come true.

But each of their plans is thrown into disarray when Bettina, Marcus’s privileged daughter, becomes suspicious that her new stepmother is not what she seems…

Verdict: Remove

Small Damages

Small Damages by Beth Kephart
Fiction; Young Adult; Romance
Added May 7, 2012

It’s senior year, and while Kenzie should be looking forward to prom and starting college in the fall, she is mourning the loss of her father. She finds solace in the one person she trusts, her boyfriend, and she soon finds herself pregnant. Kenzie’s boyfriend and mother do not understand her determination to keep the baby. She is sent to southern Spain for the summer, where she will live out her pregnancy as a cook’s assistant on a bull ranch, and her baby will be adopted by a Spanish couple.

Alone and resentful in a foreign country, Kenzie is at first sullen and difficult. She begins to open her eyes and her heart to the beauty that is all around her and inside of her.

Verdict: Remove

A Catered Affair

A Catered Affair by Sue Margolis
Fiction; Chick Lit; Romance
Added May 11, 2012

When Tallulah gets jilted at the altar, she gets very drunk and starts making passes at the male wedding guests. She even propositions the caterer. But in the next few weeks, reality comes crashing down around her. Her difficult mother becomes more impossible than ever. Her lesbian sister starts trying to have a baby. Nana Ida gets busy matchmaking. What Tallulah is about to discover is that happiness doesn’t always come in the form of the perfect doctor- and that sometimes real love doesn’t require a catered affair.

Verdict: Remove

This week’s stats: Keep 4; Remove 6

2018 stats: Keep 13; Remove 27

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