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Down the TBR hole #1

Happy hump day guys 🐪. I’ve seen this tag pop up on my feed this week and I thought this was a good idea. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve even looked at the older books in my TBR list on Goodreads. I need to do this as well as I’ve currently got 199 books on my want to read list. Whoops.😬 Although that’s probably nowhere near the number of some bookworms.

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?

So let’s get started

Book #1: The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling

3950967The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.

Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.  – blurb

This has been on my TBR list since 28th January 2016. I can’t even remember whether I wanted to read this (as a Harry Potter fan this is likely) or added to the TBR list for me to read to my daughter. It’s been on the list for just over two years and I’ve not touched the book in the meantime. I’ve not even considered buying when I’ve been on my book hauls. I think there is only one thing for me to do.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: GO

Book #2: The Next Always by Nora Roberts


The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro, #1)The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, changing hands, even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major facelift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. Beckett is the architect of the family, and his social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was fifteen.

After losing her husband and returning to her hometown, Clare Brewster soon settles into her life as the mother of three young sons while running the town’s bookstore. Busy, with little time for romance, Clare is drawn across the street by Beckett’s transformation of the old inn, wanting to take a closer look . . . at the building and the man behind it.

With the grand opening inching closer, Beckett’s happy to give Clare a private tour – one room at a time. It’s no first date, but these stolen moments are the beginning of something new – and open the door to the extraordinary adventure of what comes next. – blurb

I have loved Nora Roberts writing. I read a hell of a lot of her works during my college years when I was told about Blue Smoke which to this day remain my favourite Nora Roberts story. I bought this because it had been a while since I read one of her novels and I still love the sound of this blurb.

Do I own it? Yes

Verdict: Keep

Book #3: Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them by Newt Scamander 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemAn approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander’s masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the Wizarding World. Scamander’s years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail … Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist. This is an essential companion to the Harry Potter stories, and includes a new foreword from J.K. Rowling (writing as Newt Scamander) and six new beasts! – blurb

Again like with The Tales of Beedle the Bard this has been on my TBR list for that long I can’t even remember why I put it there. I haven’t bought either of these books and my Nanna became ill and passed away so it didn’t feel right to me to buy them.

Do I own it: No

Verdict: Get rid


Book #4: The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years #1) by Sarina Bowen

27846624The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else. What now?
She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.
Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.
Also, he’s taken.
Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.
They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.
But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back. – blurb

I added this to my TBR section on Goodreads on April 14th, 2016 and had to check if I actually owned it on my Kindle. This is probably one I have received from Bookbub (lord I love that website). So it’s safe to say I had no idea I owned this as my Kindle syncs with my Goodreads profile.

Do I own this: Not anymore

Verdict: Remove

Book #5: The Day We Met by Barbara Bretton

The Day We Met (Jersey Strong #1)It’s 7:08 on the morning of Maggy O’Brien’s thirty-fifth birthday and she’s driving carpool in her pajamas and bunny slippers. She can’t remember the last time she shaved her legs. She’s hasn’t slept past dawn since her kids were born and one of them is now a teenager.

Can life possibly get any worse?

The second she sees her sisters waiting impatiently at the foot of her driveway, she knows the answer to that question. Claire and Ellie are staging a makeover intervention and no amount of protest can save Maggy from being cut and colored and waxed to within an inch of her life. And as if that’s not enough, they announce she’s being banished to Atlantic City for an all-expenses-paid getaway weekend for one.

Maggy isn’t a sequins-and-stilettos kind of woman. She’s a single mom who is more comfortable pushing a shopping cart through Stop & Shop than sipping champagne in the backseat of a stretch limo headed toward Vegas on the Jersey Shore. Still even Maggy isn’t immune to playing Cinderella for a weekend, even if it only means room service lobster and trying her hand at the penny slots.

But when she locks eyes a few hours later with ruggedly handsome police detective Conor Riley, she discovers there’s more to Cinderella’s story than dancing until midnight.

They agree it’s just a fling. A weekend of magic with no strings attached. They’d say goodbye on Sunday night and return to their everyday lives with sweet memories and no regrets.

But Maggy and Conor are about to discover that maybe some flings are meant to last forever . . .

So once again I didn’t even know this formed part of my TBR list but after reading the blurb again I can see why I would have added this. This does sound interesting and might get me out of my dystopian/fantasy phase I seem to have found myself in. I have got to say I wouldn’t have chosen this from the cover it seems a little bland in comparison to what I have seen recently. However, this was released back on May 25th, 2014 so it might have been the style 4 years ago but certainly nothing I’d have picked up off the shelf.

Do I own this: Apparently so

Verdict: Keep

I actually feel better for doing this as I didn’t know what was in here and because of this little exercise I have also deleted 71 books from my Kindle library that I have read and know I will never read again. It’s like a weight I didn’t even know was there has been lifted and I now feel like this:

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