Down the TBR Hole #4

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:

Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put on My Pajamas, and Found Happiness

Slow Love by Dominique Browning
Nonfiction; Self Help; Memoir
Added November 7, 2011

I have come to dislike anything that demands constant attention, whether it is dogs, dishwashers, or finally men. I like things that are independent, and that need you only because they want you, not because they’ll have a breakdown without you.

Verdict: Remove

Prince of Ravenscar (Brides, #11)

Prince of Ravenscar by Catherine Coulter
Fiction; Historical Romance
Added November 7, 2011

In April 1831, her grace Corinne Monroe wants her widowed son, Lord Julian, to marry her best friend’s daughter, Miss Sophie Wilkie. Julian last saw Sophie when she was twelve years old, silent, skinny, and always staring at him. However, his mother is nothing if not persuasive, and Julian reluctantly accompanies her to London to meet the young lady.

And he knows that whatever happens isn’t going to be good.

Lord Devlin Monroe, Julian’s nephew, is very fond of his intriguing reputation in society: he delights, he frightens, he brings on delicious shudders. He’s enjoying an extraordinarily pleasant bachelor life until Miss Roxanne Radcliffe and her niece, Miss Sophie Wilkie, appear in London society, and he finds himself wondering how he could have enjoyed midnight alone.

Julian and Devlin must discover what really happened three years earlier when Julian’s first wife, Lily, was found dead. If they don’t find out the truth, their lives could be ruined. And there is another, even more perfidious, danger that lurks in the shadows, waiting.

Verdict: Remove

Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail

Becoming Odyssa by Jennifer Pharr Davis
Nonfiction; Travel; Memoir
Added November 7, 2011

After graduating from college, Jennifer isn’t sure what she wants to do with her life. She is drawn to the Appalachian Trail, a 2175-mile footpath that stretches from Georgia to Maine. Though her friends and family think she’s crazy, she sets out alone to hike the trail, hoping it will give her time to think about what she wants to do next. The next four months are the most physically and emotionally challenging of her life. She quickly discovers that thru-hiking is harder than she had imagined: coping with blisters and aching shoulders from the 30-pound pack she carries; sleeping on the hard wooden floors of trail shelters; hiking through endless torrents of rain and even a blizzard. With every step she takes, Jennifer transitions from an over-confident college graduate to a student of the trail, braving situations she never imagined before her thru-hike. The trail is full of unexpected kindness, generosity, and humor. And when tragedy strikes, she learns that she can depend on other people to help her in times of need.

Verdict: Remove

Your Playlist Can Change Your Life: 10 Proven Ways Your Favorite Music Can Revolutionize Your Health, Memory, Organization, Alertness and More

Your Playlist Can Change Your Life by Galina Mindlin, et al
Nonfiction; Self Help; Music
Added December 19, 2011

Unlock the power of the songs in your pocket

Maybe you blast the speakers when you need to get pumped up. If that’s all you do, though, you’re not taking full advantage of the way music can help you. Listen to a slower track first and the one-two punch of the playlist can push you even higher. Overflowing with easy-to-use tips like these, Your Playlist Can Change Your Life is the first book to offer scientifically proven methods for using your favorite music to enhance your life.

Verdict: Remove

A Watershed Year

A Watershed Year by Susan Schoenberger
Fiction; Women’s; Contemporary
Added December 19, 2011

Two months after the death of her best friend Harlan, Lucy remains haunted by the things she never told him including her deep love for him. Then she begins receiving emails he’d arranged to be sent after his death, emails that will change the course of her life. One email in particular haunts her — he tells her he is certain she is destined for motherhood. Thus begins her watershed year. It is said that out of despair comes hope and in her grief, Lucy finds that the possibility of adopting a child offers her a new chance for a fulfilled life. When she travels to Russia to meet four-year-old Mat she sees in him a soul that is as lonely and lost as hers. Slowly they learn to trust one another and each begins healing. It is when Mat’s father comes to America to reclaim his child that a truth about Mat’s past is revealed, a truth that might shatter Lucy’s fragile little family forever. A Watershed Year is a powerful story of love, loss, redemption, and what it means to be a mother, proving that out of despair can come joy and the beauty of second chances.

Verdict: Keep for now

As promised, there were a couple of fiction books this week.

Current stats: 4/5 for the week, 14/20 overall

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

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My Week in Review 2017 #28

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:

My work trip went well. We got  the new store opened successfully. I got to interact more with my boss, which is good since I generally only see him once every couple of months (our district covers parts of 3 states and he’s based in California). I should be traveling to the new store at least one more time to ensure they have everything they need and help them with additional training and organizing.

I also did a little shopping while I was there, as a birthday treat for myself. I got some costume jewelry and accessories, some new shoes for work and some sandals, and of course I got some more books. I also got a journal and a Funko Pop Dumbledore (I am slowly building my collection of Funko… I have 3 now).

Speaking of my birthday… before I left, my team gave me The Zookeeper’s Wife and my assistants each gave me a gift as well. It was super sweet. And I celebrated with my family on Saturday.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #27
Down the TBR Hole #3
Top Ten Tuesday~ Family Wishes
On Who I Used to be as a Reader
Cat Thursday #28
Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ Wanderlost
Thursday Quotables~Face the Fire
The Friday 56~ Flawed
Book Beginnings~ Geek Girl
Book Blogger Hop #2

This Week on the Blog:

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



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:

Accidentally Hers (Sterling Canyon, #1)

Accidentally Hers

Recently Completed:

The Second Chance Cafe (Hope Springs #1) From Rocket Boys to October Sky: How the Classic Memoir Rocket Boys Was Written and the Hit Movie October Sky Was Made Minerva

The Second Chance Cafe//From Rocket Boys to October Sky//Minerva

Up Next on TBR:

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

The Paper Magician

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:

Won {physical}:

Wolf Unleashed (SWAT, #5)

Wolf Unleashed
Thank you to The Girl from Mur-y Castell

Gifted {physical}:

The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

The Zookeeper’s Wife
Thank you to my team!

Purchased {physical}:

Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice (The Austen Project, #4) Eight Hundred Grapes A Year by the Sea The Forever of Ella and Micha (The Secret, #2) Treasure Island The Girls Sweetbitter The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time Ready Player One The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson

Eligible//Eight Hundred Grapes//A Year by the Sea//The Forever of Ella and Micha//Treasure Island//The Girls//Sweetbitter//The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time//Ready Player One//The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson

Pre-order Received {physical}:

My Not So Perfect Life

My Not So Perfect Life

Kindle Unlimited {audio}:

The Food of Love Beneath the Patchwork Moon (Hope Springs, #2) The Taming of Annabelle (Six Sisters Series Book 2)

The Food of Love//Beneath the Patchwork Moon//The Taming of Annabelle

Net Galley {ebook}:

Hanna Who Fell from the Sky

Hanna Who Fell From the Sky

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

The Friday 56~ Flawed

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 Flawed by Cecelia Ahern.

Flawed (Flawed, #1)

“They want me to lie. They want me to say that what I did was wrong. But to even tell a lie is to be Flawed. To gain my freedom, I must for the first time become Flawed. It doesn’t make sense. It is illogical.”

Book Blogger Hop #2

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:

What is your go-to drink and/or snack while reading? (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

I keep things fairly simple when it comes to drinks and snacks while reading. For drinks, you will generally find me sipping Dr Pepper or water. In the winter, you may find a cup of tea on my side table {always hot, never iced}. Because I try to avoid greasy, drippy, or otherwise messy snacks while reading; I am most likely to be munching on Goldfish crackers {preferably Saltine or Parmesan}. If I’m craving a sweeter treat, it’s probably Red Vines, Tootsie Rolls, or Sweet Tarts.

Thursday Quotables~ Face the Fire


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 Nora Roberts’s Face the Fire.

Face the Fire (Three Sisters Island, #3)


Let her go, his mind ordered. Just let her go. If this is fate, it can’t be beaten. Shouldn’t be, for the good of the whole, fought against.


Let go. Just let go, and you won’t be alone. It’s so hard to be alone.


Once he’d realized he wanted the hotel, the rest was a matter of patience, canniness, and careful strategy. It had been important not to let his father know that the Magick Inn was the single family asset he coveted.


In-the-gut happy, she mused, and sighed. How many people were, when it came right down to it? Wasn’t it just as important to be satisfied, fulfilled, successful? And wasn’t it essential to any level of happiness to feel in control of your life?

Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ Wanderlost

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 Wanderlost by Jen Malone. Aubree is at breakfast the first day of the tour in this scene, completely overwhelmed. {pg. 75-76}


It tuns out pancakes are kind of a “thing” in the Netherlands, at least according to our server. She hands me a menu with topping combinations I guarantee IHOP has never even heard of. Um, shawarma pancakes? Pepperoni pancakes? Rabbit-and-deer-topped pancakes?! Swear to God. They’re on my menu.
“Could I please have butter and maple syrup pancakes?” I ask the waitress. She looks disappointed.

On Who I Used to Be as a Reader {In my 20s & 30s}

I have shared my reading story here in the past, but it’s been a while and I have quite a few new readers, so I thought I would  share it again as part of my new discussion series. I’ll be sharing my story in two parts, the past {my 20s & 30s} and my present {40s}. This week I’ll be sharing my past.

I was always a reader and was introduced to Harlequin romances in high school. I started devouring them. I could read one of the standard Harlequin Presents in a few hours. At the time, Harlequin {and Silhouette} had programs set up where you got the entire selection for a certain imprint each month {I don’t know if they still do this}. And I signed up for them all. Or at least most of them. I was getting approximately 25 books each month, just through Harlequin and Silhouette.

I started looking for other books by my favorite Harlequin authors and found the wider world of romance and historical romance, so these books started joining my shelves as well. Since I was still getting the imprints each month, I was now adding somewhere around 30 or more books each month. And reading around 15-20.

This love of romance, and the exploration of additional books by my favorite authors lead me to romantic suspense books and I was instantly hooked. I soon shifted to wanting a little more substance in my plots than just the romance itself, so my monthly deliveries stopped as I entered my thirties and I started increasing my collection of romantic suspense, as well as other longer, mainstream romances.

Unfortunately, it was also in my thirties that I stopped reading at a high level. I was working longer hours and doing other things outside of work and reading just didn’t seem to happen as often. My bookshelves were filled to overflowing with Harlequin and Silhouette imprints, historical romance, mainstream romance, and romantic suspense. I was still purchasing new books, because the book love was still there, but I was only getting through 1 or 2 books a month.

Getting laid off and being unemployed towards the end of my thirties brought me back to reading for a while. It also brought about the start of a change in my reading tastes. Two significant books came into my life the last year of my thirties to spark this change in direction… the Harry Potter series and Eat, Pray, Love.

Next week I’ll share where those books have taken me into my forties!

Top Ten Tuesday~ Family Wishes

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 decided to share the top ten fictional families I would like to join. I find it interesting that most of these are large families and almost all are mostly brothers with 1 or maybe 2 sisters.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

The Weasley Family
Who doesn’t love the Weasley family? They are loving and supportive of each other, always having each other’s back {even Percy, ultimately}. And they easily adopted Harry and Hermione into their family along with the members of the Order, including them and caring for them as they would their own.

The MacGregors: Serena & Caine (The MacGregors, #1 -2) The MacGregors: Alan & Grant (The MacGregors, #3-4) The MacGregor Brides (MacGregors, #6) The MacGregor Grooms (MacGregors, #8) The MacGregors: Daniel & Ian (The MacGregors #0.2, #5)

The MacGregor Family
While the patriarch of this family is a wiley old matchmaker, he truly does want the best for his kids and grandchildren. This is one of those really close extended families where everyone is there for each other and the cousins are best friends.

Love Only Once (Malory-Anderson Family, #1) Tender Rebel (Malory-Anderson Family, #2) Gentle Rogue (Malory-Anderson Family, #3) The Magic of You (Malory-Anderson Family, #4) Say You Love Me (Malory-Anderson Family, #5) The Present (Malory-Anderson Family, #6) A Loving Scoundrel (Malory-Anderson Family, #7) Captive of My Desires (Malory-Anderson Family, #8) No Choice But Seduction (Malory-Anderson Family, #9) That Perfect Someone (Malory-Anderson Family, #10) Stormy Persuasion (Malory-Anderson Family, #11) Beautiful Tempest (Malory-Anderson Family, #12)

The Malory & Anderson Families
This family of scoundrels is incredibly devoted to each other and while the men may be promiscuous rakes until they meet their soul mates, they are utterly protective of their nieces. In this family, you always know that the other members have your back.

Kiss and Tell (T-FLAC, #2) Hide and Seek (T-FLAC, #3) In Too Deep (T-FLAC, #4) Out of Sight (T-FLAC, #5) On Thin Ice (T-FLAC #6)

The Wright Family
Another close knit family… of warrior men. Again, super close brothers, protective of their sister and eventual wives and children.

To the Edge (The Bodyguards, #1) To the Limit (The Bodyguards, #2) To the Brink (The Bodyguards, #3) Into the Dark (The Bodyguards, #6)

The Garrett Family
Another family of warriors, though the women in this one are warriors too. This family takes in their friends as well, keeping them all super close. And they keep things sane with wicked games of croquet.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2) City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3) City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

The Lightwood Family
While this isn’t necessarily the best family, they did accept Jace into their family and treat him as one of their own. And all of the kids are awesome, so the parents must have done something right. Plus the whole Shadowhunter thing would be awesome.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2) The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3) The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4) The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)

The Jackson Family
Percy’s mom is probably the best mom I’ve ever come across. She would do anything necessary to protect her son, but still provides him with love and a normal {ish} life. She accepts his friends into their family, and even his very interesting half brother. And then there’s his dad, I mean seriously, who wouldn’t want Poseidon as their dad? He may be a god, and maybe he broke his vow, but he at least watched over his sons and acknowledges them, providing them with what help he can.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Mr. Lemoncello's Library #1) Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics (Mr. Lemoncello's Library, #2) Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race (Mr. Lemoncello's Library #3)

The Keeley Family
Any family who has regular game nights is one that I want to be a part of. And this family not only has fun together on game night, but they also support each other through challenges.

Highly Illogical Behavior

The Reed Family
I have never read about a more supportive family. They aren’t perfect, and sometimes their choices aren’t the best, but they are there for their son 100%. I would love to have that kind of understanding and support in my own life.

Come Away with Me (With Me in Seattle, #1) Fight with Me (With Me in Seattle, #2) Play with Me (With Me in Seattle, #3) Rock with Me (With Me in Seattle, #4) Safe with Me (With Me in Seattle, #5) Tied with Me (With Me in Seattle, #6) Breathe with Me (With Me in Seattle, #7) Forever with Me (With Me in Seattle, #8)

The Williams & The Montgomery Families
These two families are both incredibly close and have both accepted Natalie as a part of their families, intertwining the two families together. Not only are they full of hot men, they are full of men who are respectful and supportive to the women in the family.

** All covers link to Goodreads