Cleaning Up My TBR With a Giveaway (US Only) – Down the TBR Hole #28

Posted June 29, 2019 by Lisa Mandina in giveaway / 12 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.   Of Poseidon by Anna Banks:

Galen is the prince of
the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with
fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into
Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will
take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen
to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that
she holds the key to his kingdom…

Told from both Emma and
Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles
with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.

My thoughts:
sounds like a similar one to other books that came out about mermaids. 
But I don’t know that I’ll ever get to it, and if I do want to, I can
get it easily at the library.

Verdict:  Toss

2.  Winning Mr. Wrong by Marie Higgins:

Whoever said the quest
for love wasn’t comical never met Charlene Randall. Charley is looking
for a man who wants to start a family, a man who will take her to the
temple. Problem is, she has never dated a man for longer than three
months. When she reads an internet article called “Ten Ways to Win Your
Man,” she decides to try it on her new coworker, Maxwell Harrington. Max
was her crush in high school, but the superstar sports anchorman
doesn’t even remember her. Enter ladies’ man Damien Giovianni, Charley’s
handsome neighbor, who agrees to help her win Max over. What follows is
a hilarious tale of mishaps and misunderstandings where Charley learns
that what she really needs may be right in front of her.

My thoughts:  
Not sure this is my type of read anymore.  Probably won’t ever get around to it or anything.


3.  Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire:

Oz is knotted with
social unrest: The Emerald City is mounting an invasion of Munchkinland,
Glinda is under house arrest, the Cowardly Lion is on the run from the
law, and Dorothy is back. Amid chaos and war, Elphaba’s green
granddaughter born at the end of “Son of a Witch”, comes of age. Rain
will take up her broom, and bring the series to a close.

My thoughts:  
I read the first two books in the series, and don’t know that I’ll go on. Since this is the fourth in the series, I need to read book 3 before I decide for sure if I even want to read this one.

Verdict:  Toss

4.  Rapture by Phillip W. Simpson:

The Rapture has
occurred, just as the Bible predicted. The faithful have risen up to
Heaven. Those left behind are in a living hell.

Earth burns,
hell-like in its oppressive heat. Every volcano in the world has
erupted, and tsunamis and earthquakes continue to devastate the planet.
Clouds continually rain ash onto the scorched landscape, sparking fires
all around. Plants and animals are dying. Food is scarce. The night sky
is devoid of stars, and the moon – when it can be seen – is the colour
of blood.

The remnants of humanity fight for survival. Most have
fled the cities and now hide in caves deep in the mountains. By night,
demons stalk the Earth, capturing the remaining humans and killing them –
if they’re lucky. The less fortunate are converted to worship of the
Devil, and ushered into endless hell.

Eighteen year old Sam is
unable to rise up because he is half demon. Hikari, a Japanese sword
master and demon expert and his beautiful daughter, Aimi, have been all
the family Sam has ever known. Now they’re gone, and Sam must set out on
the mission Hikari charged him with long ago: to help all the humans
left behind. Armed only with his beloved Japanese swords and his wits,
Sam wanders the post-apocalyptic world alone, separated forever from
everyone he loves. Cursed by his demonic heritage, he must now embark on
a quest that will take him across the US to the City of Angels.

There he will confront his destiny. There he must fight to save a friend … and the souls of the living.


My thoughts:
Don’t even remember this one.  Will have to pass.

Verdict: Toss

5.   Living Violet by Jaime Reed:

He’s persuasive,
charming, and way too mysterious. And for Samara Marshall, her co-worker
is everything she wants most–and everything she most fears. . .

Marshall is determined to make the summer before her senior year the
best ever. Her plan: enjoy downtime with friends and work to save up
cash for her dream car. Summer romance is not on her to-do list, but
uncovering the truth about her flirtatious co-worker, Caleb Baker, is.
From the peculiar glow to his eyes to the unfortunate events that befall
the girls who pine after him, Samara is the only one to sense danger
behind his smile.

But Caleb’s secrets are drawing Samara into a
world where the laws of attraction are a means of survival. And as a
sinister power closes in on those she loves, Samara must take a risk
that will change her life forever. . .or consume it.

My thoughts:
Still don’t know if this is one I’ll ever get to, don’t know if it is that good of a book anyway.

Verdict: Toss

6.  Desire by Kailin Gow:

A Dystopian world where
everyone’s future is planned out for them at age 18…whether it is
what a person desires or not. Kama is about to turn 18 and she thinks
her Life s Plan will turn out like her boyfriend’s and friend’s as they
desired. But when she glimpse a young man who can communicate with her
with his thoughts and knows her name…a young man with burning blue
eyes and raven hair, who is dressed like no other in her world, she is
left to question her Life’s Plan and her destiny. Knowing the truth can
destroy everyone…

My thoughts:
I feel like this is an author I need to read some day, but dont’ know if I’ll get to this.  The dystopian thing has to be really good these days to get me interested anyway.

Verdict:  Toss

7.  Bewitching by Alex Flinn:

Kendra Hilferty, the
witch who curses Kyle Kingsbury in Beastly, tells about her immortal
existence-how she discovered she was a witch and the various ways she
has used her powers to help people throughout the centuries.
(Unfortunately her attempts have often backfired.) As it turns out,
Kendra has actually had a hand in “Hansel and Gretel,” “The Princess and
the Pea,” and “The Little Mermaid”-but these are not the fairy tales
you think you know! Kendra’s reminiscences are wrapped around a
real-time version of “Cinderella,” except the “ugly” stepsister is the
good guy. With dark twists, hilarious turns, and unexpected endings,
Bewitching is a contemporary read for fairy-tale lovers, fantasy fans,
and anyone looking for more Alex Flinn.

My thoughts:  
I think at some point I do want to read on in this series, but I don’t think I need to keep this on my Goodreads TBR, because the author is a well enough known one that I’ll be able to find the book easily.  I know it is even on my shelf at the library where I work.

Verdict: Toss

 8.  Getting Out of Jersey by Matthew Paul Esham:

It always starts small.
A single action, followed by another, and another… By the time most
people realize the scrabbling noise in the dark is coming from something
with teeth, it’s too late. In a small town in South Jersey, the
darkness has taken root, spreading fast. Only a few people have
survived. The ones who are left, are Getting Out of Jersey. “Best new
horror!” – Susan Preston “Can’t wait for the second book!” – Andy Green
“Great ending!” – John Masterson

My thoughts:
Sounds maybe good, but I don’t read a lot of zombie stuff anymore. 

Verdict: Toss

9.  Differentiation that Really Works:  Science by Cheryll Adams and Rebecca Pierce:

Differentiation That
Really Works in Science
provides time-saving tips and strategies from
real teachers who teach science in grades 6-12. These teachers not only
developed the materials and used them in their own classes, but they
also provide useful feedback and comments about the activities. The
strategies included in the book are tiered lessons, cubing, graphic
organizers, exit cards, learning contracts, and choice boards. Every
strategy includes directions and offers opportunities for

My thoughts:
Just in case I ever end up teaching science again, I think I’d be interested in this one. And I will probably always believe in differentiated instruction as a good form of teaching. 

Verdict: Keep

10.  Ruin by N.M. Martinez:

Thirty years ago, there was a revolution.

were granted powers through experiments performed upon them against
their will. They broke free from the Labs and burned across the land,
creating a dangerous new territory called the Wildlands.

has grown up in the Neutral Territory, never knowing a time without the
neighboring Wildlands as a threat. Her government does what it can to
protect her people, but they still live in fear of the powerful
Wildlanders invading their safe and protected territory.

Then one
night Paula’s mother is arrested, and Paula is banned from the Neutral
Territory to the Wildlands. Now she must make a new life for herself in a
territory of people she knows will not be welcoming.

My thoughts:
Another dystopian I probably added during my phase of reading all of these.  Not anything I’m probably interested in now.

Verdict: Toss

Final Thoughts:
Only keeping one this week out of ten, so that’s good! I’m getting rid of so many as I move, but since I ran out of time, I just packed all my books and I will need to go through them once I get to unpacking.  Once again you can see that I may have dropped some, but you can also see how many I’ve added during the week as well because I’m also pointing out how many books are on my Want to Read list on Goodreads each week.  This week, after taking these 9 off, I have 3,190 books listed now, and last week I ended with 3,190. So I kept it even with how many I added. 

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 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:

I’m continuing to add in my early 2019 ARCs now.  You can pick one of your two choices from the picture below, the other book you pick needs to come from the pictures above.

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


a Rafflecopter giveaway

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12 responses to “Cleaning Up My TBR With a Giveaway (US Only) – Down the TBR Hole #28

  1. Excellent job of tossing books this week. None of the ones you got rid of can I say you should keep. Thanks for sharing your ARCS with us and I am a lucky person thanks to you!

    • We'll see. So many that I probably don't even remember adding in the first place, so who knows if I'll ever even remember these! Thanks for visiting! Hope you entered the giveaway!

    • I probably do need to read it at some point. But it is one we have at my school library so I may remember it without having it on the list. Thanks for stopping by!

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