Saturday, July 13, 2019

Cleaning Up My TBR With a Giveaway (US Only) - Down the TBR Hole #30

This meme was started by Lost in a Story.  Here is how it works:
  • 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?
Because I have so many to do, I'm going to try to do this weekly, and do 10 at a time.


1.   You're (Not) the One by Alexandra Potter:
Most women dream of finding the love of their life. Lucy just wants to lose him...

Venice, one of the world's most romantic cities, lives by the legend of the bridge of sighs: When a woman kisses the man of her dreams under the bridge at sunset, she will be together with him forever. So eighteen-year-old Lucy seals her fate in the blush of first love with Nate.

Yet ten years later, the pair has completely lost contact-until the day Lucy arrives at Nate's luxury Manhattan apartment with paintings he has purchased from the gallery where she is newly employed. The legend has reunited the couple, and Lucy is overjoyed-until the state of their union is misery.

Can destiny be undone? In the hands of the international bestselling author Alexandra Potter, "You're (Not) the One" is a witty romance that turns on the power of a kiss.

 
My thoughts:
Doesn't really sound like one I want to read anymore.

Verdict:  Toss



2.  Breakfast at Darcy's by Ali McNamara:
When Darcy McCall loses her beloved Aunt Molly, she doesn't expect any sort of inheritance - let alone a small island! Located off the west coast of Ireland, Tara hasn't been lived on for years, but according to Molly's will, Darcy must stay there for twelve months in order to fully inherit. It's a big shock. And she's even more shocked to hear that she needs to persuade a village full of people to settle there, too. Darcy has to leave behind her independent city life and swap stylish heels for muddy wellies. Between sorting everything from the plumbing to the pub, Darcy meets confident, charming Conor and sensible, stubborn Dermot - but who will make her feel really at home?

My thoughts:  
Kind of sounds cute, again like what I was reading at the time I added it to my TBR.  But I have a feeling it's not quite the same as the romances I read these days, maybe a little too tame.

Verdict:Toss




3.  Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted:
Emily March is sick and tired of being a middle sister. So when she gets an assignment to describe one thing she'd change about a classic novel, Little Women is an easy choice. After all, if Emily can't fix things in her own family, she might as well bring a little justice to the other March sisters. Perhaps she can--spoiler alert!--keep Beth from dying? Or maybe she can prevent the boy next door from winding up with Amy instead of Jo?

But when Emily gets mysteriously transported into the 1860s world of the March sisters, she discovers that righting fictional wrongs won't be as easy as she thought... especially when she develops a crush on the very boy she planned to save for Jo. After being immersed in a time and place so different from her own, Emily--and not the March sisters--may be the one who undergoes the most surprising change of all.

Lauren Baratz-Logsted's winning confection is a journey of self-discovery that will appeal to fans of Little Women as well as anyone who enjoys time travel or a modern twist on an old favorite.
My thoughts:  
Hmm, I do love a good retelling like this.  But I've never actually read Little Women.  Hmm.  Decisions, decisions.  Maybe I'll keep this one for now.

Verdict: Keep



4.  Asylum by Kristen Selleck:
Across the country, hidden in plain sight, are the forgotten remains of a once-great psychiatric movement: the asylum. These crumbling castles all share a common appearance and history. They inspire curiosity, fear, and even a few urban legends.

Chloe Adams came to Birch Harbor, a small college town in the U.P., to escape the stigma of mental illness. Her new roommate Sam Klingeman, came to drink her weight in vodka and find a hot guy with a trust fund. Between Chloe's developing relationship with campus hockey hero and floor RA, Seth Maird, trying to be the voice of moderation for Sam, and her new position as teacher's assistant for the eccentric Dr. Willard, she's stayed busy enough to keep the past firmly behind her.

But the voices return...and this time, she's not the only one that can hear them.

The beautiful old dormitory she lives in is hiding a secret. A secret that will uncover a dark plot 200 years in the making. Will Chloe be able to hold onto the new life she's worked so hard to build, will she relapse into a world of her own making, or will she, perhaps, fulfill the legacy she was born into?

 
My thoughts:
Hmm, not sure, can't decide on this one.  Sounds like it could be a good one!  But since I've not heard of it much really, maybe not.

Verdict:Toss



5.   Once More Upon a Time by Patrick Thomas and Diane Raetz:
Beyond the veil lives the source of fairy tales, dark entities who are the embodiment of fable. They watch and wait for another chance to wreck havoc in the real world. None of them want anything to do with happily ever after. The fables take over humans and manipulate events to reenact their stories, each time with new, unwitting players trapped in the story cycle. If left unchecked, the death and destruction escalates to a worldwide scale. For over a thousand years the duty of stopping them has fallen on the agents of Templar Mason, known in the days of old as the Knights Templar. Witch Jillian Anderson is hunting a sorcerer who has found a way to summon the stories to the mortal plane. She must stop him before the fables can get a foothold on the real world and end their stories before they end hers.
  
My thoughts:
Eh, not sure this one sounds that great.  Maybe too much going on.

Verdict: Toss



6.  Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips:
Being a Greek god is not all it once was. Yes, the twelve gods of Olympus are alive and well in the twenty-first century, but they are crammed together in a London townhouse--and none too happy about it. And they've had to get day jobs: Artemis as a dog-walker, Apollo as a TV psychic, Aphrodite as a phone sex operator, Dionysus as a DJ.

Even more disturbingly, their powers are waning, and even turning mortals into trees--a favorite pastime of Apollo's--is sapping their vital reserves of strength.

Soon, what begins as a minor squabble between Aphrodite and Apollo escalates into an epic battle of wills. Two perplexed humans, Alice and Neil, who are caught in the crossfire, must fear not only for their own lives, but for the survival of humankind. Nothing less than a true act of heroism is needed-but can these two decidedly ordinary people replicate the feats of the mythical heroes and save the world?


My thoughts:
Again, while I like retellings, especially about gods, this one has low ratings on Goodreads, and not sure I care that much.

Verdict: Toss



7.  This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers:
It's the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won't stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn't sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she's failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she's forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group's fate is determined less and less by what's happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

My thoughts:  
This is still one I want to read! 

Verdict:  Keep


 8.  The Hating Game by Talli Roland:
When Mattie Johns agrees to star on a dating game show to save her ailing recruitment business, she's confident she'll sail through to the end without letting down the perma-guard she's perfected from years of her love 'em and leave 'em dating strategy.

After all, what can go wrong with dating a few losers and hanging out long enough to pick up a juicy £200,000 prize? Plenty, Mattie discovers, when it's revealed that the contestants are four of her very unhappy exes.

Can Mattie confront her past to get the prize money she so desperately needs, or will her exes finally wreak their long-awaited revenge? And what about the ambitious TV producer whose career depends on stopping her from making it to the end?


My thoughts:
This one does still sound kind of good.  I do love the reality tv stories. 

Verdict:  Keep


9.  The Whole Package by Cynthia Ellingsen:
It's a man's world-but in this outrageous debut, the girls aren't playing by the rules. 

For lifelong friends Jackie, Cheryl, and Doris, life hasn't turned out according to plan. But after a drunken night sampling the delights at a strip club for women, the ladies stumble upon an ingenious idea and open up The Whole Package-the world's first restaurant staffed exclusively by very attractive men. Mixing business with pleasure can be risky, but for these three best friends, getting a little bit outrageous just might be what it takes to make their mark in the world. 


My thoughts:
Eh, so-so, probably wouldn't ever get to this one.

Verdict:  Toss


10.  Illuminated by Erica Orloff:
Some loves are not made to last . . . Like Romeo and Juliet, Heloise and Abelard were doomed from the start, and their romance was destined to pass into history. Yet when sixteen-year-old Callie Martin discovers a diary hidden within an antique book, their story - and hers - takes on another life. For the diary leads Callie to the brilliant and handsome August, who is just as mysterious as the secret the diary hides. Their attraction is undeniable. As the two hunt down the truth behind the diary - and that of Heloise and Abelard's ancient romance - their romance becomes all-consuming. But Callie knows it can't last . . . love never does. Will their love that burns as bright as a shooting star flame out, or will these star-crossed lovers be able to defy history?

My thoughts:
Eh, not sure this is anything I need to read.

Verdict: Toss


Final Thoughts:
Keeping three again this week out of the ten, still more gone than kept! Still haven't had time to do much unpacking to get rid of books, so real ones are still waiting to be looked over, although I have pulled 3 autographed ones out.   Once again you can see that I may have dropped some, but you can also see how many I've added during the week as well because I'm also pointing out how many books are on my Want to Read list on Goodreads each week.  This week, after taking these 7 off, I have 3,170 books listed now, and last week I ended with 3,184. Not sure if I took some books off my lists this week without realizing, or what, but hey, the number is going down, so that makes me happy!

Have you read any of these?  Would you suggest I keep any I'm tossing?  And if you're inspired to do this on your blog, please feel free to join in and share a link in the comments, since it will also get you an extra entry into my giveaway at the bottom of this post.      
 


Giveaway:
Once again this is a US only giveaway, unless you are International and see a book here you really want and would be willing to pay for the difference in the shipping through Paypal or some other way.  This week I'm upping the prize, you get to pick any two books from the pictures below, as long as they don't get traded away, or picked by last week's winner, and I will pick a surprise book from the piles to add to your choice.  Here are your choices:   

2018 ARCs:



2017 ARCs:



I'm continuing to add in my early 2019 ARCs now.  You can pick one of your two choices from the picture below, the other book you pick needs to come from the pictures above.



Once again I'm going to let you pick two, along with me throwing in a surprise third book!  Just enter the Rafflecopter below.   Disclaimer:  Unfortunately, while I've only had it happen once, I'm going to have to make a statement like other giveaways I've seen on blogs that I am not responsible for lost mail. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

14 comments:

  1. From the books you featured this week, I think you made excellent choices to keep/toss. I haven't read any of these, but the ones you're keeping sound like ones you'd still enjoy.

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    1. Hopefully, of course who knows if I'll ever get to them! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I'm interested in Girls with Sharp Sticks

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  3. We Were Beautiful sounds good. Thanks for the chance.

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  4. You've been making some great progress this week. Glad you were able to get so much cleaned up and I hope you're able to keep up the good work.

    Sharrice @Reese's Reviews

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  5. I would be interested in "This is Not A Love Letter", "Textrovert", and " Danger to Herself and Others".

    Thanks for the chance1

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  6. I totally enjoyed doing the Keep or Toss for the first time. Here is my link!
    https://readingauthors.blogspot.com/2019/07/down-tbr-hole-meme-tbrhole-books.html

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    1. Yay! So glad you joined in! I'm going to go check out your post right now!

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  7. I haven't read any of these books, but it's great that you're making progress with tossing books off your TBR!

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    1. Especially when I don't add any. Thanks for visiting!

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