Down the TBR Hole #5

One of the newer memes that I found and fell in love with is Down the TBR Hole by Lost in a Love Story. I found this meme featured on Bursting with Books and had never seen anything like it, but I loved the concept. Essentially you go through your Goodreads TBR shelf and take another look at the books that have been hanging out there for a while. You then determine whether you want to keep the book on your TBR or remove it.

As I was starting to put together my version of this project meme, I started to find other similar ones, like Perspective of a Writer‘s Keep it or Skip it. As I liked the name, I decided to keep mine to the premise created in Down the TBR Hole:

  • 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?

As I have over 3000 books on my TBR shelf right now, I anticipate this project will take me well into 2018 to complete!

Here are this week’s selections:

The Search of My Life: A Memoir

The Search of My Life by Norma Garcia
Nonfiction; Memoir
Added December 19, 2011

“The Search of My Life” is the true story of Difference, a girl who begins searching for happiness at a young age, the moment she senses something is missing. The second youngest of four girls who must live with their strict aunt when their mother remarries, Difference struggles to find her perfect place in the world. As she grows older, she is unable to decide what she must do to discover true happiness; neither her children nor her loves can fill the void in her life. As a result, she begins to grow weary, saddened by failure. Her life is a journey of mishaps and rough experiences that leave her feeling hopeless and empty. One day, as Difference is driving, the answer finally comes to her, and her life is changed forever. But in order to receive the gift that is presented to her, she must let go of what she loves in her own life. Will she make the change, or will she reject what she’s been desperately searching for and play it safe? “The Search of My Life” offers an honest, no-holds-barred story of the life changes Difference experiences when she allows God into her life.

Verdict: Remove

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think

168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam
Nonfiction; Self Help
Added: December 19, 2011

There are 168 hours in a week. This is your guide to getting the most out of them.

It’s an unquestioned truth of modern life: we are starved for time. We tell ourselves we’d like to read more, get to the gym regularly, try new hobbies, and accomplish all kinds of goals. But then we give up because there just aren’t enough hours to do it all. Or if we don’t make excuses, we make sacrifices- taking time out from other things in order to fit it all in.

There has to be a better way…and Laura Vanderkam has found one. After interviewing dozens of successful, happy people, she realized that they allocate their time differently than most of us. Instead of letting the daily grind crowd out the important stuff, they start by making sure there’s time for the important stuff. When plans go wrong and they run out of time, only their lesser priorities suffer.

Vanderkam shows that with a little examination and prioritizing, you’ll find it is possible to sleep eight hours a night, exercise five days a week, take piano lessons, and write a novel without giving up quality time for work, family, and other things that really matter.

Verdict: Keep

A Passion for Books: A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories, Essays, Humor, Love and Lists on Collecting, Reading, Borrowing, Lending, Caring for, and Appreciating Books

A Passion for Books by Harold Rabinowitz & Rob Kaplan
Nonfiction; Writing
Added December 19, 2011

“When I have a little money, I buy books. And if any is left, I buy food and clothing.” — –Desiderius Erasmus — Those who share Erasmus’s love of those curious bundles of paper bound together between hard or soft covers know exactly how he felt. These are the people who can spend hours browsing through a bookstore, completely oblivious not only to the passage of time but to everything else around them, the people for whom buying books is a necessity, not a luxury. A Passion for Books is a celebration of that love, a collection of sixty classic and contemporary essays, stories, lists, poems, quotations, and cartoons on the joys of reading, appreciating, and collecting books.

Verdict: Keep {of course}

The New Lifetime Reading Plan: The Classic Guide to World Literature, Revised and Expanded

The New Lifetime Reading Plan by Clifton Faidman & John S Major
Nonfiction; Reference; Books
Added December 19, 2011

The New Lifetime Reading Plan provides readers with brief, informative and entertaining introductions to more than 130 classics of world literature. From Homer to Hawthorne, Plato to Pascal, and Shakespeare to Solzhenitsyn, the great writers of Western civilization can be found in its pages. In addition, this new edition offers a much broader representation of women authors, such as Charlotte Bront%, Emily Dickinson and Edith Wharton, as well as non-Western writers such as Confucius, Sun-Tzu, Chinua Achebe, Mishima Yukio and many others.

Verdict: Remove

The Feast Nearby: How I lost my job, buried a marriage, and found my way by keeping chickens, foraging, preserving, bartering, and eating locally (all on $40 a week)

The Feast Nearby by Robin Mather
Nonfiction; Food; Memoir
Added December 19, 2011

Within a single week in 2009, food journalist Robin Mather found herself on the threshold of a divorce and laid off from her job at the Chicago Tribune. Forced into a radical life change, she returned to her native rural Michigan.

There she learned to live on a limited budget while remaining true to her culinary principles of eating well and as locally as possible. In The Feast Nearby, Mather chronicles her year-long project: preparing and consuming three home-cooked, totally seasonal, and local meals a day–all on forty dollars a week.

With insight and humor, Mather explores the confusion and needful compromises in eating locally. She examines why local often trumps organic, and wonders why the USDA recommends white bread, powdered milk, and instant orange drinks as part of its “low-cost” food budget program.

Verdict: Keep

Updated stats: this week I eliminated 2/5 for 16/25 overall… and a long way still to go!

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon

Posted in TBR

My Week in Review 2017 #29

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:

This week was fairly quiet. I had a few days off from work, so I worked on getting some more posts scheduled. I got a little reading done, but didn’t get through a lot. I took a lot of naps though, which is good because I have been feeling really run-down lately.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #28
Down the TBR Hole #4
Top Ten Tuesday~ Give Me Another
On Who I Am Now as a Reader
Cat Thursday #29
Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ Broken Hearts, Fences & Other Things to Mend
Thursday Quotables~ The One
The Friday 56~ The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
Book Beginnings~ The Evolution of Mara Dyer
Book Blogger Hop #3

This Week on the Blog:

Down the TBR Hole #5
Top Ten Tuesday~ I Want to Get to Know You Better
July Challenge Update
Cat Thursday #30
Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ Stars of Fortune
Thursday Quotables~ Sunset in Central Park
The Friday 56~ Bay of Sighs
Book Beginnings~ Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
Book Blogger Hop #4

Around the Blog World:

The Most Agonizing Moments in a Bookworm’s Life from Blog of a Bookaholic
How to Get Out of a Reading Slump: A Guide from a Recently Recovered Bookworm! from Bursting with Books

**oops, edited to add links


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:

The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #1)

Paper Magician

Recently Completed:

Buzz Books 2017: Young Adult Spring/Summer Accidentally Hers (Sterling Canyon, #1)

Buzz Books 2017 Young Adult Spring/Summer//Accidentally Hers

Up Next on TBR:

Life and Other Near-Death Experiences

Life and Other Near Death Experiences

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:

ARC {physical}:

Nourished: A Memoir of Food, Faith & Enduring Love (with Recipes)

Thank you to Liz Huber and Convergence Publishing

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

Book Blogger Hop #3

I am linking up with Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer for the Book Blogger Hop. And what is the Book Blogger Hop? Well according to the meme’s page:

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

This week’s question:

Have you ever read a book or books you would consider ‘toxic’ because of the effect it(they) had on you? If so, which one(s)? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

I would have to say that I have never read a book that I would consider toxic. Books can be a lot of things, but I have never found a book to be damaging to me either physically or psychologically. There are a great many books that break my heart, books that make me angry, and books that I just plain didn’t like, but none of them has ever prevented me from living a healthy, happy life. The toxic relationships in my life are limited to people, never books.

The Friday 56~ The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

It’s time for another edition of The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.

*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.
*Link up.

This week I chose to feature The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

“There had to be books somewhere in this house. The stack of books she had brought with her was all she had been able to fit in her luggage, even after she had taken out some of her clothes and her second pair of shoes. And besides, she had already read some of them, bringing them along more as familiar old friends than exciting new acquaintances. Amy must have more for her to read.”

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend

Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts - (un)Conventional Bookviews

I’m participating in Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts, hosted by Lexxie over at {un}Conventional Book Views again this week.

What is Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts? Well here’s a description from Lexxie’s site:

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 for the current post so that it’s easy to find other participants as well.

This week I am featuring Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn. This scene takes place between Gemma and her family in their kitchen. {pg. 139}

Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend (Broken Hearts & Revenge, #1)

“Oh?” Bruce asked, brushing cupcake crumbs off his hands. “What did you do? Like, typical teen things? And what, exactly were they?”

“What is this?” my dad asked, looking around the kitchen. “Did you bake these?”
“I did.” I said. “These were cupcakes for a friend, until Bruce–” Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Rosie’s hand dart out and grab a cupcake from the other side of the sentence. “Rosie!” I cried, hovering protectively over the remaining ones. Honestly I had expected more from her.
“Sorry, Gem,” Rosie said, taking a bite out of what I now saw was the E at the end of “Hallie.” “But you can’t just leave cupcakes out and not expect us to eat them. Your dad understands.”
I whipped around to see my dad with a cupcake halfway to his mouth.

Thursday Quotables~ The One


Because I love sharing quotes from books, the more random the better, I decided to join Bookshelf Fantasies for Thursday Quotables to highlight some great quotes from the books I’m reading.

This week I’m featuring quotes from Kiera Cass’s The One.

The One (The Selection, #3)


You are my most valuable asset, not her. If we lose you, we lose everything.”


I told myself I was crazy. Of course this was home. It was just the unfamiliarity of how this was unfolding. Everyone was here, even Kota. But Dad was gone, so it was only natural that it wouldn’t seem quite right.


“I do intend on giving you things, but that’s not what I mean. I’m going to love you more than any man has ever loved a woman, more than you ever dreamed you could be loved. I promise you that.”


We moved quickly to the end of the short hallway, and the first thing I noticed was the bright sun coming  through the window. Didn’t the sky know the world was falling apart? How could the sun shine today?


There we were, two little spots of light growing together, inseparable.

On Who I am Now as a Reader {In my 40s}

Last week I talked about my reading life in my twenties and thirties and discussed my progression through reading romance, to a new awakening at the end of my thirties. Please see here if you missed it.

This week I want to talk about the transition that happened when I discovered Harry Potter and Eat, Pray, Love. Prior to this point I thought young adult books were for kids and I was far from a kid. I also felt that memoirs were dry autobiographies like the ones I had to read for school reports back in the day. Never mind that in addition to reading romance, I had also been reading a variety of self help and various nonfiction topics for years.

There are internet memes that state that Harry Potter is a gateway book to a new world of literature and that was certainly true for me. In reading about the magical world of Hogwarts, I learned that young adult books aren’t necessarily just for children, that adults can enjoy them as well. Harry Potter opened the door for The Hunger Games, Inkheart and Divergent. Then came John Green’s books and the doors to the YA world just opened wide to an entire array of books. At this time I would estimate between half and two-thirds of my reading is young adult.

Where Harry Potter took me in one direction, Eat, Pray, Love took me in another and opened me to not only a personal spiritual journey, but also to the world of memoir. Soon I was adding travel and food memoirs to my already overflowing bookshelves. And exploring facets of myself that I never knew existed.

Around this time I also experienced a personal change and moved from San Diego, California to Seattle, Washington. While my interests had opened and I was reading a larger variety of genres and topics, I wasn’t spending a lot of time reading. My life focus was all over the place and reading fell by the wayside during this time. I was reading between 13 and 33 books per year during the time I lived in Seattle.

It wasn’t until I moved to Oregon, about a year and a half ago, that my reading picked up again… with a vengeance. Not only did I start reading in quantity again, but I also discovered the world of book blogging {I had been a blogger for years, but never of books} and found so many new and different things to read. I started visiting the local library and grabbing anything that caught my eye and soon found myself reading not only romance, memoirs, and young adult; but also science fiction, literary fiction, fantasy, and the occasional thriller.

Just over a year ago I launched this blog, and my reading adventures have only continued to grow. I read 133 books last year, and am on track to finish even more this year {on top of a busy work schedule}. I have continued to add new genres, diving back into old childhood favorites and exploring children’s series that I have never read. I’ve also added new formats, going from reading exclusively physical copies to adding a Kindle and coming to enjoy the world of ebooks. And even more recently I have discovered the joys of audiobooks and never listen to the radio in the car anymore, preferring to drive accompanied by a book instead.

If you had asked me when I was in my twenties where I would see my reading life in twenty years I would have thought you were crazy to ask. I had absolutely no idea the changes that would happen in my reading life, or my personal life for that matter, and would never have imagined that my love of books would come to be a defining quality in my life. I’ve always identified as a reader, but now I identify as a bibliophile… and am proud of it!

How has your reading life changed over the years? Have you expanded your reading interests? Or honed in on a specific focus for all of your reading?

Top Ten Tuesday~ Give Me Another

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. As TTT is currently on hiatus, I am posting a selection of freebie topics in July. This week I’m doing books that I think should have sequels because one book is not enough!

The Problem with Forever

The Problem with Forever
I want to know what happens with Rider and Mallory and company… especially Hector! We need his story. And Ainsley’s! And maybe Paige’s as well. And then there’s Keira…

Terra (Terrestrials, #1)

This one is supposed to be the first in a series and I am just sitting here waiting patiently for book 2. Of course I happen to know that since the book came out the author has changed careers (in non-writing life), gotten married, and is expecting her first child, so I guess I can wait a little longer??


I think everyone would enjoy more Cath and Levi… but I’d also maybe like to get Wren’s story.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
What happens with Charlie after Sam and Patrick go away to college?

All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places
I just want to see if Violet continues to live, explore and travel on her own…

Nora & Kettle (Paper Stars, #1)

Nora and Kettle
I just found out the second Paper Stars novel is being released, but unfortunately it doesn’t follow the same characters. I want more of Kettle and Kite!

The Rosie Effect (Don Tillman, #2)

The Rosie Effect
Yes, I realize that this is already a sequel, but I want more! I want to spend more time with Don and Rosie and see them as parents!

Highly Illogical Behavior

Highly Illogical Behavior
How is Soloman doing? Does Clark still visit? How is Soloman’s grandmother? I have so many questions, I need another book!

The Haters

The Haters
Again, I just really want to know what happens after… I always want to know what happens after.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
I don’t think I’ll ever be ready for this series to end…

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