Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 90

Wow. Episode 90 already? Ten more to a milestone! πŸ™‚ How are you? Well, I’ve been well and busy – though not with the blog. This week, I’ve been preoccupied with poetry – of all things. There’s no other way to put it, but I seem to be having the diarrhea of words. I just can’t stop writing. So I’ve been neglecting all my books and have just been writing. Which is good. Great, actually.

As soon as I discovered the typewriter, I haven’t been able to do anything else. I’ll enclose one with this post. Anyway, another great week for me! Though, I think I may be reaching the end of my book buying binges. I’m being put on a leash. This time, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to help out by keeping to an allowable quantity per week. *crosses fingers*
No outdoors pictures this week as well. It rained the whole night so the grounds are wet. I didn’t have good light as well because I took these pictures last night at our house in the city. Anyway, as usual, I’d love to see what you got this week as well, so leave me a link? πŸ™‚
Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen. I have this obsession with stories about literary greats’ spouses and wives. I just think it’s interesting to see these great writers through their perspectives. Yes, I know they’re fictional but that doesn’t stop my being curious.Β 
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Confession time: I’ve never read any books written by this man. Travesty, I know.Β 

Just One Year by Gayle Forman. I finally got this book. I can FINALLY read Just One Day. Praise be Jesus!Β 
Red by Alison Cherry. I’m having a buyer’s remorse with this book. The whole idea of it is a little shallow for me. I don’t know why I bought it, to be honest.Β 
Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley CoriellΒ I’m quite impressed with the premise of this one and have heard wonderful reviews.Β 

Endless Knight [The Arcana Chronicles, #2] by Kresley ColeΒ I haven’t read the first book yet. But I’m very interested to see how Kresley Cole fares with YA.Β 
Relativity by Cristin BisharaΒ Not a lot of press on this one. But the premise had me intrigued.Β 

Hopeless and Losing Hope. Okay, so I just read the novella the other day and I absolutely loved it. I just had to read the rest of the books!Β 
I also bought this autobiography of Che Guevara. I mentioned the other day that this man has long fascinated me. I want to see exactly how much of him is a myth and how much of him is the actual man. This one is a huge book so I’ll probably take my time reading it.Β 
So since I wrote about 22 poems this week, I thought I’d share one with you today that I loved. Now, this one is a little racy but if you hear my story of how I ended up writing this, you would probably change your mind.Β 
This is actually a revised version of an original poem that I wrote in the summer. I also changed the title to Sparks instead of Kiss. I thought Sparks would be more fitting since no actual kissing actually happened. Anyway, this poem was inspired by my husband. See, he is fond of growing facial hair which I absolutely HATE. And he knows this. He thrives on driving me nuts over it. Give the man a couple of days without a shaver and his face is going nowhere near mine! He leaves me rashes. Lol. So yeah, I wrote it because in a way it’s sweet but at the same time annoying. πŸ™‚Β 
  • IΒ΄ve yet to read a Gaiman book too, so you arenΒ΄t alone. πŸ™‚
    And for the rest of your books IΒ΄m looking forward to Endless Knight and Just One Day .
    Enjoy your books.

  • I'll confess, too – Ocean was my first Gaiman book, too! It was pretty much what I imagined – a very whimsical and magical tone – but I didn't love it. I would like to read more from him, though.

    I really enjoyed Relativity. I wish more people would discover it! It had a very emotional take on the whole parallel lives thing that I haven't seen before.

    Just One Day was fabulous, and I was so desperate to read JOY. I set aside everything to sit down and read it the day I got it, but I was disappointed. I hope you have a better experience.

    I've got Endless Knight checked out from the library. Poison Princess was very good. It's hard to believe these books came out of the same brain that created the Immortal After Dark series!

    Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia

  • Haha, I did the same thing: waited until Just One Year was released before even contemplating picking up Just One Day. And I only just recently read her other series, which was pretty phenomenal. πŸ™‚ I'm in the middle of Endless Knight, and I think this may be the last one I read in this series. It's just not doing anything for me. I can't wait to see what you think of Untold, though. The first book was one of my favorites last year, and I know a lot of people have mixed feelings on this sequel, but I still loved it. πŸ˜€ And yay for the Hopeless books! Can't wait to see your thoughts on those, especially after seeing your review for Finding Cinderella. Oh, and I love your poem! I used to write poetry a lot but I haven't in years. You've kind of inspired me to give it a try again. πŸ™‚

  • Oh lord, so many amazing titles, where do I even start?! Neil Gaiman.. girly, I can't wait to hear what you thought about this book, it's been on my TBR since I learned about it and I'm wondering if it's as dark as people say πŸ™‚
    Gayle Forman.. wow, so beautiful! I need that one too! And Mrs. Poe!!! Goodness, I love the look of the finished copy, I only have an ARC and it is NOTHING like the finished cover art! Enjoy all your spoils girlie!! <3

  • That's such an amazing haul! I really want to read Relativity and I've heard Goodbye, Rebel Blue is great. I loved Just One Day, so Just One Year sounds great as well. I hope you enjoy all your books πŸ™‚

  • Goodbye Rebel Blue showed up unexpectedly and then I saw a bunch of great ratings for it, so now I'm excited about reading it, too! And buyer's remorse is the worst. :/ That's why I almost never buy books by debut authors, I've regretted it too many times. Although to be fair, there's an occasional gem, too, like THE HALLOWED ONES.

    Awesome stack this week, Joy, I hope you enjoy!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  • Some really good books you have there! I totally get the leash thing on book buying. I am on one currently. And that one will last until the end of this year. I still buy a lot on my Kindle πŸ˜‰ Mrs Poe sounds good. I have a review copy, need to read it soon.

  • You know what, keep the diarrhea coming, because I always love your poems. This one … mmm … I'm going to read it as naughty because I love me some stubble. πŸ˜€ Nice haul, Joy. Even if it isn't a mountain of books. πŸ˜‰

  • I have kresleycole cole bk1 I still have to read!!! But I love her she's an amazing author… Great titles! Love the new poetry πŸ™‚

  • 22 poems! That's awesome. I loved the one you shared and adored the typewriter look to it. My hubs grows a beard every winter. I don't mind it. It grows pretty quickly, but there a definitely a few days in the beginning where he's just way too scratchy.
    I'm reading Just One Day now. I'm excited to get to the sequel when I'm done. I really like Goodbye, Rebel Blue.
    Great haul! I hope the rest of your weekend is grand!

  • I have not read any of those books.. but they look pretty awesome πŸ˜€ I have loved reading your poetry on instagram. You are awesome. <3 thank you for sharing Joy πŸ™‚ I hope you will love all of these books πŸ˜€

  • Just One Year was AMAZING! You got a lot of great ones actually! Rebel Blue was great and I loved Poison Princess. I have Endless Knight but haven't read it yet.
    I love the poem! I like how it has double meaning- it could mean you are insane with desire or with annoyance at that stubble. My husband doesn't shave clean. I mean, he always has stubble cause he gets a rash if he shaves all the way to the skin. So I understand that face rash stuff!

  • I loooooved both Just One Year and Sorrow's Knot, so I'm looking forward to your thoughts on those two. Also, Untold is so much fun, though not nearly as good as Unspoken IMO. Great haul!(:

  • I'm seriously gRINNING From EAR to EAR!! I have endless Knight and I can't wait to read and your going to DIE hopeless and losing hope will take a little piece of your heart!! OMG have you read
    The Sea of Tranquility?

    Happy Happy Happy Reading πŸ˜‰

  • Neil Gaiman is awesome <3 I also bought that book recently. We both have Just One Year on our STS post this week! And I love Colleen Hoover books πŸ˜€

  • I'm loving Sparks, Joy! Really great. Keep writing while you have your inspiration, girl! Also enjoying your hoarding again, have a great Sunday, sweetheart!

  • Hahahahaha. Not only is your poem great, but I LOVE the reasoning. πŸ™‚ And 22 poems this week! Woah!

    Ah! I've been dying to read Just One Day too! And now you can read them back to back, which most people's reviews seem to indicate is a good idea. πŸ™‚ Seeing your review of Finding Cinderella both reminded me that I needed to get that but also that I need to read Hopeless! I'm so excited now that you have said you loved the novella. πŸ™‚ Great haul!

    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

  • Great haul this week! Hardbacks are really growing on me, I tend not to buy a lot of them because they don't fit in with my bookshelf. I LOVED Hopeless and I am still waiting to get Losing Hope lol. Enjoy all of your reads!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

  • I hope you enjoy Hopeless! I had some mixed thoughts about it, but I'm definitely in the minority there. I still plan to give the novella a try though. The Ocean at the End of the Lane was a great read for me though. And I also really liked Just One Day. Hope you enjoy them! πŸ™‚

  • Looks like a great haul! I have been dying to read Unspoken I have heard some great things about it and I have had Breathe on my kindle since forever and I really need to check it out. Enjoy your haul!

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven

  • Aw, I love your outdoor pics so I will eagerly wait for dry weather…
    I really enjoyed Relativity — look forward to hearing your thoughts. And you were smart to read Just One Day and Just One Year back to back — that will work very well!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  • I don't think I knew these ones but as always the covers are gorgeous. I hope you'll like them all and I can't wait to read your reviews. Happy reading!

  • I may have to pick up Hopeless and Losing Hope after reading that mini review of yours Joy!

    Lovely books as usual! Happy Reading!

    We Fancy Books

  • All your books are ones I need in my life as well! I haven't read any Neil Gaiman but I've heard so much. Plus I want to read Relativity as well just cause the cover is gorgeous. And then I have to read Just One Day and just everything haha. Hope you enjoy all your new goodies!
    Laura @ Music Plus Books