For those of you not familiar, was created by Lost in a Story and it was designed to help you go through and clean out your Goodreads “to read” shelf.
I know I have books on my TBR that I will never read and honesty don’t know how they got there.
How it works:
- Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
- Order on ascending date added.
- Take the first 5 books (or how every many you like)
- Read the synopses of the books
- Decide: keep it or should it go?
- Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!
I was really bad last week and added a ton of books to my TBR. OOPS!! But I am still working through older books so even though my number of books has gone up, I am still making progress.
Current “To Read” shelf stats: 787 books
Today I am going through 11 books. Lets see how this goes!
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Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he’s determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life. Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship.
Maria Sanchez, the hardworking daughter of Mexican immigrants, is the picture of conventional success. With a degree from Duke Law School and a job at a prestigious firm in Wilmington, she is a dark-haired beauty with a seemingly flawless professional track record. And yet Maria has a traumatic history of her own, one that compelled her to return to her hometown and left her questioning so much of what she once believed.
A chance encounter on a rain-swept road will alter the course of both Colin and Maria’s lives, challenging deeply held assumptions about each other and ultimately, themselves. As love unexpectedly takes hold between them, they dare to envision what a future together could possibly look like . . . until menacing reminders of events in Maria’s past begin to surface.
Rich in emotion and fueled with suspense, SEE ME reminds us that love is sometimes forged in the crises that threaten to shatter us . . . and that those who see us for who we truly are may not always be the ones easiest to recognize.
New York City, 1976. Meet Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city’s great fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by downtown’s punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter and his idealistic neighbor—and the detective trying to figure out what any of them have to do with a shooting in Central Park on New Year’s Eve.
The mystery, as it reverberates through families, friendships, and the corridors of power, will open up even the loneliest-seeming corners of the crowded city. And when the blackout of July 13, 1977, plunges this world into darkness, each of these lives will be changed forever.
City on Fire is an unforgettable novel about love and betrayal and forgiveness, about art and truth and rock ’n’ roll: about what people need from each other in order to live . . . and about what makes the living worth doing in the first place.
EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life as she sees it is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It s only a minute until the train moves on, but it s enough. Now everything s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?”
Tanner Hayes smashed Claire’s life to pieces when he chose the rodeo over her ten years ago. And now he’d wrecked her truck! Fantastic. She’d lost her husband, the family ranch was mired in debt, her father was recuperating from a stroke and her son was being bullied. Why not throw a reckless bull rider into the mix?
All she’d wanted was a safe, stable life. But with Tanner back in town—and staying on her ranch—nothing was safe, or under control. Not the feelings she’d fought so hard to forget. Not the son she was determined to protect. And certainly not her long-held secret…
Catherine Boyd will do anything to regain custody of her young son . . . Even reconcile with the husband accused of killing their son’s twin. Catherine graduates from college, eager to start a new life with her six-year-old son, Drew. But when she tries to bring him home, her parents refuse to relinquish control of the grandson they’d raised. Wrongly accused of a horrible crime, Thomas Boyd has buried himself in his career, determined to forget his painful past and the family he lost. But now, five years later, Catherine is back, requesting his help to regain custody of their son – custody he thought she had. Though older and wiser, when courtroom battles reveal lies and secrets and generations of pain, will Thomas and Catherine find more tragedy and loss, or will old wounds finally heal?
Maggie has always been a sassy, headstrong Southern girl. But running off to Rome, Italy on summer break from college is the most impulsive thing she’s ever done. Her brother is in trouble, and she’s determined to rescue him- after all, he’s the older, wiser, military officer who has never needed her help before. Paul is in a mess with an Italian ex-girlfriend who has cut ties with him…but is pregnant with his child. Maggie thinks she can fix it.
After all, a break from her life would be nice, too. She just broke up with her long time boyfriend, and her estranged mother keeps hopelessly trying to reconnect with her. Italy sounds like the perfect refuge. Until she meets Paul’s best friend, Marine Sargeant, Luke Seager. He complicates things in every way. He persists to play tour guide and asserts his way into her plans at every chance. Maggie prefers to become a hero on her own, but as she digs into the truth about Paul’s predicament, danger builds around them. While the tension and mystery grows, so do her feelings for Luke- a man with his own shrouded past.
Nothing is as it seems when Maggie gets more than she bargained for with the girlfriend’s mafia ties, Luke’s dangerous connections, and unexpected guests from home. Finding out the truth lands Maggie in more trouble than she can escape. Who will save the hero now?
Serena Loomis grew up poor, with an alcoholic mother and no father, but with Sam Everhart as her best friend. All she ever wanted was to become Serena Everhart, but Sam inexplicably began to push her away, and finally broke up with her. Abandoned by the only male she’d ever loved or felt loved by, they rarely spoke as Serena started going through boyfriends as fast as her mother, until she confronted a painful truth: Giving them everything wasn’t enough.
Now when Sam figures he can’t afford an Ivy League degree, he contacts Serena again with a plan to close his tuition gap by selling her considerable sexual favors to a few rich, trust-funded fraternity brothers, but when he starts to tell her about it, he changes his mind before he gets it out. Serena coerces him into divulging it after all, breaking her heart again.
After a sleepless night, Serena considers her lack of plans or hope for her life, and the prospect that Sam’s elaborate scheme would give her a small fortune at the end of four years. She reluctantly decides she has no better option, and will pursue Sam’s idea as a necessary, but temporary compromise to secure her future. Serena has to pressure Sam into following through with it, but he does. Unfortunately for Sam’s renewed interest, she seems to thrive under the new circumstances. Unfortunately for Serena, although her work provides numerous pleasures, it’s a lot more difficult than she ever imagined, and getting worse, not better.
Vinnie was once the youngest prospect at the infamous Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club but finally, he’s going to be initiated as a full-fledged member! But when Vinnie (now known as Wolf) puts on that WDMC leather for the first time, little does he know what he’s in for. The Wind Dragons have made enemies, and being a member means being on the front lines…
Hattie Greene was the typical quiet, nerdy good girl at HKCU…until she wasn’t. After a lapse in judgment and one vulnerable night spent with Samson Campbell, PhD, she’s gone from teacher’s pet to professor’s mistress in the blink of an eye. Caught between her feelings and her conscience, she moves through each day terrified her mistake will cost her everything. Her nosy roommate, Claire, has a built-in scandal detector, and her angry ex would love nothing more than to exact revenge. Will Hattie be able to put her mistake behind her and move on, or will her past haunt her for the rest of her life?
Embark on a journey to Bennett, South Carolina, where there’s never a shortage of drama, heartbreak, friendship, love, and redemption. Who says small towns can’t have big secrets?
Enjoy the first four books in the delightful Cupid’s Coffeeshop series. Cupid’s Coffeeshop serves love, laughter, and happily ever after. Join us in the quaint and charming town of Ashford Falls, nestled in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains for the heartwarming Cupid’s Coffeeshop series, featuring an entire year of couples finding their happily-ever-afters, filled to the brim with warmth, humor, and a dash of the unexpected. Patrick, Joe, and Zooey Lockhart inherit their grandmother’s coffeeshop–with the caveat that they have one year to make it profitable. If they don’t, they lose everything–including each other. The first boxed set in the Cupid’s Coffeeshop series contains four heartwarming romance novellas. Book One: Java Frost When cancer research Ben Brooks falls hard for the preschool teacher, Amy Lane, who brightens his daughter’s gray January days, will lessons in fun turn into playing for keeps? Book Two: Cupid’s Kiss Card shop owner Valentina Mahon is the grinch of Valentine’s Day and never notices hunky delivery man Mac Romano’s crush on her. Will Mac finally get Val to be his Valentine? Book Three: Lucky Latte When Grayson March agrees to pose as work rival Claire O’Shaughnessy’s boyfriend at her sister’s wedding, they learn that a fake romance might just turn out to be the real thing in Lucky Latte. Book Four: Cherry Blossom Cappuccino Spring fever strikes as the Lockhart cousins spar over drumming up more business. When Joe rents a food truck to drive around at lunch, he becomes a media sensation as the coffee hunk. When attorney Ruby Davis’ long lost love, Jefferson Elliot returns to Ashford Falls to cover the story, maybe it’s not too late for true love after all. Step into Cupid’s Coffeeshop, where happily-ever-afters are served daily.
WILL SHE EVER BE SAFE?
U.C. Berkeley grad student Jessica Thierry walks the Fire Trail in the hills and witnesses a rapist-murderer leave the scene. Fearing for her life, she tries to focus on her doctorate about Christianity’s role in Berkeley’s history.
Grad student Zachary Aguilar, in love with Jessica, searches for goodness, beauty, transcendence, and truth as he tries to protect her from the killer.
Armenian Pastor Nathaniel Casparian, disfigured by burns, is resident caretaker of Comerford House Museum. He cares for his dying brother who is writing The Question of Civilization. Nate prays for religious freedom and for the return of faith in a loving God.
Anna Aguilar, Comerford’s docent, vets violent novels donated to her children’s library. Frightened by rising crime, she is encouraged by Nate’s belief in the Judeo-Christian tradition in the public square.
Set against the collapse of Western civilization, “The Fire Trail” draws these four characters to an unforgettable conclusion.