Cleaning Up My TBR With a Giveaway (US Only) – Down the TBR Hole #22

Posted May 18, 2019 by Lisa Mandina in giveaway / 8 Comments

This meme was started by Lost in a Story.  Here is how it works:

  • 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?

Because I have so many to do, I’m going to try to do this weekly, and do 10 at a time.

1.   The Waitress by Melissa Nathan:

The Appetizer

has lofty career aspirations that seem to change almost hourly: writer,
film director, teacher, educational psychiatrist. In the meantime,
she’s waiting tables and waiting for “Mr. Right” to arrive out of the
blue — which seems unlikely, considering her romantic track record is
as pitiful as her job history.

The Main Course

Still, a
girl can dream, even when she’s rushing a hot plate of linguini over to
the nasty customer at table six. So when gorgeous, sensitive, perfect
Dan Crichton asks her out, Katie’s over the moon. But once again,
commitment phobia rears its ugly head and dinner turns into the Great
First Date Disaster — and Katie’s ideal romance is over before the
goodnight kiss.

The Just Desserts

Things are tough when a
woman wants it all and will not settle — and has a little trouble
making up her mind. But it’s about to get really complicated for the
Queen of Complications.

The Bill

Not only is Dan coming
back — as her new boss and engaged to someone else — but persistent
Ex-Boyfriend #3 Hugh’s back too, with a vengeance. And suddenly there’s a
lot more on her tray than even the most able food service professional
could safely handle … 

My thoughts:
Well, it doesn’t sound bad, but doesn’t sound like one I’ll be sad if I don’t read it either.

Verdict: Toss

2.  The Mythology of Supernatural – The Signs and Symbols Behind the Popular TV Show by Nathan Robert Brown:

A look into the paranormal legends, lore, mythology, and monsters featured on the hit television show Supernatural.

From angels to demons, The Mythology of Supernatural
explores the religious roots and the ancient folklore of the
otherworldly entities that brothers Sam and Dean Winchester face on the
hit television show Supernatural–and that have inhabited the shadows of human imagination across countless cultures and centuries.

My thoughts:  
I used to read these companion books all the time.  Now, I just don’t have time. 

Verdict:  Toss

3.  The Pilo Family Circus by Will Elliott:

“You have two days to
pass your audition. You better pass it, feller. You’re joining the
circus. Ain’t that the best news you ever got?”

Delivered by a
trio of psychotic clowns, this ultimatum plunges Jamie into the
horrific alternate universe that is the centuries-old Pilo Family
Circus, a borderline world between Hell and Earth from which humankind’s
greatest tragedies have been perpetrated. Yet in this place—peopled by
the gruesome, grotesque, and monstrous—where violence and savagery are
the norm, Jamie finds that his worst enemy is himself.

When he applies the white face paint, he is transformed into JJ, the most vicious clown of all. And JJ wants Jamie dead!

My thoughts:  
Sounds creepy for sure!  I’d like to see it as a movie, but don’t know that I’ll ever read it as a book.

Verdict:  Toss

4.  Where You Left Me  by Jennifer Gardner Trulson:

Lucky—that’s how
Jennifer would describe herself. She had a successful law career, met
the love of her life in Doug, married him, had an apartment in New York
City, a house in the Hamptons, two beautiful children, and was still
madly in love after nearly seven years of marriage. Jennifer was living
the kind of idyllic life that clichés are made of.

Until Doug was
killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center, and she became a widow
at age thirty-five—a “9/11 widow,” no less, a member of a select group
bound by sorrow, of which she wanted no part. Though completely
devastated, Jennifer still considered herself blessed. Doug had loved
her enough to last her a lifetime, and after his sudden death, she was
done with the idea of romantic love—fully resigned to being a widowed
single mother . . . until a chance encounter with a gregarious stranger
changed everything. Without a clue how to handle this unexpected turn of
events, Jennifer faced the question asked by anyone who has ever lost a
loved one: Is it really possible to feel joy again, let alone love?

unvarnished emotion and clear-eyed sardonic humor, Jennifer tells an
ordinary woman’s extraordinary tale of unimaginable loss, resilience,
friendship, love, and healing—which is also New York City’s narrative in
the wake of September 11. Where You Left Me is an unlikely love story, a
quintessentially New York story—at once Jennifer’s tribute to the city
that gave her everything and proof that second chances are possible.


My thoughts:
Probably added this because of the September 11 aspect of the story. But doesn’t really sound like one I’d want to read anymore.

Verdict:  Toss

5.   The Z Word (Apocalypse Babes #1) by Bella Street: 

The Z Word follows Seffy
Carter and her longtime friends Gareth, Addison and Lani. The four
besties share a past dysfunctional and dark enough to keep them bound
together under do-over identities. But rends develop in their
relationships from the flesh-eating pressures of ending up in 1980, in a
Montana desert, surrounded by zombies wearing dated disco duds.

My thoughts:
Eh, I’m so-so on zombie stories these days.  So probably not going to ever care enough to read this one.

Verdict: Toss

6.  Rise of the Governor (The Walking Dead #1) by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga:

Based on “The Walking
” graphic novels/comic books and the series starring Andrew Lincoln
(“Teachers”, “This Life and Love“, and “Love Actually“) and
written/produced by Frank Darabont whose previous credits include “The
Shawshank Redemption
” and “The Green Mile“, this is a new trilogy of
books written by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga, author of “Perfect
” and “Shattered“. Set in the world created by Robert Kirkman,
this standalone trilogy is fast-paced, action-packed storytelling about
the lengths some men will go to survive. With new characters, new
storylines and with the same in-depth character-based plotting that has
made the television series such an immediate hit, this trilogy of novels
is sure to be a hit with those who love zombies and those who have
loved the TV series and comic books.

In the Walking Dead
universe, there is no greater villain than The Governor. The despot who
runs the walled-off town of Woodbury, he has his own sick sense of
justice: whether it’s forcing prisoners to battle zombies in an arena
for the townspeople’s amusement, or chopping off the appendages of those
who cross him. The Governor was voted “Villain of the Year” by Wizard
magazine the year he debuted, and his story arc was the most
controversial in the history of the Walking Dead comic book series. Now,
for the first time, fans of The Walking Dead will discover how The
Governor became the man he is, and what drove him to such extremes. 

My thoughts:
I’ve mentioned how much I love reading the books that go with tv shows I like, but I think this is one I may or may not ever get around to.  Maybe if I get nostalgic for TWD, which I no longer watch.

Verdict:  Toss

7.  Not So Snow White by K. Sean Jennkrist:

Beware! This isn’t your
average fairytale … Take one troubled teen, add some magic, a touch of
romance, a few evil witches, and an elfin-sized sidekick named Duane,
and you have NOT SO SNOW WHITE.

“My name is Winter Snow and I have a secret.”

her dad mysteriously disappeared, Winter couldn’t help but be
depressed, and she began to have strange experiences that caused many
students to say she was a freak. Of course, with the voice of a tiny
dwarflike creature she calls Duane and dream images of the future
constantly invading her mind, who could blame them? Determined to bring
her life back to normal, Winter decides finding her dad is the only
solution. When a fairytale book on Snow White comes unexpectedly into
her life, along with its owner, Lucinda Mayhem, events take a bizarre
and witch-magical turn. Weird coincidences that tie the Mayhem and Snow
families together somehow manage to bring Winter closer to finding her
dad and to accepting her special gift in this teen modern-day fairytale.

My thoughts:  
I do love a good fairy tale retelling, but nah, not too intrigued by this one anymore.

Verdict: Toss

 8.  Drip Drop Teardrop by Samantha Young:

Even Death Can Fall in Love…

Avery hasn’t had it easy.

she was ten years old her parents died in a car crash. Now nine years
later her Aunt Caroline is the only family she has left. And Caroline is
So when Death comes knocking (quite literally) in the form
of the damaged and dangerous, Brennus, Avery makes a deal with the
reaper in order to save Caroline.

Brennus is an Ankou.

of the many, once mortal men and women, who were given the choice to
become an immortal in exchange for ferrying the dead over into their
Nine years ago Brennus took Avery’s parents and tried to
take Avery, but she fought him and won. Amazed by her strength Brennus
followed Avery and has watched over her.
Now he knows Avery is the one to offer him freedom from his obligation to the dead.
And he’ll stop at nothing to have her.

A YA Paranormal Romance for older readers.

My thoughts:
This is by a favorite author of mine, although I’ve only read her contemporary stories, I’ll have to read all of her books at some point probably!

Verdict:  Keep

9.  The Right and The Real by Joelle Anthony:

Kicked out for refusing to join a cult, seventeen-year-old Jamie must find a way to survive on her own.

should have known something was off about the church of the Right and
the Real from the start, especially when the Teacher claimed he wasn’t
just an ordinary spiritual leader, but Jesus Christ, himself. But she
was too taken by Josh, the eldest son of one of the church’s disciples,
and his all-American good looks. Josh is the most popular boy at school
too, and the first boy outside the drama geeks to give Jamie a second
look. But getting her Dad involved in a cult was not part of the plan
when she started dating Josh. Neither was her dad’s marriage to the
fanatic Mira, or getting kicked out, or seeing Josh in secret because
the church has deemed her persona non grata.

Jamie’s life has
completely fallen apart. Finding her way back won’t be easy, but when
her Dad gets himself into serious trouble, will Jamie be ready to rescue
him, and maybe even forgive him?

My thoughts:
Could be good. But don’t know that I’ll ever get around to it.

Verdict:  Toss

10.  My Pretty Pony by Stephen King:

An elderly man on his
deathbed gives his young grandson a pocketwatch and warns the boy
against the dangers of letting time slip away.


My thoughts:
I don’t remember anything about this, and yes, I used to have to read all things Stephen King, but don’t know that I’ll ever get around to this.  Of course it is available online for free it looks like, so maybe some day.

Verdict:  Toss

Final Thoughts:
Only keeping one this week!  And in about a month, I’ll probably be tossing some books from my actual physical shelves as I get ready to move.  Have
you read any
of these?  Would you suggest I keep any I’m tossing?  And if you’re
inspired to do this on your blog, please feel free to join in and share a
link in the comments, since it’s not really catching on, I’m not going
to waste time with the link up this week.  It will also get you an extra
entry into my giveaway at
the bottom of this post.    


again this is a US only giveaway, unless you are International and see a
book here you really want and would be willing to pay for the
difference in the shipping through Paypal or some other way.  This week
I’m upping the prize, you get to pick any two books from the pictures
below, as
long as they don’t get traded away, or picked by last week’s winner,
and I will pick a surprise book from the piles to add to your choice. 
Here are your choices:

2018 ARCs;

2017 ARCs:


Once again I’m going to let you pick two, along with me throwing in a surprise third book!  Just enter the Rafflecopter below. 


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8 responses to “Cleaning Up My TBR With a Giveaway (US Only) – Down the TBR Hole #22

  1. You managed to toss a lot and I hope the upcoming move will go well. I hope you will be able to find somewhere to donate all the books to that you no longer want as well because that is so important. I recently cleaned out my actual shelves and it was so relieving.

    • Well, these books here are all just on my Goodreads TBR, nothing physical to get rid of. I have a feeling a lot of my real books will make the move and when I organize in the new house I'll go through and get rid of. We'll see. Thanks for visiting!

  2. Hi!! Thank you so much for this opportunity :):) would love to check out Crown's Fate, I'm stuck between Vengeance Road and Before She Ignites 🙂

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