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Down the TBR hole #4

It’s been a little while since I’ve done this but with an ever-growing TBR pile and I’ve not even put half of my books on there

This tag was created by Lia at Lost in a Story, and here are the rules:

• 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?

Book #1: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Wuthering HeightsVirginia Woolf said of Emily Bronte that her writing could make the wind blow and the thunder roar, and so it does in Wuthering Heights. Catherine Earnshaw, Heathcliff, and the windswept moors that are the setting of their mythic love are as immediately stirring to the reader of today as they have been for every generation of readers since the novel was first published in 1847. With an introduction by Katherine Frank.

I didn’t get chance to read this in school like a few people will have done. In my school our English teachers seems to specialise in a specific author and my English teacher specialised in Shakespeare. Although this is a classic and the only published work by Emily Bronte I just simply have never got round to reading it even though I have seen it throughout popular culture. This is one that I do want to read but have a feeling it will be on my TBR for a while.

Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep



Book #2: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

The Other Boleyn Girl


 The acclaimed international bestseller of the Tudor court, during the years of Henry VIII’s pursuit of Anne Boleyn – and the revolutionary sequence of events that followed.

Politics and passion are inextricably bound together in this compelling novel of the Tudor court.

The Boleyn family is keen to rise through the ranks of society, and what better way to attract the attention of the most powerful in the land than through the charms of one of the daughters, Mary Boleyn, at court? But Mary becomes the king’s mistress at a time of change. He desperately needs an heir.

When Mary’s sister Anne catches the king’s eye, she won’t agree to be his mistress – only his wife. Philippa Gregory takes the story that you think you know, to tell it as if you were there – from the perspective of the ‘other boleyn girl’ with characteristic perceptiveness, backed by meticulous historical research and superb storytelling skills.

I have watched the film of this book a couple of times and a couple of things have annoyed me about this. Anne is from Israel, Mary is from New York and Henry is from Australia. We have amazing actors here in Britain so why use people from all over the world to put on a “british accent” that may or may not insult people (we have more accents than posh or cockney). Other than that the film wasn’t bad and as with all films parts get missed so I have wanted to read this book to see if there was any part of the story left out. That and I was also good at History in school and the Tudors were fascinating to me.

Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep


Book #3: The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook (Housewife Assassin, #1) by Josie Brown

The Housewife Assassin's Handbook (Housewife Assassin, #1)

 Every desperate housewife wants an alias. Donna Stone has one…and it happens to be government-sanctioned. She earned it the hard way: her husband was killed the day she delivered her third child. To avenge his death, she leads a secret life – as an assassin. But espionage makes for strange bedfellows – and brings new meaning to that old adage, “Honey, I’m home…”
I do not remember downloading this book tbh. It also doesn’t seem like my type of book at the moment so I have no idea what this is doing on my kindle.
I’ve looked at some reviews and as I suspected this doesn’t sound like my type of book so…
Do I Own it? No
Verdict? Remove
 Book #4: Montana Brides Boxed Set(Montana Brides, #1-3) By Leeanna Morgan
Montana Brides Boxed Set (Montana Brides, #1-3)

Fall in love with the first three books in the Montana Brides series! Join Gracie, Amy, and Nicky as they discover the true meaning of love. If you enjoy heartwarming romances, these are the books for you.

Forever Dreams 

When Gracie Donnelly arrives on a Montana cattle ranch, she has more on her mind than mending fences and feeding chickens. She’s secretly searching for her father and answers to questions that could destroy a family.

Forever in Love 

Amy Sullivan’s life might have been lonely but it was safe. When her five-month-old sister is left on her doorstep, she has no choice but to move back to Montana and the only man she’s ever loved.

Forever After 

When Nicky arrives in Montana to find the money stolen from her family’s company, Sam Delaney is the last person she wants to see. She’s fallen for him once and she won’t repeat the same

These do seem like the kind of books I would have read a couple of years ago so I’d be willing to read them one day.

Do I own it: Yes

Verdict: Keep

Book #5: Nora Roberts Land (Dare Valley, #1) by Ava Miles
Nora Roberts Land (Dare Valley, #1)

Journalist Meredith Hale’s ex-husband claimed her Nora Roberts addiction gave her unrealistic expectations about marriage, and she believed him. All dreams of happily ever after—or Nora Roberts Land as her mother calls it—went up in smoke. But when her family asks her to temporarily help their Dare Valley, Colorado newspaper, she decides it’s time to change her life and prove her ex wrong. She’s determined to find her own small-town Nora Roberts hero, prove that true love exists, and publish a story about her quest.

War correspondent Tanner McBride has just returned stateside to work for a major newspaper, and the last thing he expects is blackmail. Yet, before he can even unpack, he’s headed to Colorado. His assignment? Make his boss’s ex-wife fall for him and then break her heart. Her article about discovering love à la Nora might air dirty laundry about her marriage to the media mogul, threatening his senate run. The mogul wants Meredith stopped, and he makes sure Tanner has no choice in the matter.

When the two meet, the sparks between them are undeniable. Meredith, who vowed never to date another journalist, begins to succumb. Could Tanner be her Nora Roberts hero? As they work together to uncover the truth behind a suspicious death, the depth of their feelings unfolds and both realize they’ve kept their secrets for far too long. But before the truth can be revealed, their investigation takes a deadly turn, one that might make Meredith’s personal Nora Roberts Land go up in flames.

 I have a lot of Nora Roberts book but I stopped reading them as they all felt like they were becoming one and the same. This however might change my mind as the author must be big enough Nora Roberts fan to create a book based on her stories.
Do I own it: yes
Verdict: Remove

1 thought on “Down the TBR hole #4

  1. I love posts where we thin our TBRs! I love that you kept most of the books you own… I think that’s a good policy and I try to put one in once a month on my monthly TBR list if I have one lingering around the house. If I bought it I at least want a chance to DNF it… Still if you know you won’t enjoy it might as well send it off to the charity shops! And I LOVE that one of your keeps is a classic! Totally worth giving it a go even if you don’t like it in the end for whatever reason. <3 Good job Laura 😉

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