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Down the TBR Hole #5

Hi there beautiful bookworms!

I apologise that it has been so long since I have posted one of these! Down the TBR Hole is a weekly feature in which we go through our TBR lists and get rid of the ones we are never going to read. In my last version of this, which you can read here, I only managed to get rid of one book, so I am hoping to cut more from today’s list. In case you are not sure how this one works, here is a bit of a run down:

“Down the TBR Hole is a (very) bookish meme, originally created by Lia @ Lost In A Story. She has since combed through all of her TBR (very impressive) and diminished it by quite a bit, but the meme is still open to others! How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re 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 let it go?”

Here are my books for this week:

872333When the Mayflower set sail in 1620, it carried on board the men and women who would shape America: Miles Standish; John Alden; Constance Hopkins. But some among the Pilgrims were not pure of heart; they were not escaping religious persecution. Indeed, they were not even human. They were vampires. The vampires assimilated quickly into the New World. Rising to levels of enormous power, wealth, and influence, they were the celebrated blue bloods of American society.

The Blue Bloods vowed that their immortal status would remain a closely guarded secret. And they kept that secret for centuries. But now, in New York City, the secret is seeping out. Schuyler Van Alen is a sophomore at a prestigious private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes instead of the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates, and she lives with her reclusive grandmother in a dilapated mansion. Schuyler is a loner…and happy that way. Suddenly, when she turns fifteen, there is a visible mosaic of blue veins on her arm. She starts to crave raw food and she is having flashbacks to ancient times. Then a popular girl from her school is found dead… drained of all her blood. Schuyler doesn’t know what to think, but she wants to find out the secrets the Blue Bloods are keeping. But is she herself in danger?

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The Verdict: After going back over the synopsis of this one, and knowing that it has been on my TBR for quite some time, I think there are better sounding book series’ out there these days that I don’t think I really need to read this one, it just doesn’t grab me. Therefore, I think this one can go

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before i go to sleepAs I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child, thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me…

Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love–all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.

Welcome to Christine’s life.

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The Verdict: This one still sounds really interesting, so I think I am going to keep this one for sure!

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please dont tellFen Dexter’s quiet life on the idyllic California coast is interrupted one stormy night when a blood-covered man shows up on her doorstep, claiming to have had a car accident. He tells her that he is on his way to San Francisco to help the police solve the murder of his fiancée. Unable to make it to the hospital because of the storm, he stays the night at Fen’s, and the attraction between them is obvious. The next morning he heads to the hospital where Fen’s niece, Vivi, is an ER doctor. Vivi is treating the most recent target of a serial killer whose signature move is to leave a note saying “Please Don’t Tell” taped across his victim’s mouths. When Fen’s mysterious stranger comes to Vivi to have his wounds stitched she agrees to set him up to talk with the police about his fiancée. Who is this man, really? What does he want with Fen and her family? And will they live long enough to uncover the truth? Told with Elizabeth Adler’s knack for terrific female characters and breathtaking twists, Please Don’t Tell will keep you guessing, right up to the end.

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The Verdict: I absolutely love crime thrillers, and this one has me written all over it. This one I am definitely going to keep.

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close my eyesWhen Geniver Loxley lost her daughter at birth eight years ago, her world stopped… and never fully started again. Mothers with strollers still make her flinch; her love of writing has turned into a half-hearted teaching career; and she and her husband, Art, have slipped into the kind of rut that seems inescapable.
But then a stranger shows up on their doorstep, telling Gen the very thing she’s always wanted to hear: that her daughter Beth was not stillborn, but was taken away as a healthy infant and is still out there, somewhere, waiting to be found. It’s insane, unbelievable. But why would anyone make that up? A fissure suddenly opens up in Gen’s carefully reconstructed life, letting in a flood of unanswerable questions. Where is Beth now? Why is Art so reluctant to get involved? To save his wife from further hurt? Or is it something more sinister? And who can she trust to help her?

Ignoring the warnings of her husband and friends, Gen begins to delve into the dark corners of her past, hopeful she’ll find a clue to her daughter’s whereabouts. But hope quickly turns into fear and paranoia, as she realizes that finding the answers might open the door to something even worse than not knowing. A truth that could steal everything she holds close – even her own life.

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The Verdict: This one sounds so good! I know it has been on the list for a while, but I still think that I will enjoy reading this one, so I am going to keep it!

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dr jekell and mr hydeThe structure of [‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’] follows a path as indirect and elusive as its multiple narrative voices. With its obliquely recorded incidents, its eyewitness accounts and sealed confessions, it resembles…a [police detective’s] casebook–a collection of gathered clues, fragments, through which the clever detective may be able to…project a complete narrative. Perhaps one of the most compelling aspects of this novel [of ten chapters] is that, in fact, there’s so much left here for [the reader] to fill in, so many scenes that [the reader] can only imagine. Such a structure creates fertile ground for allegory [a story with symbolic meaning] hunters, and there are indeed many convincing interpretations of this novel.

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The Verdict: This one is a classic, and I own it so I think it is safe to say that I am going to keep it.

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That is all for this week’s Down the TBR Hole. I only managed to get rid of one book again this week, but I guess that is better than nothing! I will see you all next week for another edition of this feature!

How many books did you get rid of from your TBR piles this week? Have you read any that I have featured in this post? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below! Until next time, happy reading!

Kim x

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Down The TBR Hole #4

Hey there beautiful bookworms!
Today is Monday, and therefore that means that it is time for me to make another Down The TBR post!
Last week’s post (which you can read, here) saw me get rid of another two books from my ever-growing list of books to read. This week I am hoping to have some more success, but we will see..here is how this feature works:

Down the TBR Hole is a (very) bookish meme, originally created by Lia @ Lost In A Story. She has since combed through all of her TBR (very impressive) and diminished it by quite a bit, but the meme is still open to others! How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re 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 let it go?

the silver linings playbookMeet Pat Peoples. Pat Peoples has a theory that his life is actually a movie produced by God, and that his God-given mission in life is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy ending – which, for Pat, means the return of his estranged wife Nikki. (It might not come as any surprise to learn that Pat has spent several years in a mental health facility.)
The problem is, Pat’s home now, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; his old friends are saddled with families; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, Kenny G keeps haunting him!
The Silver Linings Playbook is the riotous and poignant story of how one man regains his memory and comes to terms with his wife’s betrayal. Matthew Quick takes us inside Pat’s mind, deftly showing us the world from his distorted yet endearing perspective. The result is a touching and funny novel that helps us look at both depression and love in a wonderfully refreshing way.

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The Verdict: This one has sat there not moving for a while. I did watch the movie when it first came out, and though I enjoyed it, it is not one that I will be rushing off to re-watch anytime soon. Therefore, I think this one can go.

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Beautiful disasterThe new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.
Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match

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The Verdict: This one still sounds like it would be really good! So I think I am going to keep this one!

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fracturedA compelling, emotional debut from a brilliant Australian author that brings to life a new mother’s worst fears.

Tony is worried. His wife, Anna, isn’t coping with their newborn. Anna had wanted a child so badly and, when Jack was born, they were both so happy. They’d come home from the hospital a family. Was it really only six weeks ago?

But Anna hasn’t been herself since. One moment she’s crying, the next she seems almost too positive. It must be normal with a baby, Tony thought; she’s just adjusting. He had been busy at work. It would sort itself out. But now Anna and Jack are missing. And Tony realises that something is really wrong…

What happens to this family will break your heart and leave you breathless.

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The Verdict: This one caught my eye such a long time ago and reading over the synopsis now, it still sounds really good. I think I will be keeping this one!

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jasper jonesLate on a hot summer night in 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan.
Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress. Jasper takes him to his secret glade in the bush, and it’s here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper’s horrible discovery.
With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion as he locks horns with his tempestuous mother; falls nervously in love and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend, Jeffrey Lu.
And in vainly attempting to restore the parts that have been shaken loose, Charlie learns to discern the truth from the myth, and why white lies creep like a curse.

In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart.

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The Verdict: I came across this one in a bookstore and I liked the sound of it. Reading the description now it still sounds so amazing, so I am going to keep this one too!

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anneEveryone’s favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.

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The Verdict: I own this book, I have had it on my shelf for some time, but I absolutely love this story, so I will be definitely keeping this one.

 

Well I only managed to turf one book out of my five this week, oops. Oh well, maybe i’ll have more luck next week.
How did you go with culling your TBR piles this week? I would love to hear about it, leave me a link to your posts and I will be sure to check them out 🙂

Thank you for stopping by for this week’s Down the TBR Hole. Until next time, happy reading!
Kim x

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Down the TBR Hole #3

Hey there booklovers!
Welcome to another week of Down the TBR Hole. I am really enjoying this feature, as I have needed to go through my TBR list for a long time and this is a pretty good reason to do so.
Last week I only got rid of one of the books that I featured, therefore my TBR list has 274 books on my list.
This is how the feature works:

Down the TBR Hole is a (very) bookish meme, originally created by Lia @ Lost In A Story. She has since combed through all of her TBR (very impressive) and diminished it by quite a bit, but the meme is still open to others! How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re 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 let it go?

JoylandCollege student Devin Jones took the summer job at Joyland hoping to forget the girl who broke his heart. But he wound up facing something far more terrible: the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and dark truths about life—and what comes after—that would change his world forever.

The Verdict: This one is by one of my all-time favourite authors and I actually own it, so therefore I am going to keep it.

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lovely bonesThe Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder — a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family’s need for peace and closure.
The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.

The Verdict: This one has been on my shelf for a long time. I watched the movie when it first came out, but I don’t think I liked it all that much. With that in mind, I think this one can go.

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under the domeOn an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as “the dome” comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when — or if — it will go away.
Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens — town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician’s assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing — even murder — to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn’t just short. It’s running out.

The Verdict: This one is a massive book and it is going to take a while to read, but again, it is by one of my favourite authors and I own this book, so I am going to keep this one!

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breakfast at tiffany'sIn this seductive, wistful masterpiece, Truman Capote created a woman whose name has entered the American idiom and whose style is a part of the literary landscape. Holly Golightly knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany’s; her poignancy, wit, and naïveté continue to charm.

The Verdict: This one is a bit of a classic, however I don’t think I will ever read it..so I think this one can go!

 

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perks of being a wallflowerCharlie is a freshman.
And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his year yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor

The Verdict: The Perks of Being a Wallflower still sounds like a good read, so I think I will keep this one.

 

So, this week I ditched two of the five books that I featured, which is relatively good I think. That brings my list down to 272 books..slowly getting there I guess.
Thanks for popping in and reading this week’s Down the TBR post. Until next time, happy reading!

Kim x

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Down the TBR Hole #2

Hey!
Welcome back to another edition of Down the TBR Hole! I am super excited about this feature because I now have a real reason to go through my TBR and get rid of those that I am never going to read (and therefore make room for new ones!) Here is how it works:

Down the TBR Hole is a (very) bookish meme, originally created by Lia @ Lost In A Story. She has since combed through all of her TBR (very impressive) and diminished it by quite a bit, but the meme is still open to others! How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re 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 let it go?

Last week I got rid of three books, therefore I now have 275 on my TBR (not that many right? Here are five more books for this week’s post:

american psycho.jpgPatrick Bateman is twenty-six and he works on Wall Street, he is handsome, sophisticated, charming and intelligent. He is also a psychopath. Taking us to head-on collision with America’s greatest dream—and its worst nightmare—American Psycho is bleak, bitter, black comedy about a world we all recognise but do not wish to confront.

The Verdict: This one has been on my list for years, and I am not really sure as to why it ended up on my TBR in the first place. I am thinking that this one needs to go.

 

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the time traveller's wife.jpg The Time Traveler’s Wife is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.
The Time Traveler’s Wife depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare’s marriage and their passionate love for each other as the story unfolds from both points of view. Clare and Henry attempt to live normal lives, pursuing familiar goals–steady jobs, good friends, children of their own. All of this is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control, making their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

The Verdict: This one I think I actually own, and I have seen the movie (along time ago, I am pretty sure that I enjoyed it..) Therefore this one I am going to keep!

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the accidental husbandFrom the author of Another Piece of My Heart comes the gripping story of two women who live on opposite coasts but whose lives are connected in ways they never could have imagined. Both women are wives and mothers to children who are about to leave the nest for school. They’re both in their forties and have husbands who travel more than either of them would like. They are both feeling an emptiness neither had expected. But when a shocking secret is exposed, their lives are blown apart. As dark truths from the past reveal themselves, will these two women be able to learn to forgive, for the sake of their children, if not for themselves?

The Verdict: This book still sounds like it would be a good read, and I haven’t read anything by Jane Green so I think I need to keep this one!

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peter panPeter Pan, the book based on J.M. Barrie’s famous play, is filled with unforgettable characters: Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up; the fairy, Tinker Bell; the evil pirate, Captain Hook; and the three children–Wendy, John, and Michael–who fly off with Peter Pan to Neverland, where they meet Indians and pirates and a crocodile that ticks. Renowned children’s-book artist Michael Hague has brought the amazing adventures of Peter Pan to life. His beautiful illustrations capture the wild, seductive power of this classic book. This newly designed edition will be enjoyed by fans young and old alike

The Verdict: This is a classic! I think that it should not be allowed to turf classics from your TBR piles, therefore this one is a keeper.

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wuthering heightsLockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange, situated on the bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord. There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took place years before; of the intense relationship between the gypsy foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw; and how Catherine, forced to choose between passionate, tortured Heathcliff and gentle, well-bred Edgar Linton, surrendered to the expectations of her class. As Heathcliff’s bitterness and vengeance at his betrayal is visited upon the next generation, their innocent heirs must struggle to escape the legacy of the past

The Verdict: Again with the classics! I have wanted to read this for a very log time, so I am going to keep it on the TBR!

Okay, so I didn’t do as well this week, only getting rid of one book from my TBR, but I guess that it is better than no books..right??
How did you all go with the challenge this week? I would really like to hear your feedback in the comment box!
Thank you for popping by to check out another week of Down the TBR Hole! I hope you enjoyed it, and if you take part in this feature, leave a link to your posts, I would love to check them out!

Until next time, happy reading!
Kim x

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Down the TBR Hole #1

Hey there everyone!

I have just discovered this meme thanks to Amy at Bursting with Books! I really like the concept of going through my TBR and cutting out some of the books..although it may be a painful experience, I think it needs to happen!

I have 437 books on my “to-read” shelf on Goodreads..which I think is a little bit of a problem..Now I am going to cheat a little bit and not include books by my favourite authors that I will be reading, as I am (slowly) getting through all of their books. there is a total of 159 of those (did I say I was going to get through them slowly?) So therefore, there is going to be a total of 278 books that I will be including in this challenge!
This is how it works:

Down the TBR Hole is a (very) bookish meme, originally created by Lia @ Lost In A Story. She has since combed through all of her TBR (very impressive) and diminished it by quite a bit, but the meme is still open to others! How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re 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 let it go?

the helpThree ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step. . . .

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed

The Verdict: This book has been on my goodreads’ shelf since June 2013. I haven’t seen the movie either, and when I come across it in bookstores, I seem to just keep putting it back on the shelf, so I think its time for this one to go!

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mao's last dancer From a desperately poor village in northeast China, at age eleven, Li Cunxin was chosen by Madame Mao’s cultural delegates to be taken from his rural home and brought to Beijing, where he would study ballet. In 1979, the young dancer arrived in Texas as part of a cultural exchange, only to fall in love with America-and with an American woman. Two years later, through a series of events worthy of the most exciting cloak-and-dagger fiction, he defected to the United States, where he quickly became known as one of the greatest ballet dancers in the world. This is his story, told in his own inimitable voice.

The Verdict: This one is tough to decide on. I originally added it because it was about a dances, and I love everything to do with dance..but re-reading the synopsis, I just don’t think I will ever be interested enough to ever pick it up..so this one i’m thinking is going to go.

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atonementOn a hot summer day in 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives—together with her precocious literary gifts—brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.

The Verdict: This one has been on my TBR for aggeeeesss! (since June 2013 to be exact) and although I haven’t gotten around to it, it still seems like it would be a great read..and its a classic! So I am going to keep this one!

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secret keeper.jpg 1961: On a sweltering summer’s day, while her family picnics by the stream on their Suffolk farm, sixteen-year-old Laurel hides out in her childhood tree house dreaming of a boy called Billy, a move to London, and the bright future she can’t wait to seize. But before the idyllic afternoon is over, Laurel will have witnessed a shocking crime that changes everything.
2011: Now a much-loved actress, Laurel finds herself overwhelmed by shades of the past. Haunted by memories, and the mystery of what she saw that day, she returns to her family home and begins to piece together a secret history. A tale of three strangers from vastly different worlds – Dorothy, Vivien and Jimmy – who are brought together by chance in wartime London and whose lives become fiercely and fatefully entwined.
Shifting between the 1930s, the 1960s and the present, The Secret Keeper is a spellbinding story of mysteries and secrets, theatre and thievery, murder and enduring love

The Verdict: I actually own this one, and it has been on my shelf just as long as it has been on my TBR. But the fact that it is physically in front of me, might mean that I will get to it at some stage, therefore I think I am going to keep this one 🙂 

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forgotten garden.jpgA tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book; a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday, they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, “Nell” sets out to trace her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell’s death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. A spellbinding tale of mystery and self-discovery, The Forgotten Garden will take hold of your imagination and never let go

The Verdict: I don’t even remember when (or why) I put this book on my TBR..maybe I had a thing for Kate Morton at the time – as this is the second book by her in a row on my list – who knows. But I re-read the synopsis and I’m not too impressed..and it isn’t too much to look at, so I think this one has to go!

 

Okay bookworms, that is 5 books from my TBR and out of the five, it ditched 3. I am feeling good about this! I have a very long way to go, but I am confident that I can do it! What books have you recently scratched from your TBR lists? Have you read any of the ones I have mentioned in today’s post? What do you think??

Thanks for hanging out, and reading all about my TBR clean-up. I will have another one of these all ready for you next week, so don’t miss it!
Until next time, happy reading!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? | 20th February, 2017

Hi there!

This week I have a few books on the go..trying really hard to get my current reads finished by the end of the month! Fingers crossed 🙂
This weekly feature is hosted by Book Date.

Reading this Week:

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NOS 4R2 by Joe Hill: Goodreads | Amazon | BD | B&N | Kobo
The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa: Goodreads | Amazon | BD | B&N | Kobo
Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie by Mark Nolan: Goodreads | Amazon 

Listening to this week:

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My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry: Goodreads | Amazon | BD | B&N | Kobo | Audible

What are you all reading this week?? I would love to hear about it 🙂 leave me a comment in the box below! Until next time, happy reading!!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? | 13.02.17

Hi there!!

Welcome back to another It’s Monday! The weekly feature hosted by Book Date in which we talk about the books that we are reading in the week ahead, and what books we have recently finished reading!

Reading This Week:

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Chameleon by Zoe Kalo: Goodreads || Amazon || B&N
This one I am reading for a review as part of a blog tour. Only 8% into it so far, but I think I am going to like it..Stay tuned for my review on the 15th of February!

Six Years by Harlan Coben: Goodreads || Amazon || BD || B&N || Kobo
This is the first book I have read by Coben and I love it so I will definitely be picking up more in the future 🙂 I got this one from the Library and am reading it for my Library Love Challenge and I will have the review for you all in the coming week 🙂

My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry: Goodreads || Amazon || BD || B&N || Kobo || Audible
I am listening to this one on Audible and so far I am really intrigued as to what is going to happen..it was one of the ones that was recommended by Audible as it is really popular and so far I am loving it 🙂 hoping to get the review up this week 🙂

Read Last Week:

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Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner: Goodreads || Amazon || BD || B&N || Kobo
This one I got through Netgalley for review, so I really wanted to enjoy it, but I didn’t..I DNFd it at 60% just could not get into it. You can read my DNF review here.

Well that is all for this week’s It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Thank you for stopping by!
What did you all read last week?? What are you planning on reading this week? I would love to hear from you in the comments box below! Until next time, happy reading!!

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