Down the TBR Hole #3

Down the TBR Hole meme by Lia at Lost in a Story!

Most of you probably know this feeling. Your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on 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 should it go?

Okay soooo my current TBR count is at 754 books.

So I got rid of five books then re-added one and added another two. I can see my TBR probably won’t be going down anytime soon haha.

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1.

Title/Author: A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison

Date Added: April 11, 2015

Synopsis: NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE • With the emotional complexity of Everything I Never Told You and the psychological suspense of The Girl on the Train, O. Henry Prize winner Jan Ellison delivers a brilliantly paced, beautifully written debut novel about one woman’s reckoning with a youthful mistake.

“Part psychological thriller, part character study . . . I peeled back the pages of this book as fast as I could.”—The Huffington Post

At nineteen, Annie Black trades a bleak future in a washed-out California town for a London winter of drinking and abandon. Twenty years later, she is a San Francisco lighting designer and happily married mother of three who has put her reckless youth behind her. Then a photo from that distant winter in Europe arrives inexplicably in her mailbox, and an old obsession is awakened.

Past and present collide, Annie’s marriage falters, and her son takes a car ride that ends with his life hanging in the balance. Now Annie must confront her own transgressions and fight for her family by untangling the mysteries of the turbulent winter that drew an invisible map of her future. Gripping, insightful, and lyrical, A Small Indiscretion announces the arrival of a major new voice in literary suspense as it unfolds a story of denial, passion, forgiveness—and the redemptive power of love.

Judgment: I have my reservations about books that are compared to The Girl on the Train now haha. Either way this book is gone. It just doesn’t interest me anymore.

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2.

Title/Author: Guilty Pleasures by Tasmina Perry

Date Added: April 11, 2015

Synopsis: Saul Milford, owner of one of England’s oldest & most prestigious luxury goods companies, is dead, but who will inherit his estate? For years Saul’s niece Cassandra has believed that she would be the sole benefactor. But she’s not the only family member with their eye on the ultimate prize.

Judgment: Go. Why was this ever on my TBR?!?!

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3.

Title/Author: Happiness Sold Separately by Lolly Winston

Date Added:  April 11, 2015

Synopsis: Elinor Mackey has always done the right things in the right order — college, law school, career, marriage — but now everything’s going wrong. After two painful years of trying, Elinor has learned that she can’t have children. All the doctors can tell her is that it’s probably because of her age. As she turns forty, she withdraws into an interior world of heartbreak. Elinor’s loving husband, Ted, a successful podiatrist, has always done the right thing, too. Then he meets the wrong woman at the wrong time, and does the wrong thing. Ted’s lover, Gina — a beautiful and kindhearted nutritionist — always eats the right thing, but is unlucky in love and always falls for the wrong men. Soon Ted has to fight to make everything right again. Can Elinor and Ted’s marriage be saved? The answer is alarmingly fresh and unexpected as New York Times bestselling author Lolly Winston introduces us to characters as memorable as those of Anne Tyler and Nick Hornby, but who are indelibly all her own.

Judgment: Go. I have read too many of these books lately. Sorry ‘Happiness Sold Separately’, nothing personal there are just a lot of these kind of story lines around at the moment.

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4.

Title/Author: Somebody Else’s Daughter by Elizabeth Brundage

Date Added:  April 11, 2015

Synopsis:
A psychological thriller of secrets, dark motives, and an adoption buried in the past

At the center of Elizabeth Brundage’s new novel lies an adoption under stressed and tragic circumstances. Willa, brought up in elegant prosperity, is now a student at the prestigious Pioneer School. But her biological father, a failing writer and former drug addict, can’t live with himself without seeing her again.

In this idyllic Berkshires landscape, Willa’s adoptive parents have fled a mysterious past; a feminist sculptor initiates a reckless affair; teenagers live in a world to which adults turn a blind eye; and the headmaster’s wife is busy keeping her husband’s disastrous history and current indiscretions well hidden. The culmination of these forces is the collision of two very different fathers—biological and adoptive—and a villain whose ends and means slowly unfold with the help, witting and unwitting, of all around him. Somebody Else’s Daughter delivers an electric, suspenseful tale of richly conflicted characters and the disturbed landscape of the American psyche.

Judgment: I am going to keep this one. This sounds really intriguing still!!

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5.

Title/Author: A Tangled Web (Deceptions #2) by Judith Michael

Date Added:  April 11, 2015.

Synopsis: Glamorous, divorced Sabrina and her quiet homemaker sister Stephanie never dreamed that their light-hearted game of switching places for a week would end in passion and tragedy. But Sabrina fell in love with her sister’s husband, cherishing their children as her own — and Stephanie, in the midst of an affair with a powerful London socialite, was killed in an explosion on his yacht. Torn by loss and remorse, but deeply a part of her new family, Sabrina made the decision to assume her twin’s role forever.

When A Tangled Web opens a year later, only one person knows Sabrina’s true identity — her husband, Garth. Deeply in love, he has forgiven her for her deception. Then a friend swears to have seen Stephanie in Europe. Sabrina feels the past and present collide, threatening to shatter her new happiness. Is her sister really dead? Or is the deception even deeper, darker, and more complicated than she ever imagined?

Judgment: Go. No thank you. Swapping places (and husband/ boyfriend etc.) with your sister is weird.

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This has brought my shelf down to 750. Yay!!

Have you read any of these books? Thoughts?
What is you Goodreads TBR shelf looking like?

 

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