TBR Tackle Thursday #8

This is the last episode of TBR Tackle Thursday for 2018. I’ve spent the last several months looking through my to be read list that I’ve built on Goodreads. This (semi-regular) blog post looked at each book that I had added since I began using Goodreads in the end of 2016 that I hadn’t read yet.

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TBR Tackle Thursday #7

It’s been a couple weeks and surprisingly I haven’t added any books to my TBR list. Probably due to my lack of playing around on Goodreads… but here we are with another TBR Tackle Thursday.  I will definitely be able to clean out my entire to read list by the end of 2018, so that I have a fresh start and clean slate during 2019.

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TBR Tackle Thursday #6

I just feel like it’s the same thing, week after week. Scroll through my TBR, screenshot the covers of books, think about whether or not I want to keep them or delete them. Let’s be honest — It’s a little meh, or at least that’s my mood today. This week I want to try something a little bit different for my TBR deletion. I am only going to list out books that I want to delete off of my TBR.  I want to know your opinion!  If you see any books on my deleting list that you think deserve to be read, and loved, please let me know!

With this approach, I am hoping to get through the rest of my TBR list by the last Thursday of 2018. I like a fresh start in the New Year 🙂

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TBR Tackle Thursday #5

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate! I hope your day is filled with silly family time, delicious foods and a limited amount of watching football. I love the Thanksgiving holiday because I feel so thankful and grateful for so much going on in my life. So enjoy the little break (if you are lucky enough to have one) and reflect on the wonderful joys that have come from the last 12 months.

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TBR Tackle Thursday #4

There are eight* Thursdays left in 2018. So far I have taken a look at 105 books. Between now and January 3, 2019, I am hoping to have my TBR list broken down into the books I actually feel like I am going to read. While I am working on whittling down my list, I also keep adding a book here or there.

*How is it possible that we only have eight Thursdays/weeks left this year? Where has the year gone? (insert panicked scream)

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TBR Tackle Thursday #3

Three weeks in a row of deleting books off my TBR? Can that really be true? I don’t necessarily have a goal of how small I want to make my list, but I do want to make it achievable and have it be books that I will actually read. Last year I added tons of books to my TBR list through the Goodreads Giveaways because it was a requirement. While I won a lot of the books I entered, there were also a lot that I didn’t.

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TBR Tackle Thursday #2

We are back with another week of tackling the TBR! Last week, I only looked at 10 books. I ended up deleting three and moving one to my educational reads pile. A majority of the books stayed on my TBR because I purchased them, so I need to read them. This seems to be a theme through my next little pile of books too.

For those of you who haven’t done this before but need to get rid of some books from your ever-growing TBR list, here’s what to do:

  1. Go to that list of yours wherever it’s at.
  2. Go to the OLDEST stuff listed.
  3. Pick a chunk (5,10,15, 25, however many you want to go through) of books.
  4. Read the synopsis, and decide if you’re going to keep it on that list or if it’s one of those books that sounded good at the time.
  5. Post your list and your verdicts!

Currently, I have 242 books on my TBR list.

act of warAct of War by Brad Thor

Synopsis: After a CIA agent mysteriously dies overseas, his top asset surfaces with a startling and terrifying claim. There’s just one problem— no one knows if she can be trusted. But when six exchange students go missing, two airplane passengers trade places, and one political-asylum seeker is arrested, a deadly chain of events is set in motion.

With the United States facing an imminent and devastating attack, America’s new president must turn to covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath to help carry out two of the most dangerous operations in the country’s history. Code-named “Gold Dust” and “Blackbird,” they are shrouded in absolute secrecy as either of them, if discovered, will constitute an act of war.

Verdict: Keep it because I own it.

Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz

Synopsis: In a sinister encounter with a rogue truck driver tricked up like a rhinestone cowboy, Odd has a disturbing vision of a shocking multiple homicide that has not yet been committed. Across California, into Nevada, and back again, Odd embarks on a riveting road chase to prevent the tragedy.

Along the way, he meets–and charms–a collection of eccentrics who become his allies in a terrifying battle against a sociopath of singular boldness and cleverness–and a shadowy network of mysterious, like-minded murderers whose chilling resources seem almost supernatural.

Verdict: Delete it and donate it. I didn’t realize how late in the series it is and I don’t have the other books and my TBR is too long already.

Damn FewDamn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior by Rorke Denver

Synopsis: From leadership expert, former Navy SEAL, “American Grit” feature player, and author of Worth Dying For: A Navy SEAL’s Call to a Nation, Rorke Denver, the bestselling account of how he helped create the U.S. Navy SEALS of today. Rorke Denver trains the men who become Navy SEALs–the most creative problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of wars America is fighting now. With his years of action-packed mission experience and a top training role, Lieutenant Commander Denver understands exactly how tomorrow’s soldiers are recruited, sculpted, motivated, and deployed.

Now, Denver takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he now oversees. He recounts his experience evolving from a young SEAL hopeful pushing his way through Hell Week, into a warrior engaging in dangerous stealth missions across the globe, and finally into a lieutenant commander directing the indoctrination, requalification programs, and the “Hero or Zero” missions his SEALs undertake.

From his own SEAL training and missions overseas, Denver details how the SEALs’ creative operations became front and center in America’s War on Terror-and how they are altering warfare everywhere. In fourteen years as a SEAL officer, Rorke Denver tangled with drug lords in Latin America, stood up to violent mobs in Liberia, and battled terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan. Leading 200 commando missions, he earned the Bronze Star with V for valor. He has also served as flag aide to the admiral in charge and spent the past four years as executive officer of the Navy Special Warfare Center’s Advanced Training Command in Coronado, California, directing all phases of the basic and advanced training that prepare men for war in SEAL teams. He recently starred in the film Act of Valor. He is married and has two daughters.

Verdict: Keep it because I own it.

IdenticalIdentical by Scott Turow

Synopsis: IDENTICAL, based loosely on the myth of Castor and Pollux, is the story of identical twins Paul and Cass Giannis and the complex relationships between their family and their former neighbors, the Kronons. The novel focuses principally on events in 2008, when Paul is a candidate for Mayor of Kindle County, and Cass is released from the penitentiary, 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Aphrodite Kronon. The plot centers on the re-investigation of Aphrodite’s murder, carried out together by Evon Miller, an ex-FBI agent who is the head of security for the Kronon family business ZP, and private investigator Tim Brodie, 81, a former homicide detective. The complex web of murder, sex, and betrayal-as only Scott Turow could weave-dramatically unfolds, and the chilling truth is revealed: people will believe what they want to believe.

Verdict: Keep it because I own it.

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

Synopsis: The Gargoyle: the mesmerizing story of one man’s descent into personal hell and his quest for salvation.

On a dark road in the middle of the night, a car plunges into a ravine. The driver survives the crash, but his injuries confine him to a hospital burn unit. There the mysterious Marianne Engel, a sculptress of grotesques, enters his life. She insists they were lovers in medieval Germany, when he was a mercenary and she was a scribe in the monastery of Engelthal. As she spins the story of their past lives together, the man’s disbelief falters; soon, even the impossible can no longer be dismissed.

Verdict: Delete it and donate it.

Israel in the Middle East: Documents and Readings on Society, Politics, and Foreign Relations, Pre-1948 to the Present by Itmar Rabinovich

Synopsis: This timely anthology, completely revised and updated from the original edition in 1984, provides convenient access to the most significant documents of the Zionist movement since 1882 and of Israel’s domestic and foreign policy issues between 1948 and 2006.

Comprised largely of primary sources from Israeli, Arab, and American records, documents encompass not only political and diplomatic history but economic, cultural, legal and social aspects of the region as well. The second edition also addresses areas not covered by the 1984 volume: a new chapter on the pre-state period, additional documents that reflect the Palestinian perspective, and the voices of women. Divided into seven chronological sections, documents are introduced by an overview of the entire era. They are annotated and preceded by explanatory headnotes.

Verdict: Educational Reads

insomniaInsomnia by Stephen King

Synopsis: Since his wife died, Ralph Roberts has been having trouble sleeping. Each night he wakes up a bit earlier, until he’s barely sleeping at all. During his late night walks, he observes some strange things going on in Derry, Maine. He sees colored ribbons streaming from people’s heads, two strange little men wandering around town after dark, and more. He begins to suspect that these visions are something more than hallucinations brought on by lack of sleep.

There’s a definite mean streak running through this small New England city; underneath its ordinary surface awesome and terrifying forces are at work. The dying has been going on in Derry for a long, long time. Now Ralph is part of it…and lack of sleep is the least of his worries.

Returning to the same Maine town where It took place, a town that has haunted Stephen King for decades, Insomnia blends King’s trademark bone-chilling realism with supernatural terror to create yet another masterpiece of suspense.

Verdict: Keep it because I own it.

His Dark Materials (#1-3) by Philip Pullman

Synopsis: His Dark Materials is an epic trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman consisting The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. It follows the coming of age of two children, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, as they wander through a series of parallel universes.

Verdict: Delete it and donate it. I bought the set for a Religion and Fantasy class I took FOUR years ago and I still haven’t cracked these books open.

Finding My Badass Self: A Year of Truths and Dares by Sherry Stanfa-Stanley

Synopsis: Fighting midlife inertia, Sherry Stanfa-Stanley stares down fear through The 52/52 Project: a year of weekly new experiences designed to push her far outside her comfort zone. Her escapades range from visiting a nude beach with her seventy-five-year-old mother in tow to going on a raid with a vice squad and SWAT team to crashing a wedding (where she accidentally catches the bouquet). While finding her courage in the most unlikely of circumstances, Sherry ultimately finds herself.

For midlifers, fatigued parents, and anyone who may be discontent with their life and looking to shake things up, try new things, or just escape, Finding My Badass Self is proof it’s never too late to reinvent yourself–and that the best bucket list of all may be an unbucket list.

Verdict: Delete it.

Dots & Dashes by Jehanne Dubrow

Synopsis: Moving between the languages of love and war, Jehanne Dubrow’s latest book offers valuable testimony to the experiences of military wives. Frequently employing rhyme, meter, and traditional forms, these poems examine what it means to be both a military spouse and an academic, straddling two communities that speak in very different and often conflicting terms.

As in the poet’s earlier collection, Stateside, the poems in Dots & Dashes are explicitly feminist, exploring the experiences of women whose husbands are deployed. But, while Stateside looked to masculine stories of war, Dots & Dashes incorporates the views and voices of female poets who have written about combat. Looking to Sappho and Emily Dickinson, the poet considers how the act of writing allows her autonomy and agency rarely granted to military spouses, even in the twenty-first century. Dubrow catalogs the domestic life of a military spouse, illustrating what it is like to live in a tightly constructed world of rules and regulations, ceremony and tradition, where “every sacrifice already / knows its place.”

Navigating the rough seas of marriage alongside questions about how civilians and those in the military can learn to communicate with one another, Dubrow argues for compassion and empathy on both sides. In this timely collection, Dubrow offers the hope that if we can break apart our preconceptions and stereotypes, we can find what connects all of us.

Verdict: Delete it.

draculaDracula by Bram Stoker

Synopsis: The novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and of the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and a woman led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing.

Verdict: Keep it because I own it.





Out of the books I looked at today:

  • Keeping: 5
  • Educational Reads: 1
  • Deleted: 7

Now I am down to 234 books on my TBR list.

Here is last week’s TBR Tackle Thursday!

Let’s Chat!

Did I get delete any books that you’ve read before and loved? Did I keep any that you’ve read and didn’t like?

TBR Tackle Thursday #1

When I first started blogging, I saw a tag titled “Down the TBR Hole.” This was a great concept that helped me to start clearing out my TBR on Goodreads because it was a little bit out of control. I did the tag about five times, but then it fell by the wayside. Last week while scrolling through my email, I received an email from WordPress about a new post by bookschiefmanaged titled “TBR Tackle Thursday” and I thought what a great idea. Lets bring back tackling this endless TBR pile to clear it up before the New Year begins.

For those of you who haven’t done this before but need to get rid of some books from your ever-growing TBR list, here’s what to do:

  1. Go to that list of yours wherever it’s at.
  2. Go to the OLDEST stuff listed.
  3. Pick a chunk (5,10,15, 25, however many you want to go through) of books.
  4. Read the synopsis, and decide if you’re going to keep it on that list or if it’s one of those books that sounded good at the time.
  5. Post your list and your verdicts!

Here are the links to my previous Down the TBR Hole posts:

Instead of starting at the beginning again, I am going to start where I ended with Down the TBR Hole #5. Once I’ve circled through the first time, chances are I will start with the original books added to my TBR list. I also used to have this someday maybe bookshelf – but in this go round, I am not adding books to this shelf. We’re sticking with To Be Read, Educational Reads or getting rid of it.

Currently, I have 250 books on my TBR list.

Screen Shot 2018-10-16 at 9.12.20 PMBone Machine by Martyn Waites

Synopsis: The body is discovered in an abandoned burial ground: a young woman, blond, ritualistically mutilated, apparently. Her eyes and mouth have been crudely sewn shut.

The police come up with a suspect quick enough: the victim’s boyfriend, Michael Nell, who has a notoriously uncontrollable temper as well as an incriminating record of violence against women. His lawyer, however, is not convinced that Nell is a killer.

All Joe Donovan has to do is prove the truth of Michael Nell’s alibi. The job proves not to be routine, as Donovan’s inquiries lead him and his crack team of operatives deep into Newcastle’s murky underworld of child-trafficking and prostitution. When the second body shows up, the former investigative journalist knows he’s up against more than local gangsters.

Still bearing the scars of his own crushing history since the disappearance of his six-year-old son three years before, Donovan now finds himself enmeshed in the dark biography of an elusive, deranged serial killer whom he can profile but cannot identify. The killer meanwhile obliges the authorities with maddeningly cryptic clues to his twisted, deadly intents, but all the while time for the next young, unsuspecting victim is fast running out.

Verdict: Keep it because I own it.

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen

Synopsis: Ebola, SARS, Hendra, AIDS, and countless other deadly viruses all have one thing in common: the bugs that transmit these diseases all originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. In this gripping account, David Quammen takes the reader along on this astonishing quest to learn how, where from, and why these diseases emerge and asks the terrifying question: What might the next big one be?

Verdict: Educational Reads.

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

Synopsis: Three years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon’s Skookum National Forest. She would be eight years old now—if she has survived. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, certain someone took her, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Known to the police and a select group of parents as The Child Finder, Naomi is their last hope.

Naomi’s methodical search takes her deep into the icy, mysterious forest in the Pacific Northwest, and into her own fragmented past. She understands children like Madison because once upon a time, she was a lost girl too.

As Naomi relentlessly pursues and slowly uncovers the truth behind Madison’s disappearance, shards of a dark dream pierce the defenses that have protected her, reminding her of a terrible loss she feels but cannot remember. If she finds Madison, will Naomi ultimately unlock the secrets of her own life?

Verdict: Delete.

Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart

Synopsis: I have something for you. When Quinn Cruz receives that cryptic text message from her older sister Nora, she doesn’t think much of it. They haven’t seen each other in nearly a year and thanks to Nora’s fierce aloofness, their relationship consists mostly of infrequent phone calls and an occasional email or text. But when a haunted Nora shows up at the lake near Quinn’s house just hours later, a chain reaction is set into motion that will change both of their lives forever.

Nora’s “something” is more shocking than Quinn could have ever imagined: a little girl, cowering, wide-eyed, and tight-lipped. Nora hands her over to Quinn with instructions to keep her safe, and not to utter a word about the child to anyone, especially not their buttoned-up mother who seems determined to pretend everything is perfect. But before Quinn can ask even one of the million questions swirling around her head, Nora disappears, and Quinn finds herself the unlikely caretaker of a girl introduced simply as Lucy.

While Quinn struggles to honor her sister’s desperate request and care for the lost, scared Lucy, she fears that Nora may have gotten involved in something way over her head—something that will threaten them all. But Quinn’s worries are nothing compared to the firestorm that Nora is facing. It’s a matter of life and death, of family and freedom, and ultimately, about the lengths a woman will go to protect the ones she loves.

Verdict: Delete.

Shooting Ghosts: A U.S. Marine, a Combat Photographer, and Their Journey Back From War by Finbarr O’Reilly

Synopsis: War tears people apart, but it can also bring them together. Through the unpredictability of war and its aftermath, a decorated Marine sergeant and a world-trotting war photographer became friends, their bond forged as they patrolled together through the dusty alleyways of Helmand province and camped side by side in the desert. It deepened after Sergeant T. J. Brennan was injured during a Taliban ambush, and both returned home. Brennan began to suffer from the effects of his injury and from the fallout of his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. But war correspondents experience similar rates of posttraumatic stress as combat veterans. The causes can be different, but guilt plays a prominent role in both. For Brennan, it s the things he s done, or didn t do, that haunt him. Finbarr O Reilly s conscience is nagged by the task of photographing people at their most vulnerable while being able to do little to help, and his survival guilt as colleagues die on the job. Their friendship offered them both a shot at redemption.

As we enter the fifteenth year of continuous war, it is increasingly urgent not just to document the experiences of the battlefield but also to probe the reverberations that last long after combatants and civilians have returned home, and to understand the many faces trauma takes. Shooting Ghosts looks at the horrors of war directly, but then turns to a journey that draws on our growing understanding of what recovery takes. Their story, told in alternating first-person narratives, is about the things they saw and did, the ways they have been affected, and how they have navigated the psychological aftershocks of war and wrestled with reforming their own identities and moral centers. While war never really ends for those who’ve lived through it, this book charts the ways two survivors have found to calm the ghosts and reclaim a measure of peace.

Verdict: Delete.

Screen Shot 2018-10-16 at 9.46.29 PMPandemic by A.G. Riddle

Synopsis: A hundred miles north of Alaska, an American Coast Guard vessel discovers a sunken submarine at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean. It has no national identification and doesn’t match the records of any known vessel. Deep within, researchers find evidence of a scientific experiment that will alter our very understanding of the human race.

In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC’s leading epidemiologist, she’s among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It’s a lonely and dangerous job, but it’s her life—and she’s good at it. This time, she may have met her match.

In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death’s door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO. What they find in the remote village is beyond their worst fears. As she traces the origin of the pathogen, Peyton begins to believe that there is more to this outbreak—that it may be merely the opening act in a conspiracy with far reaching consequences.

In Berlin, Desmond Hughes awakens in a hotel room with no memory of how he got there or who he is. On the floor, he finds a dead security guard from an international pharmaceutical company. His only clue leads him to Peyton Shaw—a woman who seems to know him, but refuses to tell him how. With the police searching the city for him, Desmond desperately tries to piece together what happened to him. To his shock and horror, he learns that he may be involved in causing the outbreak—and could hold the only key to stopping it.

As the pathogen spreads around the world, Peyton and Desmond race to unravel the conspiracy behind the pandemic—and uncover secrets some want to keep buried.

Verdict: Keep it.

things fall apart.pngThings Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Synopsis: THINGS FALL APART tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first of these stories traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives, and in its classical purity of line and economical beauty it provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between the individual and society.

The second story, which is as modern as the first is ancient, and which elevates the book to a tragic plane, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo’s world through the arrival of aggressive, proselytizing European missionaries. These twin dramas are perfectly harmonized, and they are modulated by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul.

Verdict: Keep it because I own it.

Screen Shot 2018-10-16 at 9.47.47 PMOrange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Synopsis: With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before.

But that past has caught up with her.

Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424 — one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system.

From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance.

Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison—why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they’re there.

Verdict: Keep it because I own it.

Screen Shot 2018-10-16 at 9.48.56 PMDivergent by Veronica Roth

Synopsis: In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Verdict: Keep it because I own it.

Screen Shot 2018-10-16 at 9.50.05 PMThe Kill Room by Jeffery Deaver

Synopsis: It was a “million-dollar bullet,” a sniper shot delivered from over a mile away. Its victim was no ordinary mark: he was a United States citizen, targeted by the United States government, and assassinated in the Bahamas. The nation’s most renowned investigator and forensics expert, Lincoln Rhyme, is drafted to investigate. While his partner, Amelia Sachs, traces the victim’s steps in Manhattan, Rhyme leaves the city to pursue the sniper himself. As details of the case start to emerge, the pair discovers that not all is what it seems. When a deadly, knife-wielding assassin begins systematically eliminating all evidence–including the witnesses–Lincoln’s investigation turns into a chilling battle of wits against a cold-blooded killer.

Verdict: Keep it because I own it.

Out of the books I looked at today:

  • Keeping: 6
  • Educational Reads: 1
  • Deleted: 3
  • Removed Duplicates: 3 (whoops)

Now I am down to 242 books on my TBR list.

Let’s Chat!

Did I get delete any books that you’ve read before and loved? Did I keep any that you’ve read and didn’t like?

Summer Reading List

The season of spring has come and gone. It’s June 21st which means its officially summer!

On March 20th I posted a list of books that were on my spring to be read list. I read 5/10 of the books which is pretty lame. I feel like I should leave those remaining books on the Summer TBR list primarily because the remaining books need to be read for my Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge! (How have a not prioritized them?!) But alas, I find myself making a new summer TBR list.

  1. Providence by Caroline Kepnes
  2. From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein

  3. Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi
  4. One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
  5. A Man Called Over by Fredrick Backman
  6. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  7. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
  8. Trespassing by Brandi Reeds
  9. The Thinnest Air by Minka Kent
  10. Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum

Have you read any of the books on my summer TBR? I’m really excited and hope I can tackle more of these than my spring TBR!

Down the TBR Hole #5

I am back with the 5th edition of Down the TBR Hole! This idea was created by Lia at Lost in the Story. Cleaning out the TBR shelf feels so good. I love to reflect on the books that I’ve added to my shelf – do I really want to read these books or were they added on a whim?

For me, it works like this. I have three shelves on my Goodreads account to separate the read now, from the someday maybes and the educational reads that would be smart to read for my career.

The Rules:
  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
The Books:

The Light in the Summer by Mary McNear
I haven’t been into romance novels lately. I also haven’t been huge into ‘chick lit.’ I have a feeling this was a book from a Goodreads Giveaway that I didn’t win. I’m not interested in reading it.

The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After Happiness: A Memoir by Heather Harpham
I definitely won this book from a Goodreads Giveaway! It’s also on my list for the Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge. I’ll be keeping this one on the list because I think I’ll read it in the next couple weeks.

Lies She Told by Cate Holahan
I’m not entirely sure how I came across this. But it’s listed as a mystery thriller and I love those! I’ll going to move it to the someday-maybe pile because I truly hope to make it to this book in the future.

Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider’s Account of the Politics of Intelligence by Melvin A Goodman
I’m not a big reader of politics books, especially those that are about whistle-blowers. I am going to go ahead and delete this.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
I’ve been wanting to read this book for years… and then it was made into a movie! (I haven’t yet seen the movie though). This is staying on my TBR until its gone.

My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood
I don’t know where this came from but holy moley the summary sounds AMAZING. I might pick this up from the library sooner rather than later because a) it’s a thriller and b) it talks about a real life conflict: the Syrian Conflict.

NightA Memoir by Elie Wiesel
I think I was supposed to read this book for hebrew school many, many years ago. I never got to it. It’s another book that’s on my Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge. I’ll be reading it before the end of the year!

Don’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon
It’s listed as a thriller novel, but it doesn’t have a super high star rating. I don’t want to get completely rid of it because like I’ve mentioned before… I love thrillers. So I’ll move it to someday-maybe.

The Fear of Striking Out by Amy Terveer-Manwarren
“Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game” is one of my all time favorite movie quotes. Even better, Hilary Duff says it. I’m honestly going to keep this on my someday-maybe shelf because it reminds me of that quote and it has an adorable cover.

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
I picked this book up for $1 at my local library’s book-sale that benefited the library! I think it’s fascinating that there are so few books about hermaphrodites, and I have been told that this is one of the best. It’s on my Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge, so it will be staying!

The One Year Daily Acts of Kindness Devotional: 365 Inspiring Ideas to Reveal, Give, and Find God’s Love by Kristin Demery
This was 100% a book from a Goodreads Giveaway that you had to click “add to to-read list” in order to be entered. I didn’t win. And honestly, I probably will never read.

Off the Page (Between the Lines #2) by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
I read Between the Lines way back in 2012 when the novel first came out. It was given to me by a friend as a graduation present because she knew how much I loved Jodi Picoult (It was a shared love). I definitely didn’t realize that this was the second book! Because it’s Jodi Picoult, it will definitely be staying on my TBR.

Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult
This is one of the few books by Jodi Picoult that I haven’t read and that I don’t own! I look for it everywhere because I need to own all of her books, but I’m not willing to pay full price. It’s going to stay on the TBR list. I’m hoping to buy it and read it before I go back and re-read all of her other novels too!

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Before anyone screams, I don’t know how I escaped schooling without having to read To Kill a Mockingbird. Would you scream even louder if I told you I have no idea what it’s about *shame-face*. It is on my Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge, so I will read it this year. I’ll conquer it and finally be able to say that I’ve read it.

Go Set a Watchman (To Kill a Mockingbird #2) by Harper Lee
I’m honestly only going to keep this on my TBR and not my someday-maybe shelf because I plan on reading it directly after I finish To Kill a Mockingbird. That way I no longer have to listen to people say ‘oh my goodness!! You haven’t read it and you call yourself a reader???’ First off, bite me. Second off, I’ll get there.

The Keepers:

Links back to my previous Down the TBR Hole posts:

Down the TBR Hole #1 (03/25/2018)
Down the TBR Hole #2 (04/08/2018)
Down the TBR Hole #3 (04/15/2018)
Down the TBR Hole #4 (04/22/2018)

Did I get delete any books that you’ve read before and loved? Did I keep any that you’ve read and didn’t like? Leave me a comment and let me know!