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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