~ Goodreads TBR Cleanup #8 ~

To aid my efforts to clean up my endless TBR, I decided to go with the Goodreads TBR Cleanup (created by @ Mega Bunny Reads). This challenge can be done bi-weekly or weekly (or any other timeframe that suits you). If you’re interest in the other Down the TBR Hole meme, then you can check it out following the links. The meme was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story — she has a new blog though called Sunflowers and Wonder!

How It Works:

  • Go to your Goodreads want-to-read shelf.
  • Ask Siri (or any other generator) to pick a number between 1 and however many books are on the list.
  • Go to that book and look at it and the 4 after it, for a total of 5.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

For the number selection, I used an online random number generator.


  1. Stuck on You
by Portia Macintosh 
[Published September 17th 2020, 276 pages]

Could a post-it note really lead to love…?

Sadie doesn’t have time for finding love. She’s too busy as PA for famous artist Damian Banks. When she’s not arranging exhibitions, she’s organising his dry cleaning or dumping his never ending stream of girlfriends.

But when she strikes up an unusual friendship with her desk share buddy, she finds a confidante and a new potential love interest. Problem is, they’ve never actually met…

With Christmas just around the corner, can Sadie put herself first for a change and find what she’s been looking for all along?


I greatly enjoyed Portia Macintosh’s other novel, Faking It, and this one sounds super cute and entertaining. This story sounds great as the main character has a desk share buddy that she has never seen. This type of mystery sounds very fun! The author alone was enough to keep this book on my TBR, but the fact that the synopsis sounds very fun means it is set to stay until I have time to read it.

2. Fallen Gracefully

by Edith Scheffer
[Published January 30th 2018]

After a messy and humiliating divorce, massage therapist, Grace Fully, just wants time to regroup, lick her wounds, and heal.

FBI Special Agent Fall Linn has been investigating Russian syndicate boss Dimitri Knushka and tracking the packages that will take Knushka down and finally bring him to justice. But after the package is intercepted by Grace, she is cast into an even worse role than divorcee—she’s become a loose end. Now, Linn will stop at nothing to protect Grace from a fate worse than death… and try not to fall for her in the process.


The concept sounded very fun and was one of the main reasons this novel ended up on my TBR. While looking over its page on Goodreads, I glanced at some of the ratings and they were mixed. There are actually not many reviews, but I feel when one reviewer said the characters seem more one-dimensional, it was enough to make me rethink keeping this novel on my TBR. It shows the importance of bloggers/reviewers as other people’s thoughts may not absolutely influence your decision to read, but they are great to at least read for consideration.

3. Cirque du Sorcery

by Alyssa Lynn
[Published September 2020, 454 pages]

Meddling in witchcraft can be tricky and dangerous, but that didn’t stop Raven, Izzy, and Cora from diving in headfirst. However, their early-morning practice is disrupted by nothing less than a murder! The only reasonable option is to create their own witness protection program…by joining a traveling circus.

Perfecting their act (and spells) takes less time than expected, and before long, Mystique & Magic is the talk of the nation! The press swarms in, audiences are packed, and then they see a familiar face in the crowd…the face of a murderer.


Witchcraft plus murder equals a most likely good read. This sounds like it will be a very fun read as the three women are placed in a traveling circus, so you expect some zany antics to happen with these witches becoming members of the circus. In addition to this sounding like a fun read, I actually received a review copy of this novel, which means it is an automatic keep.

4. If You Just Say Yes

by Reon Laudat [Published February 1st 2005, 320 pages]

Manhattan journalist Michelle Michaels just can’t seem to get a break when she finds herself the subject of false rumors. Now she’s being blindsided by her own boss. Wrongly suspecting her of trading sex for scoops, he’s caved in to the shady newsroom gossip and sent Michelle quietly packing on a leave of absence to her hometown of Detroit where some family secrets still lurk. With a career on the DL and a love life at low-ebb, Michelle’s hit rock bottom-until she meets dark, dimpled, and delicious Wesley Abbott….Detroit reporter Wesley Abbott’s plate is full investigating a corrupt local judge. Now he’s got something else to investigate-and she’s the sweetest thing to sashay into the Herald in years. But Michelle and Wesley have more in common than they ever imagined, and it’s not just mellow vibes. In fact, it’s a scandal! And when these two bodies bump, so does trouble-with a capital T….


I actually do not recall adding this to my TBR. The concept sounds okay, but it does not sound like enough to continue to be on my TBR (currently at 1575 novels long). This synopsis does not sound bad in any way, but I know that I have ones that I want to read more and I do not need another book my TBR that will collect dust on my virtual bookshelf.

5. The Love Scam (Danger #2)

by MaryJanice Davidson
[Published August 4th 2020, 320 pages]

Rake Tarbell is in trouble. When the fabulously wealthy and carefree bachelor wakes up horribly hungover in Venice, it’s not something that would normally be a problem…except he has no idea how he got there from California. Or who stole his wallet. Or who emptied his bank account of millions. Or who in the world is Lillith, the charming little girl claiming to be his long lost daughter. For the first time in his life, Rake is on his own and throwing Benjamins around aren’t going to solve his problem. Now if only the gorgeous, fun, and free-spirited woman who brought Lillith into his life was willing to help the situation…

Claire Delaney finds Rake’s problems hilarious and is not in the least bit sorry of adding to them by bringing Lillith into the mix. A pretty Midwestern girl with a streak for mischief, Rake is not the kind of man Claire hangs around with. Even if he is drop-dead handsome and charming as all get-out. Even if he needs help and she has all the answers. But if this helps Lillith, she will go out of her way. And with a guy like Rake, she’s willing to bend her rules a bit for some fun. But when adventure-filled days turn to romantic nights as they search for answers, and someone starts following them through the streets of Venice, Claire realizes she’s playing more than just a game. And maybe, just maybe, she isn’t willing to let go of Rake or Lillith just yet.


The synopsis sounds like an interesting concept for the character wakes up in another country with no idea how he got there. Normally, this type of novel would be great for me, but I have trepidations to keep it as I was on the fence on how I felt about the author’s other novel, Truth, Lies, and Second Dates. Based on this, I decided to toss this novel.

My eighth Clean-up is now complete! I managed to toss three novels and keep two. One I will be reading in the near future as a review copy and the other I know I will eventually read as I loved the author’s other novel. Not a bad clean-up at least!

11 thoughts on “~ Goodreads TBR Cleanup #8 ~

    1. I love doing these posts as it makes me think about each book on my TBR. I try to toss at least one book each week as I have a very long list (~1600) that I am slowly making my through. I hope you enjoy it and this type of post can help clean-up your TBR at least one novel at a time. ❤


    1. Even though it is only a couple of books being tossed per week, it is nice to at least work towards making my TBR more manageable. I wish you luck with your clean-up if you decide to do these posts. 🙂

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    1. Thank you very much! Even though it is only tossing a couple of books a week, it is definitely helping me go through my TBR. I wish you luck if you choose to do this clean-up! 🙂


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