Book hoarding: what’s been on my backlist the longest?

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I know I’ve had this conversation with many of my fellow bloggers and book lovers before, but I am the WORST at buying books with grand intentions of reading them right away…and then letting them sit on my shelf for months years. So today, I decided to go through my Goodreads “to read” shelf and sort them by date. Below, I’ll show you the 10 books that have been on my list the longest, regardless of how embarrassing my choices were! This will also help me with my Beat the Backlist challenge, because if I can get through some of these this year, it will help me reach my BTB goal!

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Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

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After a very successful day at a work conference Hannah can’t wait to get home and tell her long-term boyfriend Matt that she’s up for a promotion for work. After walking in the door, she realizes he’s not home…and neither are any of his things. All of his clothes, pictures, and belongings are gone. Hannah starts to panic and goes to call him only to realize his phone number has been deleted from her phone. When she tries to call it, she finds it’s been disconnected. All of his pictures are also gone from her phone, and his social media accounts have all been deleted. He’s also quit his job.

With no answers and no way to contact Matt, Hannah begins to spiral downward and lose her grip. She starts receiving notes and other items in her house…are they from Matt, or from someone else? Why did Matt up and leave her with no explanation?

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The Girl From Yesterday by Kathryn Miller Haines

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Recovering drug addict Helen has finally gotten her life together. She regularly attends her NA meetings, doesn’t drink alcohol or caffeine, and doesn’t have sex. She has a job she loves working at a bakery with her aunt, and has a stable boyfriend. Things are finally looking up – or so she thought. When she’s contacted by the police who inform her that her childhood best friend Carrie has been found murdered and that her name was found on the body, things start to fall apart.

Even though Helen hasn’t heard from Carrie in 15 years, the police are still suspicious of Helen’s involvement. In order to prove her innocence, she dives back into her past and starts her own investigations. In doing so, she uncovers a lot of lies and a lot of secrets, and on top of that, it seems that someone is hell bent on getting her to break her sobriety. As she falls farther down the rabbit hole, she starts to question whether she can even trust herself…

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Look Behind You by Sibel Hodge

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Chloe wakes up underground, bound in a room that she has no memory of being taken to. After she manages to escape, a stranger finds her on the side of the road and brings her to a nearby hospital. Chloe surmises that she was kidnapped, but has no memory of the last 6 weeks.

After her husband brings her home from the hospital, she is told that she’s previously been institutionalized for mental illness when she had a negative reaction to antidepressants that she was on. Her husband tells her that she started screaming and digging in the garden, claiming someone was following her, but that it was all hallucinations from the medications. Unsure whether or not she can trust her own memory, she decides to investigate on her own since the police won’t take her seriously. It’s during her investigations that she realizes her husband has been lying to her…who can she trust and is she still in danger?

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March 2017 Wrap Up!

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I can’t believe March is already over – it feels like the month flew by! I am a little disappointed in my progress for March. I’ve shared with you guys before that I suffer from depression, and some periods of life are better than others. In the first half of March, I was struggling a lot. I wasn’t reading or posting on bookstagram because I had no motivation to do even the basic things in life, let alone extra things. After that, I got really sick, and again just didn’t have the energy or concentration to read a lot. That said, I was able to get through 15 books in March, and I’m still ahead of schedule to meet my 2017 goal of 200 books. Below I’ll share them all with you and let you know which ones were my favorite!

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The Lost Children (Detective Lucy Harwin #1) by Helen Phifer

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In the mid 70s, 9 year old Lizzie can’t stand her younger baby brother. He’s stolen her parents attention and all he does is cry. She decided to take matters into her own hands, and smothers him with a pillow. Unable to stand looking at their daughter, her parents send her to The Moore, an insane asylum for children, where lobotomies are a common practice.

Fast forward to the present day, a man is found murdered in the now abandoned asylum, and DI Lucy Harwin is called to the scene to investigate. Shortly after the man is found, another murder occurs, and Lucy can’t help but feel they are connected. It appears that someone is murdering people with connections to the old asylum. It’s up to Lucy to figure out who is committing the murders, and why now? As the murders escalate, Lucy finds that she too may be in danger…

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Safe With Me by K.L. Slater

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One normal day, Anna witnesses a car accident where a motorcycle is hit by a car. It turns out that the driver of the car is Carla, the woman who ruined her life thirteen years ago. Anna wants to exact revenge but doesn’t want to reveal herself to Carla yet. Instead, she visits the motorcycle driver, Liam, in the hospital as he’s recovering and makes friends with Liam and his grandmother.

As we learn more about Anna, we start to question whether or not her obsession with Carla is warranted or if Anna herself is hiding secrets…

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